Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | NASW-NYS Continuing Education

Presenter(s): Leslie Shapiro, LICSW

NASW-NYS Members: $10

NASW Other Chapter Members: $20

Non-Members: $25

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed psychologists.



Workshop Description

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the 5th most prevalent mental health problem around the globe. It is a neurobiological disorder that resides in the moral center of the brain. Although there may be cultural influences on how it manifests, the themes and clusters of symptoms are consistent. Evidence-based treatment has shown to be effective, primarily exposure and response prevention, as indicated by long standing research findings. This training will provide an overview of OCD etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment methods. Participants will also earn about Exposure and Response Prevention and why it works for those diagnosed with OCD. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the etiology and epidemiology of OCD
  • Identify OCD symptoms subtypes and assess and make a differential diagnosis of OCD Spectrum and Related Disorders
  • Create a treatment plan that considers cultural and faith factors




This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS 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 social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).



Leslie Shapiro, LICSW, is has been treating OCD and related disorders since 1989. She continues to treat patients at the OCD Institute since it opened in 1997. Her expertise involves conscience-related factors in OCD. In 2009, she was awarded the first interdisciplinary career development research grant at McLean Hospital. Her books include OCD: Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Elements, History, Treatments, and Research, and When Religion and Morals Become OCD (in press). She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, from 1982-1984.



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