OCD Master class: Updates in CBT to work with OCD

Research indicates that OCD can be as damaging to a person’s quality of life as schizophrenia. Furthermore, approximately 40-60% of people with OCD do not or only partially respond to initial treatments. The workshop is an intensive 1 day training in the use of CBT strategies for OCD. Recent theoretical updates in OCD therapy will be considered, along with case formulation and treatment. Particular emphasis will be placed  on therapy for clients with chronic or treatment resistant OCD.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety and by repetitive behaviours or covert actions aimed at reducing anxiety. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and economic loss. Approximately, 1 in 50 adults in the UK have OCD.

The workshop is an intensive 1 day training in the use of Cognitive Behavioral strategies for working with OCD. The workshop will focus on the use of exposure and Response Prevention (E -RP) and on cognitive strategies for addressing the issue. Due to the advanced nature of this workshop, it may be an advantage to have had prior CBT experience. 

The workshop will offer participants a firm foundation for working with OCD using CBT. It is based on comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge and underpinned by the humanistic base. Contemporary theories of OCD, will be discussed and participants will learn about how empirically-based interventions are applied in practice.. We will also discuss recent theoretical advances in the treatment of OCD to enable them to work with complex cases such as people with ‘pure’ obsessions or mental rituals.

Assessment, formulation and treatment will be covered. Teaching will include presentation, interactive discussion, practical exercises, role play and discussion of anonomised case material. This workshop is & hands-on in developing therapeutic skills and exercises will be carried out in a safe, non-threatening environment.

The Gold Standard CBT intervention for OCD has traditionally been regarded as Exposure and Response prevention. As this name suggests, therapy consists of encouraging a client to exposure themselves to the things that cause them anxiety and where they would normally use a ritual to decrease anxiety. (Sketetee 1993). However, advances in cognitive therapy, largely instigated by Salkovskis (1985) have led to the development of cognitive approaches to OCD. These involve working with the belief domains thought to be relevant in OCD. As suggested by Whittal & O’Neill, (2003), the combination of cognitive and behavioral techniques to fit  with the clients unique symptom presentation may help maximize treatment efficacy.

The workshop is suitable for psychologists who work with OCD and would like to improve their skills and competencies.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

Participants will:

  • Recognize obsessive compulsive disorder in a client with complex OCD &  make a differential diagnosis
  • Develop Case formulations for a client with complex OCD
  • Use Behavioral Experiments and Exposure and Response Prevention in a case of complex OCD
  • Use advanced therapeutic skills to deal with ‘pure’ obsessions and help clients to successfully challenge cognitive interpretations of their obsessions
  • Successfully motivate clients to stay engaged in the process of change

Facilitator: Dr Heather Sequeira

Dr Sequeria specialises in assessment and treatment of PTSD following adult trauma. She conducted her PhD (University of London) in the field of psychological trauma, has published articles on traumatic experience in leading international journals (including the British Journal of Psychiatry) and has presented at international conferences. In addition to her specialist trauma practice, Heather is employed in the NHS and as a visiting lecturer and research tutor on a number of Counselling and Clinical Psychology courses. Her highly interactive and informative style has received excellent feedback from all the courses that she has taught upon. Dr Sequeria brings anonomised case material to workshop discussions from her practice.

Booking information


  • DCoP Members: £65 + VAT
  • DCP members: £65 + VAT
  • Society members: £90 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £115 + VAT

How to book:


Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Mon, 08/10/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology & BPS Learning Centre