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Perinatal OCD: the increasing role of psychotherapy and counselling: Video Course

Perinatal OCD: the increasing role of psychotherapy and counselling: Video Course

As neurobiological and psychotherapeutic understanding of perinatal OCD grows, we are experiencing a renewed interest in the intricate linkages this phenomenon has with maternal love, bonding and attachment- leading to new developments and specialized therapy techniques from both psychodynamic and CBT domains. NICE guidelines are now including the crucial role of psychological interventions like Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). Psychotherapists and counsellors can utilise these techniques to understand this condition and be of constructive help to clients in both identifying and overcoming its potentially debilitating manifestations.

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CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Dr Chrissy Jayarajah

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

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The challenge with this particular clinical condition is that it has usually been grossly misunderstood and misdiagnosed, often confused with peri/postnatal anxiety or depression, or even psychosis.

In this webinar we will be discussing new treatment modalities including the latest research, specific techniques including deep brain stimulation and trans-magnetic stimulation, as well parent-infant observations and practices that can support the management of perinatal OCD.

In our therapy rooms, we might be presented with expectant & new mothers experiencing:

  • intrusive thoughts about hurting their baby, during or after pregnancy
  • disturbing thoughts of sexually abusing their child
  • apprehensive behaviour about giving the child a serious disease
  • irreconcilable fears of making the wrong decision about vaccinations or medical treatment

and may present with compulsions including:

  • excessive washing of clothes, toys or bottles
  • Keeping the baby away from other people for fear of contamination
  • constant checking of the baby – including waking them up to check if they’re asleep
  • Repeatedly asking people around them for reassurance that baby hasn’t been hurt or abused
  • going over what happened each day to reassure themselves that they haven’t hurt their baby

At this ground-breaking webinar, Dr Chrissy Jayarajah – UK’s leading expert on cutting edge perinatal work – explains to us, how we, as psychotherapists and counsellors, can first make a clear distinction of this manifestation from overlapping themes including postnatal psychosis, eating disorders and orthorexia nervosa obsession of clean eating. She explains the background by briefly considering the close links that perinatal mental illness has had with religion, moral beliefs and purity; examines the specific presentations during pregnancy and breastfeeding and explains the use of therapeutic options including a combination of relational and Attachment skills to assist clients overcome the concomitant anxiety and compulsive manifestations. Cutting-edge skills from CBT including ERP will be discussed. Specifically, the webinar will discuss:

  • how perinatal OCD is not just the domain of neuroscience, but can benefit immensely if we as therapists understand it from a holistic perspective
  • the steps we need to take to reduce compulsive behaviours / rituals for reducing anxiety
  • explore the psychopathology of the condition including the egodystonic origins that can help us diagnose perinatal OCD
  • help us distinguish the condition from postnatal anxiety, postnatal depression and psychosis
  • explain its presentations as they relate to pregnancy, relationship OCD, fear of fidelity, sexual themes and issues around breastfeeding
  • we conclude our discussions with recognising the conditions for further referral, safeguarding and risk assessment in home, community, family settings

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At this ground-breaking webinar, Dr Chrissy Jayarajah – UK’s leading expert on cutting edge perinatal work – explains to us, how we, as psychotherapists and counsellors, can first make a clear distinction of this manifestation from overlapping themes including postnatal psychosis, eating disorders and orthorexia nervosa obsession of clean eating. She explains the background by briefly considering the close links that perinatal mental illness has had with religion, moral beliefs and purity; examines the specific presentations during pregnancy and breastfeeding and explains the use of therapeutic options including a combination of relational and Attachment skills to assist clients overcome the concomitant anxiety and compulsive manifestations.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the psychopathology of the condition including the egodystonic origins that can help us diagnose perinatal OCD
  • Discuss how to distinguish perinatal OCD from postnatal anxiety, postnatal depression and psychosis
  • Explain the presentations of perinatal OCD as they relate to pregnancy, relationship OCD, fear of fidelity, sexual themes and issues around breastfeeding

About the speaker(s)

Dr Chrissy Jayarajah MBBS MRCPsych DFSRH is Clinical Lead for CNWL Perinatal Services. She trained at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and completed her psychiatry training in London, with additional training in systemic (family) psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry. As a member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists with a Diploma in reproductive and sexual health, Dr Jayarajah has a keen interest in women’s health. She has developed Maternity Unit guidance for the management of mental health during pregnancy and delivery and has expertise in providing training surrounding identification of vulnerable women; including issues surrounding sexual health, domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and women in prison. She is scientific adviser for the Maternal OCD Charity and has expertise in the management and treatment of perinatal OCD and use of medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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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