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Understanding & Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Online Live Webinar: Real-Time, Interactive Training

Workshop Information

Would you like to learn how to effectively help clients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness that consists of intrusive unwanted thoughts and behavioral rituals that are time consuming and severely impact quality of life. Millions of people around the world are affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about “1 in 40 adults and 1in 100 children” struggle with this debilitating condition. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to relieve even the worst cases of OCD. However, these effective treatment outcomes strongly depend on the clinician having adequate training.

During this seminar, Dr. Bell will review the diagnostic criteria and will discuss various clinical presentations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  With this foundation, attendees will then learn to approach OCD from a cognitive behavioral perspective – from assessment to intervention.  As OCD can have a wide range of manifestations, it is also important for clinicians to properly assess for the underlying themes so that an effective treatment plan can be developed. Successful treatment relies on effective interventions and creative clinicians. Dr. Bell will teach participants how to recognize these themes and how to use them to inform their treatment plan.

Evidenced based Interventions and treatments for clients with OCD involving cognitive behavioral strategies and Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) will be discussed and practiced using case examples. This presentation will also address the importance and rationale of hierarchy development and how to determine an individual’s subjective units of distress scale (SUDS) as part of E/RP.

Participants will leave this seminar with a deeper understanding of OCD and concrete tools for assessing and treating this debilitating condition.

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am Eastern Time – Workshop: 8:45am-4:00pm Eastern Time

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive Webinar via Zoom – Category I CE Credits for Maryland Social Workers (same as in-person!)

Cost (includes 6.0 CE Credits):

$129 early registration through May 6

$145 after May 6, 2022

$110 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more (Click HERE to register a group)

Registration: Registration closes 1 hour prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below to visit the Group Registration Page for groups of 3+) or by Mail.

Presenter: Elspeth Bell, PhD

CE Credits: 6.0 Live Interactive Online CE Credits
Valid for: 

  • Maryland CEU Institute is an approved provider through the ASWB ACE approved provider program.

  • Maryland Social Work Category I CE Credits (same as in-person)

  • DC Social Work CE Credits 

See below for credit details

Elspeth Bell, PhD

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Dr. Elspeth Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  She works primarily with adults and adolescents, focusing on the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.

A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell conducts assessments and evaluations, provides psychotherapy for sufferers and family members, and runs psychoeducational and support groups.  Dr. Bell has collaborated with area Hoarding Task Forces, presented at national conferences, and conducted workshops for professionals, those struggling with clutter, and families.

Dr. Elspeth Bell received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Vassar College.  She received both her Master’s in psychology and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapies and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Dr. Bell completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) in Rockville, Maryland.


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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Summarize the diagnostic criteria of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  2. Recognize the subtypes of OCD and their manifestations (associated obsessions and compulsions).

  3. Describe treatment issues related to obsessive compulsive disorder from a cognitive-behavioral perspective.

  4. Develop potential Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) exercises that could be used with OCD clients.

  5. Identify treatment interventions to utilize when working with OCD clients.

  6. Identify strategies for working with clients through potential barriers to treatment.


Maryland CEU Institute, #1816, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Maryland CEU Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.


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  • New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

  • *West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.


6.0 Category I Maryland Social Work CE Credits

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits.

MD Social Work Credits are also accepted for: 
Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
Maryland Licensed Psychologists
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Maryland Addictions Counselors

Maryland CEU Institute are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.

*New Jersey regulations state that credits are accepted for attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance. Additional information can be found here. Chapter 13:44G-6.4 C11


PLEASE NOTE: Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit. We strongly suggest that licensees contact their individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at info@maryalndceu.com or complete our Contact Us form. 



Course Interaction & System Requirements: 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Minimum System requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • A computer or device to watch AND listen to the training as well as type questions or responses into the Zoom chat function (view full list of compatible devices and supported operating systems

Strongly Recommended: 

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:

​View the FULL LIST of compatible operating systems and system requirements.

Course Completion Requirements:

To earn CE Credit attendees must fulfill the following:

  1. Login to the training (Zoom) on time and ensure that you first and last name are showing in Zoom (message staff if unsure or need help).

  2. Complete a separate Virtual Sign-In Sheet by training start time (link provided in Zoom).

  3. Attend training in full and participate.

  4. Complete separate Virtual Sign-Out Sheet/Evaluation at conclusion (link provided in Zoom with 15 minute timeframe to begin or complete eval).


If all of the above criteria are met your CE certificate will be emailed to you within 7 days of training completion. If above criteria are not yet you may have credits deducted or may be unable to receive any credits. See Terms of Service for full details.

Refund and Cancellations:
To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

Please email info@marylandceu.com or submit a Contact form to request an accommodation at least 30 days prior to the training you wish to attend.

Complaints or Grievances: 
All complaints or concerns must be submitted in writing by:

Submitting a Contact Form

Emailing concerns to info@marylandceu.com

An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.


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