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 Religious Preoccupation on Steroids: Understanding and Responding to Scrupulosity
presented by Rev. Michele J. Guest Lowery MDiv BCC and Patrick B. McGrath PhD

90 minutes (1.5 CE hours)
$55/member; $95/nonmember
Item Number: WebR1212
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Price: $95.00
Scrupulosity is a subset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent fear-based thoughts/impulses that are followed by compulsive, often ritualistic behaviors. Scrupulosity is unique, however, in that its symptoms often mimic spiritual struggle; the obsessions and compulsions are religiously
and/or ethically themed. Since what may appear to be spiritual issues are actually illness symptoms, professional chaplains may unintentionally intervene in ways that, while providing short-term relief, will interfere with long-term recovery.

This presentation will provide a clinical overview of OCD and scrupulosity, as well as explore complementary spiritual care approaches to both assist recovery and identify/address any underlying faith issues, with attention to generalized applications for this highly specialized area of focus.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify signs and symptoms of scrupulosity.
2. Understand "best practice" paradoxical treatment protocols.
3. Identify spiritual interventions to assist in scrupulosity recovery.

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our website. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with the audience. To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."

System Requirements
- Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox 2.5 or above, Chrome, Safari
- Operating System: Windows 2000 or above, Mac OS X, Linux
- Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or above installed at a minimum. Adobe Flash Player 11.0 needed for full
- Stable Internet connection of DSL or faster, wireless connection not recommended
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact APC at for assistance.


Patrick B. McGrath PhD is the director of Alexian Brothers Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and the co-director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL. He also is the president of the Anxiety Centers of Illinois, a private group practice. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the Public Education Committee of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Author of "The OCD Answer Book" and the stressmanagement workbook, "Don't Try Harder, Try Different," McGrath has been on radio and television, does numerous speaking engagements internationally, has an active research program
and trains students in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Rev. Michele J. Guest Lowery BCC is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is a board certified chaplain with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. and a member of APC. She currently serves as coordinator chaplain of the Center for Spiritual Care at Alexian Brothers
Behavioral Health Center and has almost 20 years of experience in behavioral health chaplaincy.
Lowery received her master of divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She has published articles and contributed the chapter on behavioral health in the recently released book Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook (Woodstock VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2012). Lowery has served in various leadership capacities with APC, including her current role on the Membership Services Council.