Authors: Vicki Jones and Diana Hunt, QLD
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Young People, youth, obsessive compulsive disorder,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper looks at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the possible strategies that can be applied within the school environment. Although many OCD sufferers manage to conceal their symptoms and function relatively normally, in a school setting teachers should be aware of the possible problems that may arise. The OCD child should be treated in much the same manner as other children to prevent them feeling disconnected or different. OCD is often treated using behaviour therapy, implemented by a qualified mental health professional. However, in a school setting, teachers may be able to implement a behaviour management plan, with the aim of providing a safe supportive environment to cope with OCD-initiated distractions. A behaviour management plan utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy techniques is proposed to deal with the anxiety associated with OCD. In this paper we discuss how to implement a school-based plan and we present a brief case study
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