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Special Considerations: Trauma-Informed, Individualized, and Culturally Sensitive Treatment for OCD

Enroll in the Online Self-Study and complete the training on your own schedule.
6 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians completing the Online Self-Study.

OCD is a highly heterogeneous disorder that can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Individuals with OCD may have a wide range of obsessions and compulsions, some of which can be caused by or exacerbated by lived experiences, making it challenging to tailor treatment to each person's specific needs. What works for one person with OCD may not work for another, and understanding and accounting for cultural and systemic factors are necessary for removing barriers to accessing care, preventing re-traumatization, and improving treatment outcomes.

This presentation makes the case for trauma-informed, individualized, and culturally sensitive treatment for OCD. The training will assist clinicians in tailoring treatment to the unique characteristics and contexts in which a person lives, and considerations for adapting treatment for a wide range of patient populations, including children and pregnant individuals, will be explored. Ethics and boundaries, the therapeutic relationship, and the benefits of ongoing supervision and consultation will be emphasized.

 Learning Objectives:

  • List at least two adaptations required for treating children with OCD.
  • Describe at least one unique consideration of treating perinatal OCD.
  • Identify at least two intersectional factors that should be considered when individualizing OCD treatment.
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed care to exposure-based treatment for OCD.

Earn the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Counseling Certificate

OCD Counseling Certificate Program

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OCD is a highly heterogeneous disorder that can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Individuals with OCD may have a wide range of obsessions and compulsions, some of which can be caused by or exacerbated by lived experiences, making it challenging to tailor treatment to each person's specific needs. What works for one person with OCD may not work for another, and understanding and accounting for cultural and systemic factors are necessary for removing barriers to accessing care, preventing re-traumatization, and improving treatment outcomes.

This presentation makes the case for trauma-informed, individualized, and culturally sensitive treatment for OCD. The training will assist clinicians in tailoring treatment to the unique characteristics and contexts in which a person lives, and considerations for adapting treatment for a wide range of patient populations, including children and pregnant individuals, will be explored. Ethics and boundaries, the therapeutic relationship, and the benefits of ongoing supervision and consultation will be emphasized.

This course was recorded February 2, 2024.

Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:

  • List at least two adaptations required for treating children with OCD.
  • Describe at least one unique consideration of treating perinatal OCD.
  • Identify at least two intersectional factors that should be considered when individualizing OCD treatment.
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed care to exposure-based treatment for OCD.

Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S

Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. In this role, she provides ongoing training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across disciplines for the purpose of continually assessing and improving competence in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Smith is co-author of The Renfrew Unified Treatment for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity Therapist Guide and Workbook (Oxford University Press), is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor, and is a Certified Therapist and Trainer for the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP).

In addition to her work with the Renfrew Center, Dr. Smith maintains a telehealth private practice specializing in the supervision and consultation of registered mental health counselor interns (Florida) and individuals seeking eating disorder specialist certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).

Credit Hours: 

This course provides 6 credit hours

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2026

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, 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. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2026

Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024 

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 360 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

Online courses are completed by registering, logging in, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), completing all of the modules, completing and passing the post-test, and completing the course evaluation. Participants have 6 months from registration to access and complete online self-study courses.

Live Webinar courses are completed by registering, logging in to this website, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), attending the full course via webinar, submitting your attendance, and completing the post-test and course evaluation online.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses and live webinars, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can receive your certificate of completion by logging onto this website, navigating to the course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), scroll to the bottom of your course, and click on your certificate to either download it or print it.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.


This program was recorded February 2, 2024

You have six months to access online courses from the time of purchase.

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Melanie Smith
Ph.D., LMHC, CEDS-S

Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. In this role, she provides ongoing training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across disciplines for the purpose of continually assessing and improving competence in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Smith is co-author of The Renfrew Unified Treatment for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity Therapist Guide and Workbook (Oxford University Press), is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor, and is a Certified Therapist and Trainer for the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP).

In addition to her work with the Renfrew Center, Dr. Smith maintains a telehealth private practice specializing in the supervision and consultation of registered mental health counselor interns (Florida) and individuals seeking eating disorder specialist certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).