CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental illness involving intrusive, unwanted thoughts and persistent mental or behavioral rituals that cause signiﬁcant deﬁcits in social functioning. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the Translational Psychiatry Journal and the BMJ Open Journal, is to evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and brief strategic therapy (BST) in treating OCD. An overview of the characteristics, symptoms, and prevalence of OCD is presented as well as study findings pertaining to treatment alternatives. Additionally, a discussion comparing CBT and brief strategic therapy is included as well as suggestions for further research pertaining to OCD treatment.
CE Course Objectives
1. Identify the characteristics, symptoms, and prevalence of OCD, and ways that individuals with OCD are impacted in their daily lives.
2. Summarize study findings comparing 12 weeks of either CBT or SSRI (sertraline) treatment for OCD.
3. Discuss changes in brain chemistry that occur as a result of CBT and SSRI treatment.
4. Evaluate clinical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of BST in treating OCD, and the need for further research in this area.
5. Compare and contrast the components of CBT and BST and how these impact treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder.
6. Identify limitations in research design and practice and how future studies are required in order to better evaluate both the efﬁcacy and the effectiveness of OCD treatment.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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