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Wednesday, July 16
 

9:00am

Dr. Reid Wilson's 2-Day Treatment Workshop: Session I - Day 1

This 2-day Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group, led by Dr. Reid Wilson, is a treatment opportunity for individuals with OCD who might not otherwise have access to an intensive OCD treatment program. Components of this program include: how to alter rigidly held belief systems, how to let go of obsessions, how to gain mastery over compulsions, and how to increase courage and determination. There are two sessions offered this year in Los Angeles, one before and one after the conference:

  • Wednesday, July 16th – Thursday, July 17th
  • Sunday, July 20th – Monday, July 21st

This treatment opportunity will be held at the conference site at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA. The group will be limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. This program has sold out for each of the past 3 years we’ve offered it.

All participants must be referred by a mental health professional who has given the diagnosis of OCD. The cost is $375*.

To register, please download the application and referral form from: http://www.ocd2014.org/program/reidwilson/


Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level
 
Thursday, July 17
 

9:00am

Dr. Reid Wilson's 2-Day Treatment Workshop: Session I - Day 2

This 2-day Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group, led by Dr. Reid Wilson, is a treatment opportunity for individuals with OCD who might not otherwise have access to an intensive OCD treatment program. Components of this program include: how to alter rigidly held belief systems, how to let go of obsessions, how to gain mastery over compulsions, and how to increase courage and determination. There are two sessions offered this year in Los Angeles, one before and one after the conference:

  • Wednesday, July 16th – Thursday, July 17th
  • Sunday, July 20th – Monday, July 21st

This treatment opportunity will be held at the conference site at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA. The group will be limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. This program has sold out for each of the past 3 years we’ve offered it.

All participants must be referred by a mental health professional who has given the diagnosis of OCD. The cost is $375*.

To register, please download the application and referral form from: http://www.ocd2014.org/program/reidwilson/


Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Training Session: Hoarding Task Force 101

Cases of hoarding that create public health and safety risks need a community-level response. Over 120 hoarding task forces, coalitions, and working groups have formed in communities throughout the US and abroad. This session provides an opportunity for members representing a range of human service disciplines to learn about promising practice models and how to implement them in communities large and small, urban and rural. Leaders of successful community case management, peer led and treatment model programs will providestep by step guidance for replicating programs in this interactive workshop. 

*Additional registration fee: $125 for all professionals / $100 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members.


Speakers
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers hoarding consultation to... Read More →
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John Franklin

Peer Response Team Coordinator, Mental Health Association of SF
John Franklin (the guy in the photo holding team mascot Rufus) is Project Coordinator for the Peer Response Team at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. The 4 Peer Responders (Sharon Scott Kish, Elizabeth Barr, Varian Pierce, and Ana B. Gutierrez) all have lived experience with collecting and accumulating. We use our experience to provide non-judgmental, harm reduction-based, one-on-one peer support often including multiple home... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Westside, Plaza Level

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Training Session: Introduction to Treating OCD

The clinical significance of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has long been recognized. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is among the 10 most disabling medical conditions. Other disorders that share some similarities with OCD have gained greater recognition in recent years and are now grouped together in one DSM-5 diagnostic category called Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders.

This training program is designed to provide clinicians an overview of the nature and treatment of the various subtypes of OCD and related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, hair pulling disorder (Trichotillomania), and skin picking disorder (Excoriation). Topics to be covered include clinical features and diagnosis, current assessment methods, review of evidence-based treatments (e.g., exposure and response prevention), adjunctive therapies, and family issues. The program will include lecture, slides, and case illustrations. 

*Additional registration fee: $125 for all professionals / $100 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members.

Speakers
avatar for C. Alec Pollard, PhD

C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Training Session: Introduction to Treating Pediatric OCD
Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a well-established efficacious treatment package. However, child and adolescent presentations of the disorder vary considerably from adult presentations. As a result, treatment for childhood OCD differs in a number of important ways. This includes: manner of conducting exposure with response prevention exercises, involvement of parents/guardians in therapy, and confronting resistance to treatment. These variants present unique challenges to clinicians that are outside usual practice when treating adults with OCD, or children with other psychiatric disturbances.

This workshop is aimed at professionals with a previous background in cognitive-behavioral therapy for OCD and will have the following instructional aims: (a) provide methods of developing exposure with response prevention exercises for atypical and complex presentations of OCD in youth; (b) cover methods for involving parents in treatment, with specific reference to reducing accommodation and relieving ancillary parental psychopathology that may interfere with child functioning; and (c) treatment of special populations of the disorder, such as adolescents and those with additional treatment needs such as emotion regulation skill training. 

*Additional registration fee: $125 for all professionals / $100 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members.

Speakers

Thursday July 17, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

5:30pm

Therapists with OCD Group

Being a therapist with OCD comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.  On the plus side, we have the personal experience that enables us to truly empathize with our clients who are struggling with mental disorders.  However, we also have some special challenges.  How do we handle it when our OCD is triggered by something said or done in session? How do we manage the OCD tendency to feel that we have to be “perfect” because we are therapists? How do we help clients with some of the very same issues with which we might struggle, such as shame and self-criticism?  Join us for this new support group, where therapists with OCD will meet to interactively discuss all these issues and more.  In addition, we’ll discuss how to form your own ongoing therapist phone support group with the other therapists you’ll meet tonight.


Moderators
avatar for Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She was selected as keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?”  Shala is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia, the Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF, and she was on the IOCDF National Conference Planning... Read More →

Thursday July 17, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

6:00pm

Storytelling for Kids: A Powerful Method for Helping Kids and their Parents Better Understand and Manage OCD

In this program, Dr. Weg will demonstrate how storytelling can be a great way to learn about OCD and develop better responses to it. Dr. Weg will ask participants to share their perceptions as to how each story is relevant to the world of OCD. This program is for kids of all ages, who will find it captivating, entertaining, and educational. Parents should accompany their children. ALL are encouraged (but not required) to come in their PJs — Dr. Weg will be wearing his! 


Speakers
avatar for Allen Weg, EdD

Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

6:30pm

Improv for Anxiety by The Second City (Ages 18+)
SOLD OUT!

The Second City Training Center in Hollywood will host this fun, interactive session introducing improvisational concepts and exercises that can be used by people with OCD, family members, and mental health professionals to combat anxiety.

Please note that this event sold out when last held at our Chicago conference, and a separate registration is required. Please register early to make sure you don't miss this great opportunity. 

Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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The Second City: Hollywood

Los Angeles is the world capital of the Entertainment Industry and The Second City is in the heart of it on Hollywood Boulevard. For over fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Los Angeles Ballroom, California Level

7:00pm

Just for Kids Support Group

This group will provide a place for kids to talk about their lives and feelings. Using creative art and group games, kids will meet others going through similar struggles, gain skills in expressing themselves, identify uncomfortable emotions and sensations, and learn tools to better respond to the “bully” in their brains. This group will be a relaxed, pressure-free, and safe environment for all kids. 


Speakers
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Sheva Miran, MMFT

Psychotherapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Sheva Miran, MMFT, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). Before joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, Sheva was trained in behavioral therapy at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she primarily treated children with Autism. In addition to treating individual clients, she also... Read More →
avatar for Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Kimberley Quinlan, MFT, is a licensed staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. She previously spoke as part of a panel discussion on mental compulsions at the 2011 IOCDF conference. She has... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Encino, California Level

7:00pm

Support Group for Families of Adults with OCD and Related Disorders

OCD in a loved one can be confusing and difficult for parents, siblings, partners, and friends. Oftentimes, loved ones of those suffering with OCD and related conditions feel alone and confused about how they can best understand, support, and help the sufferer. This support group will provide a forum for connection, support, and understanding of the condition through education and sharing. The group will provide insight into the obsessive-compulsive cycle, common distorted thinking patterns in OCD, and compulsive behaviors exhibited by the sufferer. It will also provide suggestions for how to be supportive without enabling or worsening the condition. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in role play situations that will help them to better understand how to appropriately respond to OCD in their loved ones. Participants will also learn the importance of self-care and how to continue to maintain patience and compassion for their loved ones. 


Speakers
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Laura Yocum, MS

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Laura Yocum, MS, PPS, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Laura specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She has run a weekly group... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

7:00pm

Support Group for Families of Children 12 and Under with OCD and Related Disorders

This support group is for families who have a child(ren) who has been diagnosed with OCD. This group will be a prime opportunity for families to discuss their experience with OCD with other families. This group will allow families to discuss ways to help their children from their personal experiences, as well as discuss options with the group facilitator. 


Speakers
avatar for Bill Blundell, LCPC

Bill Blundell, LCPC

Therapist, Antioch Group
I am a OCD Clinician in Central Illinois (Peoria, IL) focusing my practice on children and adolescents who have OCD and other anxiety disorders. I also work with adults and currently co-leading an OCD group for adults.


Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

7:00pm

Support Group for Families of Teens with OCD and Related Disorders

This support group will present an opportunity for the families of teens at the conference to meet each other and form bonds that often last not only throughout the conference, but over the years as well. For the families of teens with OCD, members will learn that they are not alone in their struggles with their teen’s OCD and that other members’ teens also have the normal coming of age and behavioral issues as well as OCD. We will have the opportunity to discuss questions about behavior therapy, setting limits, teens interacting with friends, family, and teachers, who and what to tell others about your teen’s OCD, and how it impacts YOUR lives as well. 


Speakers
avatar for Fred Penzel, PhD

Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

7:00pm

Icebreaker Support Group for Middle/High Schoolers

This support group will provide an opportunity for teens at the conference to meet each other and form bonds that often last long after the conference ends. For Middle and High School students only (no parents!), teens will learn that they are not alone in their struggles with OCD and that other members also have the normal teen issues as well as OCD. We will have the opportunity to discuss questions about behavior therapy, interacting with friends, family, and teachers, who and what to tell others about your OCD, and how it impacts school and social life. 



Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

8:30pm

'What About Me?' Support Group for Spouses

Do you feel like you’ve taken a back seat to OCD? Does it sometimes seem like the OCD bully has hijacked your relationship and is holding your loved one hostage? It can be very frustrating to have such extreme feelings; loving your spouse, but hating the OCD and how it impacts your lives. When our emotional tank is filled with negative feelings, it drains our ability to support ourselves and our loved one in a healthy way. This support group is designed as a safe, confidential, accepting forum for spouses of those who suffer with OCD to share feelings and receive validation, support, and encouragement. Group topics will focus on strategies to process feelings in a healthy way, self-care, and establishing good communication skills. 


Speakers
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Judy A Lair, LPCC

Owner, Counselorplace Christian Counseling, LLC
I love connecting with clients in a relational, client-centered approach, giving them the motivation to tackle difficult life issues. Helping clients harness the power of their feelings to push through anxiety helps them to strengthen self-esteem and promote happy, healthy relationships and lifestyles. I'm excited to share that my first book, "From the Other Side of the Couch," is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. The IOCDF... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

8:30pm

Siblings Support Group

When a sibling has OCD, other siblings in the family may grapple with many issues. They may struggle with how to support their sibling without accommodating; they may feel isolated from their peers who do not have OCD in the family; or they may feel lost in the shuffle with little place to share their own emotions
and experiences. This support group will offer siblings an opportunity to connect with other siblings of OCD sufferers and provide a safe place to share personal thoughts and feelings. It will also allow the opportunity to constructively problem-solve the unique issues related to having a sibling with OCD. 


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Witkin, PhD

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!
avatar for Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

8:30pm

Storytelling for Grownups: How Exposure to Stories and Metaphors can Enhance Understanding and Treatment of OCD

OCD symptoms and treatments are sometimes so strange that illustrative stories can often be the best way to communicate and learn about them. In this workshop, Dr. Weg will read stories to the adult participants and then ask them to share their perceptions of how each story represents certain aspects of the experience of OCD and/or its treatment. We strongly encourage (but do not require) all participants to join the presenter in coming in their pajamas. We are looking to create a warm, cozy and intimate environment that is fun, educational, and compelling, and will serve to help build a shared sense of community. Fuzzy slippers are optional! 


Speakers
avatar for Allen Weg, EdD

Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

9:00pm

OCD Pub Trivia Ice-breaker

Join this social activity to meet other adults affected by OCD, and get competitive with team trivia. Sign up as a team (up to 6 people), or come as an individual and we will find a team for you. Open to all conference attendees, age 21+. 


Thursday July 17, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
X Bar, Lobby Level
 
Friday, July 18
 

8:00am

Conference Orientation for Everyone

This orientation is for adults with OCD, family members, social supports, and treatment providers. The presenters will discuss the logistics of the conference: the who, what, where, why, and how. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference. 


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Faculty, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a differents in those living with OCD. She is a national spokesperson for the IOCDF. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Diana Garland... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Executive Director, IOCDF
Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., is currently the executive director of the International OCD Foundation. Previously, Dr. Szymanski was the Director of Psychological Services at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute. He is the author of: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook” based on his work at the OCD Institute. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szymanski has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Beverly Hills, California Level

8:00am

Ask the Experts: Panel on Hoarding Disorder

This panel will feature experts discussing some of the different therapeutic approaches and strategies to treating hoarding issues. Topics will include how to engage the individual, how to involve the family in the most effective way, motivational challenges that people with hoarding face and why it’s so difficult to commit, motivational interviewing, and engaging the patient from the perspective of other professionals who work in Departments on Aging, Housing, and Health. Ample time will be allotted for questions. 


Speakers
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers hoarding consultation to... Read More →
avatar for Randy O Frost, PhD

Randy O Frost, PhD

Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He has published widely on hoarding and related phenomena. He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide; Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, and Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation... Read More →
avatar for Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Westside, Plaza Level

8:00am

The Scrupulosity Answer Guys

This workshop will explore issues and challenges related to the experience and treatment of scrupulosity. The panelists will give brief presentations on scrupulosity, followed by a therapist-audience Q&A dialogue and an open conversation about unique challenges that arise when OCD becomes entangled with religion or morality. Throughout the workshop, the conversation will remain connected to practical treatment issues of clinical application and adaptation. 


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
avatar for Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Clinical Director, Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services
Ted received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services where his clinical practice focuses on anxiety and mood disorders. He specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with an emphasis on scrupulosity and primarily obsessional forms of OCD. Ted has done research on obsessional beliefs, religious beliefs and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

8:00am

Diagnosing Disney

This is a fun workshop for kids to help them improve their ability to identify and address obsessions and compulsions. Children will use Disney characters to learn about and discuss things that could be considered obsessive-compulsive and work to create treatment plans to help the characters confront their fears.
This interactive game will help kids struggling with OCD learn about common OCD symptoms and how to overcome them. Kids will also discuss how the behaviors they identify in the characters relate to their own experience of OCD. 


Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Mueller

Lisa Mueller

Teen Leader/Moderator, OCD-Support For Teens
I've suffered with OCD since I was a young child and have recently recovered significantly through CBT and taking Prozac. I'm currently the leader of the online group OCD-Support For Teens which is designed for teens and young adults to talk about and discuss their problems relating to their OCD. Concurrently, I'm finishing up my third year as a mathematics major and psychology minor at California State University, Fullerton.


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Brentwood, California Level

8:00am

Parents, Kids, & Teens Orientation

This session is for kids and teens, as well as their parents. The presenters will discuss the logistics of the conference and provide an overview of the presentations, workshops, and activities designed specifically for kids and teens. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference. 



Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Westwood, California Level

8:00am

The Neuropsychology of OCD: Concepts, Controversies, and the State of the Field

This presentation will provide an overview of the state of the field of the neuropsychology of OCD, including a synopsis of specific domains (such as attention, executive functions, memory and visuospatial abilities). Subsequently, current issues and controversies, such as the question regarding a causal and etiological role of cognitive functions in OCD, as well as methodological and theoretical caveats, will be discussed. Finally, a proposed conceptual framework and future directions for research in the field will be suggested. 


Speakers
avatar for Amitai Abramovitch, PhD

Amitai Abramovitch, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Dr. Abramovitch is a Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his Masters degree summa cum laude in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Academic College of Tel Aviv, and obtained his PhD in Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Abramovitch received extensive clinical training at the National Institute for the Brain Injured, and at the Department of Psychiatry at... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Constellation I, Plaza Level

8:00am

Health Anxiety/Hypochondriasis: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Transcultural Adaptation

This lecture will focus on transcultural adaptation of assessment and treatment of health anxiety/ hypochondriasis. The speakers draw on their significant clinical and research expertise to provide a cognitive behavioral conceptualisation of this disorder and examples of ways to implement treatment. We will address the limitation and strengths of CBT when working across cultures. The lecture will conclude by presenting ways to account for cultural factors when assessing and treating patients with health anxiety/hypochondriasis. 



Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Olympic II, Plaza Level

8:00am

Wait, is the Water in my Bong Contaminated?

Medical applications of marijuana have been highlighted in the news recently, particularly given its legalization in several jurisdictions and decriminalization in others. Advocates for the use of marijuana in the treatment of OCD have applauded these changes, though the scientific perspective regarding the benefits of marijuana for OCD raises serious questions about safety and efficacy. Accordingly, this panel will discuss the limitations and potential merits of marijuana usage in OCD.


Speakers
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Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Olympic I, Plaza Level

8:00am

Young Adult Orientation

This orientation is for older teens and adults under age 30 who have OCD, or are a family member or friend of someone with OCD. Come and learn about one of the newest tracks at the IOCDF’s Annual OCD Conference and meet others like you! The presenters will discuss the many workshops, support groups, and fun evening events that are in store for young adult conference-goers. This session is intended for new conference attendees, as well as veterans who have been coming for many years. 


Speakers
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Shay Mooney, MSSW

After spending her early twenties severely impacted by OCD, Shay Mooney questioned if finishing graduate school, starting a career, or having a family was even an option. Today, Shay’s symptoms are largely managed. She completed her graduate degree in Social Work, and is very happy to be working at a local nonprofit. She volunteers with OCD TEXAS, and has been a panelist at OCD TEXAS conferences and at the IOCDF Annual Conference last year... Read More →
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Constellation II, Plaza Level

9:15am

The FAQs of ERP: Experts Tackle Key Questions about Exposure and Response Prevention

Four experts in the behavioral treatment of OCD will address four important questions that are frequently asked by patients: If I do not want to take medication, or I cannot tolerate the side effects, will ERP still be effective? How do I minimize the cost of ERP treatment? How do you use response prevention on mental rituals? How far should my therapist take the extremes of exposure? Each expert will give a brief response to each question, with time allotted for audience questions. 


Speakers
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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Gerald Tarlow, PhD

I have specialized in treating anxiety disorders for more than 30 years. I am a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and I was the Director of Psychological Services at the UCLA OCD Program from 1994-2006. I am board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Beverly Hills, California Level

9:15am

Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder

This workshop reviews common hoarding disorder (HD) features and likely causal factors, as well as the chief distinctions between HD and related disorders (e.g., OCD, major depression) to clarify diagnoses and treatment decisions. Presenters will provde a model for understanding HD and methods of assessment. Cognitive and behavioral methods for treating hoarding will be discussed, including motivation enhancement, skills training, cognitive strategies, and behavioral practice. 


Speakers
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Randy O Frost, PhD

Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He has published widely on hoarding and related phenomena. He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide; Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, and Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Westside, Plaza Level

9:15am

The Third Annual Social Experiment

Back by popular demand, come and participate in a hands-on experiential workshop for individuals with OCD and social anxiety. One of the major difficulties associated with OCD is its effect on social functioning. For example: not enjoying a night out with a group of friends because of being in the bathroom due to repeatedly washing hands. Symptoms may be secondary to OCD or co-occurring as a social anxiety disorder.

The presenters will engage attendees in a series of interactive activities and points of discussion designed to stimulate and expand how ERP is conceptualized with co-occurring OCD and social anxiety. Participation in the interactive “social experiment” that will take place in and around the conference setting and will break participants up into small groups for ERP activities. Learn how to face OCD-related social difficulties more effectively by testing out some new concepts and behaviors with the support of peers. 


Speakers
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Audrey Baumeister, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Audrey Baumeister, PhD, completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Florida (UF) which has specialized in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for over twenty years. Dr. Baumeister remained with the Department of Psychiatry at UF, as a postdoctoral associate, in order to continue her specialization in OCD. Currently, as a postdoctoral associate at NeuroBehavioral Institute, Dr. Baumeister has continued her... Read More →
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Michelle Otelsberg, MFT

Staff Research Associate, UCLA Semel Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
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Steven Poskar, MD

Dr. Steven Poskar completed his psychiatric training at Montefiore Medical Center where he went on to complete a research fellowship at the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. He is currently member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation's Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding and Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Groups. He is a co-founder... Read More →
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Ethan Smith

I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I'm a professional director, writer, actor, producer and musician. I've appeared in numerous plays, over 150 commercials, TV shows like The Soprano's, Going To California, Baseball Wives, CSI Miami, and the Showtime series Dexter. Movies such as I Love You Man, Recount, All About The Benjamins, Big Trouble, Thanks To Gravity, the Italian blockbuster Natale A Miami, Last Time Forever, Dancing on The... Read More →
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Jason Spielman, PsyD

Director of Intensive Treatment Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Jason Spielman, clinical psychologist, is the Director of Program Services at NeuroBehavioral Institute in South Florida. For over 15 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, and ADHD. He also facilitates two Adult OCD Support Groups (Boca... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

9:15am

Study and Organizational Skills for Students with OCD

OCD can present problems for students when symptoms interfere with organization, homework, studying, or completing projects. We will discuss how students with OCD can compensate for difficulties with cognitive retraining. Attendees will examine various support models for students with OCD. Tools will be provided for elementary, secondary, and college students. Parents will be given ideas on instrumentation, accountability, and trouble-shooting. Students will learn how to make school easier, faster, less trouble, and more fun. 


Speakers
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Kathleen Norris, LPC

DFW Center for OCD & Anxiety
Mary Kathleen Norris is a licensed professional counselor in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. For over 20 years, her practice has specialized in the treatment of OCD and OC Spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and compulsive skin picking. | | She holds a post graduate certification for behavior therapy (BTTI) from the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She has presented on the national level for over 15... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Westwood, California Level

9:15am

Beyond SSRIs: Vetted and Novel OCD Treatment Options

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the best supported first-line interventions for people with OCD. However, treatment alternatives and augmentation strategies are commonly used for partial- and non-responders. We will review and discuss established models as well as promising therapies for treatment-resistant OCD. This session will summarize evidence-based treatment options, highlight emerging future directions, and facilitate audience interaction. 


Speakers
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Carol Mathews, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Constellation I, Plaza Level

9:15am

Be a Legend! How to Accept, Open Up, and Talk to Your Friends about OCD

This talk is meant to motivate and inspire youth struggling with OCD. You can live out your dreams and make a difference, and every day you fight OCD is a victory to be proud of. The presenter will share his personal experience of OCD as a teen. Attendees will work together on being open about OCD and not letting it control what they want to do. Teens can use OCD as their superpower, and they can all inspire each other to live the life they dream of - we are ALL a team and in this together! 


Speakers

Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Brentwood, California Level

9:15am

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Emotional Contamination OCD

Emotional contamination is a form of OCD in which the client fears contact with a place, person, or thing associated with some undesirable emotional or physical characteristic. Compulsions include washing and cleaning rituals, avoiding words, objects, people, or places related to the feared person, place, or thing. Exposure and response prevention is extremely useful and will be demonstrated through case studies illustrating variations in how emotional contamination presents itself, and is effectively treated. 


Speakers
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Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Director, OCD Resource Center of Florida
I'm passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and adults challenged by OCD.


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Olympic I, Plaza Level

9:15am

Helping Families to Cope with and Manage Severe Pediatric OCD

Every family can have trouble parenting a child with OCD — distress, disrupted functioning, and accommodation are the norm. This workshop will provide clinicians with strategies to help families support exposure therapy in the most effective way. We’ll review strategies for disengaging from accommodation, neutralizing heated emotions, and problem-solving during difficult and/or unexpected OCD episodes. Strategies for managing parental stress and responding to issues that come up around medication will also be discussed. 



Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Olympic II, Plaza Level

9:15am

Young Adults 'Be Empowered!' Workshop

In this workshop, attendees will identify their personal motivators and leave empowered to approach therapy with strength and determination. This room will be a ‘no negativity zone’ where we will focus on our strengths and abilities! The panel will share how personal motivation helped them in treatment, and young adults will be encouraged to share their own treatment successes and proud moments. Attendees will be asked to discuss a recent ‘failure;’ through role-playing, panelists will turn that ‘failure’ into a positive learning experience. 


Speakers
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Amy Jatczak

Miami Dade County Public Schools
I have had OCD since I was 12 and have struggled with it for a long time. But through proper treatment with OCD Specialists, I have gotten much better. I now want to help others with Mental Illness and am a Mental Health and OCD Advocate. You can break this cycle!
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Shay Mooney, MSSW

After spending her early twenties severely impacted by OCD, Shay Mooney questioned if finishing graduate school, starting a career, or having a family was even an option. Today, Shay’s symptoms are largely managed. She completed her graduate degree in Social Work, and is very happy to be working at a local nonprofit. She volunteers with OCD TEXAS, and has been a panelist at OCD TEXAS conferences and at the IOCDF Annual Conference last year... Read More →
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Lisa Mueller

Teen Leader/Moderator, OCD-Support For Teens
I've suffered with OCD since I was a young child and have recently recovered significantly through CBT and taking Prozac. I'm currently the leader of the online group OCD-Support For Teens which is designed for teens and young adults to talk about and discuss their problems relating to their OCD. Concurrently, I'm finishing up my third year as a mathematics major and psychology minor at California State University, Fullerton.
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Riley Sisson

Undergraduate Student, Student Assistant Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Kennesaw State University, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)
I am an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. I am working part-time as a student assistant for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on the KSU campus. I am graduating with my B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Spanish on May 14th, 2014. I have accepted my invitation to study in the Master of Social Work program at Kennesaw State University beginning in August. | I am currently a research... Read More →
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Constellation II, Plaza Level

11:00am

Bizarre Love Triangle: Facilitating Communication Between Psychiatrists, Therapists, and OCD Consumers

This panel hopes to foster a better understanding of the roles psychiatrists, therapists, and consumers play in OCD treatment and the expectations each party has of the other. Too often communication breaks down when consumers attempt to navigate a treatment plan that includes CBT/ERP, medication management, and their own needs. Consumers will discuss challenges they faced interacting with treatment providers, psychiatrists will discuss balancing legal/ethical considerations with therapeutic interventions, and the therapist will discuss how to effectively communicate to both psychiatrists and consumers. The panel will conclude with a Q&A from the audience. 


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

11:00am

Too Much Stuff: An Experiential Workshop to Help with Hoarding

Workshop participants will be invited to interact with the presenters and each other while applying specific treatment skills to address hoarding behaviors. Experiential activities will include motivational enhancement, case formulation and goal setting, organizing and problem solving skills, changing beliefs about possessions, and removing clutter. Presenters will also discuss the roles of in-home supports and additional community resources for addressing hoarding. 


Speakers
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers hoarding consultation to... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Westside, Plaza Level

11:00am

ERP Exposed: A Hands On Experience

This is a fast-paced, interactive, hands-on introduction to Exposure and Response Prevention. It will begin with a brief discussion in which participants will identify one of their personal obsessions and its related compulsion(s). Participants will then break into groups led by a member of the presenting team. Each participant will present their obsession and compulsion while peers design an ERP assignment with guidance from the group leader. Where possible, participants will actually do the assignment with group support. A wrap up session will highlight basic guidelines for effective ERP. 


Speakers
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Shana Doronn, LCSW, PsyD

Dr. Shana Doronn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and California. She received her Master’ Degree from the University of Southern California in 1989 and earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 2002.  She currently works in the UCLA OCD Intensive Outpatient Program and maintains a private practice.   Other prior notable experience includes: working with people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other... Read More →
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Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD

Executive Director, Spectrum CBT
Training Director at UCLA OCD Treatment Program | Executive Director at Spectrum CBT
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Michelle Otelsberg, MFT

Staff Research Associate, UCLA Semel Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

11:00am

How to Beat OCD: Developing an Effective Toolbox

Fighting against OCD and winning the battle is not easy. In this experiential workshop, children will be given an overview of OCD in order to understand the rationale for ERP. Kids will be introduced to ERP and learn how to fight OCD. Kids will learn about using a “toolbox” that they can fill with ERP tools, including naming OCD, fear thermometers, and fear ladders, and how to apply each tool against OCD. Under the guidance of the presenters, kids will have the chance to create their own fear ladders and use these tools to take the first steps at applying ERP to fight OCD. 



Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

11:00am

Comprehensive PANDAS/PANS Assessment and Treatment, Increasing Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Families frequently have difficulty locating qualified professionals to assess, diagnose, and treat PANDAS/ PANS. Comprehensive assessment and treatment for PANDAS/PANS requires the efforts of several qualified professionals, including medical and psychological providers. Practical suggestions for improving cross- discipline collaboration for PANDAS/PANS will be presented, based on extensive clinical experience. These suggestions will include ways to clear barriers, set up innovative ways of communication, and highlighting the importance of patient-focused care. 


Speakers
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Cary Jordan, PhD

Director of OCD & Anxiety Program, Anxiety Treatment Group
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Kyle Williams, MD, PhD

Dr. Kyle Williams is the founder and director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams has a lifelong interest in OCD, tics, and PANDAS, and treats and conducts research on each of these disorders. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed Adult and Child Psychiatry Training, as... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

11:00am

Varying Levels of Care for Youth with OCD

There are many types and levels of treatment available for kids and teens with OCD. However, many families are often unsure what to consider when determining the best treatment for youth. This workshop will provide families with information about the levels of care, and speakers will clarify the benefits and limitations of each level. Ways to determine when one type of care is warranted over another will also be discussed, as well as how treatment may differ for each setting. Factors that may contribute to poor treatment response in each of these settings will also be reviewed, and ways to address these factors will be discussed. 


Speakers
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Stephanie Eken, MD

Medical Director, Child Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Stephanie C. Eken, MD, is the medical director of the Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital. She is a full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Her clinical interests include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and emotional problems in chronically medically ill children. Dr. Eken is... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Westwood, California Level

11:00am

Results from Four IOCDF Grant-Funded Projects

Four panelists will present data from their IOCDF grant funded projects. Discussions will include results from: 1) an experimental investigation of attentional processes in scrupulous and contamination-focused OCD; 2) a postpartum OC symptom prevention program; 3) an investigation of the psychophysiological correlates of hoarding; and 4) a family history study of hoarding that suggest that hoarding is familial. Finally, Dr. Sabine Wilhelm will reflect on the implications of the research and suggest future directions. 


