CBT for OCD and Health Anxiety

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Participants will gain familiarity with the CBT models of OCD and Health Anxiety and will learn to become more confident applying a Cognitive Behavioural framework & CBT interventions to these issues.

 

CBT for OCD & Health Anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Health Anxiety Disorder (formerly known as hypochondria) are both in the spotlight at present due to the nature of the Coronavirus threat. The link is not just the level of the frequent handwashing that we are advised to do – that is only a relatively superficial type of connection, and mainly to certain subtypes of OCD. The real connections lie in the fact that the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic is a threat that provokes a lot of anxiety in many people, especially because of the high level of uncertainty that goes with it, along with a low level of visibility. These are exactly the kind of themes we find in both disorders mentioned above.

 

People with OCD are fearful of a variety of stimuli, environments, ideas etc that they associate with threat and danger. The danger themes that we find include health/contamination, but also security (e.g. checking that doors are locked), or fear that they could behave in a violent or sexually inappropriate way. Sufferers experience persistent intrusive thoughts (which they try to suppress) about these themes, as well as repetitive compulsive behaviours or mental actions aimed at reducing anxiety and preventing feared outcomes.

 

Those with Health Anxiety problems largely confine their worries to the domain of illness, constantly monitoring their bodily surface and sensations for possible symptoms, which they then catastrophise based on their anxiety rather than on appropriate evidence.

 

Who is this course for?  

This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists, including those in training, who are interested in understanding more about how to work with these two specialised disorders – OCD and Health Anxiety. This course would also be suitable for those working in the allied health professions, such as GPs, nurses, social workers, who encounter these disorders in their workplace.

 

What are the benefits of doing this course? 

Participants will not only gain a unique understanding of how people present with both OCD and health anxiety, they will also acquire the tools necessary to work effectively in reducing the symptoms of these disorders which interrupt healthy functioning.

 

What will you learn?

People with OCD are fearful of a variety of stimuli, environments, ideas etc that they associate with threat and danger. The danger themes that we find include health/contamination, but also security (e.g. checking that doors are locked), or fear that they could behave in a violent or sexually inappropriate way. Sufferers experience persistent intrusive thoughts (which they try to suppress) about these themes, as well as repetitive compulsive behaviours or mental actions aimed at reducing anxiety and preventing feared outcomes.

 

Those with Health Anxiety problems largely confine their worries to the domain of illness, constantly monitoring their bodily surface and sensations for possible symptoms, which they then catastrophise based on their anxiety rather than on appropriate evidence.

 

Participants will learn how to apply CBT techniques to the above presentations.



Course Details

 

DURATION: 1 Day    START DATE: TBC

 

TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 

 

AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance

 

VENUE: Live-Classroom 


covid-10-addendumIn compliance with COVID-19, the classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.

Syllabus

 

COURSE CONTENT

  • The nature of Obsessions, Compulsions & Rituals
  • The Cognitive Model of OCD
  • Underlying Beliefs in OCD
  • CBT Interventions for OCD
  • The Cognitive Model of Health Anxiety
  • The Role of Checking, Reassurance-Seeking & “Doctor Google”
  • CBT interventions for Health Anxiety

Entry Requirements

 

ELIGIBILITY 

This is a Continuing Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience.

 


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case.

 

IT SKILLS: students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course

 

Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees

 

FEES 

Full Price: €100

PCI College Graduate & Student*: €80

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.

 

Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed

 

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