There are specific guidelines to help you provide effective therapy and medication management for OCD.

These guidelines are based on the best available evidence and drafted by several experts in this field. As a mental health clinician, these guidelines can help you ensure that the service you provide follows best-practice.

Although the guidelines are developed in Canada and the UK, they suffice for practice in Australia and should be applied with respect to your clinical context and client's needs.

The Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines offer advice for cognitive-behavioural and pharmacological interventions based on a thorough review of the evidence. Although the guidelines also cover anxiety and PTSD, there is advice specific to OCD. It includes are specific recommendations for prescribing medications for OCD. It also includes specific recommendations for therapists, including common techniques they recommend (and do not recommend) for OCD.

The UK’s NICE Guidelines include recommendations for treating OCD and body dysmorphic disorder, in addition to guidance for carers. The guidelines offers specific recommendations for treatment depending on the functional impact of OCD symptoms for the person seeking treatment. In addition, the advice assists with decision-making regarding choice of medication, intensity of psychological therapy, and further options when first-line approaches are not effective.

Do you need to refresh or upgrade your skills for Exposure and Response Prevention?

You can do online training in treating OCD through the IOCDF, or look for professional workshops by Australian clinicians and trainers such as Dr Gayle Maloney (Perth OCD Clinic), Dr Amy Talbot (The Talbot Centre) or Dr Celin Gelgec (Melbourne Wellbeing Group). You can also seek supervision from a clinician in our directory who offers supervision. Members of the Australian Psychological Society may also access an Exposure and Response Prevention practice guide.