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Low intensity interventions for OCD

Karina Lovell

6 Jun 2023


Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) is a major disorder and under recognized public health problem. Onset is usually during the late teens and early twenties and there is evidence that without adequate treatment the disorder tends to have a chronic fluctuating course. Low intensity treatments are recommended for OCD by the NICE Guidelines  for mild impairment including brief CBT +ERP (Exposure and response prevention) for less than 10 therapist hours using individual or group formats and can be delivered face to face or by telephone. Low intensity interventions are characterised by the use of a health technology (manual/web based programmes), providing a clear simple rationale with session duration of about 30 minutes.

The event will be equivalent to 2.3/4hrs of CPD.


The workshop will cover:
Prevalence and clinical features of OCD
Aetiology of OCD
Definitions of obsessions and compulsions and common types
NICE guidelines
The theoretical basis of exposure based interventions and its evidence base
Low intensity interventions
How to use low intensity interventions with people with OCD

Learning Objectives

To identify the prevalence and clinical features of OCD
To critically examine the evidence base for low intensity psychological interventions for OCD
Extend knowledge and clinical skill of managing OCD using low intensity interventions

Training Modalities

Include: didactic content and Q&A.

Key References

About the presenter

Karina is a mental health nurse, CBT practitioner, Professor of Mental Health and NIHR Senior Investigator (Emeritus) at the University of Manchester.
Her main research fields lie in developing and evaluating complex psychological interventions for anxiety and depression in primary care mental health. Her programme of research has focussed on alternative, accessible and innovative low intensity interventions for common mental health problems, particularly guided self-help and the use of the telephone in delivering psychological interventions.
She has also been involved in leading programmes of research which aim to improve user and carer involvement in care planning and the physical health of individuals with enduring mental health problems in secondary care mental health settings. She is also involved in Global Mental Health studies in Indonesia and Africa.

Who should attend

This workshop is suitable for practitioners delivering low intensity CBT interventions for patients in primary care presenting with OCD.

Low Intensity clinical contact hours survey - BABCP Low Intensity Special Interest Group

Please click below if you are interested in contributing to the survey.


The BACP Low Intensity SIG are interested in the impact of clinical contact hours on Low Intensity/Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing. This questionnaire contains six multi-choice questions and a free text box for you to share your experiences. The answers to these questions will help the BABCP SIG plan how to meet CPD topics and other developments within the SIG.  The SIG hope to produce a write up of the answers to this questionnaire to be shared with SIG members and to be used in training.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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