The Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders using the DSM-5 and includes a discussion of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, hair-pulling disorder, and skin-picking disorder .  The course explores the following:  characteristics and symptoms, specifiers, impairment and distress, changes in the DSM-5, prevalence, comorbid disorders, differential diagnostic issues, and treatment.  Case presentations are given.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice 

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Reading:  The Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Authors:  Eileen E. Joy, MA and Cynthia L. Turk, Ph.D

Course Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

Learning Objectives:   Compare the OCRDs.  Identify recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the OCRDs.   Describe DSM-5 changes and newly defined disorders.   Give examples of exposure interventions, habit reversal, and stimulus control training.

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Course Available Until: June 30, 2024.

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1: A person with OCD might have an image of the plane her mother is boarding crashing and believing that somehow her thought increases the likelihood of the plane actually wrecking.  This would be an example of
2: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders is a new chapter in the DSM-5 and includes all of the following except:
3: When compulsions and repetitive behaviors lessen the person's distress, they are considered negatively reinforced -making it ___________ likely that the person will engage in these behaviors in the future.
4: Those who accept their OCD beliefs as probably true are deemed to have OCD with
5: On average, those with OCD lost about ___________ days per year because their symptoms interfered with their ability to carry out daily responsibilities.
6: Most people with OCD experience other mental disorders over the course of their lives with ____________ being the most common.
7: In contrast to anxiety disorders, OCD obsessions are typically
8: Gradually and repeatedly confronting distressing obsessions through exposures while not engaging in compulsions is an intervention called
9: In vivo exposures involve
10: For exposures to be beneficial, it is important for clients to not only approach situations that they have been avoiding but also for them
11: The return of fear when a feared stimulus is encountered in a context different from the context in which exposure therapy was conducted is knows as
12: Which of the following describes body dysmorphic disorder?
13: Approximately ____________ of people with body dysmorphic disorder experience self-harming or suicidal ideation.
14: With the DSM-5, the biggest change in criteria for body dysmorphic disorder is that
15: Which of the following is commonly comorbid with body dysmorphic disorder?
16: When compared to social anxiety disorder, people with body dysmorphic disorder typically try to cope with their fears
17: Many with body dysmorphic disorder may seek cosmetic treatment and these treatments are associated with ______________ outcomes for the majority of people.
18: To meet criteria for hoarding disorder, the ___________  living spaces of the person must become so cluttered with accumulated items that it significantly interferes with the use of these spaces.
19: Those who have hoarding disorder with _______________ often feel distressed when they are stopped from buying or acquiring more possessions.
20: Older adults are more likely to experience _________ severe forms of hoarding disorder.
21: About half of people with hoarding disorder also have
22: People with hoarding disorder typically have _____________ motivation for change.
23: Exposure interventions for hoarding disorder would include
24: When treating hoarding disorder, home visits are
25: To be diagnosed with hair-pulling disorder
26: Which of the following appear to be the most effective treatments for hair-pulling disorder?
27: The diagnosis for skin-picking disorder requires all of the following except:
28: Symptom criteria for skin-picking disorder mirror the criteria for

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.