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CBT for OCD: Restoring Freedom, Functioning, and Peace
Presented by JFredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, CASAC, LPC, LADC, NCC, CCMHC, MAC, ACS, BC-TMH, HS-BCP, ICADC, DCMHS
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is difficult to treat as the compulsive behaviors have become the main coping strategy for many clients to manage anxiety inducing obsessive thoughts. The daily lives and interpersonal relationships of those living with OCD are deeply impacted as compensatory behaviors interfere with activities of daily living. As a result, those living with OCD may isolate from others, be unable to work, and engage in substance use to manage symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective in the treatment of OCD. While many clinical counselors are trained in CBT, the vast majority of counselors do not adhere to the step-by-step process for appropriate application. When treating symptoms of OCD, the appropriate CBT process is essential to help navigate potential pitfalls. When a link is missing or the process of CBT is not appropriately adhered to, treatment may slow down and clients can withdraw from treatment feeling that they have not been able to make progress. This session will help attendees gain the appropriate CBT tools and processes associated with effective treatment of OCD.
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DSM-5 Resources for Differential Diagnosis
Presented by Aaron Norton, LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE
Decades of research suggest that misdiagnosis of mental disorders is a common medical error. For example, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and many children and adolescents are misdiagnosed with ADHD. Although many people who meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are undiagnosed, as many as 60 % of people who are diagnosed with MDD do not meet criteria for the disorder! Bipolar II Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are often missed by clinicians. Why is that? We’re often trained in graduate school to with cookie-cutter, seamless case examples, but in the real world, clients often don't present with "textbook" presentations of symptoms that neatly fall into a particular disorder. Many symptoms of mental disorders are "overlapping," meaning that the same symptom may be listed under several disorders. With the limited time that clinicians often have, how do we quickly formulate an accurate diagnosis? Find out by attending this 2-hour medical errors update! We'll use real case examples to show you how to use differential diagnosis resources for overlapping symptoms.