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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

– understanding OCD and how best to treat it

This workshop takes an in-depth look at OCD and focuses on practical and effective methods of treatment. It also highlights the lesser known forms of OCD and shows how we can prevent early signs of OCD from developing further…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Online)

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  • Date: Tues 18th January 2022

  • Length: 1 day (9.15am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Miriam Chachamu

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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Excellent content and practical applications for treating OCD

Peta Dunn, GP

Live training delivered online Join Miriam Chachamu
on Tuesday 18th January 2022
for this
live online workshop via Zoom. The content covered is the same as our original attended workshop, with some modifications to the exercises – you will have plenty of opportunities to ask Miriam questions. Some additional content for coping with the current crisis will also be included. We will send details of how to join the Zoom workshop by email the day before the event.
NB The training will be recorded and you will also have private access to the recording afterwards for a limited time.

Why take this course

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is not only distressing for sufferers but for their family members and friends too. Contrary to the popular view of OCD as being harmless over-cleanliness or simply checking things over and over again, people living with OCD experience a high level of anxiety – and the condition can damage their relationships, social and work lives, and physical health.

Many sufferers are ashamed of their problem and hide it. Sometimes therapists fail to recognise the rarer forms of OCD and therefore fail to offer effective treatment. And many people with milder forms of OCD do not realise that they can be helped, and do not seek help until their condition becomes much more severe.

This workshop offers an in-depth look at OCD in all its guises and focuses on practical and effective methods of treatment – OCD recovery is possible in most cases.

The day is interactive and includes demonstration videos of therapy sessions, short video clips, in-depth discussions and case studies.

The films of the therapy sessions and the video of dealing with intrusive thoughts were particularly useful

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What will you learn

  • New information that will enable you to help OCD sufferers more effectively
  • A better understanding of OCD, what it is and how it develops
  • The ability to recognise the less familiar types of OCD – these are often missed by both client and therapist
  • An effective 4-step method for treating OCD
  • New ways to help people overcome their compulsive tendencies
  • Illuminating video clips of OCD sufferers describing their experience
  • Helpful ways parents and educators can prevent signs of OCD in children and teenagers from developing further
  • The important role of guided imagery in treatment and why it improves success rates
  • How to separate the person from their OCD
  • ‘Pure O’ – we look at ‘purely obsessional’ OCD, where people experience distressing intrusive thoughts without any external signs of compulsions
  • The chance to observe effective therapy for OCD and discuss case studies
  • How obsessive compulsive disorder fits with other psychological conditions – and with autism
  • What to do when OCD symptoms are firmly entrenched
  • The opportunity to discuss some of your own cases with a highly knowledgeable tutor
  • How to handle challenging cases successfully and more…

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Course Programme

The ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – understanding OCD and how best to treat it’ course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (GMT+1hr)

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone who works with, lives with, teaches or treats people suffering from OCD, or who thinks they may have OCD but isn’t sure
  • Psychotherapists, counsellors, health and social care professionals, mental health and wellbeing professionals, educators, school counsellors, individuals working in a variety of capacities in any number of organisations who are looking for OCD training for professionals
  • Anyone who has family members or friends who suffer from OCD would also benefit from this course – it contains essential, practical information about how to help OCD sufferers
  • The day is also valuable for anyone struggling to deal with their own obsessive thoughts or actions

Please Note: This course is not a substitute for individual therapy

This course looks at a range of OCD behaviours, including:
  • Compulsive checking
  • Contamination / Mental Contamination
  • Symmetry and ordering
  • Ruminations / Intrusive thoughts (Pure O)
  • Hoarding
  • HOCD – Homosexual OCD
  • POCD – Paedophile OCD / Prenatal and postpartum OCD
  • and more

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Reviews for this course

4.4/5 (41 Reviews)
  1. HG Practitioner (trainee)

    A great insight into OCD and the varying different ways in which it can manifest. I was particularly interested in the many different aspects of the condition. It was very clearly explained. A really enjoyable day’s learning.

  2. Aliya Drake, Trainee HG Therapist

    Well structured, with great discussions and a friendly and open tutor. This was a very helpful course.

  3. Ezra Hewing, Mental health trainer/therapist

    The tutor brought a wealth of experience, wisdom and clarity to a complex subject!

  4. Homeopath/Hypnotherapist/Life Coach

    Having clients with traits associated with OCD, I know that it can be difficult to help. I was therefore very interested to have a new set of tools and a structure to use. A pleasure to see both Miriam describing her approach and style, plus see Joe Griffin at work with a client.

  5. Jayne Timmins, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Nurse

    A good overview of how to work the OCD from an HG perspective. Loved watching the videos and small group discussions. Miriam is a very knowledgeable and interactive tutor. There was a good balance of theory.

  6. Psychotherapist

    Absolutely adored Miriam! Her grounded presence, gentleness, approachability, and natural didactic style makes for the perfect learning environment. I learnt a lot, but wish the course had more information for clinicians who have solid foundation (scientific explanations, theory, statistics, in-depth experiences, maybe even role play or experiential experiences). Nevertheless it set a foundation with lots of questions for growth and experience, yet it didn’t need to be a full day with the current take aways.

  7. Ingrid Steele, Coach/Therapeutic Coach/Mediator/Facilitator

    I found the course very good indeed. Miriam was extremely knowledgeable and had a great style of facilitating that gave time for people to participate while good time for her to share lot of very useful information and advice. The practical elements of the course were very good to discuss case studies and watch experts in action. It would have been even better to have an opportunity to practice a little as well, to build and share learning, but I appreciate the time is tight on a one-day course.

  8. Health Counsellor

    The session delivered on OCD was really well delivered, very helpful and informative. Thank you so much.

  9. Ahmed Tomal, Counsellor

    I liked the structure of the course. However I would not recommend it to anyone who has at least a level 4 diploma in counselling or psychotherapy. I thought I would learn a lot more about ERP but it was barely touched upon. I was quite disappointed by the workshop. I haven’t learned any new about OCD and don’t really feel any more confident in treating clients after the workshop which I was hoping for. I felt the staff were really good and were open to questions being asked.

  10. Nurse

    Very interesting day. Lots of useful information and tools to use. Miriam was very knowledgeable in her field. May take some practice before I have the confidence to try out the techniques.

  11. Lisa Law Min, Community Mental Health Nurse

    Information was very good and delivered to a very good standard. Enjoyed the group discussions. Information I received will be able to put into practice.

  12. Mental Health Worker

    As I am not working as a therapist, but part of my role is to support OCD sufferers in a day centre, I missed some tips I could directly apply, for example when a person is getting “stuck with zips, shoe laces etc. Is unable to use bathroom, withholds urinating, etc”. Otherwise the course was very good. I liked how OCD was separated from the person as an unwanted friend. I liked the encouragement given during the visualisation to empower the person. I guess for some OCD sufferers, OCD might be the only control they might have over their lives, it’s giving them meaning and purpose.

  13. Social Care Manager

    Clearly presented at a nice pace. Good use of videos.

  14. Lisa, Parent

    I found it really helpful from a parental point of view to understand what my daughter is going through. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about the behaviours that we are facing with her.

  15. Play therapist and health coach

    This course was enlightening, well thought out and well delivered. Thank you
    I have come away with a deeper understanding of both what it is like to have OCD as well as useful therapeutic interventions to support those with it.

  16. Therapist

    A very informative course, excellent engaging and skilled tutor with so much knowledge and experience. Gave me increased confidence that I was on the right lines with my work and some news skills for my tool kit.

  17. Psychotherapist

    I found this course really helpful, having worked with clients with OCD it helped me to realise the power of GV and the process of exploring what OCD means to each individual client.

  18. Clare Ginders, Rehabilitation and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

    It was really informative and provided some useful tools and insights to try with clients. It was an interesting mix of attendees, who I enjoyed listening to, but it was a shame not to be able to meet them or discuss things more freely together due to the current Covid restrictions and necessity virtual learning. But I am really grateful that HG college went to the effort of putting on the course virtually.

  19. Carmel, Psychotherapist

    I really enjoyed the OCD training course and found Miriam to be very engaging in her presentation style whilst inviting interactions from the attendees whilst still getting through the day’s agenda in a timely manner.

