Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a life-changing diagnosis that can affect many of your service users. The World Health Organisation has named it as one of the ten most disabling conditions when considering loss of earnings and diminished quality of life. It can impact on tenants, their families and in some cases neighbours and housing staff. OCD diagnosis is on the increase and while there is specialist help available via the NHS, many sufferers can take over a decade to admit they may need help.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

OCD can cause huge problems to service users affected as well as staff members offering care and support. Obsessions are pervasive thoughts or beliefs that the sufferer is at risk from, eg, contamination or harm from others. The compulsive element is the behaviour that the sufferer feels compelled to do, often checking, rearranging or completing repetitive tasks. Together they can stop someone enjoying a normal life and are often linked to poor physical/mental health and substance misuse.

OCD may also impact on a person’s ability to maintain their tenancy and can involve behaviour that neighbours or others could view as a nuisance or even anti-social. Above all, OCD sufferers may need extra care and support or even more suitable accommodation, as, for some, OCD will be legally classed as a disability.

You will learn:

  • To develop an understanding of anxiety and the different types of anxiety disorder
  • About the causes and prevalence of OCD, and what signs and symptoms to look out for
  • To develop an understanding of different types of obsessions and the possible underlying causes of these obsessive thoughts
  • To develop an understanding of different types of compulsions, how to spot them and how to offer support to lessen their impact
  • About self-help coping strategies and key work techniques that can be used when working with OCD
  • About OCD as a possible disability; the Equalities Act 2010 and its possible impact on housing; and how ‘reasonable adjustment’ applies to OCD
  • About NHS guidelines for a stepped care approach to treating OCD
  • To develop an understanding of methods for treating OCD including CBT/ERP, relaxation techniques/ complementary therapies and prescribed medications.

Who should attend?

All housing and care and support staff will benefit from this course as OCD is so prevalent and has such an impact on clients and services alike.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis, and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the  topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk