Jul 20- Understanding OCD


Understanding & Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorders


Workshop Information

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018 – Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost:          $129 Early Registration through July 13 $145 Late Registration after July 13 **$115 groups registration of 3 or more**

Presenter: Elspeth Bell, Ph.D. – Licensed Psychologist; Director of the Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 Maryland and DC CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Elspeth Bell Mar 2016

Dr. Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  She works primarily with adults and adolescents, focusing on the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.

Dr. Elspeth Bell received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Vassar College.  She received both her Master’s in psychology and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapies and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between childhood OCD and family-related anxieties.  Dr. Bell completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) in Rockville, Maryland.

She is licensed to practice psychology in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Workshop Description

Would you like to learn how to effectively help clients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness that consists of intrusive unwanted thoughts and behavioral rituals that are time consuming and severely impact quality of life. Millions of people around the world are affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about “1 in 40 adults and 1in 100 children” struggle with this debilitating condition. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to relieve even the worst cases of OCD. However, these effective treatment outcomes strongly depend on the clinician having adequate training.

During this seminar, Dr. Bell will review the diagnostic criteria and will discuss various clinical presentations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With this foundation, attendees will then learn to approach OCD from a cognitive behavioral perspective – from assessment to intervention. As OCD can have a wide range of manifestations, it is also important for clinicians to properly assess for the underlying themes so that an effective treatment plan can be developed. Successful treatment relies on effective interventions and creative clinicians. Dr. Bell will teach participants how to recognize these themes and how to use them to inform their treatment plan.

Evidenced based Interventions and treatments for clients with OCD involving cognitive behavioral strategies and Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) will be discussed and practiced using case examples. This presentation will also address the importance and rationale of hierarchy development and how to determine an individual’s subjective units of distress scale (SUDS) as part of E/RP.

Participants will leave this seminar with a deeper understanding of OCD and concrete tools for assessing and treating this debilitating condition.


Workshop Objectives

  • Become familiar with diagnostic criteria of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Recognize the subtypes of OCD and their manifestations (associated obsessions and compulsions)
  • Conceptualize treatment issues related to obsessive compulsive disorder from a cognitive-behavioral perspective
  • Develop potential Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) exercises that could be used with OCD clients
  • Understand treatment interventions to utilize when working with OCD clients
  • Identify strategies for working with clients through potential barriers to treatment


Workshop Agenda



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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits.**