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Wednesday, July 5
 

9:30am

Pre-Conference Session ($): Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group led by Dr. Reid Wilson

This two-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.

This treatment opportunity will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual OCD Conference at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Two sessions of the treatment group will be held, one before and one at the end of the Conference.

  • Session I will be held on Wednesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Session II will be held on Sunday, July 9 – Monday, July 10, 2017.
DAY 1
  • Assessing your problem & targeting your symptoms
  • Components of cognitive-behavioral treatment: exposure, imagery practice, ritual prevention, habituation
  • How do you alter belief systems that are so rigidly held and reinforced?
  • How do you ratchet up your courage and determination?
  • The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions
  • Characteristics of rituals which can be altered
  • The best strategies to gain control over your compulsions
  • How to follow a series of graduated steps toward ending your obsessions and compulsions.
DAY 2

The focus of this day is to — individually and as a group — create your personal program of recovery and to practice the key skills of recovery. This will be done in a safe environment and at each person’s own pace.

  • How to win the anxiety game
  • Designing your personal cognitive-behavioral plan
  • Practicing here as a group
  • Creating progressive at-home assignments
  • Setting realistic tasks for yourself
  • Guidelines for skill practice
  • Ways to track your progress and handle setbacks
  • The latest information about medications that can help
  • How to get support from family, friends and health professionals

Each session will be limited to eight participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Four health professionals will be present to observe each group.

To register visit http://www.anxieties.com/181/how-to-register#.WQeCAdLyuM9

Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 5, 2017 9:30am - 5:30pm
Foothill A, 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, July 6
 

8:30am

Pre-Conference Session ($): Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group led by Dr. Reid Wilson

This two-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.

This treatment opportunity will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual OCD Conference at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Two sessions of the treatment group will be held, one before and one at the end of the Conference.

  • Session I will be held on Wednesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Session II will be held on Sunday, July 9 – Monday, July 10, 2017.
DAY 1
  • Assessing your problem & targeting your symptoms
  • Components of cognitive-behavioral treatment: exposure, imagery practice, ritual prevention, habituation
  • How do you alter belief systems that are so rigidly held and reinforced?
  • How do you ratchet up your courage and determination?
  • The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions
  • Characteristics of rituals which can be altered
  • The best strategies to gain control over your compulsions
  • How to follow a series of graduated steps toward ending your obsessions and compulsions.
DAY 2

The focus of this day is to — individually and as a group — create your personal program of recovery and to practice the key skills of recovery. This will be done in a safe environment and at each person’s own pace.

  • How to win the anxiety game
  • Designing your personal cognitive-behavioral plan
  • Practicing here as a group
  • Creating progressive at-home assignments
  • Setting realistic tasks for yourself
  • Guidelines for skill practice
  • Ways to track your progress and handle setbacks
  • The latest information about medications that can help
  • How to get support from family, friends and health professionals

Each session will be limited to eight participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Four health professionals will be present to observe each group.

To register visit http://www.anxieties.com/181/how-to-register#.WQeCAdLyuM9

Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released 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... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Foothill A, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Pre-Conference Training Session ($): Managing Clutter and Hoarding in the Community
  • $130 additional fee for mental health professionals who need CE credits / $105 before 5/26/17
  • $105 for adults who DO NOT need CE credits / $80 before 5/26/17
  • $100 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members / $75 before 5/26/17
  • 6.0 hours for qualified mental health professionals (click here for more info)

This day-long workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of hoarding that will address the learning needs of the wide variety of professionals who work with the disorder, including therapists, home-based workers, coaches, first responders, social service agencies, housing agencies, professional organizers, and peer response teams. The workshop is broken into two sessions, with a lunch break and afternoon coffee break.
 
The first session will cover the following topics: hoarding prevalence, causes, manifestations, motivation and insight in individuals with the disorder, diagnostic criteria, and current and emerging research on hoarding disorder. All attendees of this Pre-Conference Training Session will come together for this first session.

Following the above, attendees will break out into one of three groups — clinicians/therapists, community responders, or peer responders — for hands-on training in hoarding interventions. Attendees in each group will learn key skills about how a community response to hoarding can help all individuals affected by hoarding disorder, with a special emphasis on the role(s) their particular group can play.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Shuer, CPS

Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is Co-founder of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an internationally recognized speaker, advocate, and trainer, focusing on peer support and empowerment for people living with mental health challenges. He has made dozens of speaking and training appearances across the... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Edsell-Vetter

Jesse Edsell-Vetter

Hoarding Intervention Coordinator, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
Jesse Edsell-Vetter is the Hoarding Intervention Coordinator for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP). Since developing MBHP’s successful intervention model, he has served as a resource to Boston-area legislators, government, human service agencies and organizations... Read More →
avatar for Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW

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, espe... Read More →
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW completed her PhD at Boston University in Social Work and Sociology program.  She is Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group specialized outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder. Dr. Bratiotis has researched, and written and spoken extensively on the nature and treatment of... Read More →
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Jordana Muroff, PhD

Dr. Jordana Muroff is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department and is a licensed social worker with extensive clinical experience. Her research and practice interests are in CBT for children and adults with anxiet... Read More →
avatar for Randy Frost, PhD

Randy 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 Compulsiv... Read More →
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Bec Belofsky Shuer

Bec Belofsky Shuer is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer on the topic of Finding/Keeping. Her emphasis is on preserving one's identity while overcoming very serious challenges within a household dynamic. Bec is a graduate of Smith College and has worked wit... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Gate C2

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Training Session ($): OCD Treatment Models to Lesser-Known Conditions: Obsessions of Sound, Smell, & Significant Others
  • $130 additional fee for mental health professionals who need CE credits / $105 before 5/26/17
  • 4.5 hours for qualified mental health professionals (click here for more info)
OCD-like phenomena can be found in a number of conditions that could be conceptualized as variants of OCD. Although the extent to which disorders like Obsessional Jealousy, Misophonia, and Olfactory Reference Syndrome are related to OCD has yet to be determined, clinicians have successfully adapted OCD treatment models for use with each of the three disorders. The purpose of this advanced training session is to educate therapists about 3 lesser-known conditions that may be treatable with therapeutic principles similar to those used with OCD. The session will focus on obsessional concerns about sound (Misophonia), smell (Olfactory Reference Syndrome) and relationships (Obsessional Jealousy). For each disorder, presentations will include clinical information about the condition, a case report illustrating treatment, and discussion of the ways in which treatment is consistent with or deviates from that of OCD.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson PhD

Jonathan Grayson PhD

Currently, I’m the director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California.  I have been specializing in the treatment of obsessive... Read More →
avatar for Eric Storch, PhD

Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for... Read More →
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Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is co-founder and director of Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. She is President and Board member of OCDNY. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy and in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of many national and internati... Read More →
avatar for Alec Pollard, PhD

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 t... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Golden Gate A

6:30pm

Live Concert by Singer/Songwriter Sam Foster: Songs Inspired by OCD.
Tonight's performance will be by Sam Foster, a 17 year-old student from Issaquah, Washington. He will be performing original songs inspired by OCD, which he has dealt with his entire life. The struggle and strife of living with this disorder pushed him to search for an outlet for his anxiety; he found one in songwriting. He is a dedicated musician who has performed onstage with artists such as The Roots, Shiela E., and Mycle Wastman. He released an EP of original music at age 14, and he is currently recording an album of new music inspired by his battle with OCD.

Speakers
SF

Sam Foster

My name is Sam Foster, and I am a 17 year-old student from Issaquah, Washington. I have dealt with OCD my entire life. The struggle and strife of living with this disorder pushed me to search for an outlet for my anxiety; I found one in songwriting. I am a dedicated music... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

6:30pm

Support Group for Women
This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for women to discuss 'everything!' Participants will have the opportunity to share their struggles and successes with treatment, relationships, mental health advocacy and women's issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in empowering woman take back their lives from mental illness. This group is a support group for women with OCD, Depression, eating disorders, BFRB's and 'everything' else.

Speakers
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Beth Brawley, MA, LPC

Beth Brawley completed her masters degree through Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since completed BTTI training through the IOCDF. She has been running her private practice, Life Without Anxiety, for two years now where she focuses on treating individua... Read More →
avatar for Kimberley Quinlan, MA MFT

Kimberley Quinlan, MA MFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disor... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

6:30pm

Parents of Teens Support Group: Remember You're Doing Your Best!
Parenting is one of the most rewarding and amazing tasks; however, parenting a teen struggling with OCD andanxiety can be heartbreaking at times and not easy for anyone. It's hard for you, the parent, it's hard for your kid. You're both struggling. What if instead of blaming yourself for what your teen is going through or giving up or searching for the next medication to take, you pause, and check whether the more demanding you're with yourself is really helping you and your kid. What's the alternative? Learning specific strategies with a touch of kindness for yourself & your teen.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Director, East Bay Behavior Therapy Center
Dr. Zurita Ona, or Dr. Z as her clients call her, started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults with mood, anxiety, and body image concerns; areas of expertise are OCD... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Golden Gate A

6:30pm

Sibling Support Group for Teens
When your brother or sister has OCD you may struggle with many different issues. You may feel like nobody else knows what it's like to have OCD in their family. You may wonder how to support your sibling without getting overly involved. You may have lots of mixed feelings, and sometimes you may just feel plain old lost in the shuffle. Come meet other teens who have siblings with OCD as we share thoughts and feelings, and work to constructively problem-solve the unique issues that arise when you have a sibling with OCD.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP

Jenny 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 Behavioral... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Witkin, PhD

Michelle Witkin, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Dr. Witkin is a psychologist in private practice in Valencia, CA, where she specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. While she works with all ages, she especially enjoys working with children and teens. She is a graduate of the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Instit... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Laurel

6:30pm

Support Group for Parents of Children with OCD
Parenting a child with OCD presents a variety of challenges. Parents often struggle to balance showing compassion for their child's experience while also refraining from accommodating their symptoms. This task becomes even more challenging when conflicting needs arise between children with OCD and their siblings. In the midst of all this, it may feel difficult to make time for your own self-care. This support group will create a space for parents to discuss these challenges and to learn from each other as well as the clinician co-facilitators, one of whom is also a parent of a child with OCD.

