ECHO Ontario Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


When: Thursdays Weekly
Start: October 24, 2019
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Who: Primary Care Providers


Note: Registration for fall sessions (Foundations for Primary Care Providers) is now open. Registration for Winter 2020 sessions will open in a few months.  Please be aware that our Winter sessions require basic working knowledge/practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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.

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?


Module I:

Foundations for Primary Care Providers (Oct. 24 – Nov. 28, 2019)

Session #  Length Topic
1 1 hr Clinical Presentations & Differential Diagnosis
2 1 hr Diagnosis & Screening Tools
3 1 hr Epidemiology & Life Course of OCD
4 1 hr Pharmacotherapy & Fist Line Medications I
5 1 hr Pharmacotherapy & First Line Medications II
6 1 hr CBT & Other Treatments for OCD
  Winter Break – Late December/Early January

**Please Note – Winter Sessions Require basic knowledge/practice of CBT. 

Module II:

Enhancing CBT Skills for OCD (Jan. 9 – Mar. 12, 2020)

7 1.5 hr  CBT Principles I
8 2 hr  CBT Principles II
9 2 hr  CBT Principles III
10 2 hr  CBT Principles IV
11 2 hr  Working with the Family
12 2 hr  Enhancing Functionality for OCD
13 2 hr  Mindfulness & ACT I: Principles
14 1.5 hr  Mindfulness & ACT II: Experiential
15 1.5 hr  CBT for Hoarding & Body Dysmorphic Disorder
16 1.5 hr  Flex Session (Topic TBD)

Note: ECHO Ontario OCD developed this curriculum based on the analysis of multiple needs assessments, conducted with provincial primary care providers. 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 30-45 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 sessions (one representative from your organization should attend at least 60% of the 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.