DIAGNOSIS: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

TREATMENT: Behavioral Group Therapy (Exposure and Response Prevention) For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


  • Basic premise: As individuals confront their fears and discontinue their escape response, they will eventually reduce their anxiety.
  • Essence of therapy: Individuals with OCD repeatedly confront the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that make them anxious and/or start their obsessions in a systematic fashion, without performing compulsive behaviors that typically serve to reduce anxiety. Through this process, the individual learns that there is nothing to fear and the obsessions no longer cause distress.



Exposure and response (ritual) prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Therapist guide (Second edition). (Foa, E. B., Yadin, E., & Lichner, T. K.)

Gruppentherapie bei Zwangsstörungen: Ein verhaltenstherapeutisch-systemischer Leitfaden (Tominschek, I., Zaudig, M., Mehl, C., Vant, E., & Hauke, W.)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Basic Group for Anxiety. (DeSena, D.)

Treatment of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (Koran, L. M., Hanna, G. L., Hollander, E., Nestadt, G., & Helen, B.)


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) worksheets. (Psychology Tools.)

Mental health worksheets. (Knowles, A.)

What is exposure therapy? (Therapist Aid)

OCD exposure hierarchy packet. (Therapist Aid)

Therapy worksheets (Baldwin Clinical Psychology)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Worksheets. (TherapyByPro)

Client Worksheet 1. (

ExRP for OCD. (

Obsessive‐Compulsive Disorder Patient Treatment Manual. (Andrews G, Crino R, Hunt C, Lampe L, Page A.)

Exposure and Response Prevention (Com.Sg)


Assessments & Worksheets. (International OCD foundation.)

Rating scales. ERP for OCD. (Davis, R. A., Hemendinger, E., Lehto, S.)

Brochures, Fact Sheets, & Handouts. (International OCD foundation.)

OCDselfhelp (Vivyan, C.)

Self-help: Managing your OCD at home (Anxiety Canada.)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder A Self Help Guide (Hallam, W., Wilton, R., Douglass, S., Baker, H.)

Obsessive compulsive disorder: A self-help book. (Lovell, K., & Gega, L.)

Freedom from obsessive compulsive disorder: A personalized recovery program for living with uncertainty, updated edition. (Grayson, J.)

The OCD workbook: Your guide to breaking free from obsessive-compulsive disorder, 3rd edition. (Hyman, B. M.)

The complete ocd workbook: A step-by-step guide to free yourself from intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. (Granet, S.)

10 Best OCD Books for 2021 (

Exposure and response (ritual) prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: Therapist guide (2nd ed.). (Foa, E. B., Yadin, E., & Lichner, T. K.)

How group therapy for OCD works and the benefits (Pause and See)

Course PowerPoints. ERP for OCD. (Davis, R. A., Hemendinger, E., Lehto, S. )

Introduction to Exposure Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. (Muller, K. L., & D., P. )


Educational Resources. (International OCD Foundation )

Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-compulsive disorder (div12)

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD – Forms and Handouts (

ERP Therapy for OCD: A Comprehensive Guide (Mantracare)

Group Therapy for OCD (

Curious about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Group Therapy? (

OCD Treatment Overview (

500 free printable workbooks & manuals for therapists. Mind Remake Project. (Jewell, C.)


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Krone, K. P., Himle, J. A., & Nesse, R. M. (1991). A standardized behavioral group treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder: preliminary outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy29(6), 627-631.

Mancebo, M. C., Steketee, G., Muroff, J., Rasmussen, S., & Zlotnick, C. (2017). Behavioral therapy teams for adults with OCD in a community mental health center: An open trial. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 13, 18–23.

McLean, P. D., Whittal, M. L., Thordarson, D. S., Taylor, S., Söchting, I., Koch, W. J., Paterson, R., & Anderson, K. W. (2001). Cognitive versus behavior therapy in the group treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 205–214.

Van Noppen, B., Steketee, G., McCorkle, B. H., & Pato, M. (1997). Group and multifamily behavioral treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 11(4), 431–446.