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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
From Diagnosis to Treatment

Presenter: Presenter: Dr. Yosef Posy

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These workshops offer 12 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

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12 Sessions

Evaluation, Quiz and Certificate will be available after session 12

Starting April 20th, 2023

Classes are all scheduled 8:30 AM EST - 9:30 AM EST.

 This weekly webinar includes a total of 12 CE credits.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This is a 12 session, 12 hour class.

Classes are all scheduled 8:30 AM EST - 9:30 AM EST.


This 12 session workshop will discuss the Diagnostic criteria for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) including specific sub-types of OCD such as scrupulosity.  Specific techniques such as graded exposure and scripting will be taught.  These techniques will be based on the works of John S. March, MD and Jonathon B. Grayson. Ph.D. who are among the foremost thinkers in the field of OCD.  Participants will learn the philosophy and workings of OCD in order to foster competence in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD.



Session 1: April 20

8:30 – 8:55 Introduction to OCD types of OCD

  1. Contamination
  2. Doubt/Harm
  3. Perfection
  4. Forbidden thoughts.

8:55 - 9:20 Behavioral theory of symptoms development

  1. Pavlov
  2. Core beliefs
  3. Biology and learned behaviors.
  4. Wrap up/ review

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 2: April 27

8:30 - 8: 55 Diagnostic criteria for OCD

  1. DSMV definitions
  2. Obsessions
  3. Compulsions.

8:55 – 9:20 Rule out criteria

  1. Psychosis
  2. Substance induced symptoms
  3. GAD
  4. OCPD

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 3: May 4

8:30 – 8:55 OCD assessment

  1. Obsessive concerns checklist
  2. Compulsive activities checklist
  3. Yale Brown  

8:55 – 9:20 levels of severity

  1. Example s of severe presentations
  2. Examples of moderate presentation
  3. Discussion of impact on function

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up review

Session 4: May 11

8:30 – 8:55 starting treatment

  1. Psychoeducation
  2. Explaining exposure with response/ ritual prevention
  3. Motivation assessment

 8:55 – 9:20 exposure

  1. Flooding
  2. Graded exposure

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

 Session 5: May 18

8:30 – 8:55 graded exposure

  1. Developing a hierarchy
  2. A model hierarchy

8:55 – 9:20

  1. Cognitive restructure during exposure
  2. Keeping in mind core belief


  1. Wrap up review

Session 6: May 25

8:30 - 8:55 different hierarchies

  1. Doubt/ harm hierarchies
  2. Perfection hierarchies
  3. Bad thoughts/ hierarchies

8:55 - 9:20 exposure without fears

  1. Symmetry exposures
  2. Obsessions about anxiety

9:20 – 9:30

  1. wrap up review

Session 7: June 1

8:30 – 8:55 OCD pure O

  1. Thoughts as a compulsion
  2. Identifying the compulsion

8:55 - 9:20 treating pure O

  1. Difficulties in treatment
  2. The use of scripting

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 8: June 8

8:30 – 8:55 Scrupulosity

  1. Identifying the difference between religion and OCD.
  2. Cultural sensitivity.

8:55 – 9:20 treating scrupulosity

  1. Designing an exposure
  2. Scripting
  3. Treatment partners
  4. Difficulties in treatment

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 9: June 15

8:30 – 8:55 OCD in children

  1. Symptoms of OCD in children.
  2. Pandas

8:55 – 9:20 treatment of children /John March

  1. The monster / Bully model
  2. Parental involvement

9:20 - 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 10: June 22

8:30 – 8:55 Motivation during treatment

  1. Do Rituals help
  2. Motivational interviewing

8:55-9:20 generalizing treatment gains

  1. Applying treatment to global function
  2. Booster sessions

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/review

Session 11: June 29

8:30 – 8:55 the therapist client relationship in OCD treatment

  1. Validation to change
  2. The clinician s exposure experience

8:55 – 9:20 DBT skills in OCD treatment 

  1. Radical genuineness
  2. Radical acceptance
  3. Distress tolerance skills

 9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up review

Session 12: July 6

8:30 – 8:55 Case presentations

  1. Case presentation 1/ case type determined by request

  8:55 - 9:20

  1. Case presentation 2/ case type determined by request

  9:20 – 9:30

  1. wrap up review


Dr. Yosef Posy is a doctoral level psychologist who received his doctoral degree from Hofstra University.  Dr Posy has also done advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, and has worked as a clinician, supervisor and administrator since 2003. Dr Posy has provided training on CBT and DBT to several schools in the Brooklyn area. He has also developed, and run a Doctoral level internship and externship program for Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center.

This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. The grievance policy for trainings provided by the NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire workshop, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
  • Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. MHC# -0235
  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program.
  • Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0524
  • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

Registrants who are unable to attend a Frum Therapist seminar or live workshop may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform Frum Therapist ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (607) 249-4585 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.