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The Interplay Between PTSD and OCD

When: Monday, January 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:45 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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Monday, January 7, 2019

12:15 - 1:45 PM   1.5 CE Credits


The Interplay Between PTSD and OCD


Presented by:  Eda Gorbis, Ph.D., LMFT


This lecture will discuss how to address and treat comorbid issues of OCD and PTSD, with specialized attention to how symptoms of the disorders can become intertwined. Due to the lack of an integrated treatment approach for patients suffering from OCD and PTSD, a clear understanding of each disorder is necessary to treat the interplay between OCD and PTSD.



Eda Gorbis, Ph.D., LMFT, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles and a Clinical Assistant Professor (V) of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is an expert in OCD, BDD, and anxiety disorders and has given over 170 conference presentations about these topics around the world.








  1. Course Goals and Educational Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to:

1.     Identify and diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) according to the DSM-5.

2.     Understand the prevalence, epidemiology, and development of PTSD, and its comorbidity with OCD, including the underlying fear structure between PTSD and OCD

3.     Acquire the tools to treat the comorbid condition of PTSD and OCD within a cognitive-behavioral framework.


  1. Course Outline:


1.     Introduction by LACPA representative (3 minutes)

2.     Background: The Role of Trauma and PTSD in Treatment of Refractory OCD (7 minutes)

a.     Treatment-resistant OCD has been found to develop after experience of trauma

                                                       i.     Present studies that support this

3.     Prevalence of: (4 minutes)

a.     PTSD

b.     OCD

c.      Comorbid OCD and PTSD

4.     PTSD vs. OCD – Predisorder negative life events (15 minutes)

a.     Define traumatic stressor according to DSM-5

b.     OCD and trauma relationship

                                                        i.     Present theories on why/how OCD may develop after a trauma

                                                       ii.     Other comorbidities

                                                      iii.     Further research

5.     PTSD vs. OCD – Characteristics (18 minutes)

a.     OCD – obsessions and compulsions

b.     PTSD – re-experiencing, avoidance, increased arousal

c.      Symptom patterns comparison with clusters diagram

d.     Cognitive Biases

6.     Specialized Treatments (18 minutes)

a.     Treatment of Concurrent PTSD and OCD (4 minutes)

                                                        i.     Important to determine which disorder is primary/causing the most distress

                                                       ii.     Need to deal with both conditions and differentiate between the two disorders

b.     OCD Treatment (7 minutes)

                                                        i.     Behavioral therapy – Exposure and Response Prevention

                                                       ii.     Pharmacotherapy

c.      PTSD Treatment (7 minutes)

                                                        i.     Pharmacotherapy

                                                       ii.     Sleep/Wake Cycle guidelines

                                                      iii.     Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

                                                      iv.     Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy

7.     Stages of Treatment for OCD-PTSD Comorbidity (12 minutes)

a.     Establishment of trust/rapport

b.     Assessment and evaluation of fear structures

c.      Exposure and Response Prevention

d.     Address the PTSD issues

e.     Treat the PTSD symptoms using both in vivo and imaginal techniques that approximate the original trauma

f.      Relapse prevention

g.     Coping strategies and exercises

8.     Case Study (8 minutes)

a.     Diagnosis

b.     History of Trauma

c.      Obsessions and compulsions

d.     Treatment plan

e.     Results of Treatment

9.     Attendees fill out the C.E. Evaluation Forms (5 minutes)




Parking info for Weekday/daytime programs:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd., conveniently located near ample free daytime/weekday street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have all day free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). A 3-4 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


Parking at The Encino Office Park lot between the hours of 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is restricted to building tenants only.  Please do not park in the lot at the building.



* Attention Brown Bag Attendees!


There is a café in our complex called Park Café and Grill located in building four. They carry a wonderful selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, and daily specials throughout the day.    


If you are interested, you may place an order the morning of the program 818-578-5606.  Walk-ins are fine.


For their menu and more details, you can view their website at www.parkcafeandgrill.com




This Brown Bag Event is available to all LACPA Members.  

This is a FREE LACPA MEMBER BENEFIT. Seating is limited.  


Certification of Attendance for Continuing Education Credit

Please note that the Brown Bag Programs are being offered as a LACPA Membership Benefit.  Attendance is limited to 50 LACPA members. Should you have a friend or colleague who would like to attend, please have them join LACPA before they send in this registration form. Programs subject to change.


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.



It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 5 minutes (for a 1.5 hour program) after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


Program and location are subject to change.


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