Busting the Common Myths
SALLY WINSTON & MARTIN SEIF
Almost everything we learned about obsessive compulsive disorder prior to 2000 was just plain wrong: it’s not rare, obvious, hard to treat, or a manifestation of deep underlying conflict. We now know it’s common, often unrecognized, and that it’s far more helpful to treat what maintains the symptoms rather than what lies “underneath.” What brings relief for clients is not insight into the origins or meanings of issues, but rather a systematic change in their reactions to disturbing thoughts, feelings and anxious, arousal. This workshop will bring you up to date on contemporary thinking and treatment of OCD and OCD spectrum disorders. You’ll discover:
- What questions to ask to uncover OCD when it’s hidden because of shame
- The more subtle forms of OCD involving disgust, incompleteness, scrupulosity, and unwanted intrusive thoughts
- The basic principles of treatment planning, including exposure and response prevention, and metacognitive approaches
- How to help clients endure the momentary anxiety of not doing ritual repetitive behavior
Sally Winston, PsyD, and Martin Seif, PhD, are coauthors of What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Anxiety Disorders, Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts, and The Reassurance Trap.