Speakers
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

11:00am

Why is the Psychiatrist Prescribing This for my Patient, and is it Based on Evidence? A Therapist's Guide to the Pharmocologic Treatment of OCD

In this lecture, first-line medication treatments for OCD, including answers to questions such as “Is there
a best SSRI for OCD?” and “Is Clomipramine better than SSRI’s?,” will be discussed. We will also address approaching patients who don’t respond to initial SSRI treatment, including discussion of common reasons for medication resistantance, how to determine whether initial medication should be switched or augmented, and augmentation strategies. Novel treatments currently being studied will be reviewed, and myths about medication treatment for OCD will also be discussed. 


Speakers
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Steven Poskar, MD

Dr. Steven Poskar completed his psychiatric training at Montefiore Medical Center where he went on to complete a research fellowship at the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. He is currently member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation's Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding and Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Groups. He is a co-founder... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

11:00am

The Unwanted Roommate: OCD and College Experiences

College is a time of excitement, new experiences, and transitions, all of which can provide a perfect storm of factors that exacerbate OCD. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to best cope with OCD in order to preserve a positive college experience. We will address issues including diagnoses and treatment options, college adjustment, roommate relationships, and dating. You’ll hear perspectives of a treatment provider and recent graduates. This workshop is designed for those preparing to enter or already in college, as well as their support networks. 


Speakers
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Matthew Codde, MSW

OCD Victory
Matt Codde started experiencing OCD symptoms at the age of 11. Throughout his life he has struggled with different types of obsessions. He received treatment at The Gateway Institute is Orange County, Ca. He completed his treatment, graduated with a Masters of Social Work, and now works as therapist in Orange County. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, beach volleyball, fishing, and variety of other outdoor activities. He... Read More →
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Adira Weixlmann

Adira led a relatively regular high school life -- playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided to attend the OCD Institute's residential treatment program at McLean Hospital in Fall 2008 and again in Summer 2009, becoming much less severely impacted... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

12:30pm

Book Signings in the OCD Conference Bookstore

The following authors will be available to sign their books and briefly answer your questions at the IOCDF Bookstore: 

-Alison Dotson
Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live my Life

-Jon Hershfield, MFT, & Tom Corboy, MFT
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

-Eric Storch, PhD, & Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Its Spectrum: A Life-Span Approach 


Speakers
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Tom Corboy, MFT

Executive Director, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Tom Corboy, MFT, is the Executive Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, which he founded in 1999. Tom received his master's degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology at USC in 1993, where his graduate thesis was a study comparing various treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since then, his training and clinical experience have been focused exclusively on the treatment of OCD and related OC Spectrum Disorders. In... Read More →
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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
California Lounge

12:30pm

OCD Southern California Affiliate Meeting

All attendees from Southern California are welcome to attend. 


Friday July 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level

1:45pm

OCD in the Media

Because of its complex and multifaceted nature, OCD presents a significant challenge to all those involved in media projects. People on both sides of the camera must find a way to portray the disorder accurately and convey the hope that treatment offers. In this presentation, longtime news anchor and OCD author Jeff Bell moderates a discussion of these issues with a panel of experts. With the help of audio and video clips, panelists will offer case studies of OCD media coverage. Additionally, panel members will discuss the specific challenges confronting the OCD community in depicting the disorder and its treatment, and pass along practical tips and advice that attendees can use to help share the “OCD story” in their own communities. 


Moderators
JB

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Faculty, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a differents in those living with OCD. She is a national spokesperson for the IOCDF. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Diana Garland... Read More →
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Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Executive Director, IOCDF
Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., is currently the executive director of the International OCD Foundation. Previously, Dr. Szymanski was the Director of Psychological Services at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute. He is the author of: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook” based on his work at the OCD Institute. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szymanski has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns... Read More →
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music
Ro Vitale | Singer-songwriter, advocate for OCD awareness. |   | Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine. The article made a huge impact (more than 40.000 hits), marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines (including the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

1:45pm

New Research on Brain Function and Clinical Features in Hoarding Disorder

This workshop will review recent neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of Hoarding Disorder (HD). HD is marked by abnormalities in executive functioning and neural activity that are distinct from those seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Presenters will discuss several neuropsychological studies of various topics, including implicit category learning, effects of pharmacotherapy, error processing and response inhibition, brain activity during visual conflict and response inhibition tasks, and pre-treatment neuroimaging predictors of response to pharmacotherapy for HD. 


Speakers
CM

Carol Mathews, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
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Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Sanjaya Saxena, MD, is a psychiatrist focusing on the treatment of OCD and related disorders. He is director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego. His research examines the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, hoarding and related disorders, using functional and structural brain imaging technologies to understand how brain circuits mediate their symptoms. | | Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific... Read More →
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Westside, Plaza Level

1:45pm

Coming Out: If, When, and How to Open Up about Your OCD with Family, Friends, Lovers, and Employers

OCD can make someone feel desperately isolated, and the thought of letting someone in, even someone we know and love, feels terrifying. But who to tell? What to say? And do I have to? This workshop will directly address these and other questions with the goal of helping attendees evaluate if, when, and how to broach the subject of their OCD in personal, professional, and intimate relationships. 


Speakers
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Kevin R. Foss, MFT

Psychotherapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
KEVIN FOSS, MA, received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2008. Prior to joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, he worked for the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, an intensive out-patient program where he specialized in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques. He previously worked as... Read More →
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Laura Yocum, MS

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Laura Yocum, MS, PPS, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Laura specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She has run a weekly group... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

1:45pm

Research Updates on PANDAS/PANS

The presenters will provide the latest research on PANDAS/PANS. Guidelines for the diagnosis of PANDAS/ PANS will be presented, as will suggestions for medical and laboratory evaluation of acute-onset cases. Updated treatment options will be presented, including the latest findings of clinical trials of IVIG and antibiotics. Data from recent microbiological and immunologic investigations also will be presented for discussion. The session will conclude with a discussion of “hot topics” in PANDAS/PANS research. 


Speakers
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Kyle Williams, MD, PhD

Dr. Kyle Williams is the founder and director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams has a lifelong interest in OCD, tics, and PANDAS, and treats and conducts research on each of these disorders. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed Adult and Child Psychiatry Training, as... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

1:45pm

OCD Workshop for Parents & Families: Discussing Issues from Diagnosis to Treatment Refusal

OCD has significant effects on families and their functioning. This unique workshop will cover parent and interdisciplinary perspectives related to family challenges arising in the context of OCD. Parents will share their journey to obtain proper OCD diagnosis and treatment for their teen. Dr. Stewart will report on her study exploring obstacles and how they are overcome by parents adapting to their children’s illness. A novel approach to treatment incorporating simultaneous OCD child, teen, and parent groups and a ground- breaking family-based approach for management of OCD treatment refusers will be described by clinical psychologists. The workshop will end with a panel discussion with all speakers. 


Speakers
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Heather Andrighetti, MSc

Research Genetic Counsellor and Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Department of Psychiatry
Heather Andrighetti is a research genetic counsellor and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Translational Psychiatric Genetics Group led by Dr. Jehannine Austin, whose work is about using a clinical genetics perspective to improve outcomes for people with psychiatric disorders and their families. Before being recruited to UBC, she completed her MSc in Genetic... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Brentwood, California Level

1:45pm

Teen Success Panel

Teens struggling with OCD can face many difficulties socially, academically, and in their own families. Further, many teens or their families may be skeptical about taking the steps to get treatment for OCD, often hoping that it will just go away or that it can be “grown out of.” The teens on this panel will describe what it was like to discover they have OCD, how they got treatment for it, and what successes they have had as well as struggles they continue to face. So, bring your questions if you are a teen or a family member of a teen to hear encouraging words and advice on how to fight your OCD! 


Moderators
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for Anxiety and OCD, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the future Director of the AMITA Health Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center opening in the summer of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD... Read More →

Speakers
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Jessica Kotnour

I have had OCD since middle school, but was not diagnosed until my freshman year of high school. I have dealt with nearly every type of OCD except for contamination OCD. I am heading off to Kenyon College in Ohio next year, where I plan to study neuroscience and play soccer. | | My OCD has greatly improved due to ERP, CBT, and medication. I have spoken at past conferences on the Teen Success Panel and am thrilled to be part of the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Westwood, California Level

1:45pm

New Directions in Implementing Exposure and Response Prevention: An Inhibitory Learning Perspective

In this clinically-oriented workshop we will cover new strategies derived from an “inhibitory learning approach.” We will discuss using fear tolerance to teach patients to manage their anxiety regardless
of habituation, as well as combining exposure media during ERP to deepen extinction learning. We will demonstrate how to help patients consolidate learning using linguistic processing, and present alternatives to the traditional hierarchy to enhance outcomes. Finally, we will explain the importance of expanding intervals between sessions and practicing exposure in multiple contexts. 

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Speakers
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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Ryan J Jacoby, MA

Graduate Student
Ryan Jane Jacoby, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, and is specifically interested in inhibitory learning models of exposure therapy, cognitive biases, treatment augmentation strategies, and symptom dimensions of OCD. Ms. Jacoby has published and presented her research at... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

1:45pm

The Strategic Model of Cognitive Treatment for OCD

The primary task of the strategic therapist is to motivate the client to adopt a new therapeutic frame of reference. This workshop will discuss the three phases of the model, and the treatment protocol that directs the entire therapy process. The primary goal is to induce clients to voluntarily, purposely, and aggressively seek out and embrace uncertainty and anxiety as their ticket out of suffering. This workshop will define that treatment process and illustrate each stage with professionally-videotaped segments of therapist interaction with an OCD client during the initial session of treatment. 

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Speakers
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Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

1:45pm

Dating, Intimacy, and Creating a Social Life for Young Adults with OCD

Trying to have a social life with OCD can seem impossible - many people with OCD worry about dating and find forming and maintining close relationships to be difficult. The panel will also focus on issues young adults face as they navigate a social life. Through role-playing, panelists and attendees will act out scenarios that practice social skills such as telling others about your OCD, mock dates, dealing with intimate moments, and handling an OCD surprise attack. We will provide practice scripts for use at home. This workshop will allow attendees to share their own examples and will leave time for questions. 


Speakers
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Amy Jatczak

Miami Dade County Public Schools
I have had OCD since I was 12 and have struggled with it for a long time. But through proper treatment with OCD Specialists, I have gotten much better. I now want to help others with Mental Illness and am a Mental Health and OCD Advocate. You can break this cycle!
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Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Faculty, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a differents in those living with OCD. She is a national spokesperson for the IOCDF. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Diana Garland... Read More →
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Lisa Mueller

Teen Leader/Moderator, OCD-Support For Teens
I've suffered with OCD since I was a young child and have recently recovered significantly through CBT and taking Prozac. I'm currently the leader of the online group OCD-Support For Teens which is designed for teens and young adults to talk about and discuss their problems relating to their OCD. Concurrently, I'm finishing up my third year as a mathematics major and psychology minor at California State University, Fullerton.
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

4:00pm

OCD Midwest Affiliate Meeting

All attendees from Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana are welcome to attend. 


Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level

4:00pm

Clinical Update on PANDAS/PANS

This workshop will present the latest clinical science of PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection) and (PANS) Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. Panelists will discuss the recognition and diagnosis of PANDAS/PANS, with particular emphasis on distinguishing acute- onset cases from “garden variety” OCD; the medical and immunological evaluations; treatment of acute illness and prevention of future episodes; and guidance on incorporating antiobessional medications and CBT into the treatment plan for PANDAS/PANS. 



Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Treatment of Hoarding from the Patient's Perspective

This workshop will discuss the treatment of Hoarding Disorder (HD) from the patient’s perspective. Patients with HD will talk about their experiences with hoarding and with treatment. In addition, a family member will discuss her experience watching a loved struggle with hoarding, and then go through treatment. These inspiring people bring stories of hope and clarity to individuals with HD, and their loved ones. A panel discussion will follow whereby audience members can ask questions of each presenter. 


Speakers
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Karron Maidment, RN, MFT

Therapist and Program Coordinator, UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program
Karron is a registered nurse and a marriage and family therapist. She works as a cognitive-behavioral therapist and is the Program Coordinator for the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program. For many years Karron was also a Research Associate for the UCLA OCD Research Program in which she assisted in research focusing on functional brain imaging and treatment of OCD. Karron is co-author or author on over 30 OCD and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Westside, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Pharmacology Roundtable: Pharmacological Approaches to Treatment-Refractory OCD and Related Disorders

This roundtable will address factors that may predict likelihood of treatment resistance in OCD and related disorders. Current evidence-based pharmacological interventions for treatment-refractory OCD and related disorders will be reviewed, as will novel treatments currently being investigated. Other somatic interventions being studied for treatment-refractory cases, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Psychosurgery, will also be discussed. Time will be provided for audience member questions. 


Speakers
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Steven Poskar, MD

Dr. Steven Poskar completed his psychiatric training at Montefiore Medical Center where he went on to complete a research fellowship at the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. He is currently member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation's Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding and Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Groups. He is a co-founder... Read More →
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Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Sanjaya Saxena, MD, is a psychiatrist focusing on the treatment of OCD and related disorders. He is director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego. His research examines the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, hoarding and related disorders, using functional and structural brain imaging technologies to understand how brain circuits mediate their symptoms. | | Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

4:00pm

Kids, Grab Your Mobile Devices: Creative and Fun Ways to Beat your OCD Using Apps

This is an interactive workshop for children demonstrating the effectiveness of apps and other mobile technologies to help kids create exposures to fight their OCD symptoms. Activities will include creating your “Worst Day Ever” exposure story complete with personal drawings, “songifying” your OCD fears and worries, and creating your own special effects exposure video clip. This active and engaging workshop will demonstrate yet another way that exposures can be fun and motivating for kids. 



Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

4:00pm

When Opposition and Obsessions Mix: A Patient and Provider Perspective on Treating Comorbid OCD and ODD

For families who encounter behavioral outbursts (whether in response to or outside of OCD symptoms), treatment components specifically targeting these issues is needed to support ERP. This workshop aims to provide help and hope through the lens of one family’s experience. Joined by their therapist, the choices and specific strategies used throughout treatment will be candidly reviewed from both professional and family perspectives. Emphasis will be on offering support, understanding, and practical tools for parents taking on these challenges, and engaging audience participants in considering creative, impactful ways of addressing struggles that may be encountered. 


Speakers
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Kelly Oakley

I'm a military wife and homeschool mom of two kids. My 11 year old son has been battling OCD for 3 years. He's also been diagnosed with ODD and mild Tourette's. As a family, we completed an intense course of ERP therapy through KCCAT in Kansas City. My son went from being on a severe level of OCD to a subclinical level in 6 months. At this time, we also have his ODD behaviors under control. | I've been very passionate about educating... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Westwood, California Level

4:00pm

PROFESSIONAL PLENARY: The Untold Story About Negative Emotions: Insights Into a Transdiagnostic Process

Being able to understand, verbalize, and distinguish felt experiences is a key component of psychological interventions. This plenary session will review research in clinical, social, and health psychology that offers insights into the transdiagnostic adaptive value of putting feelings into words. The ability to precisely describe and differentiate emotions has been shown to alter the association between negative emotions and emotion regulation difficulties. These findings shed light on how negative emotions and stressful experiences can be transformed by how people label and distinguish what they are feeling. Implications for the study of emotions and emotion regulation, and psychological treatment will be discussed. 



Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

4:00pm

Relapse: Making Sure it Doesn't Happen to You. A Panel Discussion for Young Adults

Although relapse is a major concern in the OCD community, it is not inevitable. The audience will gain valuable information on how to prevent relapse and keep their OCD under control. Young adult panelists will share relapse- prevention techniques, as well as what to expect after treatment ends. We will touch upon the importance of using the tools learned in treatment to prevent relapse. Attendees will break into small groups to discuss relapse, actions they can take when faced with OCD challenges, and a transition plan of their goals as they shift their focus from OCD to the future. 


