IOCDF Training Institute

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). In response to professionals asking for more opportunities to advance their skills, the IOCDF Training Institute has been created 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 (BTTI is now 200-level). A brief description of each level and their associated course offerings can be found below.

Unsure which training is right for you?

Take the Clinician Self-Assessment to help figure out which level of the IOCDF Training Institute best fits your current level of knowledge and experience. The Clinician Self-Assessment will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

100-Level (Introductory)

The online courses listed below are in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy (IOCDF professional members receive a discount to participate!):

MGH Psychiatry Academy: View the current online courses offered through the MGH Psychiatry Academy on the MGH website. Here are all of the courses being offered for 2020:

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IOCDF Education Vacation: The OCD Meeting: The Education Vacation is a great learning and training opportunity for clinicians of all types at all levels, from students/trainees to seasoned professionals. Fields that may benefit from the Education Vacation include therapists (psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, etc.), psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and physicians (general practitioners, pediatricians, family medicine, etc.).

The OCD Meeting is most appropriate for students/trainees and clinicians in any field who are new to working with OCD and related disorders. The OCD Meeting will provide an overview of identification, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of OCD and related disorders to those who may not have had much experience in or exposure to these disorders. The curriculum will cover working with OCD and related disorders across the lifespan, with content for working with adults, pediatric populations, and their families.

IOCDF Webinars Series: IOCDF Webinars is a brand new program for professionals and student/trainees around the world who work with patients with OCD and related disorders — or who would like to learn to do so. This collection of video lectures aims to increase treatment knowledge in an easy-to-use and accessible format. Below are 100-level webinars available today:

  • Pharmacotherapy of OCD
  • Hoarding 101

Learn more about the IOCDF Webinars Series.

200-Level (Foundational)

Pre-Conference Training Series (PCTS): Each year, prior to the start of the Annual OCD Conference's full program, the IOCDF offers specialized trainings for those professionals who wish to gain greater insight into working with OCD and related disorders. We will announce the two pre-conference trainings in May 2020. Below are examples of pre-conference trainings that have been offered in the past.

  • 210 - Exploring Clinical and Community Interventions for Hoarding and Cluttering
  • 211 - Conceptualizing and Treating OCD in Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2019)
  • 212 - Effective Treatment for Concurrent OCD OCD and Substance Use Disorder (2018)
  • 213 - Applying OCD Treatment Models to Lesser-Known Conditions: Obsessions of Sound, Smell, and Significant Others (2017)

These trainings come at an additional cost and more details on each can be found on our conference website here.

Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) Courses: These 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.

  • 220 – BTTI for OCD
  • 221 – BTTI for Pediatric OCD (Pediatric BTTI)

Click here for more more information on the BTTI and to get added to the BTTI Interest List.

300-Level (Integrative)

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:

  • 301Online Consultation Groups

Click here for more information on the online consultation groups and the registration process.

400-Level (Advanced)

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. PLEASE NOTE: These courses are only open to those who have previously attended the 200-level general and/or Pediatric BTTI. If you believe that you have sufficient experience to attend the Advanced Forum without completing a BTTI, please contact us at training@iocdf.org.

400-Level course offerings include:

 

IOCDF Education Vacation: Master Clinician series: The Education Vacation is a great learning and training opportunity for clinicians of all types at all levels, from students/trainees to seasoned professionals. Fields that may benefit from the Education Vacation include therapists (psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, etc.), psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and physicians (general practitioners, pediatricians, family medicine, etc.).

Master Clinician Series: The Master Clinician series is most appropriate for clinicians in any field with many years of experience in working with OCD and related disorders. The Master Clinician series presupposes a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of OCD and related disorders, and will be geared towards experienced professionals who are seeking the latest in research updates and cutting-edge treatment innovations.

IOCDF Webinars Series: IOCDF Webinars is a brand new program for professionals and student/trainees around the world who work with patients with OCD and related disorders — or who would like to learn to do so. This collection of video lectures aims to increase treatment knowledge in an easy-to-use and accessible format. Below are 400-level webinars available today:

  • OCD and Substance Use Disorders: Concurrent Treatment
  • Integrating ERP and ACT
  • Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in Schizophrenia
  • OCD and Co-occurring Anxiety Disorders: Conceptualization and Treatment
  • Ten Things That Every OCD Therapist Should Know About Tic Disorders
  • Treating Patients Diagnosed with OCD and PTSD

Learn more about the IOCDF Webinars Series.

Unsure which training is right for you?

Take the Clinician Self-Assessment to help figure out which level of the IOCDF Training Institute best fits your current level of knowledge and experience. The Clinician Self-Assessment will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.