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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie J. Shapiro, MSW, LICSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Amanda Gilmore, PhD
Item#: B4264
Contents: 1 Course Book (96 pages)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price $34.95
Item # B4264
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 27, 2018

Expiration date: September 27, 2021

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common psychiatric disorder, so clinicians are likely to encounter it in clients seeking mental health treatment. Treatments for OCD take hard work, courage, and trust. Clients can learn strategies for managing their intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, and minimize the effect of symptoms on their relationships with others and in their daily lives. This intermediate–level course provides information about differential diagnosis and reviews appropriate tools clinicians can use to identify and treat clients with this complicated disorder and help them achieve a stable recovery.


  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Explain obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) etiology, diagnosis, and subtypes.
  • Recognize important psychosocial factors underlying OCD.
  • Differentiate between OCD, obsessive compulsive spectrum, and related disorders.
  • Identify OCD assessment tools and clinical considerations.
  • Explain effective treatments and interventions for OCD, including family interventions and neurosurgical options.
  • Describe relapse prevention and outcome evaluations with respect to OCD.

Leslie J. Shapiro, MSW, LICSW, is the author of Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She currently practices as a behavioral therapist at the McLean Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute in Belmont, MA, where she provides cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for people with refractory obsessive compulsive disor­der (OCD) and related disorders in residential, partial, and outpatient programs. Ms. Shapiro also main­tains a private practice working with individuals presenting primarily with OCD and anxiety problems. She received her master of social work degree in 1989 from Boston University, has been an instructor of cognitive and behavioral treatment at Boston University and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and was awarded a McLean Hospital career development grant. Her research and publications have focused on scrupulosity and pathological guilt among residential patients with OCD.

Amanda Gilmore, PhD, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and completed postdoctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has been trained to treat OCD clinically, and academically her focus is on posttraumatic stress disorder as well as other anxiety disorders related to OCD. Dr. Gilmore currently trains clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows in the use of cognitive behavioral treatments for psychological disorders.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.