Speakers
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Matthew Codde, MSW

OCD Victory
Matt Codde started experiencing OCD symptoms at the age of 11. Throughout his life he has struggled with different types of obsessions. He received treatment at The Gateway Institute is Orange County, Ca. He completed his treatment, graduated with a Masters of Social Work, and now works as therapist in Orange County. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, beach volleyball, fishing, and variety of other outdoor activities. He... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Faculty, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a differents in those living with OCD. She is a national spokesperson for the IOCDF. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Diana Garland... Read More →
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Riley Sisson

Undergraduate Student, Student Assistant Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Kennesaw State University, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)
I am an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. I am working part-time as a student assistant for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on the KSU campus. I am graduating with my B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Spanish on May 14th, 2014. I have accepted my invitation to study in the Master of Social Work program at Kennesaw State University beginning in August. | I am currently a research... Read More →
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Adira Weixlmann

Adira led a relatively regular high school life -- playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided to attend the OCD Institute's residential treatment program at McLean Hospital in Fall 2008 and again in Summer 2009, becoming much less severely impacted... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

5:30pm

OCD San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Meeting for Teens and Young Adults

All Teens and Young Adults from the Bay Area are welcome to attend. 


Friday July 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level

6:00pm

Ping Pong 4 OCD Free Play

Drop by to play ping pong with fellow attendees. Tables will be open for free play on Friday night, before the tournament on Saturday night. 


Speakers
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Christian Benway

Christian Benway is the son of Gwenne Gorman and Co-owner of Cooperative Adventures; a family owned business that provides services to clients with developmental disabilities. Christian is a life coach and as a sibling of someone with OCD. He is highly devoted to helping other siblings to overcome their own personal struggles. He was recently involved in having his OCD sibling Baker Acted and admitted to a hospital for medical/psychiatric... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Westwood, California Level

7:00pm

Yoga for Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)

Practice developing balance, flexibility, and strength with people (ages 14+) of all levels; beginners as well as intermediate and advanced students are welcome here. We practice together following our breath and our inner experience to find the level that is perfect for us. Modifications on poses are offered for varying levels. We close the workshop with a guided meditation. (Yoga equipment will be provided.) 


Speakers
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Paul L Barr, CPT, A-CPT, RYT-200

Owner, Oxford Yoga Studio
Founder of Oxford Yoga Studio & Never Give Up Fitness, Paul L. Barr, is compassionate and sensitive to the needs of clients with mental illness. In 1998, Paul was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as Clinical Depression. Regular exercise helped Paul as part of his treatment and he wants to help others discover the natural treatment of exercise in the care and treatment of their illness.


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Green Circle Lawn, Lobby Level

7:00pm

GOAL (Giving Obsessive-Compulsives Another Lifestyle) Support Group

The GOAL group presented here was started in the spring of 1981 and is the oldest and longest running OCD support group in the country. The group will begin with a brief presentation describing the structure of the group and how each part of the meeting fulfills the needs of its members. This will be followed by OCD sufferers participating in the goal planning phase of a GOAL meeting. In doing so, they will begin to gain some control over their OCD. Participants, families, and professionals will observe experienced group members guiding attendees in choosing achievable goals. 


Speakers
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Sheila Cavanaugh

President and Chairman of the Board, IOCDF Philadelphia Affiliate
Living without limits......
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

7:00pm

Multicultural Stigma and OCD Support Group

This a support group for those who may not get support or help from family and friends due to multicultural differences or cultural stigma. Examples may range anywhere from not being able to talk about the disorder, fighting about it, not being able to tell family you have OCD, or being classified as
just “crazy.” This may be due to lack of knowledge, awareness, shame, cultural morals and upbringing, restrictions, etc. This group will be an open forum for those who would like to share their stories and know that they are not alone in this situation. Together, we can help each other find resources to help reverse lack of awareness, understanding, shame, and stigma. 


Speakers
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Charlene Salvador

Charlene Salvador has been a member of the IOCDF for almost 15 years but is not a social worker, a research scientist, or a psychiatrist.  She is an advertising professional who was diagnosed with OCD almost 20 years ago.  Charlene has been living with OCD and its demons but has fought it with effective treatment.  She has succeeded in treatment with medication, outpatient therapy at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Encino, California Level

7:00pm

OCD, Aging, and Time

With aging, time gets shorter, pressures mount, and important decisions must often be made without further delay -- stressful factors for us. As we approach the years of retirement, physical and mental decline, life-changing decisions, the inevitable loss of loved ones, shrinking opportunities, and fading plans, there's no time left for avoidance and procrastination. How do we maintain our morale, our determination, and our persistence in learning how to live with OCD more productively? This support group will address changes in our lives as we grow older with OCD. What pressures and worries do we face? What resources are available to us? We have much to contribute to one another after so many years of experience with life and OCD. 


Speakers
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Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Director, OCD Resource Center of Florida
I'm passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and adults challenged by OCD.


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

7:00pm

Scrupulosity Support Group

This group is intended for those who suffer from scrupulosity (OCD entwined with religious and moral matters). Family members and close friends of someone with scrupulosity are also welcome to attend. Join others in a professionally-led psycho-education and support group. This will be an interactive group so that participants can learn from the leader and one another about ways to overcome scrupulosity. 


Speakers
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Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Clinical Director, Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services
Ted received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services where his clinical practice focuses on anxiety and mood disorders. He specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with an emphasis on scrupulosity and primarily obsessional forms of OCD. Ted has done research on obsessional beliefs, religious beliefs and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

7:00pm

Support Group for Adults with Skin Picking Disorder or Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania (aka Hair Pulling Disorder) and Skin Picking Disorder (aka Excoriation Disoder) are often secretive conditions in which individuals suffer in isolation and shame. This support group will provide
a venue for adults to openly discuss their pulling and picking in a safe and supportive environment. Participants will learn about the concept of behavioral addiction, as well as core treatment techniques for these conditions, including Habit Reversal Training, Cognitive Restructuring, and mindfulness. 


Speakers
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Elizabeth Kassel, MSW

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Elizabeth Kassel, MSW, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Her prior experience includes working as a counselor at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, and in the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD) treating children with anxiety disorders. In addition to treating individual clients, she also currently... Read More →
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Karen Pickett

Clinical Director, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Karen Pickett, MFT, is the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and is a licensed psychotherapist in the State of California. After receiving her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2001, Karen joined the OCD Center of Los Angeles, where she specializes in the treatment of OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She developed and ran a weekly therapy group specifically for... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

7:00pm

Support Group for Individuals with Sexual and/or Violent Obsessions

Sexual and violent obsessions in OCD are common but frequently unrecognized or misunderstood. This support group is focused on helping people understand their symptoms, distinguish between obsessions and mental compulsions, and identify effective exposures to combat symptoms. Participants may also discuss their experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection surrounding their symptoms in a supportive environment. 


Speakers
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Simone Leavell Bruce

Therapist- Psychological Associate, Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic
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Chad Wetterneck, PhD

Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., is cognitive behavioral specialist and clinical supervisor at Rogers Memorial Hospital where he works primarily with OCD.  He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where he directed an OCD and OC-spectrum disorders specialty center, and was the co-director of research at the Houston OCD Program. Dr. Wetterneck received six years of training at two leading... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. She is also a member of the IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board and the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Westside, Plaza Level

7:00pm

PANDAS/PANS Support Group

Clinicians who have expertise in pediatrics, child psychiatry, neurology, immunology, and infectious diseases will be available to answer questions about the management of acute illness and chronic symptoms of PANDAS/PANS. Following the Q&A session, parents will be encouraged to share their experiences with "what works and what doesn't" to provide attendees with support and encouragement in the care of their own children. 



Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

7:00pm

Young Adults Support Group

The group will start with an icebreaker activity that introduces attendees to each other. Following this activity, the group facilitator will present hot topics pertaining to young adults, such as graduating, living on your own, applying for jobs, creating a social life, and other situations that are made more difficult while trying to balance OCD. This will encourage free flowing discussion to allow young adults to interact with each other, discuss what difficulties they're facing, and offer solutions that have worked for them. Before the group finishes, attendees will be invited to share contact information with others in the group to encourage interaction after the conference is over. This will allow the young adults to build friendships that continue to provide support once the conference ends. 


Speakers
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

7:00pm

An Evening of Kicking OCD's Butt! (Ages 8–13)

This program is designed for children, ages 8–13. This is an experiential workshop where kids will get hands-on experience through fun and interactive discussion, activities, and learning opportunities. Kids will learn about OCD and how obsessions get maintained through rituals and reassurance seeking. Time will be spent talking about how anxiety works and we will also have ample time to do exposures together as a group. It’s sure to be a great program to start the conference off by kicking OCD’s butt! 


Speakers

Friday July 18, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacific, California Level

7:30pm

A Parent's Guide to Kicking OCD's Butt!

This workshop is perfect for parents and caregivers of children and teens struggling with OCD. It’s designed to be a complement to "An Evening of Kicking OCD's Butt!" for kids. Parents will learn practical tips that they can start using right away. Discussion will focus on how parents can better understand OCD and the symptoms associated with it, how to help children through exposures, how to reduce accommodating behaviors (e.g. giving reassurance), and how to handle stressful situations (e.g. family gatherings, play dates). Parents will come away from the workshop feeling more knowledgeable and better equipped to support their child. 



Friday July 18, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Palisades, California Level

8:45pm

Virtual Camping: The 14th Annual Road to Recovery Tour

Most people are sure they don't like camping; for those of you suffering from OCD, this seems doubly
so. However, we have found OCD camping trips to have a profoundly therapeutic effect and, even more shockingly, people like to come back. Repeating this experiential workshop for the 14th year, we'll begin with a brief presentation about our camping trips (that you may have seen in People Magazine) and
how they can inspire you to risk getting better. Following this, participants — patients, families, and professionals — will go on a field trip throughout LA in which participants will experience the exhilaration of conquering OCD fears in a group that goes beyond your imagination. Everyone will be encouraged to support and help one another, but participants will only do what they choose to do. The surprise will be in how much more you'll choose to do during this adventure. 


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level
 
Saturday, July 19
 

8:00am

Discurso de Apertura Español — TOCada: Una Artista, un Sueño, una Lucha contra el TOC
Spanish Program Keynote — TOCada: An Artist, a Dream, a Battle Against OCD

Un recorrido en primera persona por la experiencia de la joven artista argentina Ro Vitale en su convivencia y lucha contra el Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo (TOC), su proceso terapéutico en Argentina y los Estados Unidos, y cómo a partir de perseguir un sueño, se puede aprender a construir nuevas herramientas emocionales para darle lugar al sujeto que hay detrás de los síntomas. Porque no somos nuestros pensamientos, y porque existe una urgencia distinta a la urgencia de la compulsión, Ro nos invita a descubrir, desde su propia voz, algo del texto que se escribe detrás de la mordaza del TOC. Una invitación a mirarnos desde nuestra singularidad: aquella que nos habita más allá de la pobreza discursiva del TOC. Una propuesta: la de retomar contacto con nuestra identidad, nuestra creatividad, nuestros colores, más allá del trastorno.


Speakers
avatar for Ro Vitale

Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music
Ro Vitale | Singer-songwriter, advocate for OCD awareness. |   | Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine. The article made a huge impact (more than 40.000 hits), marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines (including the... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Plaza Pavilion, Plaza Level

8:00am

Keynote & Awards Presentation

Welcome Remarks
Denise Egan Stack, LMHC

Master of Ceremonies
Jeff Bell

Awards Presentation
Patricia Perkins IOCDF Service Award- Wendy Mueller
IOCDF Outstanding Career Achievement Award- Steven Rasmussen, MD

Keynote Address
Ethan S. Smith

This is the story of Ethan S. Smith - writer, director, actor, producer, and life long OCD sufferer. Join Ethan as he passionately, humorously, and kindly shares his journey from being bedridden in his parents’ guest room, to living across the country making it in Hollywood. Live through Ethan as he shows you incredible personal video from his most vulnerable and darkest hours to his most triumphant return to life. Ethan’s singular goal is to not only tell you his story, but also to impart the knowledge, lessons, and skills he learned along the way so that you, too, may have your own Hollywood ending. 


Moderators
JB

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I'm a professional director, writer, actor, producer and musician. I've appeared in numerous plays, over 150 commercials, TV shows like The Soprano's, Going To California, Baseball Wives, CSI Miami, and the Showtime series Dexter. Movies such as I Love You Man, Recount, All About The Benjamins, Big Trouble, Thanks To Gravity, the Italian blockbuster Natale A Miami, Last Time Forever, Dancing on The... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Los Angeles Ballroom, California Level

8:00am

OCD: The Game Show for Kids

Kids, come join the fun at your very own game show! Contestants chosen from the audience will have the opportunity to win prizes by demonstrating their knowledge of OCD, and then competing in games of skill, chance, and courage, all reflecting the OCD theme. Do you have what it takes to fight OCD with knowledge, humor, skill, and guts? Then prove it at the OCD Game Show for Kids! 


Speakers
NW

Noah Weintraub, PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. He earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and completed further training at Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in Delaware. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic... Read More →
DY

David Yood, PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship and works at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). Dr. Yood's areas of clinical interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and other related anxiety disorders. He has specialized... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Brentwood, California Level

9:30am

¿Cómo es Tener TOC? Entendiendo qué me Sucede
What’s it Like to Have OCD? — Understanding What’s Happening to Me

Dirigida principalmente a personas con el TOC, sin embargo es de gran ayuda para familiares y profesionales de la salud mental nuevos en el tema. La plática tiene como objetivo entender qué es el TOC en general, cómo se manifiesta, cómo se diagnostica, cuales son sus posibles causas, cómo se refuerza, el papel de la ansiedad y el miedo, los subtipos del TOC y los mitos, la etiología, y las opciones farmacológicas que existen para el control de los síntomas. Para las personas que no padecen del TOC hay veces que es difícil entenderlo y sobre todo manejarlo, por lo tanto, esta plática tiene como objetivo ponernos en los zapatos de nuestro familiar, amigo, o inclusive paciente. Tenemos el privilegio de contar con un testimonio – si padeces de TOC, tal vez te identifiques con él y compartas algo de su historia.  Si eres familiar, podrás entender algunas conductas o sentimientos y habrá tiempo para solucionar sus preguntas. 


Speakers
TP

Tania Pérez Duarte, MS

Tania Pérez Duarte es psicóloga clínica cognitivo-conductual. Especialista en trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo y trastornos relacionados (Exposición y prevención de respuesta, Mindfulness y Terapia de aceptación y compromiso). Tania fue entrenada por el Hospital general de Massachusetts, la Fundación Internacional de TOC en Boston y la escuela de Harvard (Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Plaza Pavilion, Plaza Level

9:30am

OCD Canadian Network Meeting
All attendees from Canada are welcome to attend.

Saturday July 19, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Directors I & II, South Mezzanine Level

10:00am

Ask the Experts: Q & A Session on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a disorder associated with significant psychosocial impact. Individuals with BDD often avoid social activities due to symptoms, may drop out of school or stop working, and may become housebound. Interpersonal relationships with loved ones and friends are often impacted negatively, and sufferers often feel isolated, guilty, and depressed. BDD is associated with high levels of impairment, hospitalization, and suicidality. Comorbidity is common and may complicate the treatment of BDD. In this presentation, the panelists and audience members will explore topics and challenges related to the experience and treatment of BDD. Patients, their families, and clinicians will have an opportunity to ask their own questions about BDD and raise issues for discussion. 


Speakers
KP

Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Constellation II, Plaza Level

10:00am

How to Deal with Someone's Anger Outbursts Around OCD

OCD sufferers often get angry at other people around them when the other person will not engage in rituals, or inadvertently triggers the sufferer’s anxiety. We will investigate steps that will help defuse the situation when your OCD sufferer is angry, including learning how to not explain or defend yourself (but managing your own self-care); remembering that no one else makes anyone feel anything; choosing to validate the person’s internal state; helping them challenge victim thinking; avoiding critical questioning; letting them leave if they choose; and slowing things down to restore a sense of control. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Beverly Hills, California Level

10:00am

A Family-Recovery Model to Enhance Willingness of People who Hoard to Accept Help

The refusal of people with hoarding disorder to accept help is one of the most frustrating features for family members. Family members plead, nag, even threaten their loved one with the hope that he or she will accept help for their hoarding problem. However, more often these misguided attempts backfire and the loved one more adamantly and pointedly refuses help for the problem. This lecture describes the application and modification of a family-recovery model to assist family members in enhancing the willingness of their loved one to accept help for hoarding. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Westside, Plaza Level

10:00am

I Must be the Worst: The Scary World of OCD and Parenting

Being a parent is scary in its own right, but can be even scarier if you have OCD. For some OCD
sufferers, this presents in the form of horrifying intrusive thoughts of sexual behavior, violence, neglect,
and incompetence toward their children. This panel will discuss mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches to treating these manifestations of OCD. Topics will include obsessive thoughts of pedophilia, infanticide, moral scrupulosity, and contamination fears unique to parenting; safe and ethical ERP strategies; as well as a discussion on how to keep OCD from impairing healthy parenting. 


Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
avatar for Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

10:00am

Building a Bully Proof Kid

This is a workshop for kids who have been bullied by OCD. In this workshop kids will discover how they are more powerful than their OCD by learning some super cool exercises. We may even practice an ancient Kung Fu technique! We will discuss what OCD is and what it is not. Family, school, and social issues will also be covered. Learn how to get your black belt in ERP! 


Speakers
avatar for Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Director, Psychologist, Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change
Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, hoarding disorder, and related conditions. She has been an adjunct professor at the doctoral level and has presented numerous times at national conferences and at local meetings and... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Brentwood, California Level

10:00am

One Family's Experience in Dealing with OCD and Sexual Obsessions

In this workshop, a mother and son will discuss how their family dealt with sexual obsessions. Specifically, we will discuss how we used exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) in our home to treat sexual obsessions, how we overcame the difficulties inherent in dealing with sexuality as a source of obsessions, and the details of how we used a reward system as motivation to undergo several sessions of ERP. Through our workshop we hope to inspire others to undergo ERP and to show how we overcame sexual obsessions. 


Speakers

Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Westwood, California Level

10:00am

Assessment and Treatment of Youth and Adults with OCD and Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorders

There are many issues unique to those with comorbid OCD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) which can complicate assessment and treatment. In this symposium, we will present the latest findings with respect
to assessment and treatment of youth and adults with OCD and comorbid ASD. Presenters will discuss the phenomenology of OCD and comorbid ASD, assessment issues and best practices, psychological treatment, common barriers to treatment, psychopharmacological treatment, and research on evidence-based treatment of OCD and comorbid ASD. 


Speakers
avatar for Josh Nadeau

Josh Nadeau

Clinical Supervisor, Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa Bay
If you want to know, then ask...
avatar for Fred Penzel, PhD

Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Constellation I, Plaza Level

10:00am

'I'm Afraid I'm Really Gonna Do It!': Assessing and Treating OCD When It Takes the Form of Fear of Loss of Impulse Control (FLI)

Fear of loss of impulse control (FLI) is a specific presentation of OCD, where the focus of the obsession is
the idea that one will do something out of character; often violent, sexual, and/or illegal, or at the very least embarrassing, even though there is absolutely no desire on the part of the person to do these things. This workshop will focus on the assessment of this OCD subset, and how therapists can design appropriate ERP interventions to treat this particular manifestation of the disorder. Time will be spent on how to help family members better respond to their OCD-afflicted FLI family member. Multiple case examples will be illustrated. 

Click here to view the slides from this presentation.  


Speakers
avatar for Allen Weg, EdD

Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Olympic II, Plaza Level

10:00am

Effective Imaginal Exposures: Practical Strategies for Clinicians

Imaginal exposures allow patients to confront feared obsessional catastrophes through the use of a detailed narrative. Situations especially appropriate for imaginal exposures are those in which the patient fears he may change in a fundamental way, cause a distal catastrophe, when the result of failing to do a ritual is far in the future, or when an in vivo exposure cannot be simulated. In this workshop, we explain when to use imaginal exposure versus in vivo, key elements of an effective imaginal exposure, and what to do when your imaginal exposures do not work. A large part of this workshop will be dedicated to Q&A. 


Speakers
CW

Chad Wetterneck, PhD

Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., is cognitive behavioral specialist and clinical supervisor at Rogers Memorial Hospital where he works primarily with OCD.  He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where he directed an OCD and OC-spectrum disorders specialty center, and was the co-director of research at the Houston OCD Program. Dr. Wetterneck received six years of training at two leading... Read More →
avatar for Monnica Williams, PhD

Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. She is also a member of the IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board and the... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Olympic I, Plaza Level

11:15am

My Recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

This workshop will provide a place for individuals who have BDD to share their personal stories and struggles, and for family members and friends to learn more about the disorder. The workshop will be facilitated by Eva E. Fisher, who will start by discussing her personal story of recovery from BDD. Then participants will be invited to discuss their personal stories and to provide informational and emotional support to one another. 


Speakers

Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

11:15am

Tratamiento de Exposición y Prevención de Respuesta para el TOC — Una Terapia para Enfrentar Miedos
Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment for OCD — A Therapy for Facing Fears

Esta plática está dirigida para el público en general, se hablará en qué consiste la exposición y prevención de respuesta. Los participantes aprenderán a elaborar una jerarquía, qué esperar del tratamiento, y algunos consejos para disminuir las compulsiones, así como elaborar un plan de trabajo una vez que son dados de alta contando con las herramientas necesarias para seguir atacando al TOC. Habrá un apartado breve dedicado a la familia: qué hacer y qué no hacer para alimentar al TOC. Tendremos un testimonio durante el proceso de tratamiento.


Speakers
SR

Servando Rodriguez Barajas

Student/Speaker/Moderator, Centro TOC México/OCD Center México
Servando Rodrí­guez es estudiante de psicologí­a clí­nica en la Universidad Autónoma de México. Cuenta con un diplomado en terapia cognitivo-conductual, ha colaborado y participado en ponencias con terapeutas profesionales y expertos en temas de trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo. Al padecer TOC, entiende muchas situaciones a las que se enfrentan los pacientes, por lo tanto uno de sus objetivos es combinar esta experiencia con su... Read More →
TP

Tania Pérez Duarte, MS

Tania Pérez Duarte es psicóloga clínica cognitivo-conductual. Especialista en trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo y trastornos relacionados (Exposición y prevención de respuesta, Mindfulness y Terapia de aceptación y compromiso). Tania fue entrenada por el Hospital general de Massachusetts, la Fundación Internacional de TOC en Boston y la escuela de Harvard (Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
MM

Mayra Martinez, MD

Psychiatrist in the Neurological Center, Centro Medico ABC Santa Fe/Centro Neurologico


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Plaza Pavilion, Plaza Level

11:15am

Role of Insight in the Treatment of OCD Related Disorders

The obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) classification in the new DSM-5 has been given its own category as OCD Related Disorders, comprised of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Hoarding Disorder, Excoriation Disorder, Trichotillomania, and OCD not specified elsewhere. In addition, two specifiers have been added: insight spectrum and presence or absence of tics. The presenters will discuss the conceptual basis of insight, updates on recent research, our conceptualization of insight in OCD over the years, and the role of insight (or lack thereof) in several OCD Related Disorders. 


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

11:15am

The Golden Shovel Club: The Buried in Treasures Workshop Experience

This workshop will expose attendees to the practice, power, and potential of peer support for people who live with “too much stuff.” Based on the experiences of Finders and Keepers who have attended the Buried in Treasures Workshop, this presentation will explore the narratives of people clearing a path to a life less cluttered. Together, we gain insight into the nature of our acquiring/saving habits, develop plans to change our responses to our impulses, and create plans for maintaining success. Join us for an exciting and interactive workshop, and hear stories of hope by people who are getting unburied from treasures! 


Speakers
avatar for Lee Shuer, CPS

Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is founder and co-owner of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist; he uses his personal recovery story to mentor others working through hard times. He is the author of WRAP for Reducing Clutter, and The Mutual Support Workbook. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator's Guide for Running the Buried in Treasures Workshop. Lee's work has been featured... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Westside, Plaza Level

11:15am

Demonstration of CBT for Intrusive Violent/Sexual Thoughts

I will demonstrate with audience volunteers how I would approach a first session with someone coming
to me suffering from intrusive violent/sexual thoughts, including explaining why they occur, challenging irrational thoughts, and planning tolerable exposure exercises. This workshop will encourage OCD sufferers to seek treatment for these thoughts by demonstrating that effective CBT treatment does not involve forcing the patient to do “awful” things against their will, but rather is a collaborative process. 


Speakers
LB

Lee Baer, PhD

Lee Baer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. Author of Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions and The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Intrusive Bad Thoughts, Baer is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as of the OCD Institute at McLean... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

11:15am

When Picky Eating Meets OCD

Picky eating or restricted palate can range from mildly frustrating to a serious problem calling for hospitalization. The fears and behaviors in picky eating have a strong correlation to OCD. In this experiential workshop, we will examine the various dimensions of this problem to include fears of choking, gagging, or vomiting; fears when food doesn’t look or smell “right”; or foods that could be spoiled or poisonous. Sensory issues regarding texture or taste will be included. The impact on health, family, and social settings will be described. Interventions to overcome picky eating through ERP will be presented, complete with case presentations and take home applications. 


Speakers
KN

Kathleen Norris, LPC

DFW Center for OCD & Anxiety
Mary Kathleen Norris is a licensed professional counselor in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. For over 20 years, her practice has specialized in the treatment of OCD and OC Spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and compulsive skin picking. | | She holds a post graduate certification for behavior therapy (BTTI) from the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She has presented on the national level for over 15... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Westwood, California Level

11:15am

Research Updates in Pediatric OCD

The purpose of this talk is to provide research updates regarding developments in the field of pediatric OCD. An expert panel of researchers will provide synopses of their recent studies, and ample time for audience questions/discussion will be allotted. Topics include metabolic changes in the brain in youth receiving CBT for OCD; outcome data from a group, family-based CBT trial; the feasibility and efficacy of a stepped care CBT protocol; and the efficacy of sequential sertraline and CBT treatment relative to CBT with pill placebo in youth with OCD. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

11:15am

iCAN: Confronting OCD

Is OCD telling you to not touch this? Or think that? Or step here? Or say that? Whatever the fear, we want you to bring it on!! This experiential and supportive workshop will invite and encourage you to participate (at your own pace, of course) in group exposure and response prevention. There is power in numbers, so join us, challenge yourself, support others, and maybe even surprise yourself by the things you CAN accomplish but never believed you would. 


Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Brentwood, California Level

11:15am

Clinician Networking Event-A Chance to Tap Into 200 Years of Experience (Give or Take a Few)

Newer clinicians come to this conference hoping to acquire strategies they can take home to help with current cases, to understand previous cases, or to get useful practice information. Unfortunately, they
don’t often have opportunities to meet the more senior clinicians who possess information that can only be acquired through years of direct experience. This will be an opportunity to meet and network with eight very experienced clinicians in a less formal setting. Conversation can take place one-on-one, in small groups that may form, etc. The overall goal will be to answer questions that often go unanswered. 


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Director, OCD Resource Center of Florida
I'm passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and adults challenged by OCD.
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Director, Psychologist, Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change
Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, hoarding disorder, and related conditions. She has been an adjunct professor at the doctoral level and has presented numerous times at national conferences and at local meetings and... Read More →
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Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →
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Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →
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Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

11:15am

Ruminative Response Style in Treatment-Resistant OCD: The Lurking Saboteur

The “ruminative response style” involves repetitive, cyclic, and persistent thinking in response to one’s negative affect. Ruminative responses specific to OCD may include negative self-talk following a difficult exposure, brooding following a relapse, or excessive analysis of symptoms/treatment. To date, little attention has been paid to the role of rumination in OCD, despite growing evidence that it plays a critical role in the maintenance of numerous psychiatric disorders, including OCD. In this workshop, I will discuss four treatment-resistant case examples reflecting an instance where the patient’s ruminative response style played a critical role in the development, maintenance, and treatment of their OCD. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

12:45pm

Book Signings in the OCD Conference Bookstore

The following authors will be available to sign their books and briefly answer your questions at the IOCDF Bookstore: 

-Joni St. John & Ray St. John
Finding X: One Family’s Solution to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The Ray of Hope: A Teenager’s Fight Against Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

-Joan Davidson, PhD (Author), Mary Samson, & Theodore Herzberg
Daring to Challenge OCD: Overcome Your Fear of Treatment and Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure and Response Prevention

-Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, ABBP, ABPP, & Katharine Donnelly, PhD
Children of Hoarders: How to Minimize Conflict, Reduce the Clutter, and Improve Your Relationship 


Speakers
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Joan Davidson, PhD

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
As a CBT therapist, I've specialized in helping people with OCD, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (hair pulling/skin picking) for over 23-years. I'm the author of "Daring to Challenge OCD: Overcome Your Fear of Treatment & Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure & Response Prevention" (New Harbinger, 2014), which guides readers through what to expect during treatment, why it's worth it, and what it has been like for... Read More →
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Katharine Donnelly, PhD

Psychologist, Bio-Behavioral Institute
Katharine Donnelly earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University. Her areas of interest include acceptance-oriented therapies and obsessive-compulsive spectrum behaviors. She is the co-author of the book "Overcoming Depersonalization Disorder: A Mindfulness and Acceptance Guide to Conquering Feelings of Numbness and Unreality." and "Help for Children of Hoarders: How to Minimize Conflict, Reduce the Clutter, and Improve Your... Read More →
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Joni St. John

Vermilion Press
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Mary Samson

I'm a contributor to "Daring to Challenge OCD" and will be signing copies on Saturday. As a playwright I have written extensively about my experience with OCD and ERP. | ____________________ | | Daring to Challenge OCD by Joan Davidson, Foreward by Jeff Bell | Overcome Your Fear of Treatment and Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure and Response Prevention | https://www.newharbinger.com/daring-challenge-ocd


Saturday July 19, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
California Lounge

2:00pm

New Research Findings on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

This symposium will present new research findings on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a common and often severe disorder. Topics will include anger, aggression, and violent behavior in BDD, brain connectivity in BDD versus anorexia nervosa, BDD in children with and without comorbid psychiatric disorders in Argentina, and the development of CBT for individuals with BDD by proxy. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the clinical and research implications of each topic. 


Speakers
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Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

2:00pm

Impacto del Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo en las Familias
Impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on Families

A través de esta ponencia se busca crear conciencia sobre el impacto del TOC en las familias y las necesidades que estas familias presentan.  El objetivo es lograr generar interés en el TOC para estimular tanto la investigación, como el desarrollo de intervenciones pertinentes para esta población y su familia. La presentadora comparte su experiencia en el campo de la investigación, donde utilizó un método cualitativo empleando como instrumento la entrevista semi-estructurada y análisis de contenido. Los participantes podrán adquirir un mayor conocimiento sobre el TOC en las minorías (latinos), enfocado mayormente en la población puertorriqueña. Además, podrán tener un mayor conocimiento sobre cómo se afecta la familia al lidiar con un integrante diagnosticado con TOC y las áreas que se pueden modificar. Por último, podrán conocer las limitaciones y necesidades que presentan las familias al tener un integrante con TOC. 


