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Title: Distinguishing Suicidal Ideation from Intrusive Self-Harm OCD
Recorded on April 23, 2020
Featuring: Mike Heady, MA

Michael Heady is the Associate Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland. For over a decade, he has specialized in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders. He is a Clinical Fellow with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America where he has been a member since 2008 and is also a member of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. He has extensive training and experience with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Mr. Heady presents educational workshops for the public, runs a weekly group consultation for therapists, and guest lectures about anxiety and OCD. 

Webinar Description

Individuals suffering with intrusive self-harm OCD frequently misattribute their thoughts for genuine suicidal ideation. Well-intentioned therapists, who do not know how to differentiate genuine suicidal ideation from intrusive and unwanted obsessions, often encourage their clients to get suicide risk evaluations from local ERs. However, this behavior can steer the individual with self-harm OCD further into their disorder, increasing distress and severity of symptoms. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to assess for and differentiate intrusive, unwanted self-harm obsessions that occur in OCD from genuine suicidal ideation and planning. This differentiation is key to providing adequate treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn contemporary perspectives of OCD, specifically self-harm OCD.
  2. Discuss evidence-based OCD assessment techniques, questions, and self-report measures.
  3. Enhance ability to communicate with and direct thosee suffering with self-harm OCD to evidence-based treatment.