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Obsessions, Ruminations and Intrusive Thoughts: Video Course

Obsessions, Ruminations and Intrusive Thoughts: Video Course

Obsessions, ruminations and recurrent intrusive thoughts are not just causative factors for both anxiety and shame, but also contribute to a continual increase in emotional discomfiture over a period of time. Our clients can experience an overwhelming fear of disintegration, struggle to distinguish reality from inner fears, prone to expect catastrophic events and also harbour a deep distrust for the therapist. In conspicuous manifestations they are compelled to perform physical rituals or in unseen manifestations, go through an endless loop of intrusive thoughts – hoping to gain some temporary relief.

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson

Course length in hours

3 hrs

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As an example, up to 25 per cent of individuals with OCD are known to attempt suicide at least once. For therapists, the therapeutic process can actually be even more challenging for clients without overt behavioural rituals – where the manifestation is one of covert OCD or ‘Pure O’ and can consist of repugnant thoughts involving children, sex, violence and religion.

This engaging, intellectually stimulating and therapeutically oriented seminar by Christiane Sanderson draws on a range of perspectives from CBT, psychodynamic and trauma-informed practices – to explore how intrusive thoughts and ruminations could be ways of managing internalised negative childhood memories and experiences; and are attempts at self-soothing – essentially ways by which clients are attempting to gain control through rigid and inflexible thinking.

Specifically, we consider:

  • The spectrum & nature of obsessions, ruminations and intrusive thoughts
  • The key differences in manifestations between overt and covert OCD
  • The functions of OCD, covert compulsions and repugnant thoughts
  • Links to cognitive processing and early childhood experiences / trauma
  • Managing endless cycles of self-shaming strategies in which clients are held hostage to emotional reasons and catastrophisation
  • How shame and reasoning difficulties can lead to fear and distrust of oneself and others
  • The origin of reasoning difficulties and the reduced ability to differentiate between reality and fear
  • Therapeutic approaches drawn from CBT, psychodynamic and trauma-informed domains

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This engaging, intellectually stimulating and therapeutically oriented seminar by Christiane Sanderson draws on a range of perspectives from CBT, psychodynamic and trauma-informed practices – to explore how intrusive thoughts and ruminations could be ways of managing internalised negative childhood memories and experiences; and are attempts at self-soothing – essentially ways by which clients are attempting to gain control through rigid and inflexible thinking.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the spectrum & nature of obsessions, ruminations and intrusive thoughts
  • Discuss the links to cognitive processing and early childhood experiences / trauma
  • Explain the functions of OCD, covert compulsions and repugnant thoughts as well as key differences in manifestations between overt and covert OCD

About the speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 26 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

nscience UK is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. nscience UK maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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