Speakers
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Joyce Pallens-Perez, PsyD

Mental Health Clinician, Valley Psychiatric Services


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Pavilion, Plaza Level

2:00pm

OCD and Addiction (Dual Diagnosis): Maintaining Recovery and Managing OCD

The panelists will discuss effective treatment, research findings on comorbidity, proactive recovery maintenance, medication, limitations and strategies for maximizing successful implementation of OCD treatment while maintaining addiction recovery, addiction recovery programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment options, and personal experiences from recovered patients. Additional suggestions will be offered concerning the maintenance of recovery and prevention of relapse from both conditions. Questions/concerns from the attendees will be welcomed. 


Speakers
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James Claiborn, PhD

Dr Claiborn is a psychologist in private practice and focuses on treating OCD and related disorders. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology, a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF.
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Darlene Davis, MA, CADC, CRC

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Therapist, University of Louisville, Center for Mental Health Disparities
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Riley Sisson

Undergraduate Student, Student Assistant Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Kennesaw State University, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)
I am an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. I am working part-time as a student assistant for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on the KSU campus. I am graduating with my B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Spanish on May 14th, 2014. I have accepted my invitation to study in the Master of Social Work program at Kennesaw State University beginning in August. | I am currently a research... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

2:00pm

The Myth of Pure O: Strategies for Battling Mental Compulsions

Many individuals with OCD exhibit few, if any, obvious compulsions. But for these sufferers, their compulsions are occurring primarily in their own minds. While this is colloquially known as “Pure OCD” (or “Pure O”), the term is an unfortunate misnomer. So-called “Pure O” actually consists of obsessions, seemingly limitless mental compulsions, and plenty of suffering. This panel discussion will explore some of the sub-types of OCD that are often described as “Pure O,” including Homosexual OCD (H-OCD), Harm OCD, Relationship OCD (R-OCD), and Scrupulosity. We will also demonstrate how those with Pure O exhibit numerous compulsive behaviors, and will examine the treatment techniques that have shown the most effectiveness in managing this side of OCD. 


Speakers
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Tom Corboy, MFT

Executive Director, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Tom Corboy, MFT, is the Executive Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, which he founded in 1999. Tom received his master's degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology at USC in 1993, where his graduate thesis was a study comparing various treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since then, his training and clinical experience have been focused exclusively on the treatment of OCD and related OC Spectrum Disorders. In... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Kimberley Quinlan, MFT, is a licensed staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. She previously spoke as part of a panel discussion on mental compulsions at the 2011 IOCDF conference. She has... Read More →
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Laura Yocum, MS

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Laura Yocum, MS, PPS, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Laura specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She has run a weekly group... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

2:00pm

Adapting Treatments for Specific Hoarding Symptoms and Populations

This panel focuses on adapting cognitive-behavioral treatment interventions for Hoarding Disorder for clinical work with two specific populations: youth and those with impaired executive functioning. This panel provides an overview of existing research on hoarding as it relates to these populations. The presenters will address challenges, treatment implications, and therapeutic strategies. Case examples highlight challenges and the application of modified CBT for more effective interventions. Our goal is to inspire discussion amongst professionals on research-informed adaptions of CBT interventions for working with a range of hoarding clients. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Westside, Plaza Level

2:00pm

Preparing for Life After Treatment: Relapse Prevention

The workshop presenters will lead small groups in an interactive workshop designed for participants to create their own individualized relapse prevention workbook. Topics include understanding uncertainty and risk, lapses versus relapses, maintenance strategies, costs and benefits of giving into symptoms, value identification, developing alternative behaviors in life, crisis management, behavior chains, and creation of wellness plans. 


Speakers
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Christen Sistrunk, MA, LPC

Behavior Therapist, Houston OCD Program
Christen Sistrunk M.A., is a licensed professional counselor-intern (LPC-I) and behavior therapist at the Houston OCD Program. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her graduate work included training in cognitive behavioral therapy, stress and anxiety management, group therapy, and addictions counseling techniques. She completed a graduate... Read More →
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Jennifer Sy, PhD

Dr. Sy is a licensed psychologist with training in cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She received a BA in Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Her graduate clinical work and research focused on optimization of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Minneapolis... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

2:00pm

Exercise Your Demons! An Active Approach to ERP

Did you know that playing games could help your OCD? This interactive workshop for kids applies the latest research on exercise and anxiety to get kids moving, while teaching them about OCD and Exposure and Response Prevention. Attendees will also participate in group discussion and learn ways of modifying games into exposures, such as the “I Don’t Know Game” and “Uneven Simon Says.” The group leader, Coach Jason, is a former college athlete who has worked hard to overcome his OCD. Jason’s inspirational message for kids and teens will change everyone’s mind about what it means to have OCD. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Brentwood, California Level

2:00pm

Families Unite! How to Work Together to Manage the Challenges of OCD

This workshop focuses on common themes for families managing OCD. It will be an interactive workshop; attendees will break into small groups led by an experienced clinician, who will guide a contracting exercise. This experiential workshop will give participants an opportunity for increased problem solving, communication, and support to begin to approach treating OCD as a “team.” 


Speakers
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Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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Michele T. Pato, MD

Michele Pato, MD is Professor and Associate Chair for Education, Della Martin Chair in Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Academic Scholarship at the Keck School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California (USC). She is the Principal Investigator of the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort, and recently received funding from the NIH to include 5,000 individuals suffering from OCD. Dr. Pato is internationally known for her... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

2:00pm

ACT and Exposure: Finding Common Ground and Getting the Best of Both Worlds

According to the latest research, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) are both effective treatments for OCD; however, not everyone achieves complete symptom reduction. Our clinical experience suggests that complementary elements of ACT and ERP can be combined to improve upon each modality. We have developed an “Acceptance-Based ERP” program, the goal of which is to enhance compliance and outcome in comparison to treatment as usual. This workshop will teach clinicians about the commonalities between ACT and ERP, as well as how they can be synthesized. We will present numerous case examples and conduct role plays illustrating how to implement acceptance-based ERP. 

Click here to view the slides from this presentation. 


Speakers
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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Ryan J Jacoby, MA

Graduate Student
Ryan Jane Jacoby, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, and is specifically interested in inhibitory learning models of exposure therapy, cognitive biases, treatment augmentation strategies, and symptom dimensions of OCD. Ms. Jacoby has published and presented her research at... Read More →
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Lillian Reuman, MA

Lillian Reuman is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Ms. Reuman's research focuses on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) across the lifespan, as well as factors that may play a role in the maintenance of these disorders (e.g., symptom accommodation, cognitive biases, uncertainty). Ms. Reuman has presented and published... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

2:00pm

Treating Tics in Individuals with OCD: Behavior Therapy, Medication, and Combined Approaches

This workshop will familarize clinicians with the use of the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) across the lifespan. CBIT is an evidence-based treatment that combines habit reversal therapy
(HRT) with a functional intervention designed to address environmental factors that trigger tics and the consequences that maintain them. The main focus will be familiarizing attendees with CBIT through the use of case material and participant role plays. Current medications for treating tics across the lifespan will also be reviewed and guidelines for using CBIT and medication, alone or in combination, will be discussed. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Westwood, California Level

4:00pm

'We Suffer Too': Help for Families Living with BDD

The word “tormenting” is frequently used to describe what it is like to live with BDD. While that is often used by patients, the same can be said for families living with the disorder as well. Family members often feel frightened, frustrated, and angry, unaware of resources that may be able to provide support. This workshop is an opportunity to learn ways to not only help your loved one who has BDD, but also to help yourself. Addressing concerns about depression, the risk of suicide, isolation, refusal to get psychiatric help, and plastic surgery will be amongst the topics addressed. 


Speakers
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Scott Granet, LCSW

Psychotherapist, The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California
Scott Granet is a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and in June 2008 opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He facilitates treatment groups for both panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with the emphasis of each group being on cognitive-behavioral therapy. He has presented at conferences worldwide, has taught... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Westwood, California Level

4:00pm

Nuestro Espejo: Compartiendo Nuestras Experiencias Viviendo con el TOC
Spanish Language Focus Group for USC

Durante esta sesión, personas con TOC y sus parientes discutirán sus experiencias viviendo con el TOC.  La sesión consistirá en grupos de discusión grandes y pequeños facilitados por profesionales bilingües con entrenamiento en la salud mental latina y el tratamiento del TOC.  Los temas de la discusión son: 1) ¿Qué perciben los pacientes y sus parientes como causas del TOC?  2) ¿Cómo reaccionan los pacientes a los síntomas del TOC?  3) ¿Qué es el impacto del TOC en los pacientes y en sus familias? 4) ¿Qué esperan los pacientes de tratamiento?  5) ¿Cuáles cosas han sido útiles?  Después de la discusión, el grupo dividirá en grupos pequeños para hablar de sus experiencias – habrá un grupo de personas con TOC y un grupo de los parientes.  Comentarios de los participantes ayudarán a desarrollar tratamientos culturalmente sensibles para Latinos con TOC y sus parientes.


Speakers
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Sean Sassano, MD

Dr. Sassano is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is the former medical director and education director of the University of Southern California Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Sassano currently treats OCD and related disorders with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy out of his private practice in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, California, and continues to supervise psychiatrists in training and provide... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza Pavilion, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Getting CBT to Those Who Need It

Evidence-based treatment has been developed for OCD and related disorders, but patients are typically
not receiving it in routine clinical care. Even when patients do receive these treatments, they are often not well-delivered. The objective of this workshop is to discuss barriers to the dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments, and to propose ways of overcoming them. 


Speakers
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Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr Nancy Keuthen is the Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and authored/edited two books on BFRBs. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of both the International OCD Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Executive Director, IOCDF
Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., is currently the executive director of the International OCD Foundation. Previously, Dr. Szymanski was the Director of Psychological Services at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute. He is the author of: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook” based on his work at the OCD Institute. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szymanski has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

4:00pm

The Almost Perfect Workshop

At best, perfectionism can be an asset; but at worst, it can be a burden when desires to be perfect can backfire. This workshop will help those who struggle with perfectionism to develop insight, motivation, and skills to be more engaged in life with less focus on perfection. Topics include conceptualizing perfectionism, the role of standards and expectations, rigidity and inflexibility, the impact on functioning and relationships, procrastination, and strategies for managing perfectionism. The workshop will use experiential exercises and skills practice. 


Speakers
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Jesse Crosby, PhD

Office of Clinical Assessment and Research, McLean Hospital OCD Institute
Jesse M. Crosby, Ph.D., is the Administrative Director of the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute, an Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has specialized clinical and research experience with perfectionism, OCD and related disorders, anxiety, and behavioral addictions. His program of research is focused on identifying... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

4:00pm

Updates on Interventions for Hoarding

This workshop will focus on recent developments in the treatment of hoarding. Topics include the Buried in Treasures (BIT) Workshop, a “critical time intervention” plus BIT for individuals at risk for eviction, medications, and treating late life hoarding. Participants will learn how traditional CBT compares with the BIT workshop, what medications show promise for treating hoarding, how CBT can be adapted to treat late life hoarding problems, and how a critical time intervention can be paired with BIT workshops for people at risk for eviction because of their hoarding. 


Speakers
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Catherine R. Ayers, PhD, ABPP

Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP is the Program Director of the VASDHS Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Assistant Professor in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Co-Director of the VASDHS/UCSD Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Evidence Based Psychotherapy Track, and faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research is focused on treatment outcome for anxiety disorders and geriatric hoarding disorder. She... Read More →
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Randy O Frost, PhD

Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He has published widely on hoarding and related phenomena. He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide; Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, and Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation... Read More →
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Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Sanjaya Saxena, MD, is a psychiatrist focusing on the treatment of OCD and related disorders. He is director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego. His research examines the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, hoarding and related disorders, using functional and structural brain imaging technologies to understand how brain circuits mediate their symptoms. | | Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Westside, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Guilty as Charged

Guilt is one of the main hallmarks of OCD and figures into many forms of this disorder, such as hyperresponsibility, scrupulosity, and morbid thoughts. When severe enough, it can be crippling, and can lead to seemingly endless compulsions. This talk will help sufferers to better understand what guilt is, how it affects them, how it may be an integral part of their disorder, and what can be done to effectively confront and overcome it. 


Speakers
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

4:00pm

Current Trends in OCD Family Research and Treatment

This panel will explore the impact that OCD has on families and how family responses can play an integral role in treatment outcome for both pediatric and adult populations in both outpatient and intensive treatment. New instruments for measuring family variables will be discussed, as well as the role accommodation plays in predicting treatment outcome. Strategies for intervention will be suggested, including novel family approaches for treatment refusal/resistance, in addition to future areas of OCD family research. 

Click here to view the slides from the this presentation.


Speakers
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
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Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW

Dean, Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Dr. Gail Steketee is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Her scholarly work has focused on developing and testing treatments for obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, especially hoarding symptoms in recent years. She has published over 200 articles and chapters, as well as more than a dozen books on these topics. Her books include... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Overcoming Unacceptable Thoughts: Reducing Stigma and Understanding Treatment for Adolescents

Teens who experience violent and/or sexual thoughts may be reluctant to disclose these obsessions. This workshop aims to reduce the stigma of these unacceptable thoughts. Teens will explore their unacceptable thoughts and participate in group activities focused on understanding and normalizing the presence of these thoughts. Guidance will be provided in developing and implementing appropriate ERP techniques. Presenters will also answer family questions regarding their teen’s unacceptable thoughts. This workshop will help teens and families better understand and start a dialogue about unacceptable thoughts in OCD. 


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Christen Sistrunk, MA, LPC

Behavior Therapist, Houston OCD Program
Christen Sistrunk M.A., is a licensed professional counselor-intern (LPC-I) and behavior therapist at the Houston OCD Program. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her graduate work included training in cognitive behavioral therapy, stress and anxiety management, group therapy, and addictions counseling techniques. She completed a graduate... Read More →
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Jennifer Sy, PhD

Dr. Sy is a licensed psychologist with training in cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She received a BA in Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Her graduate clinical work and research focused on optimization of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Minneapolis... Read More →
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Naomi Zwecker, PhD

Dr. Zwecker is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas with considerable experience treating anxiety and depression disorders. She received her BA in Human Development from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She has worked with diverse populations in a variety of treatment settings including a community mental health center, a veteran affairs medical... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

4:00pm

Handling Comorbidity, Varieties of Symptom Presentation, and Parental Involvement in the Treatment of Youth with OCD

Pediatric OCD responds to both cognitive-behavior therapy and medication, with much of the research focusing on children with few additional diagnoses or complications. However, in everyday practice there are many considerations that lead to poorer treatment response. This panel will discuss methods for addressing the major factors that contribute to poorer outcomes. Topics will include comorbid presentations, complex/atypical symptoms, violent and sexual thoughts, treatment noncompliance, and barriers to effective parental involvement in treatment. Presenters will discuss the application of ERP, as well as additional augmentation strategies. 



Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level

4:00pm

Thinking Outside the Office: Community and Home-Based Care for OCD

This workshop will review the rationale, clinical strategies, and professional and financial management policies of taking CBT/ERP outside the office. Case examples will be used to illustrate a variety of home/ community-based applications, and we will discuss the types of preparation necessary for considering, planning, and implementing out-of-office work. Ample time will be allowed for participant questions and sharing of experiences, for purposes of problem solving and offering support to professionals and patients seeking to offer or utilize such services. 


