This online course helps you understand and identify clinical features of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It is led by renowned OCD expert and Harvard Medical School Professor Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, and OCD specialist Noah Berman, PhD. They focus on how to use effective assessment and treatment strategies for OCD in your practice.

OCD is the fourth most common mental illness. Patients often report high functional impairment and poor quality of life. OCD can be a challenge to properly diagnose. Other conditions present in similar ways, such as impulse control disorders. In order to help patients find wellness, it is essential to accurately differentiate OCD.

These skills are critical across all professions. Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other frontline mental health professionals can benefit from taking this course. During this course, our faculty provide guidance on how to:

  • Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with OCD based upon a comprehensive assessment.
  • Apply cognitive-, behavioral-, and acceptance-based skills to treat the different OCD symptom subtypes.
  • Manage treatment interfering behaviors (such as homework noncompliance).

The course includes an array of role-play videos that illustrate techniques and uses self-assessments to measure and enhance your skills. You can also participate in live weekly call-in times and moderated discussion boards. This allows our faculty to provide direct feedback on all your clinical questions. All course content is 100% mobile-friendly and on-demand. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever your schedule allows!

Course materials are available beginning on June 1, 2020 and all online course work must be completed by July 13, 2020.

Presented in collaboration with:

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment with patients with OCD
  • Differentiate OCD from other psychiatric disorders with similar presentations
  • Apply cognitive skills to treat common thinking errors in patients with OCD
  • Use behavioral treatment strategies with patients with different OCD symptom subtypes
  • Integrate acceptance-based skills into exposure therapy for OCD
  • Address common pitfalls in the treatment of OCD (e.g., low motivation)
  • Utilize empirically-based strategies for managing treatment-interfering behaviors that arise in the treatment of OCD


Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:

  • Activity Overview
  • Video Lecture
  • Reading and Resources (required and optional)
  • Q&A with Faculty
  • Discussion Board
  • Case Assessment

Session 1

Understanding OCD, Clinical Features, Diagnosing OCD, Research on CBT for OCD, TreatmentOverview

Key Points:

  • Differentiate OCD from other psychiatric disorders with similar presentations.
  • Assess the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of OCD using empirically supported measures.
  • Describe the research support for psychological and pharmacological treatment of OCD.

Session 2

Case Conceptualization, Cognitive Interventions, Mindfulness

Key Points:

  • Conceptualize a patient's personalized OCD symptoms within the CBT Model.
  • Teach the futility of thought suppression to patients via an experiential activity.
  • Apply a cognitive-based intervention for OCD symptoms using a variety of skills.

Session 3

Hierarchy Development, Exposure, Response Prevention

Key Points:

  • Explain the rationale for exposure and response prevention treatment to patients.
  • Personalize an exposure hierarchy that directly targets patient's fears.
  • Conduct effective exposures for a range of OCD symptoms.

Session 4

Moving Forward, Behavioral Experiments, Core Beliefs, Avoiding Pitfalls, New Developments

Key Points:

  • Identify and effectively modify a patient's core beliefs.
  • Manage patients' ambivalence and resistance to treatment.
  • Apply relapse prevention strategies at the conclusion of treatment.


  • Chief of Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
    Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Residents
  • Fellows


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $395.00
Other Professionals: $295.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after June 13, 2020.

Q&A with Faculty

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

Faculty Name

Week 1: 6/1/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 2:6/8/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 3:6/15/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 4:6/22/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on cognitive behavioral therapy that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online CBT course offerings

CME Information

Release Date:June 1, 2020
Expiration Date:July 13, 2020






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10.00AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 10.00 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15, and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 10.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for 10.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D71189.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Noah C. Berman, PhD
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD,course director
Susan Sprich, PhD

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ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD,Course Director
Speaking fees and travel reimbursement:Steward Health Care System LLC, Tourette Syndrome Association, Reading University, International OCD Foundation, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville FL, Technische Universitat, Braunschweig Institut fur Psychologie, University of Munster, for speaking and training
Consultant:John Wiley Sons Inc, for serving as Associate Editor on the journal Depression Anxiety
Royalties:New Harbinger Publications, Oxford University Press and Springer SBM LLC, for authoring books

Susan Sprich, PhD
Royalties: Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

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