Conceptual Understanding of OCD: How to Identify the “Doubting Disease”

Presented by: Kathryn Manetta, PhD

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
9:00am to 11:00am
(two contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813



Cost: $30 


TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free 



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most difficult psychological disorders to diagnose. Rates of misdiagnosis are extremely high with estimates suggesting that primary care doctors misdiagnose over 50% of OCD cases. Even among mental health professionals, the rate of misdiagnosis approaches 40% (Glazier, Swing and McGinn, 2015).  Patients with OCD who are misdiagnosed often receive improper psychiatric and psychological treatment which has a potential for disastrous results. There are a number of reasons for the high rates of misdiagnosis.  One of the primary causes is the remarkably varied  and sometimes dramatic presentation of symptoms among OCD patients. This program offers a conceptual perspective of OCD that will aid in diagnosis by focusing clinicians on the core features of the disorder.


  • Describe the diagnostic criteria for OCD
  • List several OCD types
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of obsessions and compulsions.
  • Explain the “Unifying Principle” that underlies all OCD fears. (hint: What do all patients with OCD fear?)
  • Draw the OCD cycle
  • Demonstrate the use of the OCD Cycle with a case example.
  • Identify some of the causes of misdiagnosis of OCD.
  • Discuss options for improving accuracy in diagnosis.


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to develop advanced knowledge and skills in obsessive compulsive disorder.    Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level. 


Kathryn Manetta, PhD

Dr. Kathryn Manetta is a licensed Psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders. She is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has been treating OCD for over 10 years in private practice.  Dr. Manetta is highly specialized in the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the gold standard for the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders.  Dr. Manetta is the Clinical Director of Belmont Psychological Services and has trained and supervised numerous interns, post-doctoral students and licensed psychologists in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD and Anxiety disorders.  Dr. Manetta has received training and consultation from Dr. Jonathan Grayson, one of the leading figures in the treatment of OCD. Dr. Manetta is fortunate to receive ongoing consultation in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Dr. Christine Padesky, the world-renowned co-author of Mind Over Mood.


The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers.


There is no commercial support for this CE program or instructor.  There are no known conflicts of interest.


For additional questions regarding this training, please contact the program administrator, Dawn Vo-JutabhaPh.D. at