CBT for OCD and related disorders 2024 – resources


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects between 1-3% of the population. Symptoms can range in severity and for some it can be a profoundly disabling disorder. OCD responds well to both modern psychological as well as pharmacological treatments but despite this it is often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and does not receive effective treatment.

The CBT techniques required to treat OCD are different to those used in anxiety and depressive disorders and when poorly applied can be detrimental to the patient and lead to worsening of the condition. Those with the condition who are left with no help are at risk of suicide and the physical complications of self-neglect.

This course aims to dispel the confusion underlying the psychological treatment of OCD and describe how psychiatrists can recognise the condition and work to achieve successful outcomes. It seeks to equip psychiatrists to be better able respond to the needs of people with OCD by successfully combining psychological and pharmacological treatments.


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About the trainer

Dr Lynne Drummond has been working in the field of OCD since the early 80s and has delivered masterclasses on the CBT treatment of OCD throughout the country. As well as her clinical work and publishing over 100 academic papers, she has published four books:

  • Everything You Need to Know About OCD, released June 2022. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: All you want to know about OCD for people living with OCD, Carers and Clinicians, released 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Royal College of Psychiatrists. Winner of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Best-seller Award 2019.
  • CBT for Adults, released 2014. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. RCPsych Best-seller in 2015.
  • The Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy by RS Stern and LM Drummond, released 1991. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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