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Workshop: Difficult to treat? Not anymore! Cognitive therapy for OCD

This event is hosted by the national charity OCD-UK.


This one-day workshop will be of interest to any mental health professional working with patients affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Location: East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
Date: Friday 17th April 2015 (10am-5:00pm)
Presented by: Professor Adam Radomsky, Concordia University, Canada.
Price: Includes refreshments, lovely buffet lunch, wi-fi access and quality delegate pack
Health Professionals: £75.00
Reduced Student Rate: £40.00

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous disorder; common symptoms include washing and checking behaviour, as well as primary obsessions (i.e., repugnant, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and impulses). There has been a surge in recent research on each of these forms of OCD, with publications often solidly grounded in a variety of cognitively-based models. Although these models differ to some extent in their explanation of obsessional and compulsive phenomena, they share a number of important features that are consistent with broad cognitive principles. We will begin with a review of the theoretical and empirical work conducted on the psychopathology and treatment of different manifestations of OCD. The workshop will continue with practical instruction on the cognitive-behavioural assessment and treatment of a variety of forms of the disorder, with particular emphasis on obsessions, compulsive checking, and contamination-related OCD (mental contamination). A new way of conceptualizing and treating contamination fear will be highlighted, along with the new construct of mental contamination. The focus on checking will feature elements from our new cognitively-based approach. The section of the workshop devoted to the treatment of obsessions will feature a case of post-partum obsessions, highlighting our ability to treat this important manifestation of the problem. Although OCD remains a serious and often debilitating disorder, our ability to substantially improve the lives of those suffering from the problem has dramatically increased in recent years. This workshop will capitalize on these recent improvements through the emphasis of new cognitively-based treatment strategies for this challenging disorder.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will learn about cognitive case formulation, the importance of ongoing assessment, and specific therapeutic intervention techniques, all following from cognitive models of OCD. The workshop will include experiential, didactic, and group exercises. There will be opportunities for role play and/or the discussion of your own cases. Attendees should leave the workshop with some new ideas about how to work with their clients struggling with OCD.

  • Learn about theoretical and background research related to obsessions and compulsions in OCD
  • Learn cognitive case conceptualization skills for use in planning the treatment of a number of forms of OCD
  • Acquire treatment skills to be employed with clients suffering from a variety of forms of obsessional thinking and/or compulsive behaviour in OCD


Rachman, S. (1997). A cognitive theory of obsessions. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 35, 793-802.
Rachman, S., Coughtrey, A., Shafran, R., & Radomsky, A.S. (2015). Oxford Guide to the Treatment of Mental Contamination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Radomsky, A.S., Shafran, R., Coughtrey, A.E., & Rachman, S. (2010). Cognitive-behavior therapy for compulsive checking in OCD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17(2), 119-131.
Shafran, R., Radomsky, A.S., Coughtrey, A.E., & Rachman, S. (2013). Advances in the cognitive behavioural treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 42(4), 265-274.

About the presenter
Dr. Radomsky is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University and a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. At Concordia, he directs the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Laboratory. His research investigates novel approaches to cognitive and behavioural aspects of and treatments for OCD and anxiety disorders. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and has received several awards for his work including the Canadian Psychological Association's President's New Researcher Award (2007), being named a Beck Institute Scholar (2005-06), and receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (2004-09). Dr. Radomsky has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to his work on cognition, behaviour and the anxiety disorders, much of which emphasizes the important roles of experimental psychopathology in understanding causal factors in the maintenance of OCD, and in supporting developments in evidence-based interventions. Dr. Radomsky is also certified in cognitive therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In his clinical practice he specializes in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for OCD and anxiety disorders.

Workshop Venue and Travel Details
Our workshop will be hosted at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham where we successfully hosted our 2014 National OCD Conference, adjacent the conference centre is the excellent, De Vere Orchard Hotel for those needing accommodation, you will need to book directly with them for your accommodation needs. Full accommodation details and location maps can be found on our conference website here. The address of our workshop venue is - East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RJ.

Workshop Booking
To book simply use the form below or call us on 0845 120 3778. For questions or further information about the conference please email us at office @


Workshop Ticket Booking

Our event will take place in Nottingham on Friday 17th April 2015. The workshop will be full day event starting from approximately 10:00am until 5:00pm (may finish slightly earlier).

Prices include access to the workshop for the full day, conference delegate pack, access to PDF copies of the speaker slides after the conference. PDF certificate of attendance emailed after the event. The price also include a delicious buffet lunch and multiple servings of tea / coffee / biscuits throughout the day.

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£75.00 per person
reduced student rate - £40.00 per person


Please enter the following information for your booking:
- The name/s for those attending the conference
- The email addresses for those attending (so we can email the PDF slides)


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Click the button below to confirm your conference booking. We will email confirmation of your booking within a few days.

Booking Terms and Conditions: Refunds can be made up to Monday 6th April 2015, but are subject to a 15% administrative charge. Regretfully no refunds can be made after 6th April, but we can transfer the booking to another name.

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Visiting Nottingham

Why not make a weekend of it and spend Saturday evening and Sunday visiting some of the local Nottingham attractions:

  • - Nottingham Castle
  • - Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
  • - Nottingham Ghost Walk
  • - National Ice Centre
  • - Nottingham Old Market Square
  • - See what’s on at the Capital FM Arena
  • - See what’s on at the Theatre Royal or Royal Concert Hall
  • - Museum of Nottingham Life
  • - Galleries of Justice
  • - If music is your thing, see what’s on at Rock City
  • - Further afield visit Newstead Abbey

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