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Working with Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

The day covers issues of definitions and co-morbidity, Foa’s theory of OCD, assessment and formulation, along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to OCD.

Can be taken as an individual one-day course or as a part of a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre.

Issues covered include:

  • OCD presentations and co-morbidity
  • Assessment and standard outcome measures including OCI
  • Introduction to Salkovskis’ and Wells’ models of OCD
  • Extinction response prevention treatment programmes
  • The role of cognitive factors in OCD
    • Common cognitive biases in OCD
    • Thought-Action fusion and Thought-Object fusion
    • Inflated sense of responsibility and power
    • Internal safety seeking and compulsive behaviours
  • Normalising intrusive thoughts
  • The use of behavioural experiments with OCD

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.


“Fabulous Trainer! Really Useful day. Thanks.”
A.O., Psychotherapist, Moorgate

“Structured, well balanced. Very useful demonstrations and discussion.”
N.P., Counselling Psychologist

“Overall – very good. I enjoyed the training – the combination and balance between theory and practice.”
A.N., Clinical Psychologist

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £160 + VAT (£192).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on the day.

To book an Evidenced Reading Module for this course: Click Here

To book an Assessed Case Formulation Module for this course: Click Here

Additional Components of the Diploma:

Assessed Case Formulation

Evidenced Reading Hours


Recommended Viewing:

Cognitive Therapy for Obsessions - 3 CPD Hours

Stopping obsessional thinking patterns is one of the most vexing challenges people deal with, and most therapists are equally mystified about how to really help their clients free themselves from the torture of fearful thoughts. Here, notable anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson employs a variation of cognitive-behavioral and strategic methods in two live sessions, demonstrating his unique approach to tackling obsessive thinking.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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Course Outline:


Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

Course Leader:

Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona Kennedy has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals. Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the government’s National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

(The British Psychological Society)
27 APRIL 2017
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