Speakers
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Melissa Mose, LMFT

Melissa Mose is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who runs a private practice in Calabasas, CA. Melissa has advocated for those affected by OCD both as a clinician and as the parent of a child who experienced the debilitating symptoms of OCD as a result of a strep infection. Melissa specializes in working with anxiety disorders including OCD and OC spectrum disorders. Working with adolescents and their families has been... Read More →
JK

Jennie Kuckertz, MS

Jennie Kuckertz, M.S. is a clinical psychology doctoral student and has been involved in OCD research and treatment for seven years at the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety at San Diego State University. She completed additional training at the UCLA Child OCD... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Golden Gate B

6:30pm

Peer Support Group for People Who Have Too Much Stuff
Are you feeling buried in treasures, or as our Aussie mates say, 'Trapped under plunder?' You're not alone! Join others like yourself in a positive, safe, supportive environment to share frustrations, wisdom, and hope for overcoming clutter! This support group is led by and for people that are working on their own recovery from excessive finding and keeping.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Shuer, CPS

Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is Co-founder of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an internationally recognized speaker, advocate, and trainer, focusing on peer support and empowerment for people living with mental health challenges. He has made dozens of speaking and training appearances across the... Read More →
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David Bain, MA Ed

Peer Facilitator, Mental Health Association
David works as Peer Facilitator for the PCORI project leading 10 Buried in Treasures (BiT) groups to date coaching over 60 people on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for dealing with clutter. He has made multiple presentations to groups across the Bay Area on the hoarding... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Willow

6:30pm

Support Group for Family & Friends of People with Hoarding Disorder
Bec Belofsky Shuer and Ev Clark will facilitate a support group for those whose loved ones, like Bec's and Ev's, have too much stuff. It will be a safe space to explore the conflicting emotions that trouble the families and friends of people with hoarding disorder. We'll gather to share feelings, thoughts, and questions. We'll also talk about resources that we can use to find support after the Conference.

Speakers
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Everitt Clark

Photographer Everitt Clark grew up in a hoarded home. After working as a landscape photographer for over a decade, he realized that his childhood experience with clutter haunted his pictures. “Treasures of the Heart”, his current project, is about people's passionate attachments to their Things. Ev showed his work at the 2016 OCD Conference and 2015 International Hoarding... Read More →
BB

Bec Belofsky Shuer

Bec Belofsky Shuer is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer on the topic of Finding/Keeping. Her emphasis is on preserving one's identity while overcoming very serious challenges within a household dynamic. Bec is a graduate of Smith College and has worked wit... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Walnut, B2 Level

6:30pm

Support Group for Men
Are you a male suffering with OCD and haven't found a safe place to discuss your issues? Topics can include admitting to a significant other that you have a mental disorder, being encouraged to 'man up,' keeping your anger in check, medication side effects, and asking for help.

Speakers
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Jacques Esses

Jacques was initially diagnosed with OCD at age 20. His symptoms then developed into a more severe case centered around mental rituals. He has since made great strides in controlling his OCD through a variety of therapeutic interventions. Jacques is currently attending Yeshiva University, pursuing an MSW degree. He is also a member of OCDNJ, an affiliate of the IOCDF, working as an advocate in his area... Read More →
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Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born, his very first episode was from age 5 until around age 12. He had a fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was at age 13 when he was treated for contamination OCD for a year. His longest episode to date was religious scrupulosity from the age of 15 until 18. Neil is a Social Work student now, pursuing his... Read More →
avatar for Collin Schuster

Collin Schuster

Collin Schuster has suffered with symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder since he was 10 years old, although he was only formally diagnosed when he was 16 years old. He has dealt with obsessions and compulsions related to perfectionism, symmetry, ordering and arranging, touchi... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

6:30pm

Superhero Academy for Kids
Did you know that you are a superhero? It's true! This workshop will help kids learn how to use their powers to defeat OCD. Many examples will be given on how OCD tries to boss kids around and what kids can do to stand up to the OCD bully. We will practice together in a fun atmosphere where kids will feel safe, empowered and encouraged. They will leave this workshop with a plan on how to defeat OCD and feel good about their special superhero powers. Of course, toys will also be given away to all who participate.

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 trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America, North Dakota Today and the Joy Behar Show. She has also had her treatment techniques featured on Dateline NBC and... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Golden Gate C2

6:30pm

OCD Support Group for Middle Schoolers
This teen support group is intended for ages 11-14, which is meant to include those in middle school. The group will start off with a simple icebreaker to introduce group members. We will also discuss some specific topics such as: how to talk to friends about OCD and how OCD impacts school and relationships. The group will also provide general support by allowing open discussion about topics brought up by group members.

Speakers
RH

Rachael Hatton, MA

Private Practice
Rachael Hatton is a cognitive behavioral therapist in San Diego, CA who has focused the last eight years on treating OCD and related disorders. She has worked with many individuals who struggle with OC Spectrum Disorders and co-leads a support group for OCD sufferers and their... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Golden Gate C3

6:30pm

Support Group for Teens with OCD
This support group will provide a safe and supportive environment for the attendees to discuss the struggles and treatment successes. Participants will have an opportunity to share their journey and support others who are dealing with similar situations. Topics might include how to talk with family and friends about OCD, success and struggles with ERP and CBT, managing social situations with OCD, self-esteem etc. Both presenters have facilitated this group before, offering a safe and familiar environment for attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Massi, LMFT

Michelle Massi, LMFT

Clinical Specialist, Anxiety Therapy L.A. & UCLA Semel Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Michelle Massi, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. Ms. Massi has a private practice where she specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Ms. Massi provides individual, couple and family therapy to children, teens and adults. Michelle also works at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program, working one-on-one with patients, as well as leading groups. From 2009-2013, Ms. Massi worked in the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program where she evaluated and treated anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents, and acted as an independent evaluator for Tourette's Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder research studies. From 2011-2015 Michelle also provided intensive treatment for an adult OCD MRS study at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Jamie Feusner. Michelle was a speaker at the 2009... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Serber, MFTi

Jessica Serber, MFTi

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, OCD Specialists
I work exclusively with individuals contending with OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and am passionate about the process of taking your power back from anxiety and working toward living a rich, meaningful, and values-driven life again. I specialize in the treatment... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Golden Gate C1

8:00pm

Oh Crappy Day: A Short Film Screening and Discussion
Literary scholar and filmmaker Jon Lance Bacon will screen the award-winning 'Oh Crappy Day,' a short romantic comedy with a psychological twist. The 18-minute film depicts a college student struggling to keep his OCD on the down low while on a blind date. The film springs from Bacon's own experience dealing with OCD, a condition that made him feel, for a long time, as if he were just too odd to find love and acceptance. Intended for a general audience, the screening will be followed by a discussion about film as a vehicle for positive depictions of people with OCD.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lance Bacon

Jon Lance Bacon

Writer-Director, Dagtype Films, LLC
Jon Lance Bacon is a filmmaker from Raleigh, North Carolina. He serves as writer-director for Dagtype Films, a production company he co-founded in 2005. Bacon is also an independent scholar, with a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. His publications, which link American... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

8:00pm

Siblings Support Group for Middle Schoolers
This siblings support group is intended for ages 11-14, which is meant to include those in middle school. The group will start off with a simple icebreaker to introduce group members. We will also discuss some specific topics such as: basic education about what OCD is, what it is like to have a sibling who has OCD, and ways siblings can make sure their own needs get met. The group will also provide general support by allowing open discussion about topics brought up by group members.

Speakers
RH

Rachael Hatton, MA

Private Practice
Rachael Hatton is a cognitive behavioral therapist in San Diego, CA who has focused the last eight years on treating OCD and related disorders. She has worked with many individuals who struggle with OC Spectrum Disorders and co-leads a support group for OCD sufferers and their... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Laurel

8:00pm

Support Group for Parents of Adult Children with OCD
This support group is intended for parents of adult children who suffer from OCD. There are many unique challenges that arise for parents when OCD continues to plague their children into adulthood. This group will allow parents a safe and supportive space to discuss their family's journey. Topics may include: encouraging loved ones to seek treatment, fostering motivation, setting boundaries, eliminating accommodation behaviors, managing dependent adults who are still in the home, and adjusting expectations for adult children with OCD.

Speakers
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Ben Eckstein, MSW

Ben Eckstein, LCSW is a therapist in Durham, North Carolina, specializing in the treatment of OCD, OC-Sprectrum, and Anxiety Disorders.  Ben received his MSW at New York University.  Prior to moving to North Carolina, Ben was a family therapist at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute in... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

8:00pm

LGBTQ+ Support Group
We welcome people of all sexualities and gender identities to this group. We will explore different situations where people experience distress related to OCD and how this can affect social interactions, school, work, and overall health. We invite you to participate in this interactive group were people can share stories and develop connections with other people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Speakers
avatar for Lissette Cortes PsyD

Lissette Cortes PsyD

Neurobehavioral Insitute
Dr. Cortes is a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Katia Moritz at The Neurobehavioral Institute in Weston. She holds her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She practices serving multicultural populations in family, couples, g... Read More →
avatar for Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

8:00pm

OCD Perfectionism Support Group
From life experience, I know that OCD Perfectionism can be a difficult battle. I have personally struggled with OCD, ADHD & OCD Perfectionism for 20+ years, which have affected me academically, socially, & in various other ways. I am now residing and working in Boston, MA, & I am also in recovery. I would love to lead this group, both to help with my OCD struggle, & to help other OCD & OCD Perfectionism sufferers discuss and manage their difficulties also. The OCD Perfectionism Support Group will be open to all OCD & OCD Perfectionism sufferers & all other Conference attendees also. Thank you!