Speakers
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William Oakley, PsyD

Dr. William Oakley is an Associate Psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. He completed his pre"“doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families and conducted research at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Cognitive & Behavioral... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

5:30pm

Researcher Meet and Greet

This event is an opportunity for all conference attendees to meet the leaders in OCD research and learn about the findings presented through the displayed Research Posters. See pages 44–47 for a full listing of all of the Research Posters. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. 


Saturday July 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
California Showroom

5:45pm

OCD San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Meeting for Adults

All adults from the Bay Area are welcome to attend. 


Saturday July 19, 2014 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Malibu, California Level

6:30pm

Saturday Evening Social

Join the fun at the Saturday Night Social. All attendees are invited to enjoy a light dinner, meet fellow attendees, and stay for music and dancing! The Exhibit Passport raffle will also take place during the Social, so be sure to stay to hear if you are a winner! Light dinner will be served. Cash bar.

7:00pm AWARDS PRESENTATION!

This year we will be honoring a very special guest with the 1st Annual Illumination Award for her work raising awareness about OCD and fighting stigma through her staggeringly funny and honest stand-up comedy. Please join us in welcoming comedian Maria Bamford, who will be accepting her award in person at the Saturday Night Social! We will also be honoring IOCDF Hero Award Winner, Margaret Sisson, for her grassroots advocacy work on behalf of the Foundation and the entire OCD community. 


Saturday July 19, 2014 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Los Angeles Ballroom, California Level

7:30pm

BDD Support Group

In this support group, participants will have a chance to share their stories with the only people who truly
can understand the torment of living with BDD — fellow BDD sufferers. Those living with BDD often live in isolation, rarely sharing their secret anguish with anyone. This group is an opportunity to meet others with the disorder, share stories of pain and encouragement, and receive and offer support in an environment that is both safe and confidential. Family members and friends are also welcome to attend. 


Speakers
avatar for Scott Granet, LCSW

Scott Granet, LCSW

Psychotherapist, The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California
Scott Granet is a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and in June 2008 opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He facilitates treatment groups for both panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with the emphasis of each group being on cognitive-behavioral therapy. He has presented at conferences worldwide, has taught... Read More →


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

7:30pm

Grupo de Apoyo para el TOC y Trastornos Relacionados
Spanish-Language Support Group for OCD and Related Disorders

Todos son bienvenidos, es un espacio en donde cada uno puede compartir su experiencia personal con el TOC, siendo una persona que padece de TOC, padres de familia, hermanos e inclusive terapeutas. A cargo de este grupo estará una persona con TOC, sin embargo también estarán presentes una psicóloga y una psiquiatra especialistas en el tema para escuchar y resolver sus preguntas.


Speakers
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Servando Rodriguez Barajas

Student/Speaker/Moderator, Centro TOC México/OCD Center México
Servando Rodrí­guez es estudiante de psicologí­a clí­nica en la Universidad Autónoma de México. Cuenta con un diplomado en terapia cognitivo-conductual, ha colaborado y participado en ponencias con terapeutas profesionales y expertos en temas de trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo. Al padecer TOC, entiende muchas situaciones a las que se enfrentan los pacientes, por lo tanto uno de sus objetivos es combinar esta experiencia con su... Read More →
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Tania Pérez Duarte, MS

Tania Pérez Duarte es psicóloga clínica cognitivo-conductual. Especialista en trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo y trastornos relacionados (Exposición y prevención de respuesta, Mindfulness y Terapia de aceptación y compromiso). Tania fue entrenada por el Hospital general de Massachusetts, la Fundación Internacional de TOC en Boston y la escuela de Harvard (Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


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

7:30pm

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) for Clutter Support Group

People with life challenges use WRAP to develop and implement their own action plan for achieving their own goals. Individuals find empowerment from self-direction and responsible action. Peers work together to encourage personal accountability and provide the support necessary for continued progress. WRAP for Clutter applies this approach to people who struggle with clutter. In the group, people also find release from stigma and shame, and will use words that directly relate to behavior and experience, such as finding and keeping, instead of hoarding. Participants will receive a blank workbook to take home, with guidance in how to fill it in by an Advanced Level peer facilitator. 


Speakers
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Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is founder and co-owner of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist; he uses his personal recovery story to mentor others working through hard times. He is the author of WRAP for Reducing Clutter, and The Mutual Support Workbook. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator's Guide for Running the Buried in Treasures Workshop. Lee's work has been featured... Read More →


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

7:30pm

Families and Friends of Individuals with Hoarding Disorder Support Group

A person’s reluctance to seek treatment for hoarding problems can be challenging and frustrating for family members. Even when someone with hoarding problems seeks treatment, it is often a slow, gradual process that is difficult for family members. The purpose of this group is to permit attendees to share their experiences and begin a discussion of how to cope with someone with hoarding problems. 


Speakers
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Jen Baker, MA, MSW, PLMHP

Mental Health Therapist and Admission Liaison, CHI Health
Jennifer Baker, MA, MSW, PLMHP, received her Master of Arts in Biology and her Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has over 15 years of experience working in mental health. Jennifer presently works as a provisionally licensed mental health therapist in an acute care setting as well as a home-based therapist with people who hoard. She is an active member of the Omaha Hoarding Task Force, and is involved in... Read More →


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

7:30pm

Facing OCD and Addiction

This support group aims to bring together individuals suffering with the unique challenge of dual-diagnosis OCD and addiction. The group is open to anyone who personally self-identifies as struggling with both substance use and managing OCD. This is a safe forum for members to express the tribulations and successes they have found, to seek out support and build community around this often-neglected topic. Both the group facilitators have personal experience with this topic. Participants are not required to be in any particular stage of change or sobriety to participate. We hope to increase awareness of dual diagnosis and offer support via optional contact exchange for supporting each other in maintaining recovery following the conference. 


Speakers
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Jared Douglas Kant, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker
Jared Kant is a licensed clinical social worker from Boston, Massachusetts and co-author of "The Thought That Counts: one teenager's experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder", a science memoir based upon Jared's experiences in his teens and young adulthood. Jared has spoken at universities at both the undergraduate and graduate level and has appeared on local and national media outlets to talk about his experiences with OCD. Currently, Jared... Read More →
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Riley Sisson

Undergraduate Student, Student Assistant Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Kennesaw State University, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)
I am an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. I am working part-time as a student assistant for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on the KSU campus. I am graduating with my B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Spanish on May 14th, 2014. I have accepted my invitation to study in the Master of Social Work program at Kennesaw State University beginning in August. | I am currently a research... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

7:30pm

Not Just OCD: Support Group for Those with Dual Diagnosis of ASD and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families

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. 


Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Rebecca Sachs, PhD

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 →


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

7:30pm

Sixth Annual Kids & Teens Karaoke and Fashion Show

It’s time for our yearly OCD Fashion Show and Karaoke experience for kids and teens. Have a blast while learning how creating wacky clothing and hairstyles can help you fight OCD. Participants will get an ERP- based makeover and compete for the title of the Best OCD-Fighting Fashion Show Contestant. Rap artist MC Hoffman and musicologist DJ Spielman will again lead the OCD karaoke singers, who will compete in an American Idol-style karaoke ERP competition to their favorite pop songs. With the support of fellow attendees, their cheering parents, and new friends, models on the catwalk and the OCD singers will learn how to fight OCD and think about exposure exercises in a whole new way.


Speakers
avatar for Audrey Baumeister, PhD

Audrey Baumeister, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Audrey Baumeister, PhD, completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Florida (UF) which has specialized in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for over twenty years. Dr. Baumeister remained with the Department of Psychiatry at UF, as a postdoctoral associate, in order to continue her specialization in OCD. Currently, as a postdoctoral associate at NeuroBehavioral Institute, Dr. Baumeister has continued her... Read More →
avatar for Jason Spielman, PsyD

Jason Spielman, PsyD

Director of Intensive Treatment Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Jason Spielman, clinical psychologist, is the Director of Program Services at NeuroBehavioral Institute in South Florida. For over 15 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, and ADHD. He also facilitates two Adult OCD Support Groups (Boca... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

9:00pm

Ping Pong 4 OCD Tournament

After the day is done, drop by join in a ping pong tournament with fellow attendees. Try out the ping pong skills that you picked up during practice on Friday night! May the best player win! 


Speakers
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Christian Benway

Christian Benway is the son of Gwenne Gorman and Co-owner of Cooperative Adventures; a family owned business that provides services to clients with developmental disabilities. Christian is a life coach and as a sibling of someone with OCD. He is highly devoted to helping other siblings to overcome their own personal struggles. He was recently involved in having his OCD sibling Baker Acted and admitted to a hospital for medical/psychiatric... Read More →


Saturday July 19, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Westwood, California Level
 
Sunday, July 20
 

8:00am

Getting the Help You Need: How to Access Proper Treatment and Maximize Your Insurance Benefits

Many individuals seeking treatment find themselves going through multiple therapists and psychiatrists prior to finding someone who truly has the expertise to help them. This presentation will discuss specific questions to ask a potential therapist or psychiatrist to ensure they have the proper skills and training to address their anxiety condition. It will offer strategies to help individuals better communicate their needs to their insurance company, ask questions to further understand their benefits and financial responsibilities based on the level of care they are seeking, and how to utilize in-network benefits when a provider is not contracted. The Mental Health Parity Act will also be discussed. This discussion is for consumers and professionals who want to better understand how to navigate this process. 


Speakers
avatar for Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Beverly Hills, California Level

8:00am

Is it all in the genes? Understanding the role of genetics in OCD and Related Disorders

Do you ever wonder why OCD occurs in some people but not others? This workshop will provide a summary of what is currently known about causes of OCD, and how genetic and other factors interact to trigger this illness. A discussion period will conclude this interactive workshop. 



Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Westside, Plaza Level

8:00am

Moving Beyond OCD to Organize & Create Discipline

In this workshop, I will discuss my personal journey on how I have battled my own OCD by teaching myself and others how to live simpler lives through a system I call Organize & Create Discipline. I will discuss growing up with OCD, growing into my OCD, and how my OCD has affected me in every area of my life, even to this day. 


Speakers

Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Constellation II, Plaza Level

8:00am

Eyes Wide Shut: How to Sleep Better When You Have OCD

Insomnia in people with OCD is often not addressed, and if left unchecked, poor sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and heightened OCD symptoms. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that are very helpful in improving sleep. In this workshop, we will explore the kinds of sleep difficulties that can occur in OCD and how poor sleep and OCD symptoms can exacerbate each other. Next, attendees will learn strategies to address trouble sleeping. Lastly, attendees will learn how to track their own sleep with the use of sleep diaries or wearable devices to help them get back to getting a good night’s rest. 


Speakers
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Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD

Executive Director, Spectrum CBT
Training Director at UCLA OCD Treatment Program | Executive Director at Spectrum CBT


Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

8:00am

Are You Sure Everything's Going to Be OK? Managing Reassurance-Seeking in the Family Environment

It is natural to want to help a loved-one feel better by answering reassurance-seeking questions, but providing reassurance makes OCD worse. This workshop will provide information about reassurance-seeking behavior, explain how to distinguish between true information-seeking and reassurance-seeking, and demonstrate how to respond to reassurance-seeking questions in an effective way. Presenters will roleplay a reassurance-seeking situation, and then ask for audience examples. Our goal is to facilitate a fun, interactive workshop after which family members can immediately apply principles learned to help their loved one tolerate uncertainty and fight back against OCD. 


Speakers
avatar for Phillip J. Seibell, MD

Phillip J. Seibell, MD

Assistant Professor, Weill-Cornell Medical College


Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Westwood, California Level

8:00am

Neurosurgical Approaches to Intractable OCD

This talk will describe how new data adds to overall knowledge about the outcomes of the main surgical approaches to otherwise intractable OCD. Cingulotomy, gamma ventral capsulotomy, and deep brain stimulation will be discussed. Ongoing research on effectiveness and safety in the US and elsewhere will be emphasized. 


Speakers
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Steven Rasmussen, MD

Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, MMS is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School. He has been repeatedly listed among the Best Doctor's in America as well as the most Highly Cited for Psychiatry.


Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Constellation I, Plaza Level

8:00am

YOLO (You Only Live Once): Why Waste Time Procrastinating?

Homework and deadlines suck even when you don’t have to deal with OCD. When you add OCD to the equation, resorting to procrastination may feel like the only way out for many teens. Understanding what’s behind procrastination and its interplay with OCD is the first step toward breaking this habit. Because of the unrealistic standards and beliefs held by many people with OCD, many procrastinators are often left feeling overwhelmed and intensely anxious about their workloads. This panel will illustrate how to transform fight-or-flight anxiety into motivation, and provide specific tools to tackle procrastination and foster productivity free from undue anxiety. 


Speakers
avatar for Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP

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 8:00am - 9:00am
Brentwood, California Level

8:00am

Incorporating Learning Theory Principles to Inform ERP in the Treatment of Complex OCD Symptoms

The aim of this panel is to expand conceptualizing and treating complex OCD symptoms with ERP by incorporating learning theory principles more systematically. The major domains to be discussed are: comorbid presentations, complex and atypical symptoms, context-based conditioning, and augmenting ERP using functional analysis. 



Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Olympic I, Plaza Level

8:00am

OCD, Eating Disorders, or Both? Challenges of Presentation, Diagnosis, and Implications for Treatment

Several different fears can arise around food that are related to disordered eating and/or OCD. The issues to be addressed in this workshop include body-image disturbance, fear of vomiting, fear of choking, fear of being poisoned, and magical thinking with regard to food. We will outline the differences and nuances of diagnosing OC spectrum vs. eating disorder spectrum disorders, and how the treatment unfolds. Case examples and treatment plans will be discussed in detail integrating the perspectives of both ACT and ERP to help clinicians and treatment providers better work with these clients who struggle with food-related OCD and/or eating disorders. 


Speakers
avatar for Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Owner and Director, Sage Anxiety Treatment Program
Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety- related Disorders. In 2000, Robin co-founded Summit Eating Disorders Program (now ERC) which offered both IOP and Inpatient treatment. As a result of her interest in ACT and OCD, Robin developed Sage Anxiety Treatment Program which provides exclusively ACT-Based Exposure. Ms. Kirk also participated in a 7-day intensive... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Olympic II, Plaza Level

9:00am

Dr. Reid Wilson's 2-Day Treatment Workshop: Session II - Day 1

This 2-day Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group, led by Dr. Reid Wilson, is a treatment opportunity for individuals with OCD who might not otherwise have access to an intensive OCD treatment program. Components of this program include: how to alter rigidly held belief systems, how to let go of obsessions, how to gain mastery over compulsions, and how to increase courage and determination. There are two sessions offered this year in Los Angeles, one before and one after the conference:

  • Wednesday, July 16th – Thursday, July 17th
  • Sunday, July 20th – Monday, July 21st

This treatment opportunity will be held at the conference site at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA. The group will be limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. This program has sold out for each of the past 3 years we’ve offered it.

All participants must be referred by a mental health professional who has given the diagnosis of OCD. The cost is $375*.

To register, please download the application and referral form from: http://www.ocd2014.org/program/reidwilson/ 


Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level

9:15am

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Hypochondriasis and Health-Related OCD

Hypochondriasis is defined as an obsessive preoccupation with fears of having a serious disease that persists despite repeated reassurance from medical professionals that no such disease exists. Hypochondriasis, now called Health Anxiety and considered a separate disorder in the DSM-V, nevertheless has many common features with classic OCD symptoms where the fear of illness is present. This talk will cover the similarities and differences between these two disorders, outline the latest CBT shown to be effective, and offer case examples of how CBT is effectively applied to relieve the distress associated with these conditions. 