  20. Victor Rybacki, Retired, was working in IT

    I would have liked more detail on how a mild ritual becomes an increasingly complicated one, as why this happens is not obvious but rightly the course focussed on the methods of treating OCD which is more important than the reasons for increasingly complicated rituals. Overall a useful course to help understand how OCD develops and how it can be treated

  21. Training in the Human Given Givens Approach

    The course provides a great opportunity to understand OCD and its treatment using the Human Givens approach, learning from Miriam’s considerable depth of knowledge and experience and drawing on video examples.

  22. Ruth Woodley, Pastoral support secondary school

    I found the training easy to understand. It will benefit me in my work. The use of clinical cases brought the training to life. Excellent.

  23. Catriona Mason, HG Psychotherapist

    The teaching was interactive, engaging, perfectly paced, diverse. I felt the teacher was listening to everyone and so in control of a classroom that she was unable to see some of the time.
    It is the first live HG workshop I have done (apart from the Institute’s Webinar on practicing online) since qualifying last June and I got the same warm feeling of like mindedness and togetherness that I got from being in the room with my peers during my training workshops. I spent the rest of my day in a high! Filled with new focus and motivation. I really felt on track again. It was just the theme of the workshop it was hearing the clarity and the logic of the HG language again. It was like being amongst old friends again.
    I cannot rate the experience highly enough. Thank you so much for the hard work that must have gone into organising this.

  24. Pippa Jamie, Psychotherapist

    It was a well planned course with an interesting case study of a live therapy session. I would have liked more time spent on the therapy of the different OCD variations, I think it would have been easier to teach if all delegates were therapists, rather than some people being interested in ocd from a personal view point ie parents etc as I don’t think it was appropriate to be enquiring re therapy of individuals without knowing background history etc, however Miriam did very well encouraging them to seek help.
    It was good it was accessible online, during these difficult times
    Thank you

  25. Kat Marlow, Psychotherapist and wellbeing trainer

    The OCD online course really helped to reinforce and expand my understanding of OCD and how to treat it. I’ve come away with a better understanding of the steps to working with OCD and what to try with the more persistent presentations. An excellent day with the added bonus of being able to watch Joe Griffin work with a client with OCD!

  26. Laura Davies, Counsellor - TA

    Overall the course was well structured and ran efficiently. Miriam was engaging and informative.

  27. Parent of a child with OCD

    Really helpful. Useful hints and tips on how to manage OCD and being able to understand what my daughter lives with on a day-to-day basis. Although the day was aimed for those attending on a professional basis, it was easy to follow and understand.

  28. Counsellor

    A great insight into OCD and how to treat it – one of the best courses I’ve done

  29. Educational Psychologist

    A useful day – good range of specific skills, technique and knowledge.

  30. Hypnotherapist

    A really good range of specific skills, technique and knowledge

  31. Psychiatrist

    Watching a video of the therapy session was particularly useful as I have not had an opportunity to see therapy in action before. Will use what I have learnt in speaking to patients.

  32. Social Worker

    Today was fab. I enjoyed all aspects – the skills and tips. The video clips were excellent too and made the course complete.

  33. Person-centred counsellor

    As a person who has experienced OCD, I found today to be highly accurate and informative as well as giving me ideas on how to manage my own OCD and help clients struggling.

  34. HG Therapist

    I loved Miriam’s honest, in-depth and relaxed approach to OCD. The course is well researched and put together. There was space for discussion and questions, which was really helpful. Also great to hear from other people on the course regarding their personal and professional experiences. Many thanks!

  35. Counsellor

    Excellent – will help my practice enormously

  36. HG Therapist

    So, so interesting. New insights shared. So much covered on OCD and relating issues.

  37. HG therapist / Coach

    I feel much more confident in helping people with OCD now

  38. Nurse

    Great day – empowering!

  39. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Watching the recordings of therapy sessions was very helpful – much better than the pure theoretical information you get on other courses

  40. Lecturer and Counsellor

    Very useful to understand the OCD aspects and how to work with them

  41. Student/Teacher

    Very useful. Helped to expand my understanding of different types of OCD and gave me a range of practical approaches for helping people with OCD symptoms. As always, the video demonstrations were illuminating

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