Welcome to Education for OCD!
with a "Learn and Recover" CBT/ERP Approach
What is Education for OCD about?
Education for OCD is a learning platform for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions.
What is OCD?
OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a psychiatric disorder which has two essential characteristics – obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, impulses, images and sensations that repeatedly plague the conscious mind of the person who has OCD; compulsions merge with the obsessions to complete the disorder. Compulsions can be seen (covert) or not seen (overt) and are carried out to reduce the distress caused by the obsessions, and often to ward off perceived danger. For example, if the obsession is intolerance of asymmetry the compulsion might be to repeatedly align objects "perfectly" or to make even things such as curtains, bedding, books, and so on. Or if the obsession is fearing something bad happening for having sexual or other disturbing thoughts, the compulsion might be to repeat a silent prayer ritual (overt) to neutralise the intrusive thoughts and to "prevent" the bad thing from happening. Unfortunately, compulsions reinforce the problem and make OCD worse.
What is CBT and ERP?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a a type of talking therapy that can help direct your 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) and keeping OCD going in a circle.
Why choose Education for OCD?
There are four reasons:
EfO 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 EfO's "Learn and Recover" 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.
Since graduating with a Professional Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2012, Carol Edwards went on to gain further accreditation in CBT for obsessive compulsive disorder on and off the autism spectrum; and most recently completed a CPD in Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia.
EfO's "Learn and Recover" study course demonstrate 3 levels of learning
(1) Indepth knowledge
An in-house certificate of successful completion is awarded in this affordable course.
Prof.Dip CBT (Distinction) SAC UK Provider Reference Number 10006352 SAC UK - registered with the British Institute for Learning and Development.
APT accredited in CBT for OCD
CPD with ICEP Europe for Understanding Autism and Education
Teacher assistant (L3) with the OCN
CPD in Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia with King's College London
David Susman PhD - Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate
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Professor Frederick Toates, author of "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" with Dr Olga Coschug-Toates
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