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Saturday, July 19 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Not Just OCD: Support Group for Those with Dual Diagnosis of ASD and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families

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Living with symptoms of OCD and an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult. For many, understanding the impact of each disorder and attempting to adaptively cope can be overwhelming. Some individuals “stumbled upon” the ASD diagnosis later in life while engaged in OCD treatment. In these cases, the individual, family members, or professional concluded that some challenging behaviors were better explained with an ASD diagnosis (vs. OCD alone). For both the individual and their family, the process of learning about “another disorder” can bring a sense of being overwhelmed, anger at earlier professionals for not “catching” the ASD, & a sense of shame. This support group will provide a forum to discuss these issues, including understanding of how a dual diagnosis impacts over time; occupational, social, and romantic impact of dual diagnosis; collaborating on treatment; maintaining motivation to engage in ERP; and collaboration with school and work. 

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Rebecca Sachs, PhD

Rebecca Sachs PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, school adjustment, and problematic home behaviors. Graduating from Hofstra University with her PhD in Clinical & School Psychology, Dr. Sachs completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Miami and was a licensed clinical psychologist at NeuroBehavioral Institute in Weston... Read More →

Katherine Cody, PsyD

Dr. Cody is a New York  and Connecticut State licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently the Clinical Director at the SEED Center for Autism and maintains a private practice at Spectrum Services. She previously completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Seaver Autism Center through a... Read More →

Saturday July 19, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

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