Understanding & Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

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.




Date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am EST – Workshop: 8:45am EST-4:00pm EST

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive via Zoom (Still Earn Category I CE Credits!)

Cost: $129 early registration through May 7, 2022

   $145 after May 7

  $110 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Elspeth Bell, PhD

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CE Credits (see below for credit information)


Dr. Elspeth 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 Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.

A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell conducts assessments and evaluations, provides psychotherapy for sufferers and family members, and runs psychoeducational and support groups.  Dr. Bell has collaborated with area Hoarding Task Forces, presented at national conferences, and conducted workshops for professionals, those struggling with clutter, and families.

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.  Dr. Bell completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) in Rockville, Maryland.


CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

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 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


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

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