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Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy for OCD: A dive through the occupational lens

Aliza Ladak & Nathania Lukman
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Friday, September 27, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
This workshop is ideal for occupational therapists who wish to increase their understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as enhance their skills in assessment and exposure response therapy using an occupational lens. The workshop will begin with an overview of OCD, the OCD cycle, and specific occupational therapy assessments for people living with OCD. Current evidence-based approaches to support people living with OCD will be reviewed and application of these approaches using occupational models will be discussed. Specifically, the process of collaborating with clients to design and deliver values-based exposure and response prevention (ERP) in various settings including the client's home and the community. The presenters will also discuss the importance of involving clients' family members or loved ones in therapy for OCD and how best to involve them in the therapy process. All of the above concepts will culminate in small group discussions and role play in the second half of the workshop, to allow participants to observe and practice their new knowledge and skills. Occupational therapist clinicians and educators who want to increase their knowledge and skills in evidence-based assessment and therapy with an occupational lens for people living with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Students in occupational therapy programs are also welcome to participate.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Understand components of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and develop a behavioural conceptualization of OCD. Identify and apply appropriate occupational models during the assessment process and developing a therapy plan with people living with OCD. Explain what exposure and response prevention (ERP) is and how it works. State guidelines and principles to deliver ERP effectively. Identify the role of family members or loved ones in the therapy of OCD.