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Bruce Hyman, PhD, LCSW

Director, OCD Resource Center of Florida
I'm passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and adults challenged by OCD.


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

9:15am

The Role of Autism Spectrum Disorders in OCD Treatment: Complicating Comorbidities

Symptoms of OCD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) can often overlap. This workshop will help professionals differentiate symptoms of each, better understand the impact of ASD diagnoses, and how psychological and pharmacological OCD treatment can be modified to maximize success. While the
entire Autism spectrum will be discussed, implications for high functioning individuals will be emphasized. Presenters will give guidance on assessment tools to help screen for ASDs. Guidelines for assessment, intervention, and theoretical and practical considerations for CBT/ERP for individuals with dual diagnoses will be provided. The workshop will discuss how psychopharmacological treatment may be impacted by dual diagnoses, and how it may be modified from a “traditional” course of OCD treatment. 


Speakers
KC

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 →
avatar for Rebecca Sachs, PhD

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 →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Beverly Hills, California Level

9:15am

Treatment Strategies for Eating Disorders with Comorbid OCD

Studies suggest that approximately 65% of those with eating disorders also have an anxiety disorder of some kind. When managing both an eating disorder and OCD, treatment and recovery can be extremely difficult to navigate for both the sufferer and therapist alike. This informative discussion will focus on the most effective approaches for managing eating disorders with comorbid OCD and anxiety. This presentation will help sufferers and therapists learn how to manage both disorders simultaneously using ERP, mindfulness, and other CBT tools, and to troubleshoot major impediments to recovery that often occur along the way. The session will conclude with a questions and answer period. 


Speakers
avatar for Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Kimberley Quinlan, MFT, is a licensed staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. She previously spoke as part of a panel discussion on mental compulsions at the 2011 IOCDF conference. She has... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Constellation II, Plaza Level

9:15am

Acceptance and the Shield

If someone has ever mentioned the notion of “acceptance,” it might have sounded like you were being
asked to give up and resign yourself to a life limited by anxiety. In this highly experiential and fun workshop for attendees of all ages, participants will have the opportunity to discover that acceptance doesn’t mean resignation — it can actually mean active engagement with the meaningful things in life. Please join us to construct your personalized shield — see for yourself the price you pay for “protection” and what acceptance feels like. 


Speakers
AJ

Amy Jenks, PsyD

Director, Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center
avatar for Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Owner and Director, Sage Anxiety Treatment Program
Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety- related Disorders. In 2000, Robin co-founded Summit Eating Disorders Program (now ERC) which offered both IOP and Inpatient treatment. As a result of her interest in ACT and OCD, Robin developed Sage Anxiety Treatment Program which provides exclusively ACT-Based Exposure. Ms. Kirk also participated in a 7-day intensive... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

9:15am

Mindfulness for Kids with OCD

Combining yoga and storytelling, kids will learn mindfulness techniques as they join Little Swan in her ventures into the world beyond her nest. During her exploration, she encounters a snake, experiences fear, and seeks direction and reassurance from creatures she meets along her way. But nothing seems to help her fear! It is not until Little Swan learns to sit quietly, breathe, and pay attention to what is happening that she discovers that the key lies within her! Kids will learn fifteen yoga poses as they “become” the story, and practice breathing techniques for grounding. They will also be introduced to basic mindfulness concepts. 


Speakers
avatar for Annabella Hagen, LCSW

Annabella Hagen, LCSW

Clinical Director, Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Provo. Annabella's specialty is working with Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other OC spectrum disorders. She also works with trauma, depression, behavioral and family issues.  | Annabella has worked for various Utah entities as a child therapist and parenting consultant. Annabella enjoys serving her community by... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Brentwood, California Level

9:15am

Family Boot Camp!

People with OCD depend on their families for support, and families are eager to provide help for their loved
ones. However, what happens when family dynamics are not working? Participants will be asked to choose
one of four “mini camps” — 1) Are you being held hostage by a loved one with OCD? 2) Are your other children being overlooked and ignored? 3) Is someone asking for reassurance over and over? 4) You get it, but do other family members not understand OCD and make life harder? Presenters will help each camp explore solutions to common family issues. Participants will have the opportunity to work on multiple family issues during the session. Participants will “graduate” boot camp with personal contracts of things they are willing to do to improve home life. 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Trondsen

Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Westwood, California Level

9:15am

Perinatal and Postpartum Onset of OCD: Current Research and Future Directions

Previous research has indicated that pregnancy and the postpartum period are risk factors for the development of OCD as compared to those in the general population, and the occurrence of OCD is higher in these periods than previously believed. This presentation will review prevalence of OCD in the perinatal and postpartum period, and share multiple case studies using the CBT-ER/P model. In addition, information will be shared regarding the dimensions of OCD observed in perinatal and postpartum OCD, as well as a novel early intervention model. Furthermore, this presentation will share information about future directions and implications for research.


Speakers
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Megan Barthle, MS

Megan Barthle, M.S., is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). Her clincal interests involve the implementation of CBT-E/RP interventions for OCD and related disorders, including running a food exposure group for individuals with eating disorders. She has served the last 2 years as a graduate research assistant and the last 3 years as an advanced practicum student in the UF... Read More →
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Cindi Flores, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Dr. Cindi Flores currently holds a faculty position in the University of Florida's Division of Medical Psychology as a Clinical Assistant Professor and also provides clinical supervision for graduate students. Dr. Flores has extensive experience using the following treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Dr. Flores is... Read More →


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

9:15am

The Fundamentals of Treatment for Hair Pulling and Skin Picking

Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), such as trichotillomania and skin picking, receive limited exposure in professional and public domains and are lacking in trained clinicians. Comorbidity is commonplace, and some individuals with these disorders have little or no access to effective treatment that could provide symptom relief and improved quality of life. While there have been some new directions in the augmentation of CBT and novel pharmacologic interventions, not all clinicians are knowledgeable about them. This presentation will provide an overview of all empirically-supported CBT and psychopharmacologic interventions for BFRBs. 


Speakers
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Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, where he also supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Professor Grant is the author of twelve books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
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Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr Nancy Keuthen is the Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and authored/edited two books on BFRBs. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of both the International OCD Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


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

9:15am

Treating OCD in Teens: Working with Teens AND Their Parents

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. 

Click here to view the slides from this presentation.  


Speakers
YC

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

11:00am

Getting Help and Support for OCD on the Internet

Many people seek help and support for OCD on the internet. This can take the form of joining an online support group, blogging, joining chat groups, e-mail lists, seeking information on web sites, forums, getting treatment from providers via Skype or similar video conferencing formats, and more. This presentation will discuss the options, look at pros and cons, and some of the experiences seeking or providing support and help on the internet. The presenters are all active in providing internet support to people with OCD. 


Speakers
avatar for Sheila Cavanaugh

Sheila Cavanaugh

President and Chairman of the Board, IOCDF Philadelphia Affiliate
Living without limits......
JC

James Claiborn, PhD

Dr Claiborn is a psychologist in private practice and focuses on treating OCD and related disorders. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology, a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF.
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Wendy Mueller, BA

List Leader, OCD-Support List online group
I've been leading online OCD support groups for 22 years. I'm currently the leader/co-moderator of the 4,700-member OCD-Support List on YahooGroups. I suffered many years with severe OCD/depression, but recovered dramatically 19 years ago thanks to medication and CBT/ERP. I can help people with information on helpful resources, books, treatment options, online help, support groups, therapists, etc. I enjoy sharing my story of recovery from... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Westside, Plaza Level

11:00am

The Road to Recovery from Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)

Experience suggests that the path to recovery can be far from simple for those who hair pull and skin pick. Treatment interventions are few, available interventions don’t help everyone, and specialized treatment is not always accessible. Limited understanding of these problems and associated stigma can persist amongst medical professionals and the public. Patients will relate their personal stories of living with these disorders. They will provide an overview of their symptoms and course, review the functional impact of the disorder on their lives, and discuss their treatment challenges and successes. Clinicians will then present their perspectives on these cases including their clinical presentation and longitudinal course, factors that impacted recovery, valuable lessons learned, and future directions in the field. 


Speakers
avatar for Chaille DeFaria

Chaille DeFaria

Board of Directors, TLC Foundation for BFRB's
Welcome to the Conference! I Promise you it will be a weekend to remember. | I have pulled my lashes and brows since the age of 15 and found TLC in 1993. After many years of being in the entertainment industry, I realized there was so much more for me to do in this world, with and for, those suffering with BFRB's. I am now a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) working with teens (and their parents) suffering from BFRB's... Read More →
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Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr Nancy Keuthen is the Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and authored/edited two books on BFRBs. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of both the International OCD Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
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Karen Pickett

Clinical Director, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Karen Pickett, MFT, is the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and is a licensed psychotherapist in the State of California. After receiving her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2001, Karen joined the OCD Center of Los Angeles, where she specializes in the treatment of OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She developed and ran a weekly therapy group specifically for... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level

11:00am

Thought-Action Fusion and Magical Thinking in OCD

Thought-Action Fusion is when our brains tell us that if we think something, then it must be true, or that thinking it will make it true. This panel discussion offers insight about Thought-Action Fusion and the magical thinking so common in OCD. With education about these distortions and mindfulness tools, anyone can learn how to effectively battle the lies their brains tell them. Attendees will learn how to identify when they are engaging in Thought-Action Fusion and how to challenge magical thinking errors, and will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions.


Speakers
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Elizabeth Kassel, MSW

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Elizabeth Kassel, MSW, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Her prior experience includes working as a counselor at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, and in the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD) treating children with anxiety disorders. In addition to treating individual clients, she also currently... Read More →
JT

John Tsilimparis

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
John Tsilimparis, MFT, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. He received his Master's Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, and has been specializing in the treatment of OCD and anxiety for over 15 years. John was a psychotherapist on two seasons of the A&E documentary series “Obsessed”, and is the author of three books, "Living with Panic Disorder", "Mortal Bonds", and "Retrain Your Anxious... Read More →
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Laura Yocum, MS

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Laura Yocum, MS, PPS, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Laura specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She has run a weekly group... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

11:00am

Three's Company: Dating and Marriage with OCD

Dating and marriage are challenging: Add OCD, and they can feel impossible! In this workshop, presenters will recount their misadventures into romance and how OCD overshadowed it all. Presenters will share their stories and how they learned to manage OCD within their relationship. They will candidly talk about what marriage is like when one spouse struggles with OCD, and share tips for what helps and what hurts in their own marriage. At the end of the workshop, each participant will reflect on his/her experience and identify an area for improvement. 



Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Pacific & Palisades, California Level

11:00am

Silence is Not Golden: How to Talk to Insurance, Schools, and Your Kid

As a parent, you want to advocate for your child’s best interest. Many parents of a child with OCD are at a loss as to where to begin, and are desperate for answers. This workshop will provide tangible
tips, education, and assistance to the people who provide support and care. The goal is to help family members take the correct steps in improving their relationships with their loved ones, and becoming a viable support system while maintaining healthy boundaries and self care. Parents and family members will learn how to deal with insurance companies, navigate the waters of collaborating with schools, and strategies and tools to improve family communication and minimize unhealthy interactions. 


Speakers
YC

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!
avatar for Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP

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 11:00am - 12:30pm
Westwood, California Level

11:00am

New Findings in the Genomics and Phenomics of OCD

Our ability to study the whole genome continues to expand, and with it our knowledge that there is a complex genomic risk for OCD and that a number of genes likely play a role in the illness. Furthermore, we are increasingly realizing that genetic studies need to account for the phenotypic heterogeneity of OCD. Certain symptom or phenotypic features may represent traits that are common to all OCD-related disorders, whereas other traits may differentiate these disorders. This workshop will present new findings in the genomic, neuroimaging, and neurocognitive facets of OCD and related disorders. 


Speakers
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Paul Arnold, MD, PhD

Dr. Arnold is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Scientist in the Genetics and Genome Biology program and Centre for Brain and Behaviour at SickKids hospital. His medical and graduate training took place at the University of Toronto, most recently with the completion of his Ph.D. in 2007. Dr. Arnold is Director of Scientific Development and Innovation and Staff Psychiatrist within the Department of Psychiatry at... Read More →
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Michele T. Pato, MD

Michele Pato, MD is Professor and Associate Chair for Education, Della Martin Chair in Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Academic Scholarship at the Keck School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California (USC). She is the Principal Investigator of the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort, and recently received funding from the NIH to include 5,000 individuals suffering from OCD. Dr. Pato is internationally known for her... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Constellation I, Plaza Level

11:00am

I am Not OCD: Reducing Stigma and Confronting Common Misconceptions

People with OCD know it’s not a set of quirky character traits, but what about everyone else? Media showcases the more obvious side of OCD, like hand-washing and checking rituals, and people tend to think that being clean or color-coding their books makes them “so OCD.” These common misconceptions can make people with OCD feel ashamed and embarrassed about the severity and nature of their obsessions or compulsions, leading them to keep the disorder hidden. But, reaching out and sharing our stories can help us get beyond our diagnosis and lead fuller, richer lives. Presenters will discuss their personal struggles with the shame and guilt of OCD, and how they learned to stand confidently in their diagnosis. 


Speakers
avatar for Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

11:00am

OCD Camp: Adventure Therapy as a Novel Adjunct to ERP Treatment

This workshop will focus on novel ways to augment ERP treatment for pediatric OCD, specifically focusing on adventure therapy (AT) strategies. The presenters will discuss ways that they have successfully integrated ERP principles into an AT framework. The purpose of the workshop will be to demonstrate key AT concepts and methods via experiential exercises, and to inspire therapists to use these strategies as an adjunct to ERP treatment for OCD. This approach will also be discussed within the larger context of research on novel ways to augment and enhance evidence-based treatments for OCD. 


Speakers
avatar for Travis Osborne, PhD

Travis Osborne, PhD

Director of Training; Director of Quality Assurance, The Anxiety Center at EBTCS


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Olympic I, Plaza Level

11:00am

Special Challenges of Treating Scrupulosity: Modern Approaches to an Age-Old Problem

In this workshop, a panel of clinicians experienced in treating scrupulosity will answer questions from the audience. To start things off, the moderator will provide an overview of scrupulosity and its treatment, and panelists will briefly describe their approaches to the scrupulous patient. Attendee Q&A will follow. 


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
avatar for Fred Penzel, PhD

Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Olympic II, Plaza Level
 
Monday, July 21
 

9:00am

Dr. Reid Wilson's 2-Day Treatment Workshop: Session II - Day 2

This 2-day Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group, led by Dr. Reid Wilson, is a treatment opportunity for individuals with OCD who might not otherwise have access to an intensive OCD treatment program. Components of this program include: how to alter rigidly held belief systems, how to let go of obsessions, how to gain mastery over compulsions, and how to increase courage and determination. There are two sessions offered this year in Los Angeles, one before and one after the conference:

  • Wednesday, July 16th – Thursday, July 17th
  • Sunday, July 20th – Monday, July 21st

This treatment opportunity will be held at the conference site at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA. The group will be limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. This program has sold out for each of the past 3 years we’ve offered it.

All participants must be referred by a mental health professional who has given the diagnosis of OCD. The cost is $375*.

To register, please download the application and referral form from: http://www.ocd2014.org/program/reidwilson/


Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


Monday July 21, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sherman Oaks, California Level