Although exposure-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy have demonstrated efficacy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the lack of clinicians effectively trained in these treatments significantly limit effective intervention options for affected youth. This is very unfortunate since child onset is reported by 50% of adults with OCD. To ameliorate this serious global issue the 14 nation International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Accreditation Task Force (ATF) of The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD) has developed knowledge and competency standards recommended for specialized treatments for OCD through the lifespan. Currently available guidelines are considered by experts to be essential but insufficient because there are not enough clinicians with requisite knowledge and competencies to effectively treat OCD. This manuscript presents knowledge and competency standards recommended for specialized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for pediatric OCD, derived from comprehensive literature review and expert synthesis. In addition to standards covering the elements of individual CBT-based assessment and treatment, family and school interventions are addressed given the critical role these domains play in the psychosocial development of youths. The ATF standards presented in these phase two papers will be foundational to the upcoming development of certification (individuals) and accreditation (sites) for specialized treatments in OCD through the lifespan.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - May 2021|
- evidence-based treatment
- exposure and response prevention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry