Changing the Landscape of OCD Education

1 Houston OCD Program, 708 East 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008

2 University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, Texas 77004

3 Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Houston, TX, Baylor College of Medicine, 1977 Butler Blvd. Houston, TX 77030 University of Houston – Downtown, Department of Social Sciences, University of Houston – Downtown, One Main Street Houston, Texas 77002 The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX, The Menninger Clinic, 12301 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77035

4 Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Houston, TX, Baylor College of Medicine, 1977 Butler Blvd. Houston, TX 77030

5 Houston OCD Program, 708 East 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008

Abstract
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a severe mental health condition characterized by unwanted/intrusive thoughts (obsessions) followed by repetitive behaviors/rituals performed in an attempt to reduce anxiety evoked by intrusive thoughts. Stigma, cost, and lack of access to adequately trained providers are all factors that disrupt appropriate OCD treatment. This article explores the use of webinars as a globally available educational tool to provide evidence-based information about OCD to individuals suffering with OCD, caregivers, and providers. This manuscript examines how webinars are being used for OCD education. The results further explore the feasibility of webinars to improve access to care and reduce stigma by evaluating viewer

utilization amongst six different OCD webinar topics (“OCD 101 Training”, “OCD and Family”, “OCD Kids Talk”, “Living the ERP Life”, “OCD, Addiction and Depression,” “OCD in Children”). Implications of this research are presented to facilitate further dissemination of webinar-based education.

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