Category: Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 4 - A Winter-Break Model of Treating College-Age Young Adults With OCD: The Fast Track to Improvement

Friday, November 17
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire 410, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) | College Students | Exposure
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Moderate

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the front-line psychosocial intervention for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). There is a growing evidence base indicating that implementing CBT with ERP in a short-term intensive manner is as effective as longer-term, weekly therapy. The intensive model can be particularly helpful for individuals who require treatment for moderate to severe symptoms over a short period of time. College-age young adults struggling with OCD reflect a population that can benefit from more intensive forms of treatment. They face unique challenges as they transition to independence: symptoms can be difficult to manage and may worsen while away from home, parents may have provided accommodation of OCD symptoms that is no longer present, time spent engaging in compulsions often interferes with academic and social pursuits, and basic self-care can suffer (e.g. eating well, sleeping well, and taking medication regularly). Some college-age young adults require a leave of absence to address the interference caused by their symptoms, or alternately, may seek help intensively during a school break. In this workshop, we will present an intensive treatment model, which includes up to ten hours of CBT/ERP, including both group and individual applications. The goal of this model is to greatly reduce impairing symptoms over the course of a few weeks to prepare young adults to return to school and function independently. We will discuss the unique presentation of OCD during this sensitive developmental time period, how to evaluate when and for whom to use intensive treatment models, how to apply CBT with ERP in an intensive manner, and how to adapt an intensive model to fit various practice settings.

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Recommended Reading: Jonsson, H., Kristensen, M., & Arendt, M. (2015). Intensive cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 6, 83-96.
Pediatric, O.C.D. (2004). Cognitive-behavior therapy, sertraline, and their combination for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study (POTS) randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 292(16), 1969.
Barrett, P. M., Farrell, L., Pina, A. A., Peris, T. S., & Piacentini, J. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for child and adolescent obsessive–compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 131-155.

Avital Falk

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, Program Director - Intensive Treatment Program for OCD and Anxiety
Weill Cornell Medical College


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