OCD Day Program
Who is this program for?
The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) day program is for people who have a diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and who are seeking support with managing mild to moderate symptoms of obsessive thinking and behaviour rituals. The program is suitable for community referrals and for patients who have recently been discharged from The Melbourne Clinic inpatient OCD program who would like to continue learning and applying strategies to manage their symptoms.
How will it help me?
The aim of the program is to help participants understand their OCD thoughts and behaviours in the context of OCD as an anxiety disorder. Often people with OCD try to reduce their anxiety through seemingly positive efforts of reassurance seeking or avoidant patterns of behaviour. These strategies, however, can become part of the compulsive rituals that take on a life of their own and that are greatly debilitating to the person. Through the weekly sessions in this program, participants are able to access the best evidence-based practices to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills required to manage their anxiety. The program uses ‘Exposure Response Prevention’ ERP within a supportive group dynamic as a key treatment component to help reduce anxiety and compulsive behaviour.
During the program participants will learn about the symptoms of OCD, how it develops, and the practical skills required to manage their anxiety. Skills practice includes in-session ERP tasks as well as take-home exercises which participants can do during the week.
When does it run?
This program runs one night per week 5:30pm-8:45pm for 10 weeks duration. The final session will include a supportive information session for family and friends.