Speakers
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Steven Tsao, PhD

Steven Tsao is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Co-Founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy which specializes in providing evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias. He also trea... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate B

8:00pm

Overcoming Obstacles During Treatment and Beyond Support Group
Encountering obstacles during and after treatment for OCD is common. You work hard to face frightening obsessions, lean-in to the uncertainty they provoke, and change your responses to them. Yet, new and old obsessions can intrude at any time. You might feel discouraged and think, 'It feels like it never ends!' An experienced OCD therapist/author and an OCD peer-support group facilitator/speaker lead this support group to discuss how to face this challenging obstacle and turn toward the life you truly want to live. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, questions and ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Davidson, PhD

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... Read More →
avatar for Mary Samson

Mary Samson

Please join us for this OCD support group on Thursday evening! | Mary Samson has shared her experiences with OCD and ERP through support groups including SF OCD and most recently a pilot workshop called “Beyond the Doubt” with Jeff Bell. She is a contributor to "Daring t... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

8:00pm

Create your Memory Book

Come join us in the Kids Room to start creating a memory book that you will be able to use all weekend at the conference! Each day during the conference you will have an opportunity to add to this book so that throughout the year you can look back at all of the fun you had with your friends.

 



Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C2

8:00pm

OCD Poetry and Image-Making – What Does OCD Look/Feel/Sound Like?

Participants will be asked what OCD means for them and create a list of descriptive words. Using their list of words, participants will create a poem. In response to their OCD poem, participants will be asked to create an image using markers/crayons/colored pencils.



Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C3

8:00pm

Group Comic Strip - Developing Support

Welcome, teens, to the Annual OCD Conference!  In this activity, we will create a group comic strip to get to know each other and kick off our next few days together.  Teens will have the chance to both create their own frame and add contributions to others’. 

 



Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C1

8:00pm

Support Group for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees with OCD
Being a mental health professional with OCD comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. We have the personal experience that enables us to truly empathize with our clients who are struggling. However, taking the courageous path of treating mental disorders when you have one (and quite often, more than one) also presents some challenges. Join us for the fourth annual meeting of this support group for mental health professionals with OCD. We will interactively discuss how to hurdle these obstacles so you can enjoy your extremely important role helping others!

Speakers
avatar for Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Co-Founder, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC and Beyond the Doubt, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, with Jon Hershfield, MFT. She w... Read More →
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Shereen Morse MD, MPH

Dr. Shereen Morse in in private practice and specializes in treating anxiety-related disorders. She is a  Clinical Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Washington where she is involved in supervising and mentoring physicians in training... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate A

8:00pm

Young Adults OCD Support Group
Young adulthood is already a complicated time made more difficult with having OCD. This group allows attendees to support other young adults with OCD. The group facilitator will present hot topics such as creating a social life, living on your own, applying for jobs, attending college, and other situations made more difficult with OCD. Free flowing discussion will allow participants to interact with each other, discuss difficulties, and offer solutions. Attendees will also be invited to share contact information with others to encourage friendships and support after the conference is over!

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... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

9:00pm

OCD Pub Trivia (for ages 21+)
Join this social activity to meet other adults affected by OCD, and get competitive with this team trivia game. 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+.

Speakers
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Fran Harrington

Web Developer, IOCDF
I've been with the foundation for over 7 years now as the web developer/designer.  In my "free" time I am an avid soccer fan. I am president of The Midnight Riders, a supporters group for the New England Revolution and also am one of the heads of the Boston chapter of The Americ... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Jillian's 175 4th St., San Francisco, CA
 
Friday, July 7
 

8:00am

Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe body image disorder characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or slight flaw in appearance. BDD is a relatively common and often disabling illness with high suicide rates. This presentation will describe how to correctly recognize, diagnose, and conceptualize individuals with BDD. Participants will learn many therapeutic techniques, including: cognitive strategies for delusional and non-delusional BDD, metaphors and mindfulness exercises, strategies to address low self-esteem and over-importance of appearance, novel strategies to reduce common BDD behaviors, mirror retraining, and strategies for involving families. Motivational strategies for helping patients overcome resistance to treatment will also be presented.

Speakers
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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 Tou... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

8:00am

Everyone Orientation
Led by Conference veterans, 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
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 t... Read More →
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Jeff Bell, MBA

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... Read More →
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Ethan Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

8:00am

Postpartum OCD: When Bliss Becomes Torment
Women are regularly screened for postpartum depression at postnatal visits. However 10-50% of new mothers actually suffer from postpartum OCD which is often misdiagnosed as depression. Many mothers fear disclosing their symptoms due to their offensive nature. Although certain symptoms (i.e. cleanliness & safety) are appropriate during this period, many parents have trouble drawing the line to when it becomes maladaptive. Based on personal and professional experience, this panel will shed light on this neglected topic in a highly interactive dialogue, bringing together sufferers and clinicians.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP

Jenny 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 Behavioral... Read More →
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Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests a... Read More →
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Patricia Hull, PhD

Patricia M. Perrin, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has been in private practice in Houston, Texas since 1986. Her practice is the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston, specializing in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, and in postpartum depression and postpartum OCD. She has presented at various conferences, e.g., the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Trichotillomania Learning Center, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International, and MHA of Greater Houston's Conference on Women's Mental Health. She has presented to faculty and residents of Baylor College of Medicine, at Rice University Counseling Center, and at the Universidad de Monterrey, in... 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 trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America, North Dakota Today and the Joy Behar Show. She has also had her treatment techniques featured on Dateline NBC and... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

8:00am

Parents: How to Proceed When Your Child wth OCD Refuses Treatment
Your child, whether an adult or a minor, has OCD and is refusing or is resistant to treatment.. You may find that the entire family has been caught in the 'web' of OCD and may feel like prisoners in your own home. This presentation will provide very specific guidelines for parents to extricate themselves from their child's OCD control, delineate specific boundaries of responsibility in the family, and help their child while protecting their own mental health and personal integrity. We will discuss how to manage manipulation, threats, and inappropriate behavior, with the goal of empowerment.

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... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate B

8:00am

Ask the Experts Panel on Hoarding Disorder
This panel will discuss some of the different therapeutic strategies that can help to increase success in working with individuals struggling with hoarding behaviors. Topics will include how to reduce resistance and engage the individual in the decluttering process; how to involve the family in the most effective way; motivational challenges that people with these issues face and why it's so difficult to commit to the process; and a discussion on medication and brain chemistry.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Shuer, CPS

Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is Co-founder of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an internationally recognized speaker, advocate, and trainer, focusing on peer support and empowerment for people living with mental health challenges. He has made dozens of speaking and training appearances across the... 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 is the Author of The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life. Dr. Zasio is a featured doctor on the A... 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 fu... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Chasson, PhD

Gregory Chasson, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Psy, Illinois Inst of Tech
Dr. Gregory S. Chasson is a licensed psychologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology, and owner of Obsessive-Compulsive Solutions of Chicago. His research laboratory at Illinois Tech (i.e., Repetitive Experiences and B... Read More →
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Elspeth Bell, PhD

Dr. Elspeth Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her private practice in Columbia, Maryland focuses on the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

8:00am

Do I Laugh With the Sinners or Cry With the Saints? A Discussion About Scrupulosity
This presentation is a therapist-audience dialogue about scrupulosity, structured as a Q&A about treatment obstacles, and an open conversation about unique challenges when OCD is entangled with religion or morality. Sample issues include: What role does religion have vis a vis OCD? How can someone with OCD be religious but not scrupulous? Can one engage in exposures without violating religious law? How can scrupulous individuals interact with clergy in a way consistent with their values and still healthy in terms of OCD? And what about secular, moral scrupulosity?

Speakers
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Jedidiah Siev, PhD

Jedidiah Siev is assistant professor at Swarthmore College. Previously, he founded and directed the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Nova Southeastern University, after completing training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. S... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Grayson PhD

Jonathan Grayson PhD

Currently, I’m the director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California.  I have been specializing in the treatment of obsessive... Read More →
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Ted Witzig, 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-com... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate A

8:00am

Kids and Parents Orientation
This orientation will discuss the logistics of the conference and provide an overview of the Kids Room (suggested ages = 10 and younger) and all that it entails. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference.


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C2

8:00am

Middle Schoolers and Parents Orientation
This orientation will discuss the logistics of the conference and provide an overview of the Middle Schoolers Room (suggested age range = 11-14yo) and all that it entails. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference.


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C3

8:00am

OCD and Related Disorders (OCRD)- Understanding the Role of Genes and Environment
OCD and Related Disorders (OCRDs) are likely 'multifactorial', meaning that genes work in tandem with environmental factors to lead to causation, and both should be explored in terms of treatment as well. New genetic data will be presented from a genome-wide study of obsessive-compulsive behavior (OCB) in a large community-based sample of children and adolescents, as will updated findings from an NIMH grant exploring the OCRDs. Last, the role of pharmacogenetics (use of genetics to predict medication response) in OCD will be reviewed.

Speakers
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Peggy Richter, MD

Dr. Peggy Richter is head of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre and Director of the Clinic for OCD & Related Disorders at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, associate scientist in t... Read More →
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Michele Pato, MD

Dr. Michele Pato is Director of the Institute for Genomic Health and Professor Psychiatry-SUNY Downstate. Dr. Pato has led the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC) and Portuguese Island Collection Studies, with Carlos Pato, M.D., PhD, Dean at SUNY Downstate Medical school. She... Read More →
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Paul Arnold, MD, PhD

Dr. Arnold is the inaugural Director of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health & Education and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. He holds the AIHS Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

8:00am

Teens and Parents Orientation
This orientation will discuss the logistics of the conference and provide an overview of the Teens Room (suggested ages = 14 and older) and all that it entails. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference.

Speakers
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C1

8:00am

Introduction to ERP in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Information will be presented about first ways to implement Exposure with Response Prevention for OCD. Each presenter will present a case example to highlight ways to implement ERP for different age groups, namely children, adolescents and adults. Presenters focus the key issues to have in mind when implementing ERP and highlight both the similarities and differences when working with different age groups. The presentations will be focused with the aim to leave ample time for questions.

Speakers
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Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD

Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D., ABPP, is an associate professor of psychology at the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. The director of the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program at McLean Hospital, and co-director of psychology training at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical... Read More →
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Felicity Sapp, PhD

Anxiety Psychological Services
Dr. Felicity Sapp is the owner of Anxiety Psychological Services in Calgary Canada. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment. She was Adjunct staff with the Departments of Psychiatry and Ps... Read More →
avatar for Aureen Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and member of the Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF. Dr. Wagner is an expert in childhood an... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

8:00am

Our Core Beliefs (OCB): Promoting Hope and Health in Living with OCD
We offer this presentation with intention of creating Hope for those struggling to understand OCD. Presenters have dealt with OCD for most of their lives and have learned to manage their anxiety, obsessions and compulsions by developing healthy coping skills and beliefs. The resulting relationship to OCD is positive and manageable. The first half of this presentation will focus on these acquired proficiencies to reframe audience member's connection to their obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the latter portion will be Q&A for insight into specific topics. We hope you will attend.

Speakers
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Bryan Ballard

OCD symptoms began for Bryan at the age of 10 and continued through his young adulthood. Not knowing OCD had a name until the age of 18, Bryan set out to explore and understand OCD throughout college and his early twenties. Having experienced group and individual therapie... Read More →
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Adira Weixlmann, BFA

Adira led a 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 de... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Nob Hill B-D

9:45am

Exposure Therapy for BDD: An Interactive Workshop
As with OCD, exposure and response prevention therapy is widely recognized as a vital part of the treatment for BDD. This workshop will be presented by four people who know this process intimately, as all have lived with BDD and have faced the many challenges that exposure therapy can offer. Attendees will become familiar with how ERP works with BDD, and also have the opportunity to practice it during the workshop, if they are interested in doing so. Effective techniques and potential pitfalls will be reviewed in depth, as will the hazards and benefits associated with the use of social media.

Speakers
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Amanda Rosenberg, BSEd

Mandy Rosenberg is a 27 year-old female, born and raised in Wisconsin. Currently, she is a private academic tutor and former elementary school teacher. She was diagnosed with BDD and OCD when she was 24, but has been living with it for most of her life. Her BDD symptoms started w... Read More →
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 ob... Read More →
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Robyn Stern, LCSW, MSEd

Psychotherapist
Robyn Stern is currently working as a psychotherapist NY and a coach worldwide. She received her MSW from California State University, Northridge. She specializes in anxiety, OCD and BDD. She utilizes a complement of therapies including CBT, Exposure Therapy, ACT and mindfulness... 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... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

9:45am

Ask the Experts Goes Live
For many years the OCD Foundation website had a section called Ask the Experts. People could post their questions and get answers from professional members of the foundation. The website has been updated many times since then and the Ask the Experts section no longer exists. This presentation will bring back the opportunity to ask questions about OCD and get answers from two of the people who answered the most questions on the website. Dr. James Claiborn, and Dr. Michael Jenike will attempt to answer any questions about OCD and related topics in a live exchange.

Speakers
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Michael Jenike, MD

professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Jenike is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board as Chairman of the International Obsessive Compulsiv... Read More →
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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 memb... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

9:45am

All in the Family: Targeting Accommodation & Relationship Stress in OCD
OCD is an interpersonal phenomenon that impacts more than the one who 'has' OCD. Relationships themselves can impact OCD through two avenues: symptom accommodation and relational distress/conflict. Both symptom accommodation and relational conflict are associated with poorer treatment outcomes, such as premature discontinuation of ERP and symptom relapse. Attendees in this workshop will gain a better understanding of their role in the maladaptive behavioral cycle of OCD and develop skills to lessen the impact of this pattern on the client's treatment and their own relationship satisfaction.

Speakers
avatar for Alec Pollard, PhD

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 t... Read More →
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Maria Fraire, PhD

Child and Adolescent OCDI, McLean Hospital
Dr. Maria Fraire is a staff psychologist in the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of severe anxiety, OCD, and comorbid disorders, specifically using cognitive-behavioral therapy and ERP. Dr. Fraire also oversees the research component of the Child and Adolescent OCDI. Her research interests include advancing the understanding of underlying processes related to anxiety and comorbidity, and enhancing treatment... Read More →
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Alex Solodyna, PsyD

Principal/Owner, The Motivation and Change Group
Dr. Solodyna received a MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University and his PsyD from William James College. He completed his predoctoral psychology internship at Lexington High School and Worcester State Hospital and postdoctoral fellowships in substance abuse at Seven Hills Behavioral Health and neuropsychological assessment at Metrowest Neuropsychology. In addition to his private practice, he is a Part-Time Lecturer at Harvard Medical School... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate B

9:45am

Community Response to Hoarding Disorder
Communities are working to address the complex issues presented by hoarding. Task forces, case management programs, and community mental health services often provide hoarding interventions and resources. Panelists from various disciplines, hoarding intervention models, and geographic regions will share their experiences as members of community based hoarding intervention efforts. Topics include challenges, successes, and strategies to engage an array of services. Special attention will be focused on engaging non-voluntary clients and creative provision of services.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Edsell-Vetter

Jesse Edsell-Vetter

Hoarding Intervention Coordinator, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
Jesse Edsell-Vetter is the Hoarding Intervention Coordinator for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP). Since developing MBHP’s successful intervention model, he has served as a resource to Boston-area legislators, government, human service agencies and organizations... Read More →
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Tina Mayes, PhD

Dr. Mayes has been involved in research studies evaluating effective treatments for hoarding disorder and has  provided psychotherapy for individuals with hoarding symptoms both individually and in group settings since 2011.  Dr. Mayes received her doctoral degree from... Read More →
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Catherine Ayers, PhD

Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP is the Division Director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla Mental Health Outpatient Clinics, Assistant Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, and faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Jo... Read More →
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW completed her PhD at Boston University in Social Work and Sociology program.  She is Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group specialized outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder. Dr. Bratiotis has researched, and written and spoken extensively on the nature and treatment of... Read More →
avatar for Kiara Timpano, PhD

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... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

9:45am

ERP Games for Living Joyfully with OCD
You can live JOYfully with OCD? Absolutely, if you have the right tools! In this workshop you'll learn the meaning of the acronym JOY: Jump into Discomfort (engage with anxiety playfully), O: Opt for the Greater Good (make values-oriented choices), and Y: Yield to Uncertainty (develop openness to a not-knowing stance). We'll discuss why mindfulness and self-compassion form the foundation of ERP games and share a few interactive exercises for each. Finally, you'll learn fun (yes, fun!) ERP games that you can use at any stage of recovery, several of which we will play during the workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Co-Founder, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC and Beyond the Doubt, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, with Jon Hershfield, MFT. She w... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MA

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT is the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore and is licensed in Maryland, California, and Virginia. A specialist in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions for OCD, Jon is also the author of the book When a Family Member Has OC... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate A

9:45am

Draw Your Superhero/Supervillain
Do you ever feel like you have to fight against a supervillain in your life?  It could be your OCD, or it could be something with your friends or at school.  No matter what or who your supervillain might be, there is a superhero who can help you!  Come draw your own superhero and supervillain with us in this fun activity for kids.


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C2

9:45am

The OCD Monster and Me: The Creation and Destruction of your OCD Monster
One way to think about OCD is by viewing it as a monster. This monster’s sole purpose is to trick you into thinking it is right, and it gains power when you obey its rigid rules. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to create and define their OCD Monster, which is the first step to defeating it. The concept of the OCD Monster externalizes the disease, so OCD is not viewed as an internal flaw.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP

Jenny 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 Behavioral... Read More →
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Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests a... Read More →
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Jake Knapik, PsyD

Dr. Jake Knapik is the Director of Training at the Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, CA. Jake's interest primarily focus on the advocacy of OCD awareness within the community and in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. 


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C2

9:45am

The Art and Science of Group CBT Treatment for OCD/ OC Spectrum Disorders
Research has shown that group cognitive-behavioral therapy (GCBT) is efficacious in the treatment of OCD and OC spectrum disorders. This panel of experts will briefly describe GCBT for hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder, and OCD, including multifamily approaches and GCBT for children. Additionally, panelists will discuss the efficacy of these treatments, practical tips for implementation, and distinct and cross-cutting issues across OC Spectrum disorders. Time will be allocated for Q&A.

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... 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 Tou... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for... Read More →
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Jordana Muroff, PhD

Dr. Jordana Muroff is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department and is a licensed social worker with extensive clinical experience. Her research and practice interests are in CBT for children and adults with anxiet... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

9:45am

Living a Life That Matters: Clarifying Your Values

The focus of this workshop is to help you get clearer about your values, and to challenge the belief that you must get rid of OCD before you can build a life that matters. The goal of this workshop is to help you build a life you love, even while you are struggling. We will provide opportunities throughout the workshop to make meaningful changes in your lives – one step at a time.


Speakers
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C1

9:45am

Differentiating Obsessions from Delusions: Strategies for Assessment and Treatment
Is an odd, intrusive thought an obsession or a delusion? How can this be assessed? What does this mean for treatment? These are frequently asked questions among clinicians providing treatment to individuals with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. This presentation will review current empirical findings related to the assessment and treatment of obsessions and delusions within obsessive-compulsive disorder. The goals of the presentation are 1.) highlight the overlap in clinical presentation of obsessions and delusions, 2.) discuss relevant empirical findings and recommendations with reg

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Evan Leibu, MD

Dr. Leibu is an adult psychiatrist with experience and interest in treating a diverse selection of psychiatric conditions. He is part of the Clinical Staff at the Mount Sinai Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program and Co-Investigator and Clinician at the Psych... Read More →
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Jon Grant, MD, JD, 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 a... Read More →
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Lindsay Brauer, PhD

Dr. Brauer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is the co-founder of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic (OCRDC) at the University of Chicago, which focuses on providing evidenc... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

9:45am

Treatment of OCD in Young Children
Research shows that young children with OCD respond well to ERP treatment. However, protocols must be adapted to meet their developmental needs and address interconnectedness to the family. We will review common symptom presentations at this age and discuss how to assess and treat the disorder. Attention will be given to adaptation of therapy materials, management of oppositional behavior, use of motivational techniques, family involvement in treatment, pharmacological treatments, and PANDAS/PANS. Examples will be included to show how to implement high fidelity, child-friendly interventions.

Speakers
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Stephanie Eken, MD

Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs while a... Read More →
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Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Clinical Co-Director, Rogers Behavioral Health
Amy Mariaskin, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Co-Director at Rogers Behavioral Health, and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She provides empirically supported treatment for individuals with OCD, OC spectrum disorders, anxiety a... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

9:45am

Navigating College with OCD: How to Find Success
Three college students with OCD and a psychiatrist and psychologist who work in student mental health will: examine challenges faced by students with OCD including transitioning to college, perfectionism, study skills, and stigma; discuss strategies for managing these issues, including collaborating with school administrators and Disability Resources; and discuss accessing treatment in a college setting. This panel will be useful to students in various settings, including undergraduate/graduate programs and community, regional, state, and private colleges/universities.

Speakers
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Sarah K. Chorley, MA

Doctoral Candidate/ Graduate Instructor, University of Colorado
Sarah K. Chorley is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Colorado studying organizational communication; specifically, the intersections among disability and organizing. Sarah's current research examines the communicative construction and negotiation of obsess... Read More →
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Rachel Davis, MD

Clinical Director, Student Mental Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Rachel Davis, MD is the Clinical Director of Student Mental Health on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. She also serves as the director of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Psychiatry OCD clinic which offers medication management, CBT/ERP, and deep... Read More →
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Courtney de Blieck, PsyD

Dr. Courtney de Blieck has worked within different college counseling centers (both large and small, public and private) for almost 10 years. Her current position is as a staff psychologist and trauma specialist at Counseling Services at California Polytechnic State Unive... Read More →
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Noah Symmes-Dezso

Noah Symmes-Dezso is a college student at Regis University. He is studying psychology and plans to pursue counseling psychology as a career. He suffers from OCD that at one point impaired him from doing daily activities including attending school and doing homework. He is... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Nob Hill B-D

12:30pm

Ask the Other Experts: Q&A Session on Living with BDD
Is recovery from BDD possible? Can I lead a normal life? Will family and friends ever understand? Yes, yes, and yes. Erik Duarte, Jennifer Thorne, and Chris Trondsen, who have forged ahead in their own lives despite BDD, will recount successful (and not-so-successful) treatments, coping skills, the most important moment in their recovery, and how they manage setbacks. IOCDF Board member Denis Asselin and Carrie Asselin, who lost a son/brother to BDD, will moderate, leaving ample time for questions and an opportunity for participants to develop strategies to communicate with family and friends.

Speakers
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Carrie Asselin

Carrie Asselin lost her brother Nathaniel to BDD in 2011. From age 9, she was deeply impacted by his suffering and by her family’s effort to help. In 2015 she ran the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Samaritans, a group that seeks to prevent suicide, removes the stigm... Read More →
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Denis Asselin, MA

Denis Nicholson Asselin is dedicated to spreading awareness about BDD/OCD. His son Nathaniel struggled 13 years with BDD and took his own life at age 24. In Nathaniel’s memory, Denis walked the Camino in Spain with wife Judy and daughter Carrie, followed by walks from P... Read More →
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Jennifer Thorne, MA

Jennifer Thorne has struggled with depression and anxiety for 25 years, but it was years before one of her therapists identified BDD. Lack of understanding and support for her illness left her feeling stressed and shunned, and at her lowest point she was housebound. Fortunately... 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... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate B

12:30pm

Don't Try Harder, Try Different: A (Humorous) Stress Management Approach to OCD
Don't Try Harder, Try Different is your yearly fun talk to attend. OCD robs you of fun, of smiling, and of living the life you want. If you want to learn how to identify and manager stressors so that OCD will not flare up, this talk is for you. If you are a friend or family member of a person with OCD, then this talk will teach you about how they think and about how you can best support them. If you are new to treating OCD, then this talk will give you tips to use with your patients to help them (and you) identify safety seeking behaviors and cognitive distortions that can maintain OCD.

Speakers
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Behavioral Medicine Alexian Brothers in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the A.V.P. of their Residential Treatment Program opening in spring of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

12:30pm

Scripting for Success
Developing effective scripts can be a powerful tool in the fight against OCD. They can be used to increase motivation for treatment, facilitate the acceptance of uncertainty, and as a form of imaginal exposure. This workshop will present the theoretical rationale for using scripts, identify the various treatment goals which scripting can facilitate, and describe the essential elements of an effective script. Participants will then be broken into smaller groups and have the opportunity to write a script with the guidance of panel members.

Speakers
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Felicity Sapp, PhD

Anxiety Psychological Services
Dr. Felicity Sapp is the owner of Anxiety Psychological Services in Calgary Canada. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment. She was Adjunct staff with the Departments of Psychiatry and Ps... Read More →
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Patricia Hull, PhD

Patricia M. Perrin, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has been in private practice in Houston, Texas since 1986. Her practice is the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston, specializing in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, and in postpartum depression and postpartum OCD. She has presented at various conferences, e.g., the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Trichotillomania Learning Center, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International, and MHA of Greater Houston's Conference on Women's Mental Health. She has presented to faculty and residents of Baylor College of Medicine, at Rice University Counseling Center, and at the Universidad de Monterrey, in... 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 trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America, North Dakota Today and the Joy Behar Show. She has also had her treatment techniques featured on Dateline NBC and... Read More →
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Kathleen Rupertus, PsyD

Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD is a clinician at The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center in Wilmington, Delaware. She received specialized training in cognitive-behavioral treatment and has been working with children, adolescents, and adults with OCD and other anxiety disorders since 19... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

12:30pm

Three Essential Decluttering Skills: Organizing, Sorting, and Making Decisions
People with hoarding disorder lack several skills that are necessary to declutter their living environments effectively: organizing their possessions, sorting their possessions relative to categories, and making decisions quickly regarding what to save, store, or discard. This is an experiential workshop in which participants practice these three important skills. The workshop leader does NOT expect participants to discard items but to learn and practice effective decluttering skills. Participants will practice with their purses, wallets, and backpacks and are to bring them to the workshop.

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Michael Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist (PSY13822) and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and is a trainer and consultant for the Beck Institute for Cognitive... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

12:30pm

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Promoting Ongoing Recovery from OCD
OCD can limit an individual's access to the wide array of social interactions typically encountered throughout life. Social skills deficits may subsequently hinder social functioning and one's adaptive ability. When the person with OCD gains control of their OCD and improves their functioning more broadly, social skills deficits can reduce social connections, motivation, and sabotage continued recovery. In this workshop, we will discuss, learn, and practice interpersonal effectiveness skills across work, educational, and relationship settings and address topics like self-disclosure & stigma.

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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Administrative Director of Research, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at th... Read More →
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Alex Solodyna, PsyD

Principal/Owner, The Motivation and Change Group
Dr. Solodyna received a MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University and his PsyD from William James College. He completed his predoctoral psychology internship at Lexington High School and Worcester State Hospital and postdoctoral fellowships in substance abuse at Seven Hills Behavioral Health and neuropsychological assessment at Metrowest Neuropsychology. In addition to his private practice, he is a Part-Time Lecturer at Harvard Medical School... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate A

12:30pm

Party With A Purpose: Building Body Awareness through Dance and Movement
This party will use dance and movement to increase body awareness. Kids will learn how to recognize early signs of anxiety in the body allowing for earlier intervention and healthier alternatives to OCD behaviors. After a brief mind and body warm-up, party guests will first learn how to be aware of their body through guided, individual movements. They will move on to combine their movements with others to increase spatial body awareness, self confidence, and collaboration. Come ready to shake your tail feather!

Speakers
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Ashley Bramhall

Ashley Bramhall is a MFT trainee at Pepperdine University where she is working on her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her passion is helping youth/adults overcome the pressure, stress, and anxiety of playing sports at an elite level. Additionally, as RFC's Program Directo... Read More →
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Jennifer Bulger, MA

Jennifer Bulger is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. For years she has successfully treated patients suffering from anxiety and OCD related disorders through a combination of traditional CBT and the mind-body connection. Ms... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C2

12:30pm

Tapping Into your Courageous Self: A Workshop for Middle Schoolers
This workshop recognizes that courage is not facing things that others find frightening or difficult, but recognizing your own personal fears and making an active, conscious decision to challenge yourself. The focus of this activity is to create a mindset that helps improve your ERP results. Developing self-confidence and tapping into your courageous self are the key pieces of this mindset.

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Lacie Lazaroe

Lacie Lazaroe is a graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She is currently in the Pediatric Psychology track, where she is under the mentorship of Drs. Gary R. Geffken and Joseph McNamara. Lacie’s research inte... Read More →
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Ashley Ordway

Ashley Ordway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016 from the University of Florida. She first became passionate about the treatment of OCD utilizing CBT-E/RP with children, adolescents, and adults during her practicum training. After her graduation, she accepted a position to become a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the OCD program at the University of... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C1

12:30pm

Cognitive Processes in OCD: How Research Can Inform Clinical Practice
From the time that the initial CBT model of OCD was established, it has been assumed that cognitive processes play a role in OCD. In this symposium we will elaborate on and extend this model. We will start with a presentation on biased attention in OCD. The second presentation will continue this talk by investigating contributors to the development of seeking certainty in OCD. The third presentation will examine visual perspective in obsessional imagery. Finally, we will explore the utility of adding a training designed to modify negative interpretative biases as an adjunct to CBT treatment.

