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WAFCA-CE Demystifying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

(Registration Opens December 17)


Workshop Description
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and debilitating condition.  Lifetime prevalence in the U.S. has been found to be 2.5% and OCD is considered a top 10 cause of disability by the World Health Organization.  This presentation will use didactic training along with a question and answer session to explore what OCD is and what it is not.  We will also include the similarities and differences regarding pediatric presentation of OCD and compare it to adults.  
We will then differentiate OCD from anxiety and discuss when obsessive-compulsive symptoms warrant an actual diagnosis and what falls within the “normal range”.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be explored regarding its impact on both the general population and OCD sufferers.  Despite being common and debilitating, OCD is also very treatable when treated properly.  The treatment of choice for OCD is a behavioral therapy technique known as exposure and ritual prevention (ERP).  The last segment of this presentation will focus on practical strategies when working with someone with OCD and what the specific components of ERP are.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Attendees will learn the common symptoms of OCD and conditions commonly mistaken for OCD.  
  2. Attendees will understand the similarities and differences between pediatric OCD presentation and that of adults.  
  3. Attendees will learn the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

About the Presenter:

Bradley Riemann, Ph.D   Dr. Riemann is the chief clinical officer and clinical director, OCD Center and CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital. Dr. Riemann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the International OCD Foundation.  He has authored numerous scientific articles on OCD and anxiety and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic. Dr. Riemann is also a member of the faculty at the Roseland Franklin School of Medicine, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Areas of sub-specialization regarding OCD include intensive treatment models and the training of multi-disciplinary teams in exposure and ritual prevention.




 This training is being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.




For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750
Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939