On Demand OCD & Anxiety Lecture Series: The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Perfectionists

This presentation was originally reviewed on April 18, 2024, and in person and live streamed online on April 19, 2024, from 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm ET

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

“Clinical perfectionism” can occur in the context of many different disorders or even on its own. Because much of a client’s perfectionism can be ego-syntonic, clinicians need to take the time to help clients develop their own assessment of strengths and weaknesses, rather than feeling the clinician is trying to take away their best attribute. In addition, to an individualized assessment, clinicians will be taught several alternatives to provide clients to challenge unhealthy perfectionistic behaviors including: differentiating between intention and strategy, using diminishing returns, changing one’s response to mistake making, strategies for prioritizing, learning when and how to use others for help, and the importance of taking time to recharge.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

After this lecture, registrants will be able to:

  1. Define clinical perfectionism in at least two different ways.
  2. Identify two ways in which perfectionism “seduces” a client into using old, ineffective behaviors.
  3. Describe two new interventions they can use to encourage more effective behavior in individuals with unhealthy perfectionism.

 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.50 Psychologists
  • 1.50 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.50 Participation
Course opens: 
06/25/2024
Course expires: 
06/23/2026

There is no commercial support for this activity.

About the speaker

Jeff Szymanski, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of “Getting to the Next Level Consulting”, a firm specializing in clinical consultation and professional development for mental health professionals at all levels. With more than 25 years as a leader in mental health, Dr. Szymanski is a senior clinician, consultant, trainer, and administrator. He previously served as the Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation for 15 years following his role as the Director of Psychological Services at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Currently, Dr. Szymanski is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology (part-time) at Harvard Medical School, where he supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns through McLean Hospital’s internship program. He is the author of “The Perfectionist’s Handbook”, and he has appeared in over 150 media stories, presented at a multitude of conferences, as well as delivering several domestic and international trainings.

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Jeff Szymanski, PhD, reports that he is the owner of Getting to the Next Level Counselling, LLC. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation. All relationships have been mitigated through review. 

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Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.50 Psychologists
  • 1.50 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.50 Participation
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OCD & Anxiety Lecture Series: The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Perfectionists

Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Founder and CEO, Getting to the Next Level Consulting, LLC

Clinical Instructor, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Associate, McLean Hospital

Norwood, MA

Originally reviewed April 18, 2024.
Originally virtually broadcast on April 19, 2024, from 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: June 23, 2026

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