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Sunday, July 20 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Treating OCD in Teens: Working with Teens AND Their Parents

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An integral part of teenage development is to become more independent and autonomous - the same holds true for teens with OCD. However, developmentally appropriate behaviors can sometimes be difficult for therapists to distinguish from maladaptive or OCD behaviors. Case examples and attendee contribution will illustrate the process of how steps toward independence may interact with and exacerbate OCD symptoms. This panel will provide strategies for therapists to recognize and respond to special teen issues in a more adaptive manner. Attendees will acquire tools to support positive steps towards overcoming OCD symptoms, and strategies to assist family members in effectively redirecting problematic behavior. 

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Yolanda Cespedes-Knadle

Clinical Director, Renewed Freedom Center
Dr. Céspedes received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed three years of specialized training at Children’s Hospital – Los Angeles, where she worked extensively with chronically ill children and their families. Dr. Céspedes has helped children in medical settings cope with fear, anxiety, and panic, and has provided outpatient care to both children and adults struggling with severe... Read More →
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Michelle Witkin, PhD

Michelle Witkin, Ph.D.
Dr. Witkin is a psychologist in private practice in Valencia, CA, where she specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. She especially likes to work with children and teens. She is a graduate of the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and is a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Witkin loves attending the IOCDF conference and is eagerly awaiting this year's events!
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Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP

Executive Director, Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief
- Executive Director, Licensed Psychologist at the Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief - Los Angeles, CA. | | - Author of "Productive, Successful YOU! End Procrastination by Making Anxiety Work for You Rather Than Against You". | | - Board Certified in Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). | | - Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of... Read More →

Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Olympic I, Plaza Level

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