On Demand OCD Lecture Series: How Good Do You Have to Be?: Exploring Moral Scrupulosity in OCD
This presentation was originally reviewed on April 19, 2022, and broadcast live online on April 15, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET.
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition characterized by unwanted intrusive thoughts and time-consuming ritualized behaviors. Common presentations of this disorder may include struggling with uncertainty about contamination, risk of causing harm, and unacceptable taboo thoughts, but underlying many of these symptoms is a debilitating fear of moral failure. It would be wrong to take a risk that might harm myself or others. Religious scrupulosity, or obsessions about one’s religious faith, involve excessive concern around perfectly following the rules of one’s religious tradition. In moral scrupulosity, society’s norms and values mirror religious expectations even in the absence of religion. Identifying the specific obsessions and compulsions in a person with OCD whose primary concern is that with being a “bad” person and his core fear is the same, can be a clinical challenge. This lecture will highlight the various ways morality obsessions present in OCD and how clinicians can effectively implement the same or similar evidence-based treatments that are effective for the disorder as a whole.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals.
After this lecture, registrants will be able to:
- Recognize forms of moral scrupulosity in OCD.
- Identify compulsions found in moral scrupulosity.
- Explain guidelines for constructing ERP interventions for moral obsessions.
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About the speaker
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is the director of The Center for OCD and Anxiety, Sheppard Pratt’s private pay, outpatient treatment center for individuals with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders and director of the OCD Program at The Retreat, where Sheppard Pratt offers residential treatment for those who can benefit from a higher level of care. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in five states, and is a Maryland Approved Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Jon is also a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and on the faculty of the foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.
Jon founded The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in 2015; the practice joined Sheppard Pratt in 2020. Prior to founding The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, Jon served as the Associate Director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and was a psychotherapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. He is the author of six books on the treatment of OCD using mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy, is a regularly featured speaker at mental health conferences and webinars, and is the curator and moderator of Sheppard Pratt’s OCD and Anxiety Lecture Series.
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OCD & Anxiety Lecture Series: How Good Do You Have to Be? Exploring Moral Scrupulosity in OCD
Jon Hershfield, MFT
Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety
Originally reviewed April 19, 2022.
Originally broadcast live April 15, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
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