Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Best Practices for Psychological Treatment

This 3-hour On-Demand Webinar led by Martin M. Antony, PhD includes 1.5 hours of bonus content. Registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Introduction by Dr. Martin Antony

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

This seminar 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), including new and emerging thinking on how to use these strategies to get the most benefit possible. Participants will also learn about acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches for OCD as well as strategies for enhancing client motivation and engagement.

This course also discusses 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.). In addition, we’ll discuss special considerations such as cognitive strategies for treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during a pandemic.

This course includes a list of resources provided by Dr. Antony.

  • Describe evidence-based behavioural strategies for treating OCD, such as exposure and response prevention.
  • Describe cognitive strategies for treating OCD, such as cognitive restructuring and experiments.
  • Describe strategies for adapting psychological treatments for OCD during a pandemic.

Dr. Martin M. Antony is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University and provincial clinical and training lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Previously, he was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Dr. Antony is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a past president of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. He has published 33 books and over 300 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behaviour therapy and anxiety-related disorders. He has also given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets. This includes BBC News, CBC, Chatelaine Magazine, CNN, CTV, the Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Scientific American Mind, Toronto Star, USA Today, Washington Post, and many others.


Financial: Martin M. Antony is an employee of Ryerson University. He receives additional payments through a contract with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Over the past year he has received (or in the next year he will receive) a speaking honorarium from Institute for Brain Potential, J&K Seminars, Leading Edge Seminars, Medipsy, Oakville Centre for Cognitive Therapy, PsychWire, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Unified CBT, University of Calgary). He receives royalties for books and videos from the American Psychological Association, Echo Point Books, Guilford Publications, Hogrefe, Institute for Brain Potential, J&K Seminars, Leading Edge Seminars, Medipsy, New Harbinger Publications, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education Canada, Porte-Voix, Springer.

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Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Overview of OCD, Psychological Treatment of OCD, Exposure and Ritual Prevention (part 1)
2nd hour
  • Exposure and Ritual Prevention (part 2), cognitive strategies, adapting treatment for COVID-19
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments, strategies for enhancing motivation, adaptations of treatment (e.g., group vs. individual, combining CBT with medications, internet-based treatments, self-help approaches, etc.)

This training offers 12 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of the On-Demand Recorded Version

You will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed after you pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On-Demand recorded version of the webinar.

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For Canadian and Non-US International Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and non-US international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation that includes:

  • Name of participant
  • Title of training
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulatory body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

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Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices