Description: For this study, we are interested in how mental health professionals approach the treatment of OCD. More specifically, we know that OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and that clients may present with a number of different symptoms (e.g., fears of contamination, fears of harming a loved one). Although exposure with...
Gillian Alcolado, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Randi McCabe, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Irena Milosevic, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Karen Rowa, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Noam Soreni, MD
You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are affiliated with a professional mental health organization (e.g., WCBCT, CPA, APA, ABCT, CACBT, AACBT, BABCP). In this study, we are reaching out to individuals with professional training in the provision of mental health services.
In order to decide whether or not you would like to take part in this research study, you should be aware of what is involved, what is expected of you and the potential risks and benefits. This form provides a detailed description about the research study so that you can make an informed decision about participating.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may discontinue the study at any time. You may also choose not to respond to a particular item by selecting the “Prefer Not to Respond” option. You may contact the principal Investigator with questions or concerns about the study either before or after you participate (see below for contact information).
PURPOSE OF RESEARCH PROJECT
Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experience intrusive thoughts/images/impulses and/or repetitive behaviours/rituals that are time consuming and significantly interfere with their functioning. Although a diagnosis of OCD requires that the individual experience obsessions and/or compulsions, there is much variability in the way these symptoms manifest across individuals. For example, one person may be particularly concerned about contracting an illness and therefore engage in significant washing behaviours while another person may be concerned about causing harm to their loved ones and therefore engage in complex mental rituals or prayers. Although the specific thoughts and behaviours for these two individuals vary greatly, both presentations are consistent with OCD.
Although exposure with response prevention has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OCD, less is known about how this exposure therapy is applied across different OCD presentations. In the current study, we are interested in examining how mental health professionals apply exposure therapy strategies across different OCD presentations.
If you consent to participate in this study, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about your relevant training and experiences. You will then be presented with 9 short vignettes describing hypothetical clients. You may assume that each of these clients has been diagnosed with OCD and they are not experiencing any significant comorbidities. You will be asked to decide which treatment approach you believe is most appropriate for the client based on their presenting concerns. Next, you will be asked to assume that you are treating the client using an exposure with response prevention treatment approach, and to consider different exposure exercises. You will be asked to decide whether a suggested exposure is something you would be comfortable encouraging your client to try or not. It is expected that the entire questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Additional Information: OCD Survey Email Invitation to Participate - CPA.pdf
Location: Online - Hamilton, Ontario.
Project lead: Dubravka (Dee) Gavric, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist, Anxiety Treatment & Research Clinic | St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Study Dates: October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019
Study Website: https://rsjh.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=RDC3W88WLL