Speakers
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Laura de Putter, MS

Laura de Putter is a PhD student in the Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Ghent University. Her PhD project is centered on the link between obsessive-compulsive symptomatology and information processing. More specifically, she investigates the link between... Read More →
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Sharon Morein-Zamir, PhD

Sharon’s research aims to better characterize how individuals control their behaviour and mental processes, and to understand the mechanisms underlying lack of control. Sharon has examined the control of actions and attention in healthy individuals and in people with OC... Read More →
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Jessica Grisham, PhD

Jessica Grisham is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW Australia, and an OCD, hoarding, and anxiety disorders researcher. She is interested in the etiology and maintenance of OCD and related disorders, comorbidity and classification of anxiety disor... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

12:30pm

Tapping Into your Courageous Self: A Workshop for Teens
This workshop recognizes that courage is not facing things that others find frightening or difficult, but recognizing your own personal fears and making an active, conscious decision to challenge yourself. The focus of this activity is to create a mindset that helps improve your ERP results. Developing self-confidence and tapping into your courageous self are the key pieces of this mindset.

Speakers
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Danielle Cooke, MS

Danielle Laine Cooke is a first year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Florida in 2015 and has been working with the UF OC... Read More →
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Andrea Guastello, MS

Andrea Guastello M.S., is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). She was a graduate research assistant in the UF Behavioral Medicine Research Lab for two years before becoming a graduate research assistant at the... Read More →
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Cary Jordan, PhD

Dr. Jordan is currently the Director of Behavioral Medicine for St. Elizabeth Hospital Boardman, Assistant Director of the Family Medicine Residency, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Jordan is a Li... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C1

12:30pm

Enhancing Exposure-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ACT
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based approach that can be used to support inhibitory learning, especially if used with ERP. Thus, this workshop will show how clinicians may incorporate ACT components into ERP. Specifically, three expert clinicians will teach and model how to conduct ACT-based exposure-based treatment with children and adolescents to strengthen inhibitory learning processes. Participants will have opportunities for role plays, practice, and consultation. Special attention will be given to treatment refractory youth.

Speakers
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Adam Reid, PhD

Dr. Adam Reid is currently a post-doctoral fellow at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents. During his  fellowship Dr. Reid is advancing his clinical acumen by learning acceptance & commitment therapy for youth with severe OCD. He is also working to further develop a program of research that seeks to identify how to optimize exposure implementation... Read More →
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Maria Fraire, PhD

Child and Adolescent OCDI, McLean Hospital
Dr. Maria Fraire is a staff psychologist in the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of severe anxiety, OCD, and comorbid disorders, specifically using cognitive-behavioral therapy and ERP. Dr. Fraire also oversees the research component of the Child and Adolescent OCDI. Her research interests include advancing the understanding of underlying processes related to anxiety and comorbidity, and enhancing treatment... Read More →
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

12:30pm

Medication Question and Answer for Therapists
It is essential for therapists to have a basic understanding of OCD pharmacology when developing a CBT treatment plan. This panel will be led by psychiatrists who specialize in treatment of OCD, related conditions, and eating disorders. Panelists will first describe basic principles of best practice in medication management for OCD, related conditions, and eating disorders. This will be followed by lively, interactive question and answer discussion, where audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding medication management in these conditions.

Speakers
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Phillip Seibell, MD, FAPA

Owner, OCD and Anxiety Psychiatry of Westchester, P.C.
Dr. Seibell attended Monmouth University and received his M.D. degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai, where he obtained specialized training in the pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and rel... Read More →
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Stephanie Eken, MD

Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs while a... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

12:30pm

Sex, Love, Intimacy and OCD
Sex is a difficult act made more complex when trying to engage while struggling with OCD! Making love and intimacy goes from an enjoyable experience to an event filled with triggers. You obsess over what your partner is thinking, have intrusive thoughts about sexually harming your mate, contamination fears over bodily fluids, not being able to perform because of sexual side effects from OCD medication, as well as obsessing over getting STD's or becoming pregnant. This panel and engaging audience discussion will address these concerns and more. So come in and join the discussion on sex and OCD!

Speakers
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Genevieve Kales

Genevieve is Currently a senior at the University of Central Florida pursing a Bachelors degree in Biomedical science.Genevieve will be heading to Graduate school Spring of 2017 to follow a love for medicine. She is am currently working as a Nationally registered emergenc... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 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 difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth received her... Read More →
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Thomas Smalley

Thomas Smalley was diagnosed with OCD at age 16 and has done extensive exposure response therapy and takes medication daily.  He is now 18 years of age and is an affiliate representative for OCD Connecticut. He has also spoken at Yale University along with the Boston and Chicago IOCDF... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Nob Hill B-D

2:15pm

My Heart is Still in San Francisco: Managing Relationships While Living with BDD
Living with body dysmorphic disorder is challenging for many reasons. Focusing on work, school and managing a personal life all can become extraordinarily hard. Intimate relationships are no exception. Can you really be with another person if at the same time you're having a relationship with a part(s) of your body? The answer is a complicated 'yes.' In this workshop, the presenter will highlight some of his own personal experiences in discussing how to maintain satisfying relationships while living with such a tormenting disorder. Additionally, tips for partners will also be explored.

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 ob... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

2:15pm

Providing Hope and Motivation through Peer Support for OCD
Peer Support is a powerful supplement in helping individuals engage in treatment and provide hope & motivation that recovery is possible. Chrissie Hodges and Shannon Shy are certified Peer Support Specialists and provide peer support to individuals who suffer from OCD. Our presentation will explain what peer support is, what peer support is not, the five stages of peer support for OCD, and how peer support provides hope and motivation for recovery. It will also provide a lived experience testimonial on the power of peer support.

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Chrissie Hodges

Chrissie Hodges lives successfully with Pure OCD/Intrusive thoughts. Chrissie is a mental health advocate and public speaker on Pure OCD, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention. Chrissie works as a Peer Support Specialist at Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and Ft. Logan Institute in Denver, CO. She is a trainer for Colorado Certified Peer Specialists training. She hosts a weekly radio podcast... Read More →
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Shannon Shy, LLM

Shannon is an OCD advocate, attorney, certified Peer Support Specialist, retired Marine Corps officer, author, and motivational speaker. He is President of the International OCD Foundation Board of Directors. Shannon was diagnosed with a severe case of OCD in 1997 while on active duty with the U.S. Maine Corps. Under the treatment of a psychiatrist and psychologist, he developed a simple strategy he calls 'Ground Rules and Checkpoints: to overcome OCD. OCD no longer affects... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

2:15pm

ACT for Parents: Raising Brave, Flexible, Curious Kids
We are really good raising children to be safe,we encourage them to be careful, to think before they act, to avoid risk. What we are not good at äóñ and what has been lost in our contemporary culture - is how to raise kids to be curious and take effective and adaptive risks. It is an undervalued trait, and one that, in fact, runs counter to our admonitions for safety. This workshop will use ACT to engage parents in discussion about parenting children and teens with OCD, and through exercises, role plays, and demonstrations, support them in parenting flexible, curious, and brave youngsters.

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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate B

2:15pm

Are Two Hoarding Heads Better Than One? - Teaming Up Against Hoarding Disorder
At last year's Conference, Susan shared her experience of 'coming out of the hoarding closet.' Marnie, an attendee in the room, had been filming herself discarding possessions in her own efforts to curtail her hoarding issues. Turned out they lived 11 miles apart! Since Fall 2016 they've been collaborating using Marnie's video technique. It has been beneficial & transformative for both of them. They will show some video of their sessions & do a live demonstration.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES:
We'll be doing an exercise involving making decisions about discarding.  Please bring something with you that you could live without, but might be hard to let go (the more special the item, the better). You have the option to keep what you bring in, totally your call!  The point of the exercise is the process and to experience the realness/struggle/vulnerability/peer support in the moment.

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Marnie C., BFA

Marnie lived her entire life as a hoarder. Even as a child, she cherished her book on how to get free things. She went on to become a successful business owner and always believed her work should take precedence over her 'pack rat' behavior. When Marnie’s daughter wrote... Read More →
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Susan C.

I prefer: | mountains over ocean, | manual transmission over automatic transmission, and | Fatburger over In-N-Out Burger. | | Susan is a second-generation compulsive hoarder from a culture where mental health issues aren’t easily accepted or even discussed. She first shared her experience of... Read More →
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Randy 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 Compulsiv... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

2:15pm

The Hero's Journey (and YOU are the Hero!): The Healing Power of Telling Your Story
Everyone loves a good story, and storytelling can be a powerfully transformative experience for both listener and teller. Join 4 storytellers who have OCD for this engaging workshop about the healing power for you and others of owning your story. You'll learn criteria for determining if you'd like to share your OCD story and how to find the right audience (which could be an audience of 1!). We'll delve into the concept of the hero's journey, and you'll use it to craft the outline of your own story. And if you'd like, you'll have the opportunity to share your story with fellow participants.

Speakers
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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 t... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Co-Founder, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC and Beyond the Doubt, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, with Jon Hershfield, MFT. She w... Read More →
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Jeff Bell, MBA

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... Read More →
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Stuart Ralph, Msc

Stuart Ralph blogs on OCD and mental health issues. He is the founder of The OCD Stories, which was created to guide other people towards recovery. The podcast has been downloaded well over 250k times, and has had some of the top researchers and OCD therapists on the show. In 2014 he released his debut book 'Challenge Yourself, I Dare You'. When he's not creating videos and podcasts, he likes to play basketball and eat... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate A

2:15pm

Courage Clinic for Kids
This is a Skill Building Workshop for kids to team up against OCD using the PluckyWize program's innovative and fun approach to facing fears. PluckyWize is a program that demonstrates how CBT strategies integrated with play therapy can help children shift from anxiety-based thinking to courage-based thinking. We will introduce participants to the playful, creative world of PluckyWize and kids will create individualized Courage Ladders to assist with Exposure and Response Prevention. PluckyWize Imaginal Mastery Maps and art materials will be provided.

