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Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Left unchecked, the distressing symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can condemn its sufferers to a rigid and severely diminished quality of life and without proper training, it is almost impossible for therapists to help clients with OCD overcome their symptoms. Learn the fundamentals of successful treatment in this video.
Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning


Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Clients suffering from OCD are trapped in patterns that only exacerbate their considerable anxiety, and effective therapists must address both the persistent obsessions and misguided compulsions that characterize this debilitating disorder. In this video, expert clinicians Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma provide evidence-based instruction on the features of OCD and its empirically supported treatments, with treatment planning essentials, case vignettes featuring a client exposure session, and insightful commentary to help you maximize clinical success.

Beginning with a survey of the DSM criteria for OCD that includes specific definitions of symptoms, Bruce and Jongsma emphasize the intrusive nature of obsessive thoughts and the excessive amount of energy clients spend on unrealistic attempts to control them (using compulsive behaviors such as ordering, washing, or checking). The two practitioners offer a six-step treatment planning process for OCD, geared toward building a plan consistent with its empirically supported treatments (ESTs). A brief history of the EST movement provides further context.

Bruce and Jongsma also offer informative, practical commentary, taking you through the various stages of evidence-based case formulation alongside related clinical demonstrations. In a series of vignettes featuring a female client working through compulsive hand-washing based in contamination fears, you’ll watch her therapist make skillful interventions (including psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, and hierarchical exposures) based on the approaches of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy involving ERP. Behavioral definitions, short-term objectives, and long-term goals are covered too, making for a well-rounded set of tools you can start using immediately to support clients while meeting increasingly stringent professional standards.

Whether your goal is to build clinical confidence with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or build evidence-based treatment plans aligned with the latest empirically supported methods, this video will be an essential addition to your library.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is notable for its intrusive, repetitive thoughts and the “corrective” thoughts and behaviors clients use (in vain) to manage them. And as Drs. Tim Bruce and Art Jongsma point out, even when faced with these unsettling symptoms, sufferers are less likely to seek treatment and less motivated to follow through. Therefore, understanding the complexities of this condition and how to guide clients through it is essential to effective therapy. Here, Bruce and Jongsma share evidence-based approaches to treating OCD, including a review of the disorder and its research literature, a step-by-step process for building treatment plans that pass muster with funding sources, and a series of case demonstrations to support your success.

Bruce and Jongsma start by presenting an overview of the DSM criteria for OCD, with comprehensive descriptions of the traumatic stressors, intrusive recollections, trigger avoidance, hyperarousal, and functional impairment that can characterize a client’s experience. Moving on to a brief history of the empirically supported treatment (EST) movement, the hosts outline several ways to integrate ESTs into OCD treatment. They outline the common types of obsessions and compulsions, what to include in an assessment, how to work with cognitive biases, and interventions for cognitive restructuring.

You’ll learn to compose a six-step treatment plan incorporating the well-established approaches of Cognitive Therapy, Exposure and Response Therapy, and CBT/ERP, and you’ll watch these in action via live case vignettes of a female client stuck in obsessive fears of getting contaminated from public bathrooms. Live commentary follows each segment, helping you integrate what you’ve just seen and contextualize it within an evidence-based framework. Finally, the two experts discuss relapse prevention methods, stressing the importance of helping clients integrate adaptive, nonavoidant approaches to fear into their everyday lives.

The sheer amount of content in this video is well worth a deeper look. If you’ve been searching for clinical resources on OCD or its empirically supported treatment approaches, you’ll be excited to get your hands on this information-packed resource.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the DSM criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, its clinical features, and considerations for relapse prevention.
  • Know the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for OCD.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan for OCD informed by evidence-based practices.
Length of video: 01:04:08
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
Timothy BruceTimothy Bruce, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of the honors program curriculum at Indiana State University, Bruce received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University at Albany-State University of New York under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. He completed his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Robert Klepac.

Bruce is active in the clinical, educational, and scholarship missions of the department. He serves several administrative positions in the department including Associate Chair, Director of Medical Student Education, and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Scholarship Program. Bruce's contributions to the literature include over 30 books and training manuals, as well as numerous professional journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other works. His areas of interests include education and training, the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In addition to maintaining his own clinical practice, Bruce supervises the psychotherapy training of residents. Recognized for his work in academic administration as well as classroom and clinical teaching, Bruce has received over three dozen awards for his efforts in these areas to date.

Most recently, Bruce has been contributing editor and co-author of Arthur Jongsma’s widely used PracticePlanners© Series, empirically informing it with results from the psychotherapy outcome literature.

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Arthur Jongsma, Jr.ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, Jr., PhD, is Series Editor for the bestselling PracticePlanners® . Since 1971, he has provided professional mental health services to both inpatient and outpatient clients. He managed a group private practice for twenty-five years and is now the Executive Director of Life Guidance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Learning objectives:

  • Understand the DSM criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, its clinical features, and considerations for relapse prevention.
  • Know the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for OCD.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan for OCD informed by evidence-based practices.