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Child OCD Treatment

Overview

The School of Psychology and Speech Pathology is conducting research to evaluate treatments for children and adolescents (aged 7 to 17 years) with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We are recruiting families to participate in the research.

What’s involved?

Eligible families will be invited to attend Curtin Bentley campus for a separate parent and child interview, and to fill in some questionnaires prior to commencement of therapy. Children will then be randomly placed into one of the following therapies:

  1. group cognitive-behavioural therapy
  2. group anxiety management training.

Each therapy program runs for 12 weeks and involves weekly 1.5 hour therapy sessions. At week 12 parents will be interviewed again and children and parents will fill in the same questionnaires that they filled out before therapy. The questionnaires will be readministered at the one-month follow-up. The purpose of the interview and questionnaires is to determine the effectiveness of the therapies.

Program staff

The program is coordinated by Hunna Watson and Dr Clare Rees.

Hunna is completing a PhD in the area of child and adolescent OCD, and has presented research at local and national psychology conferences.

Clare is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology and is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with several years experience treating OCD. She has published a treatment program for individuals with OCD.

Clinical psychology trainees also work in the clinic. All trainees are completing their clinical psychology masters degrees and already have four-year degrees in psychology. They are all closely supervised by Dr Clare Rees.