Welcome to Carol Edward's
"Learn and Recover" OCD Course
While this site does not offer therapy online it brings to you a "learn and recover" OCD study course from a trained cognitive behavioural therapist in the UK. Ongoing e-mail support and live chat is available to help you work through your course material.
Who is the course for?
Whether you are someone who is looking for self-directed guidance to learn how to overcome OCD; or whether you're new to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and want to learn about the model for someone you care for, then this course is for you...
You will find Carol Edward's OCD "Learn and Recover" OCD course packed with fundamental knowledge - knowledge not only about OCD but also about related problems that are sometimes overlooked in therapy.
Included in the course are articles which are worth having in your list of documents; or as a valuable reference file for whenever you need.
Carol Edward's tutorials explore (1) the types of OCD (2) the nature versus nurture of the disorder (3) biological and psychological perspectives and (4) the step-care approach for treating OCD according to the NICE guidelines... plus lots of other valuable information!
At the end of each tutorial you’ll find homework assignments that ask you questions about the relevant topic – these are a central part to your learning and vital for not only strengthening the learning objectives but also for building awareness of other conditions that may apply. For example, if dissociation becomes a key feature for you, then a tutorial related to this can be added to your learning package for a minimum fee.
Guidance and Support
At pureocdtherapist.com you can be assured of Carol Edward's ongoing guidance and support, all at an affordable cost.
Course with ongoing support costs just £29.95
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First, what is OCD?
OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a psychiatric disorder which has two essential characteristics – obsessions and compulsions.
What are obsessions?
Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, impulses, images and sensations that repeatedly plague the conscious mind of the person who has OCD.
What are compulsions?
Compulsions merge with the obsessions to complete the disorder. These can be seen (overt) or not seen (covert); a person will do either or both.
Why do people do compulsions?
Compulsions (also known as rituals or "safety" behaviours) are carried out to reduce the distress caused by the obsessions, to ward off perceived danger or to "feel right".
For example, if the obsession is an intolerance to asymmetry the corresponding overt compulsion might be to repeatedly align objects "perfectly" to reduce anxiety and to "feel right". Sometimes a magical element is added, such as fearing something bad happening if the objects (or other things) are not made "perfectly straight" and so the person will repeatedly align the objects to "prevent" the bad thing from happening.
What about pure-o obsessions?
For purely obsessive compulsive disorder (for short "pure-o") obsessions differ in that the person suffers from intrusive sexual, harm, gay, paedophile or other unwanted thoughts.
Do compulsions differ for pure-o?
The compulsions involved in pure-o are usually hidden (covert). These include repeatedly uttering a silent prayer to neutralise the intrusive thoughts and also often to "prevent" the thoughts from coming true. However, people who have pure-o might also do open rituals too such as seeking reassurance and checking. Unfortunately, all compulsions reinforce the problem and make OCD worse.
How is OCD treated?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) either with a therapist or self-applied guide helps direct thoughts, feelings and behaviours by challenging unhelpful thinking patterns. CBT helps pave the way for exposure response prevention (ERP) in which habituation is reached by systematically resisting the compulsions that have been feeding the obesssion(s) that keeps OCD going in a circle. Medication and mindfulness are also used in the treatment of OCD.
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Carol Edward's Learn and Recover OCD Course
Exercise 1: What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Exercise 2: Cognitive Restructuring
Exercise 3: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Exercise 4: Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) - Introduction
Exercise 1: Rating situational triggers with subject units of distress (SUDS)
Exercise 2: Exposure Response Prevention – An introduction
Exercise 3: Explaining the ERP and ANXIETY Models - includes therapist/client dialogues
New Belief Model with Relapse Prevention Blueprint
Includes 6 prevention blueprint activity sheets with 9 homework tasks
IN-HOUSE CERTIFICATE AWARDED ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
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Carol Edward's Accreditation
Prof.Dip CBT (Distinction) with Core Counselling Skills SAC UK Provider Reference Number 10006352 SAC UK - registered with the British Institute for Learning and Development.
APT accredited in CBT for OCD
Diploma with the Open College UK for OCD Studies - with Professor Frederick Toate's book "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" being part of the reading material.
CPD with ICEP Europe for Understanding Autism and Education
Certificate in Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia with King's College London
David Susman PhD - Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate
"I think your sites are terrific! Your mission and goals are clear and the material you present is grounded in scientifically established therapies. Great job!"
Professor Frederick Toates, author of "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" with Dr Olga Coschug-Toates
You show obvious dedication to a daunting task and your website is presented in a very friendly way. Well done! Fred
Why choose pureocdtherapist.com?
There are four reasons:
It provides the learner with expert knowledge about obsessive compulsive disorder, how it works on a bio-behavioural level, and how to reach recovery goals.
Carol Edwards, the author of the "Learn and Recover" OCD course has years of experience living and working with children and adults who have OCD on and off the autism spectrum. She also has personal experience living with various OCD subtypes, PTSD and depression. She's now in remission from OCD.
Carol Edwards also has professional experience with a diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy and accreditation in CBT for obsessive compulsive disorder and related problems.
At pureocdtherapist.com Carol Edward's "Learn and Recover" OCD study course demonstrates 3 levels of learning
(1) Indepth knowledge