Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by frequent unwanted, uninvited and intrusive thoughts, images, urges, impulses and doubts which cause marked and significant distress. They are accompanied by compulsive and ritualistic behaviours which act to reduce the distress. This course aims to increase your awareness and understanding of this often misunderstood and secretive disorder. We look at common misconceptions and explore the wider context of OCD to help you manage the symptoms of OCD and know how to support people living with the disorder.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to define OCD and explore common misconceptions of the disorder. Furthermore, you will also have a better
understanding of the nature of intrusive thoughts, images, impulses, urges and the obsessive compulsive cycle.

Yvonne Slater

Yvonne is the Operational Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (CBT Pathways) at the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre, and has been involved with the Centre since its inception in 2000.

She has a background in mental health nursing and trained as a behaviour psychotherapist in 1995 before going on to complete her postgraduate diploma in cognitive therapy in Newcastle. Yvonne’s primary responsibility is that of leading the High Intensity Diploma training programme, she also teaches and supervises on other programmes at the Centre. She combines her teaching and supervisory role with a clinical role. She has a particular interest in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).