• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Teresa Crowe, PhD, LCSWC
Peer Reviewer(s): Leslie J. Shapiro, LICSW
Item#: N1497
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Price $24.95
Item # N1497
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Nurses play an important role in helping children and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms and achieve an optimal level of functioning. This course discusses the OCD diagnosis, including subtypes of OCD and their symptoms. Nurses will learn about the differential diagnosis, which can entail obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, body sensation and appearance disorders, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, delusional disorders, movement disorders, impulse-control disorders and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors, and hoarding disorder, among others. Causal and influential factors are described, including biological, psychological, social, and cross-cultural factors, and nurses will learn about various assessment methods and tools. Treatment approaches such as medication and cognitive therapy are discussed, and the course describes relapse prevention and outcome evaluation. The details of a hypothetical patient’s therapeutic process are presented throughout the course as a case study to illustrate the use of a multimodal approach to assist patients in their recovery and to maximize treatment outcomes. With the information learned in this course, the nurse ensures that the diagnosis is correct, develops realistic and manageable goals, and teaches patients how to manage their symptoms so they can gain satisfaction in their daily lives. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the symptoms and subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Distinguish between OCD and differential disorders.
  • Describe the causal and influential factors of OCD.
  • Describe the presentation of OCD across the lifespan.
  • Describe approaches for OCD assessment, treatment, and relapse prevention.
  • Explain ways to evaluate OCD treatment outcomes.
Teresa Crowe, PhD, LCSWC, is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She received a BSW in 1987 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an MSW from Gallaudet University in 1992; and a PhD from the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000. Dr. Crowe has worked in the mental health field for more than 25 years in inpatient, outpatient community centers, and private practice settings. In addition to teaching graduate-level social work students, Dr. Crowe works as a psychotherapist for a community service mental health agency that serves people with chronic mental illnesses. Her current publications and areas of research address the assessment of mental health needs in minority populations. Both Dr. Crowe’s therapeutic practice and her academic research have focused on individuals with chronic mental illnesses, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Leslie J. Shapiro, LICSW, is a behavioral therapist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she provides cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment for people with refractory 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 MSW in 1989 from Boston University and has been an instructor of cognitive and behavioral treatment at Boston University, 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.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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.