AACBT Master Clinician Series Webinar – OCD

31 Dec 2023
12:00 pm
- 03:30 pm
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  • Martin Antony
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Best practices in cognitive and behavioural treatments for OCD

Presented by Professor Martin Antony

Part of the AACBT Master Clinician webinar series.


This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This 3hr 29min Master Clinician webinar was recorded in July 2020.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a fascinating condition that often looks very different across individuals. It rarely improves without treatment, and it can be challenging to treat. This Masterclass provides an overview of evidence-based approached to treating OCD.

OCD is a common condition associated with unwanted thoughts, images, or urges (obsessions) and repeated behaviours aimed at reducing anxiety or preventing danger (compulsions).

This Masterclass provides an overview of cognitive and behavioural strategies for treating OCD. Participants will learn about the theoretical foundations, empirical evidence, and practical application of well-established behavioural approaches (e.g., exposure and response prevention) and cognitive approaches (e.g., experiments, cognitive restructuring), as well as emerging acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches.

Although the focus will be primarily on treating adults, adaptations for children will also be covered. The class will also discuss the evidence concerning key treatment decisions and modalities (e.g., group vs. individual treatment; teletherapy; combining CBT with medication; intensive treatments; clinician-supported self-help, etc.).

Methods for enhancing motivation and engagement will be reviewed, as will strategies for dealing with treatment-interfering behaviours.

Special considerations for treating OCD during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be discussed. Participants will receive a detailed list of resources.


Key Learning Objectives

  1. An understanding of evidence-based behavioural strategies for treating OCD, such as exposure and response prevention
  2. An understanding of cognitive strategies for treating OCD, such as cognitive restructuring and experiments
  3. An understanding of strategies for resolving ambivalence, promoting engagement, and dealing with treatment-interfering behaviours

Participants will learn practical, step-by-step, methods for treating OCD. Strategies for maximising the effectiveness of exposure and response prevention will be discussed, as will best practices for implementing cognitive strategies. Participants will also learn about mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, and methods for engaging clients and managing ambivalence. At the end of the Masterclass, participants will be equipped with tools that they can apply in their practices, as well as a list of resources that they can use to further deepen their knowledge and skills.



Clark, D.A. (2020). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for OCD and its subtypes, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Franklin, M.E., & Foa, E.B. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. In D.H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical handbook of psychological disorders (pp. 155-205). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Öst, L.-G., Havnen, A., Hansen, B., & Kvale, G. (2015). Cognitive behavioral treatments of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies published 1993-2014. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 156-169.


In addition to the above, Professor Antony includes *many* recommended titles for use by therapists or clients throughout his slides.

This is a free event for all AACBT members; bookings are only required for non-members to receive the link.

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