ECHO Ontario Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Thursdays Weekly
Start: Fall 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Who: Primary Care Providers


Note: We are currently in the preliminary planning stages for Cycle 2, with a tentative launch date in Fall 2019. If you have any questions, please email

CAMH and the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, are excited to announce the launch of ECHO Ontario Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ECHO Ontario OCD aims to help primary and community care providers build capacity in the treatment of OCD. The project works to empower primary care providers to use evidence-based best practices to reduce the need for specialist visits, improving the quality of care for patients seeking treatment for OCD and related disorders in Ontario’s primary care settings.

Whether you are a family physician, allied healthcare provider, or a community care provider, don’t hesitate to join ECHO Ontario OCD!

Why Join?
  • It’s free. ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • It’s virtual. All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
  • It’s fun. Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
  • Earn CME credits. ECHO has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits per session.
  • It works for you – and our system. ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
What Will I Be Learning?

Please note that Cycle 1 of ECHO OCD (see curriculum below) ended in December 2018. 

We are currently in the preliminary planning stages for Cycle 2, and the curriculum will be subject to change. 

Date Topic
19-Apr-18 ECHO Basics: Aims, Principles and Practical Tips for Participating in ECHO
26-Apr-18 Introduction to OCD I: Diagnosis & Epidemiology
3-May-18 Introduction to OCD II: Clinical Presentations & Differential Diagnosis
10-May-18 Related Disorders – Focus on Hoarding Disorder
17-May-18 Starting Treatment – Psychoeducation, Bibliotherapy, & Internet Based Resources
24-May-18 Treatment:  First Line Medications
31-May-18 What to Do When Your Patient Fails 2 SSRIs?
7-Jun-18 Beyond 2nd Line Treatment: Glutamatergic Drugs & Emerging Options
14-Jun-18 Somatic Treatments & Future Research
21-Jun-18 Consideration to Special Populations (Pregnancy, Elderly, etc)
28-Jun-18 Flex Session – TBD
                                                            SUMMER BREAK
4-Oct-18 Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD I
11-Oct-18 Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD II
18-Oct-18 Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD III
25-Oct-18 Coaching and Supporting CBT in Your Practice
1-Nov-18 Evaluating the Impact of OCD Holistically
8-Nov-18 Mindfulness & Other Psychotherapy Techniques
15-Nov-18 Working with the Family I: Family Accommodation & Other Topics
22-Nov-18 Working with the Family II:  Family Accommodation & Other Topics
29-Nov-18 Flex Session – TBD
6-Dec-18 Consolidation of Management Strategies

ECHO Ontario OCD developed this curriculum based on the analysis of multiple needs assessments, conducted with provincial primary care providers. Flex sessions have been included in the curriculum to address additional learning needs identified throughout the ECHO cycle. For further information on the development of this curriculum, please contact:

What is the Structure of a Session?

Each session consists of:

  • Introductions and announcements
  • A 15-20 minute presentation on a given topic (e.g., Introduction to OCD).
  • Approximately 60 minutes of case-based learning, where healthcare providers (Spokes) present de-identified cases to the Community of Practice and receive recommendations from both the specialist Hub team and other community partner Spokes. All teach, all learn.

Hub Team

ECHO Session

Spoke Sites / Community Partners

ECHO Session- Multi-Screen

What is the Commitment?
  • Attend weekly 1.5 hour sessions (one representative from your organization should attend at least 70% of the 24 sessions held)
  • Present 1-2 cases to the group during the cycle.
  • Participate in evaluation activities (e.g., surveys, focus groups).
What is Your Contact Information?

Please email Sarah, our Research Analyst, at


Hub Team

ECHO Session



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost?

All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing experience and presenting cases.

What Equipment is Needed?

ECHO Ontario at CAMH and UofT uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.

Is This Only for Physicians?

Any healthcare professional interested in engaging around a topic, sharing their experience, and learning from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare administrators, community health workers, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will My Case Presentation Be Confidential?

Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are PHIPA compliant and a secure place to share information.

Can My Client Make an Appointment at ECHO?

Clients do not attend and are not seen during Project ECHO sessions. Instead, these sessions facilitate a way in which community providers connect to specialists and other community partners who help co-manage patients.