Little minds: big days ahead: a CBT web-based self-help program for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Clutton, Paige A.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
The purpose of this master’s level project is to develop a web-based CBT self-help program for children and adolescents managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a relatively commonly experienced mental health concern across the global population. The program will be hosted on a website consisting of five modules: psychoeducation, somatic management skills training, cognitive restructuring, exposures, and relapse prevention that children and youth can work through at their own pace. Each module will consist of a brief outline of learning objectives, a brief video from the author, a supplementary video, and additional resources. Cognitive behavioral therapy was selected as the therapeutic modality as CBT has been shown to be effective for the treatment of anxiety-based disorders in that this therapeutic modality challenges and attempts to reframe the negative thinking or behavioral patterns of the individuals (Rickwood & Bradford, 2022). It has been observed that youth often consult the internet as their initial point of contact when seeking help for mental health-related concerns (Hanley et al., 2021). Therefore it is hoped that an online web-based program could hopefully offer support to individuals who may have certain physical or psychological barriers which may interfere with their abilities to access traditional in-person therapy. This website can either be used independently by adolescents (12+) or could be utilized by counsellors as a resource to share with clients to supplement their in-person sessions.
cognitive behavioural therapy , obsessive compulsive disorder , web-based self-help program , OCD in adolescents , OCD in children