Speakers
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Eliza Cummings, MFT

Eliza Cummings, MFT Registered Intern (87721) works with children and adolescents in schools and in a private practice setting.  For the past three years she has co-facilitated Courage Groups for elementary and middle school age girls using the PluckyWize Program.  She sp... Read More →
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Robin OHeeron, PhD

Robin O'Heeron (CA PSY14413) is the Founder of the PluckyWize Program and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Marin County, CA with 27 years of experience.  She is a former affiliate with the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C2

2:15pm

Exposing with Harry Potter!
Welcome to the OCD community of the wizarding world! Though never mentioned in the books, at least a few students at Hogwarts had OCD. We invite you to join us, to build community and face our fears together! First, we will make wands because wizards use wands to harness the power already within themselves. Then, volunteers will share fears they have dealt with in the past or are still fighting. As a group we will think of OCD as a boggart, finding ways to see OCD as silly and ourselves as in control. We will brainstorm possible exposures for the fears, and those willing will do them together.

Speakers
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Epifania Gallina

Epifania Rita Gallina is an Italian/ American Masters student at Columbia University's Clinical Psychology program. In september of 2015, she created the online private facebook support group called 'Living on Edge: Taking back your life through Erp,' which now holds 147... Read More →
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Katlyn Hashway

Katlyn Hashway is a 20 year old psychology student and advocate for mental health. She has a passion for educating others on OCD; especially “Pure OCD” and taboo thoughts. She does so through her YouTube channel, 'ShalomAleichem,' and blog, 'Do An Exposure!' Her goal is to speak publicly about mental illness and become a therapist to directly help OCD sufferers. Kat has been featured on The OCD Stories, OCD Acceptance, LikeKristen, the IOCDF blog, Okay To Say website... Read More →
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Morgan Rondinelli

Student, University of Michigan
Morgan Rondinelli is a senior at the University of Michigan, studying ecology and evolutionary biology. She is involved with Michigan’s Active Minds chapter and is director of the Mental Health Monologues. Morgan has spoken to local high schools, in mental health trainings, and... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C3

2:15pm

Clinical Characteristics Complicating the Phenomenology and Treatment of Child OCD
This talk focuses on identifying and clinically addressing myriad variables/comorbidities that complicate the presentation of pediatric OCD. Dr. Lewin will focus on the therapeutic modifications used in treating preschool-aged youth. Dr. Selles will highlight the impact of comorbid coercive/disruptive behaviors and parental contributions to the symptoms. Dr. Storch will focus on OCD-related impairment and factors that moderate agreement about its impact in parent-child dyads. Ms. Wu will discuss family accommodation as a multidimensional construct and how it relates to child/family variables.

Speakers
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Monica Wu, MA

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Monica Wu, M.A. is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, just finishing her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Ms. Wu's clinical research broadly focuses on youth with obsessive-compulsive and related... Read More →
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Robert Selles, PhD

Dr. Selles earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and completed his clinical residency at Brown University. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the pediatric OCD program at BC Children’s Hospital and sees pediatric patients with OCD and related disorders in private practice part-time. Dr... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for... Read More →
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Adam Lewin, PhD

Associate Professor & OCD Program Director, University of South Florida
Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry and is the Director of the OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychology and directs USF's postdoctora... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

2:15pm

Making Exposure Hierarchies More Fun and Effective for Teens
Creating a workable hierarchy or ladder can be a daunting task. We will use our special blend of humor and knowledge to facilitate our group learning more about this. Come spend time with a group of your peers learning how to make this challenge fun and interesting, and most of all helpful to you. In a supportive environment we will work together to create these ladders that serve as very effective guide posts to combatting OCD. Share what works for you, hear what works for peers. We will be making ' game boards' with your goals that you will be able to take home and use right away!

Speakers
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Lisa Sondin, MA

Lisa Sondin specializes in using creative CBT to treat anxiety and OCD in children and adolescents. Lisa's interest in OCD has inspired her to travel to 3 BTTIs, and combine what she has learned there with art, sandplay and play therapy to find effective treatment strateg... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C1

2:15pm

Family Functioning in OCD
Family participation in OCD symptoms and modification of personal and family routines in response to OCD symptoms are important behaviors to identify and assess in the treatment of OCD. We realize that living with OCD can be difficult, and comprehensive cognitive-behavioral care involves working closely with family members of the OCD patient. This presentation will identify and discuss guidelines for family members affected by OCD. How family members can preserve their own mental health, guard against family accommodation, and still maintain a supportive environment will be discussed.

Speakers
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Kristin Holland, MA

Kristin Holland is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Valley Christian Counseling Center in Fargo, ND, specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. Kristin received her Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and has experience providing outpatient and in-home therapy in private, community-based, and integrated healthcare... 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 trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America, North Dakota Today and the Joy Behar Show. She has also had her treatment techniques featured on Dateline NBC and... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

2:15pm

Intolerance of Uncertainty in Patients with OCD
Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) is often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This presentation outlines the benefits of treating intolerance of uncertainty in patients with OCD and offers strategies for putting CBT-IU into practice with this population. Examples include how to implement behavioral experiments into psychotherapy, how to teach patients about positive beliefs about worry, how to help patients reduce safety-seeking behaviors, and how to teach patients to monitor worries.

Speakers
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Sara Tischler

Clinical Social Worker, Michigan Medicine
Sara Tischler, LMSW is a clinical social worker within Ambulatory Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine. She also works as a psychotherapist in private practice at the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Ann Arbor. Sara is involved in the education of social work graduate students and... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

2:15pm

A Discussion of Taboo OCD Topics
There are many taboo OCD topics that are not discussed among attendees at the annual conference due to embarrassment and shame. Young adults have thoughts about suicide, depression, self-harm, sexual obsessions, sexual orientation, harming loved ones, and other embarrassing subject matter they believe they alone experience. This talk allows attendees to ask or anonymously submit these difficult questions in a safe environment, free of judgment. The talk will be in town hall format, and moderators are young adults familiar with these topics; audience participation will be encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Adira Weixlmann, BFA

Adira Weixlmann, BFA

Adira led a 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 de... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 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 difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth received her... 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... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Nob Hill B-D

4:00pm

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...: Survival Skills For the Mental Health Jungle
In a world overflowing with information about treatments for OCD, it can be difficult to distinguish between legitimate proven forms of help, and those which are merely empty promises without any basis in real scientific evidence. This panel discussion seeks to help attendees gain knowledge and skills to help them evaluate potential treatments.

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... Read More →
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Evelyn Stewart, MD

Associate Professor and Director, OCD Clinic, University of BC, Psychiatry and the Pediatric OCD Program (POP)
Dr. Evelyn Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children's Hospital. She is a child and adult psych... Read More →
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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 speci... Read More →
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Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is co-founder and director of Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. She is President and Board member of OCDNY. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy and in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of many national and internati... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

4:00pm

The 'Noise in Your Head' Videos
'The Noise in Your Head' video series delivers 6 comedic 5-minute installments professionally produced, acted & directed, that captures the essence of how to manage anxiety. The series follows Susan, a young woman struggling with worries, as she applies the principles to everyday occurrences and engages Anxiety in a competition to win her life back. Dr. Wilson will present & comment on each episode, then introduce the new, free app, 'Anxiety Challenger,' designed with Northwestern University Medical School and based on the book, 'Stopping the Noise in Your Head.'

Speakers
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Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released 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... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

4:00pm

A Parental Primer on PANDAS & PANS
The presenters will provide information about the latest recommendations for the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS and PANS, including suggestions for medical and laboratory evaluation of acute-onset cases. Updated treatment options will be presented, including the latest guidelines for use of antibiotics, anti-obsessional medications, cognitive behavior therapy and anti-inflammatory or immunomodulatory therapies.

Speakers
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Jennifer Frankovich, MD

Dr. Frankovich is a clinical associate professor of Pediatrs focusing on Rheumatology at Stanford University.
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Susan Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD... Read More →
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Dritan Agalliu, PhD

Dr. Dritan Agalliu is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Pathology & Cell Biology and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. After receiving in PhD from Columbia University in 2006, Dr. Agalliu accepted a faculty position... Read More →
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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 an... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Golden Gate B

4:00pm

Leave It There or Take It Home: An Experiential Workshop for People who Hoard
People struggling with hoarding disorder typically have tremendous trouble resisting urges to purchase or acquire items.Learning to resist the impulse to acquire is an important part of helping individuals recover from hoarding disorder.In this experiential workshop, expert therapists will accompany individuals with hoarding disorder on a non-shopping excursion.Through the process of direct exposure to urges to at local shops near the conference, and with the support of both participants and therapists, participants in the workshop will learn to manage their intense acquiring urges.

Speakers
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Michael Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist (PSY13822) and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and is a trainer and consultant for the Beck Institute for Cognitive... Read More →
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Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is Co-founder of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an internationally recognized speaker, advocate, and trainer, focusing on peer support and empowerment for people living with mental health challenges. He has made dozens of speaking and training appearances across the... 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 is the Author of The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life. Dr. Zasio is a featured doctor on the A... 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 trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America, North Dakota Today and the Joy Behar Show. She has also had her treatment techniques featured on Dateline NBC and... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

4:00pm

Research Update on the Core Features and Risk Factors for Hoarding Disorder
Identifying and examining core vulnerabilities and markers of hoarding disorder (HD) are critical to enhance understanding of this psychiatric condition and inform treatment and prevention efforts. This research panel will highlight four studies focused on the psychopathology and treatment of hoarding. Investigations of squalor, processes during acquiring and discarding, as well as decision making and emotional tolerance deficits will be presented. Findings will be discussed from a translational perspective, linking etiological and phenomenological research to potential treatment implications.

