On average, it can take an individual with OCD up to 17 years from the onset of symptoms to receive a proper diagnosis and begin receiving effective treatment. The IOCDF is committed to changing that statistic. In 1995 we launched our flagship training opportunity for professionals; our Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). While the BTTI has filled a training niche, and has been extremely successful, professionals have been asking for more opportunities to develop and advance their skills. As a result, the IOCDF Training Institute has been developed to offer a more comprehensive curriculum of professional training opportunities. These training offerings address a variety of specialties and issues pertaining to the OCD and related disorders community, while also providing continuing education credits to qualified professionals.
The Training Institute curriculum is formatted in the style of higher education course catalogs, ranging from the 100-level basic trainings and to the 400-level advanced trainings. A brief description of each level and their associated course offerings can be found below.
The Introductory level of courses are for trainees and clinicians who are new to the world of OCD and related disorders. These courses will help introduce attendees to the recognition and diagnosis of OCD and related disorders and how they are treated.
100-Level course offerings include:
- 100 – Pediatric OCD in the Primary Care Setting (for pediatricians and other pediatric medical personnel)
- The online courses listed below are in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy (IOCDF professional members receive a discount to participate!):
The Foundational level of courses are for independently licensed clinicians who are familiar with OCD, but may be new to treating it following best practices. These courses seek to train clinicians in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment for OCD, as well as how treatment may vary for OCD-related disorders.
200-Level course offerings include:
- 201–210 – Pre-Conference Training Series (PCTS)
- Behavior Therapy Training Institutes (BTTIs)
- 220 – BTTI for OCD
- 221 – BTTI for Pediatric OCD (Pediatric BTTI)
- 222 – BTTI for Hoarding Disorder (Hoarding BTTI)
The Integrative level of courses are for clinicians who are comfortable with diagnosing OCD and implementing ERP with their clients, but who may benefit from guidance around their severe, resistant, and/or ambivalent cases. This level focuses on helping clinicians to synthesize their previous learning with their current practice via group consultation sessions with the world’s leading experts on OCD and related disorders.
300-Level course offerings include:
The Advanced level of courses are for seasoned clinicians who are very competent with working with clients with OCD. Clinicians should have several years of experience in implementing ERP, and should feel comfortable working with severe cases. These courses are only open to those who have previously attended the 200-level general and/or Pediatric BTTI.
400-Level course offerings include:
- Advanced Training Forums (formerly known as “BTTI-2’s”). Examples of topics include:
- 401 – Treatment engagement, ambivalence, and resistance in OCD
- NEW in 2017! 402 – Working with OCD-related disorders and co-occurring conditions
In order to help figure out which level of the Training Institute best fits your current level of knowledge and experience, please take the Clinician Self-Assessment here. The Clinician Self-Assessment will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.