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Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Obsessional Problems (OCD)

Learn how to use CBT to treat OCD with Professor Paul Salkovskis

Prof. Paul Salkovskis presents an overview on CBT for Obsessional Problems.

Presenter: Paul Salkovskis, PhD

Duration: ~4 hours
*including breaks in original live webinar

Technical Overview: This webinar is a recording of a previously held event. The video displays the slides/screenshare presented during the webinar, and the audio consists of the narration and dialogue by the host and presenter(s). (Note: the speakers are only heard and not seen in this recording)

Topics Covered in this webinar:

  • Describe the cognitive theory of emotion and how this applies to obsessional problems.
  • Understand why and how normal intrusive cognitions can develop into disabling obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).
  • Understand the key maintaining factors involved in OCD.
  • Assess and formulate OCD using the specific CBT model.
  • Identify and implement goal setting at short, medium and long term levels, ensuring that there are meaningful links where appropriate. Be able to identify the most appropriate treatment strategies in terms of both discussion techniques and linked behavioural experiments
  • Be able to implement Exposure and Response Prevention strategies in ways which maximise patient collaboration and learning.
  • Describe the way discussion techniques and behavioural experiments can be interwoven in ways which help their client to make sense of their past and current experience and make it possible for them to “unblock” themselves as part of the process of “choosing to change”.
  • Make sense of the way CBT emphasizes a collaborative relationships which emphasizes the importance of helping the client to “feel understood” as a key preliminary step to both to regaining control of their anxiety and reclaiming lost areas of their life.
  • Be able to apply appropriate metaphors as a way of helping the patient to better understand OCD and its treatment.
  • Understand the way in which CBT represents a skilful and sensitive blend of therapeutic art and science.
  • Identify and implement appropriate relapse prevention strategies


Your Instructor


Prof. Paul Salkovskis
Prof. Paul Salkovskis

Professor Paul Salkovskis qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1979 at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital. He worked in Yorkshire as a clinical psychologist before moving to the University of Oxford as a Research Clinical Psychologist. In Oxford he became Professor of Cognitive Psychology, before leaving to work at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Institute of Psychiatry (2000-2010). He is still Visiting Professor at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, but is now Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath.

He is regarded as a world leading expert in anxiety disorders in general, and more specifically in Panic and Agoraphobia, OCD, health anxiety and specific phobias, having contributed considerably to the psychological understanding and treatment of all of these areas. He also has considerable expertise in Health Psychology, working on Health Screening, Health Decision Making and the identification and treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

In 2010 he was appointed Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme at Bath which has now become one of the most sought after training programmes. He is currently Editor of the BABCP Journal, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and on the editorial board of manyother international journals. He is Patron of several OCD and anxiety disorder charities. He received the Richard Rosen Prize for his contribution to the understanding of OCD, and two different Aaron T Beck Prizes for contributions to CBT! His main research interests include the study of cognitive (appraisal) and behavioural (safety seeking) factors in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. He is presently involved in a wide ranging programme of research in anxiety disorders, including experimental investigations of cognitive and behavioural components, questionnaire studies, treatment trials and clinical studies. He has led CBT skills training throughout the world, and his teaching has been praised for being both research led and clinically focused. He has published well over 250 articles and chapters on the understanding and treatment of psychological problems and anxiety disorders.


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