Getting Freedom from OCD: What You Need to Know to Help Your Client with OCD

Christopher Conley is a clinical social worker and Assistant Clinical Professor (PT) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University.

Christopher Conley, M.S.W., RSW
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a life-long disabling disorder that affects between 2-3% of the population. The disorder often goes undiagnosed and unrecognized by treatment providers. Worse still, some presentations of OCD are misdiagnosed as other disorders. While effective CBT treatments exist, many practitioners are not knowledgeable about the specific CBT strategies to use in OCD treatment and how to maintain their clients’ motivation. Other providers, may provide treatments that worsen OCD. This workshop will introduce the attendees to assessment practices for OCD, common presentations of OCD, structuring treatment, and conducting treatment in order to assist your clients to have a life worth living with freedom from OCD’s control.


On completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate instruments and measures to assess OCD
  2. Articulate common and uncommon presentations of OCD
  3. Be able to provide psychoeducation on OCD and OCD treatment
  4. Construct effective exposure hierarchies
  5. Be able to conduct in vivo and imaginal exposure with response prevention
  6. Use appropriate cognitive strategies in OCD treatment
  7. Use strategies to address family accommodation


Participants who complete both training days will earn 14 CE hours.

Portland DBT Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6326.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Portland DBT Institute is solely is responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Individual Registration Fee
Group Registration Fee for 3 or more
Student Registration Fee


A $60.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the start date. In addition, the fees are non-transferrable.

PDBTI reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrollment, or any course due to work stoppages, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a course is cancelled, PDBTI is responsible for refunding only the course fee.

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