In working with OCD, the goal of treatment is to help the individual living with uncertainty. By definition, this means that the sufferer decides to accept that their worst fears may come true and to live with such possibilities. Among the most difficult presentations of OCD to treat are those in which the sufferer is concerned that s/he may harm another. Can we really ask individuals to live with the possibility that they may be responsible for another’s injury, e.g. potentially killing their spouse or molesting one of their own children? The answer is yes. Like all of OCD treatment, designing an exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment plan is relatively easy, convincing the sufferer to follow through with treatment is another story.
This webinar will focus on the many different types of harm OCD, from hit and run to preventing potential accidents to fears of actively harming/molesting others. For each manifestation, the rationale/reasons to risk treatment will be discussed. This will be followed by designing treatment for the different types of harm OCD. This will not only include descriptions of ERP protocols, but how to develop therapeutic scripts to accompany exposure and when and how to incorporate ACT components into treatment.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe a minimum of three different manifestations of harm OCD that differ in the intentionality and responsibility experienced by the sufferer.
- Convince sufferers from harm OCD to risk and cope with the possibility of their worst fears coming true.
- Design and implement an ERP protocol for different forms of harm OCD.
This webinar is eligible for 1 CE / CE Hour by APA, NBCC, the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. This webinar meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and /or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643), director of the Grayson Center and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California where he lectures and supervises residents.
Dr. Grayson has been specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for more than 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: a Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, a self-help guide for sufferers.
In 2010, the International OCD Foundation awarded Dr. Grayson the Patty Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and contributions to the treatment of those with OCD. In October of 2010, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies gave his book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Self Help Book of Merit Award, recognizing his book as providing sufferers with the highest level of information about the best practices treatment for OCD.
Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the International OCD Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: R Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the International OCD Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for OCD and How to Recognize and Respond to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School Age Children). His work and expertise has been featured in national media.
Jonathon Grayson is an ADAA Clinical Fellow.