Course Profile

Course Profile: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (1 Day)
The support needs of people experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may appear to the untrained person as being relatively simple; i.e. “lets stop the ritualistic behaviour”.
For the person involved, not only may this not be helpful but may be extremely distressing, leading to breakdown and in same cases more dramatic self harm.
This course aims to provide clarity about the condition, how it may impact on the quality of life and what can be done to support people.
The course is informed by a range of resources incl. The DSM; National Institute for Mental Health, NICE guideline 31; Royal College of Psychiatry and more.
This course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB 1.1
Care certificate: 5, 6, 7, 9
QCF: HSC  026; CMH 301; CMH 302

The course is designed for Health Care, Support workers and others with no previous Mental Health training or training in this subject.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Is there a personality type?
  • DSM criteria for Diagnosis, predisposition, vulnerability, prognosis etc.
  • The signs and symptoms
  • What is this all about?  Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behavioural and Psychiatric views
  • What it might be like to experience OCD. The impact on:
  •            Mood, Self esteem, Work, Personal relationships, Health, Finances etc.
  • Thoughts, feelings and behaviour:  Understanding the function of rituals
  • Safety alert:  Uninformed support and the dangers
  • The treatments that are available (To include):
  •           -Medication
              -Psychotherapy (Individual & Group)
              -Behavioural treatment and Cognitive-Behavioural treatment.
              -Counseling (incl. Rational Emotive & Person Centred) and Self-help
  • What can be achieved in a Social Care setting; the role and limits of the support worker
  • The risks and the need to assess and manage risk
  • A multi-disciplinary approach- finding the right person for the job-support options
  • Rituals within other Mental Heath or Learning Disability conditions e.g. Schizophrenia
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts