The Rogers Center for Research and Training brings national leaders in treatment and research to Wisconsin throughout the year to train and interact with the treatment teams at many of the hospital’s unique residential centers. Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is the latest of such distinguished leaders to visit.
Abramowitz is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, as well as a professor and associate chair of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He is also the author of “Getting Over OCD,” an award winning OCD self-help manual.
“Meeting and learning directly from leaders like Dr. Abramowitz provides additional tools to Rogers’ clinicians. Having more tools means that they have a more detailed understanding of a patient’s situation, and therefore can develop a very targeted treatment plan that specifically addresses each person’s needs.” explained Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, clinical director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Center and cognitive-behavioral treatment services.
Under Riemann’s leadership, Rogers has become a national leader in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT for short, to treat OCD and other anxiety disorders in children, teens and adults. Across Rogers’ treatment programs for OCD, experienced treatment teams use a CBT-based approach that emphasizes exposure and ritual prevention as the foundation of treatment.
“At Rogers, we often see children and teens with really complicated diagnoses of OCD,” said David Jacobi, PhD, clinical supervisor of cognitive-behavioral treatment services at the Child & Adolescent centers, “Having access to this level of expertise helps us develop a treatment plan that gets a patient back on track all the sooner.”
CBT is a component of treatment at the child and adolescent centers, Eating Disorder Center and OCD Center, as well as at many of Rogers’ additional residential, inpatient and day treatment programs.
Bringing in experts like Abramowitz from all over the country to our treatment centers means that Rogers’ patients get the highest quality care.
OCD Awareness Week is presented by the International OCD Foundation as a vehicle for support, advocacy and education to help end the stigma surrounding OCD and encourage sufferers to identify the disorder and/or seek treatment.