Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is marked by persistent unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors that can result in significant suffering. OCD is a complex disorder that can manifest as contamination obsessions with cleaning/washing rituals, obsessions concerning responsibility for harm with checking rituals, unacceptable obsessive thoughts with mental rituals, or symmetry/exactness obsessions with ordering/arranging rituals. This workshop will explore empirically supported approaches for the conceptualization and treatment of OCD and disorders that often co-occur with OCD.
- Explain proper measures in the assessment of OCD and common differential diagnostic concerns with OCD
- Introduce participants to the underlying theory and the empirical support for ERP
- Provide instruction in the basic techniques of ERP to treat OCD in adults, adolescents and children
- Provide guidelines for how and when to modify ERP techniques to tailor the therapy to the individual (developmental issues, co-morbid conditions)
- Allow participants to practice the techniques of ERP by creating an exposure hierarchy for a mock client
- Include case vignettes and discussion of when and how to implement ERP
Bella Gambino, MA, LPC
Lead Therapist-Rogers Behavioral Health Chicago
Bella Gambino is currently the lead therapist for the OCD/anxiety and Focus PHP/IOP services at Rogers Memorial Hospital-Chicago. She treats adolescents and families struggling with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and mood disorders. Bella has a passion for helping and empowering individuals to challenge themselves to increase their success and well-being. Prior to Rogers, Bella trained and worked at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. In her ten years of tenure there, she helped develop the Anxiety & OCD PHP and helped to train many clinicians in utilizing CBT & ERP to treat anxiety & OCD. In her current role, Bella has been an integral part of the development of the ED and Focus programs at Rogers and is excited to be part of a team of clinicians that use CBT & ERP to treat children and adolescents.
Paula R. Young, PhD, ACT
Clinical Director, FOCUS Programs– Rogers Behavioral Health-Chicago
Paula R. Young, PhD, ACT, is a licensed clinical psychologist who directs the adolescent and adult FOCUS mood disorders partial hospital programs at Rogers Behavioral Health–Chicago. She is also Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Dr. Young holds joint faculty appointments in the Psychology Department and the Counseling Program at Northwestern University, where she has taught and supervised graduate-level trainees in CBT and exposure-based therapies for anxiety disorders for over 10 years. She earned her PhD from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. As an intern at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, she received specialized training in exposure and response prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Dr.s Edna Foa and Martin Franklin. Dr. Young is Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a Fellow in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has over 25 years of experience using ERP to help patients with OCD.
8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9am to 12pm: Presentation
· Professional Counselors
· Social Workers
· Substance Abuse Counselors
· Marriage and Family Therapists
Continuation Education Credit for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Psychologists.
This educational offering has been approved for 3 Continuing Education hours by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.