OCD Series: Day 4 CBT for OCD in children and young people: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

OCD series

We have put together a series of workshops focused on all aspects of working with OCD using CBT and featuring specialist OCD trainers from our Team.

The first 3 workshops will help you to develop competence and confidence to use the core skills of CBT when working with OCD presentations of varying complexity.

Those attending workshops are eligible to book into small group consultation sessions with the presenters to discuss how the workshop content can be applied with their own clinical cases.

Further specialist workshops will address how to use CBT when working with different populations. Starting with work with children and young people, other workshops will be added later in the year, so watch our website for further developments.


Day 4
CBT for OCD in children and young people
Dr Sasha Walters
14 January 2021

This course will build on the fundamentals of OCD that have been covered in days one and two to focus specifically on the adaptations that can be applied to assessment and formulation with children and young people. The workshop will be highly interactive to create opportunity to understand how OCD in CYP is similar and different to OCD in adults and to gain confidence in working creatively with young people to enhance the accessibility of the cognitive model of OCD.

 Participants will gain knowledge of:

  • Prevalence and epidemiology of OCD in children and young people
  • The evidence base for CBT for OCD
  • Differences between cognitive and behavioural approaches to treatment

 Participants will gain skills in: 

  • Conducting an assessment of OCD using interview methods, direct questions and detailed prompts as well as involving parents
  • Engaging with young people experiencing OCD and building a sound therapeutic relationship with younger children, adolescents and managing the system
  • Psychoeducation to normalise anxiety to young people and their parents
  • Normalising the presence of intrusive thoughts
  • Accessing the meaning attached to the intrusive thoughts and how to work with ‘just right urges’ and images or discomfort in the absence of clearly articulated threat appraisal
  • Creating a developmentally appropriate vicious flower and exploring maintenance cycles (this will include assessing reassurance seeking and reassurance provision cycles that occur between young people and parents)
  • Use of cognitive strategies (e.g. surveys and behavioural experiments) to challenge theory A (I’m in danger/ I am a danger) and create space to develop and test theory B (I am a sensitive person and this is a worry problem)
  • How to effectively use creative metaphor and active tasks to be playful and enhance accessibility of key cognitive concepts

Consultation Sessions
Those attending any of the workshops in the OCD series may sign up for small group clinical consultation sessions, facilitated by the presenters. This is a rare opportunity to access expert input with your own clinical cases and to grapple with the application of the skills you will have been learning during the workshops. Consultation sessions will be delivered in Oxford or online in groups of 3 for 3 hours.

Cost: £190 per person for 3-hour session

Consultations will be available on:
Monday 7 December 2020
Wednesday 13 January 2021
Please email kim.morris-smith@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk in order to book a consultation slot.


Further specialist OCD workshops:

Perinatal OCD

Dr Fiona Challacombe
2 February 2021

Details to follow on our website in due course

Compassion-focussed approaches to OCD

Dr Asmita Palmer

Details to follow on our website in due course


Sasha Walters, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sasha qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2015 from the University of Bath course. Sasha is a BABCP accredited practitioner who specialises in working with anxiety disorders across all ages but particularly with children and young people. Prior to clinical training, she completed a PhD in the area of developmental psychopathology exploring the mediating role of children’s cognitions in the relationship between inter-parental conflict and child adjustment during school transition. Since qualifying, Sasha has worked in specialist CBT clinics for children and young adults with a range of anxiety and depressive conditions. Sasha is passionate about promoting the use of evidence based practice in therapy particularly in the areas of paediatric OCD and Emetophobia (fear of vomiting).

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website www.octc.uk

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document). Please note that registration to workshops closes 7 days prior to the event date.

If you are booking a workshop place for someone else, you must complete your own details in the billing field, but ENTER THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS NAME/ADDRESS in the shipping field. If you wish to order items using a paper order form instead of online, you can view or download an order form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Once downloaded, print it out, fill it in, and send off with your payment [cheque made payable to OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST] to the address on the form.


The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.