OCD Learn and Recover Course

Carol Edward's Learn and Recover OCD Course

Who is the course for?

 Carol Edward's course is suitable for teens aged 16 and over; for parents/caregivers to use as a platform to work with a child under 16; or for group work. Whether you're someone who has mild-moderate symptoms of OCD and looking for self-directed guidance; or whether you're new to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and want to learn about the model with exposure response prevention (ERP), then this course is for you. 


 A self-assessment form is included with your welcome e-mail when you purchase your course. 

The scores can be taken to your doctor for further assessment and formal diagnosis.


Part 1

Exercise 1: What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Exercise 2: Cognitive Restructuring

Exercise 3: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Exercise 4: Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) - Introduction

 Part 2

Exercise 1: Rating situational triggers with subject units of distress (SUDS) 

Exercise 2: Exposure Response Prevention – An introduction                                

Exercise 3: Explaining the ERP and ANXIETY Models - includes therapist/client dialogues                    

Part 3

New Belief Model with Relapse Prevention Blueprint

(Includes 6 prevention blueprint activity sheets  with 9 homework tasks)

Learning Objectives

All parts come with question sections to strengthen the learning objectives. Appraisals are available as a low-fee optional extra.


(The certificate refers to those who opt for Carol Edward's appraisals - please ask for further details via the contact page

Symptom Severity

Special note: If you already have a formal diagnosis for OCD and know your severity please be advised that this course might be mentally taxing to engage with if your symptoms are severe-extreme, since the course is based primarily on reading with written assignments. Self-directed CBT/ERP can be helpful for people with milder symptoms but in-person therapy is advised for severe symptoms. In this case, please think carefully before purchasing, since refunds cannot be given once the link to the course has been received.

Thi course is affordable at £24.95

You can find the course at Carol Edwards OCD Topic Store at: 


What is OCD?

OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a psychiatric disorder which has two essential characteristics – obsessions and compulsions.

What are obsessions? 

Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, impulses, images and sensations that repeatedly plague the conscious mind of the person who has OCD.

What are compulsions?

Compulsions merge with the obsessions to complete the disorder. These can be seen (overt) or not seen (covert); a person will do either or both.

Why do people do compulsions?

Compulsions (also known as rituals or "safety" behaviours) are carried out to reduce the distress caused by the obsessions, to ward off perceived danger and to "feel right". 

For example, if the obsession is an intolerance to asymmetry the corresponding overt compulsion might be to repeatedly align objects "perfectly" to reduce anxiety and to "feel right". Sometimes a magical element is added, such as fearing something bad happening if the objects (or other things) are not made "perfectly" straight. This means the person will align the objects again and again to "prevent" the bad thing from happening. 

What about pure-o obsessions?

Pure-o is a term used to explain obsessions referring to three categories which are sexual, harm and religious manifestations. 

Do compulsions differ for those who have pure-o?

The compulsions involved in pure-o are usually hidden (covert). These include repeatedly uttering a silent prayer or phrase to neutralise the intrusive thoughts; and also often to "prevent" the thoughts from coming true. However, people who have pure-o might do open rituals too, such as seeking reassurance and checking. Unfortunately, all compulsions reinforce the problem and make OCD worse. 

How is OCD treated? 

The gold standard treatment for OCD is ERP - exposure response prevention (combined often with cognitive behavioural therapy - CBT) which you can do with a therapist face-to-face, Skype, online course, or a self-directed OCD book. At EfO, Carol Edward's "learn and recover" course is a self-directed program that discusses CBT and ERP; yet, unlike an OCD book where you follow the directions independently, this course comes with guidance, if required. For example, you may find you need help to write a hierarchy when working on the ERP section (either for you or someone you're coaching); or you may need help to decide which self-applied exposures would be better for a particular obsession. In this case, Carol Edwards is on hand to help guide and support you throughout your course.

What is CBT? 

This is a talking therapy that helps direct thoughts, feelings and behaviours by challenging unhelpful thinking patterns. CBT helps pave the way for exposure response prevention (ERP) in which habituation is reached by systematically resisting the compulsions that have been feeding the obsession(s).

What about Medication? 

Medication in the form of an SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) is often used in the treatment of OCD. More about medication is discussed in your "learn and recover" OCD course. 

What are the chances of recovery? 

This depends on the effort put into CBT and ERP. Medication can be a helpful adjunct when symptoms are severe since this helps to improve symptoms for engaging more actively with CBT/ERP. Since ERP leads ultimately to remission this is the most important part of the treatment process for reaching that goal. In more severe cases in-patient treatment may be needed; and for treatment-resistant cases deep brain stimulation (DBS) is now an option.