27 CEs
CEU Course

4-Day Intensive Workshop: Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD (December 2023)

Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Alissa Jerud, PhD for a 4-Day Intensive Workshop on the topic: Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD.


12/7/2023 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


12/8/2023 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


12/14/2023 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


12/15/2023 9:00AM - 4:00PM EST


Alissa Jerud, Ph.D.



Credit Hours

27 Clinical CEs

Course Overview

Both medication and therapy can be effective courses of treatment for OCD. CBT is considered a gold standard of treatment for OCD (Wu, Lang, & Zhang, 2016), and has been found to have similar effectiveness to SSRIs (Öst, Riise, Wergeland, Hansen, & Kvale, 2016). CBT for OCD also has a lower attrition rate than SSRIs (Öst, Riise, Wergeland, Hansen, & Kvale, 2016). In addition, exposure-based interventions trend towards greater effect sizes (Carpenter et al., 2018) and lower attrition than other CBT interventions (Johnco, McGuire, Roper, & Storch, 2020). In this training, participants will learn the psychopathology of OCD, how diagnose OCD, and how to treat OCD using Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP). EX/RP is a manualized CBT based intervention for OCD that has five main components: in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure, ritual prevention, processing, and home visits (Foa, Yadin, & Lichner, 2012). In learning EX/RP, participants will learn the theory underlying the intervention and the empirical support for it. Participants will learn the basic techniques in EX/RP and how to apply these to adults, adolescents and children. Participants will learn how and when to modify these techniques based on patient needs. Participants will learn through a variety of instructional methods, including through practice, videotaped sessions, case vignettes, and discussion. While researchers have identified that there is no meaningful difference between face-to-face treatment and remote treatment on outcomes for OCD (Wootton, 2016), issues related to delivering EX/RP remotely will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will describe the psychopathology of OCD
2. Participants will describe the diagnosis of OCD.
3. Participants will discuss empirically-supported treatments for OCD,
4. Participants will discuss psychotherapeutic treatments for OCD.
5. Participants will discuss psychopharmacologic treatments for OCD.
6. Participants will compare the efficacy of these treatment approaches: empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatments for OCD
7. Participants will discuss the theory underlying for EX/RP
8. Participants will discuss the empirical support for EX/RP8. Implement psychoeducational treatment components of EX/RP for OCD
9. Participants will construct an in-vivo exposure hierarchy that includes a range of situations that effectively promote learning
10. Participants will implement in-vivo exposure
11. Participants will conduct imaginal exposure to feared consequences
12. Participants will discuss how to modify EX/RP techniques to tailor the therapy to the individual (e.g., developmental issues, co-morbid conditions)
13. Participants will discuss when to modify EX/RP techniques to tailor the therapy to the individual (e.g., developmental issues, co-morbid conditions)
14. Participants will discuss the basic techniques of EX/RP for treatment of adults
15. Participants will discuss the basic techniques of EX/RP for treatment of adolescents
16. Participants will discuss the basic techniques of EX/RP for treatment of children
17. Participants will implement imaginal role-plays in a mock treatment session
18. Participants will assess OCD symptoms
19. Participants will design an appropriate OCD treatment plan
20. Participants will discuss OCD presentations in youth and adolescents

Course Bibliography

Carpenter, J. K., Andrews, L. A., Witcraft, S. M., Powers, M. B., Smits, J., & Hofmann, S. G. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and related disorders: A meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. Depression and anxiety, 35(6), 502–514. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22728

Foa, E., Yadin, E., & Lichner, T. (2012-03). Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Therapist Guide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 14 Dec. 2020, from https://www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com/view/10.1093/med:psych/9780195335286.001.0001/med-9780195335286.

Johnco, C., McGuire, J. F., Roper, T., & Storch, E. A. (2020). A meta-analysis of dropout rates from exposure with response prevention and pharmacological treatment for youth with obsessive compulsive disorder. Depression and anxiety, 37(5), 407–417. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22978

Öst, L. G., Riise, E. N., Wergeland, G. J., Hansen, B., & Kvale, G. (2016). Cognitive behavioral and pharmacological treatments of OCD in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of anxiety disorders, 43, 58–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.08.003

Wootton B. M. (2016). Remote cognitive-behavior therapy for obsessive-compulsive symptoms: A meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 43, 103–113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2015.10.001

Wu, Y., Lang, Z., & Zhang, H. (2016). Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Meta-Analysis. Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research, 22, 1646–1653. https://doi.org/10.12659/msm.895481


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Course Schedule

Course Date Course Start Time Course End Time Timezone
12/7/2023 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
12/8/2023 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
12/14/2023 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
12/15/2023 9:00AM 4:00PM EST

Course Agenda

Course Event Day or Date Course Agenda Time Block Course Content Covered
Day 1 9:00AM-12:40PM
(Break 10:50-11am)
  • Diagnosis of OCD
    • Subtypes of OCD
    • Differential diagnosis
  • Emotional Processing Theory
  • Empirical support for ERP
Day 1 12:40PM-1:20PM Lunchbreak
Day 1 1:20PM-5PM
  • Assessment-Yale-Brown ObsessiveCompulsive Scale(YBOCS)
    First-line treatment options
  • Delivering ERP
    • Psychoeducation
    • Overall Treatment Rationale
Day 2 9am-12:40pm (Break 10:50-11am)
  • Break out exercise - Rationale Delivery
  • Delivering ERP (con't)
    • Self-monitoring
    • Hierarchy construction
Day 2 12:40PM-1:20PM Lunchbreak
Day 2 1:20PM-5:00PM
  • Delivering ERP (con’t)
    • Hierarchy construction (con’t)
  • Break out exercise - Hierarchy development
  • First exposure
  • Post-exposure processing
Day 3 9:00AM-12:40PM
(Break 10:50AM-11AM)
  • Delivering ERP (con’t)
    • Ritual Prevention
    • Between-session practice
  • Imaginal exposure
Day 3 12:40PM-1:20PM Lunchbreak
Day 3 1:20PM-5:00PM
  • Imaginal exposure (con’t)
  • Advanced treatment components
    • Out-of-office exposure
    • Home visits
    • Considerations with COVID-19
    • Family accommodation
Day 4 9am-12:40pm (Break 10:50-11am)
  • Advanced treatment components (con't)
    • Relapse prevention
    • Termination
  • Special Topics:
    • Formal vs. informal exposure
    • Enhancing motivation
    • Higher levels of care
    • Intrusive violent/sexual thoughts
    • Scrupulosity
Day 4 12:40pm-1:20pm Lunchbreak
Day 4 1:20pm-4pm (Break3:30-3:40)
  • Special Topics (con’t)
  • Consultation options
  • Attendee Q&A
  • Evaluations and CEUs
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