Speakers
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Kay Jewels

Clinical Research Asst., Neuropsychology, McLean Hospital
Kay Jewels, BA, graduate of Argosy University and life coach for 10 years. Over the past 8 years, using her understanding of neuropsychology and the human condition, has developed an effective approach to helping individuals with HD. The Next Step Program (NSP) is based on an understanding of the cognitive deficits underlying HD, and provides cognitive... Read More →
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May Luu

May is a second year MA student in the University of British Columbia's clinical psychology program. She completed her BA (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Calgary.  May is currently researching emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of hoarding disorder... Read More →
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Donald Davidoff, PhD

Chief, Dept. of Neuropsychology, McLean Hospital
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D., Chief, Department of Neuropsychology, McLean Hospital, & assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, was the founder and director the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit. Research interests include the diagnosis and treatme... Read More →
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Jessica Grisham, PhD

Jessica Grisham is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW Australia, and an OCD, hoarding, and anxiety disorders researcher. She is interested in the etiology and maintenance of OCD and related disorders, comorbidity and classification of anxiety disor... Read More →
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW completed her PhD at Boston University in Social Work and Sociology program.  She is Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group specialized outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder. Dr. Bratiotis has researched, and written and spoken extensively on the nature and treatment of... 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... Read More →



Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

4:00pm

Job Sharing with OCD: Managing OCD in the Work Environment
Did you know health insurance is required to cover mental health at parity with other benefits? Do you know how workplace disability works: from Family and Medical Leave Act to Short Term and Long Term Disability? What are the protections and/or ramifications of disclosing OCD at work? This interactive presentation covers the basis of OCD in the workplace from people who have both navigated OCD at work, and consulted with companies on health and disability income insurance.The workshop will include activities to help the participants develop plans to better manage OCD at work as well as to consider the pros and cons of self-disclosure. Overall, this workshop will guide participants in effectively navigating their careers while anticipating and adapting to challenges they may encounter.

Speakers
avatar for Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Co-Founder, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC and Beyond the Doubt, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, with Jon Hershfield, MFT. She w... Read More →
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Rachel Davis, MD

Clinical Director, Student Mental Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Rachel Davis, MD is the Clinical Director of Student Mental Health on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. She also serves as the director of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Psychiatry OCD clinic which offers medication management, CBT/ERP, and deep... Read More →
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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Administrative Director of Research, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at th... Read More →
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James Snyder

Sr. Business Analyst, Mercer
James C. Snyder is a Senior Consulting Analyst at Mercer, the largest human resources consulting firm in the World. Previous clients include Disney, CBS and the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. His expertise includes: health insurance (mental health parity) and... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Golden Gate A

4:00pm

Scavenger Hunt for Kids!
For many kids, OCD can stop you from doing fun things in life and can even make you its prisoner. This scavenger hunt is about discovering, exploring skills to overcome OCD, and laughing aloud while getting out and about in the hotel. We'll show you how YOU can choose what to do and have fun, instead of allowing OCD to choose for you!

Speakers
avatar for Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Director, East Bay Behavior Therapy Center
Dr. Zurita Ona, or Dr. Z as her clients call her, started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults with mood, anxiety, and body image concerns; areas of expertise are OCD... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Golden Gate C2

4:00pm

Fantastic Beasts and How to Use Them for ERP
At past conventions, Harry Potter has helped cure OCD. This year, let's take a step back in time to 1925 when Newt Scamander, a wizard with social anxiety, uses his passion for fantastic beasts as motivation to face social anxiety and contamination triggers. In this experiential workshop, participants will watch clips from the movie before being divided into groups and sent on an ERP scavenger hunt in which they will engage in a variety of activities with themes from the movie. We will utilize the positive encouragement from other participants, but all exposures will be voluntary.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP

Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Brady directs the Lindner Center of HOPE's OCD and Anxiety treatment program and serves as the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services. Dr. Brady is a clinical psychologist with 23 years of experience in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Psychiatry. He has... Read More →
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Jennifer Wells, MSW

Ms. Wells is one of the core members of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety treatment team at Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides outpatient therapy for children, teenagers and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders utilizing the eviden... Read More →
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Jennifer Wilcox, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Lindner Center of HOPE
Dr. Wilcox is a licensed clinical psychologist and member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorders treatment team at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with moderate to severe OCD and anxiety disorder... Read More →
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Nicole Bosse, PsyD

OCD Postdoctoral Fellow, Lindner Center of HOPE
Ms. Bosse is an OCD Psychology Fellow at the Lindner Center of HOPE where she is providing individualized Exposure/ Response Prevention therapy for adult and teenagers in the Sibcy and Williams House residential treatment programs.


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Golden Gate C3

4:00pm

Plenary: An Introduction to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and its Applications to OCD Treatment
This talk will introduce and review the research for Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, or FAP.  FAP is a behaviorally-based therapy that employs a variety of techniques to differentially reinforce effective behaviors and reduce ineffective behavior, particularly in interpersonal situations.  Participants will learn the behavioral principles of supporting interpersonal change with FAP's five therapy rules in the framework of promoting Awareness, Courage, and Love.  Case examples will demonstrate how these processes look in session, and suggestions will be given on how to integrate FAP with other evidence-based therapies to work with individuals with OCD and related disorders.

Speakers
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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 residential/inpatient treatment programs, Rogers Memorial Hospital and The Menninger Clinic... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

4:00pm

Teens-Only Field Trip to Union Square

Calling all teenagers - the IOCDF is going on a field trip!  Come join Dr. Jason Spielman and his team as they embark on a trip to Union Square, “San Francisco's Crown Jewel of shopping districts.”  After a short three block walk from the hotel, choose to accept challenges from the team of therapists or challenge your friends to work on their OCD with exposures while shopping or eating at one of the hundreds of stores.  Teenage participants will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based constructive strategies to deal with OCD-related obstacles that are naturally occurring in a real-world shopping setting.

**PLEASE NOTE: All teen participants will need a signed permission slip from their parent/guardian in order to attend this event.


Speakers
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 Compul... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Golden Gate C1

4:00pm

I'm More Than My OCD: Put Things in Perspective
When struggling with OCD, it can seem as if it's your only identity. It affects so many aspects of your life, it can be easy to forget who you truly are & what makes you unique. Attendees will examine their lives from a more rational perspective, rather than through an OCD lens. This interactive workshop will utilize individual exercises designed to help attendees gain an alternative perspective, rather than OCD's rigid & inflexible interpretations. This will include small group discussions regarding living according to personal life values, goals & morals, instead of OCD.

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

6:00pm

Empowering Yoga Flow
Feeling the need to add a little movement to your day after sitting in sessions? Join us for a fun, all-level yoga class, set to uplifting and inspiring tunes, that will leave you feeling energized and empowered.

Friday July 7, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific H, 4th floor

6:00pm

Using Art to Humanize OCD and Hoarding Disorder
Join us for a display of both interactive media and images from photographic projects on OCD and Hoarding Disorder. This gallery show aims to create awareness and cultivate a community of empathy in regards to mental illness, specifically focusing on OCD and Hoarding Disorder, and give hope to those who are affected.

Speakers
BA

Brooke Alius, BFA

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Graphic Design. I had OCD symptoms as a child but nothing was ever life disrupting until I was in my early 20's when I suffered greatly because of OCD. Getting therapy saved my life and as a designer I wanted to create an interactive gallery show to create awareness and also give hope for people... Read More →
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Everitt Clark

Photographer Everitt Clark grew up in a hoarded home. After working as a landscape photographer for over a decade, he realized that his childhood experience with clutter haunted his pictures. “Treasures of the Heart”, his current project, is about people's passionate attachments to their Things. Ev showed his work at the 2016 OCD Conference and 2015 International Hoarding... Read More →
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Dan Fenstermacher, MFA

Dan Fenstermacher's photography merges fine art portraiture and documentary photojournalism with political activist issues. His work brings light to stigmas and stereotypes surrounding mental illness, and aims to shed light on the perseverance of the human spirit in overc... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Juniper

7:00pm

BDD Support Group
Most people living with BDD never meet someone else who also has it. That only further contributes to feelings of isolation, which tends to be a hallmark of those living with the disorder. The IOCDF annual conference BDD support group offers a rare opportunity to meet others who truly understand what it is like to live with such a tormenting psychiatric illness: fellow BDD sufferers. Family members are also welcome, as they too live with the daily anguish caused by BDD. This is a safe, confidential environment where people are free to share their concerns without judgement. Please join us!

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 ob... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Golden Gate A

7:00pm

Compassionate Self-Care for Family Members of Those With BDD
A day of caring for sufferers of BDD/OCD and related illness can feel like an eternity. Caregivers often find themselves 'on duty' from sunup to sundown, sleeping at night with one eye open. In this supportive, candid forum, we will share stories of how we care for ourselves even when the going gets rough. What are the physical, psychological, and spiritual 'oases' that refresh us, renew our commitment, and help us be more effective? We will explore compassionate self-care as the sustainable approach to caring for loved ones with a chronic illness.

Speakers
JA

Judy Asselin, MA

Judy Nicholson Asselin is a retired educator who, with her husband Denis, has been spreading awareness about BDD and raising funds for research ever since they lost their 24-year-old son Nathaniel to BDD in 2011. Judy is eager to share her insights into how to keep the ba... Read More →
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Denis Asselin, MA

Denis Nicholson Asselin is dedicated to spreading awareness about BDD/OCD. His son Nathaniel struggled 13 years with BDD and took his own life at age 24. In Nathaniel’s memory, Denis walked the Camino in Spain with wife Judy and daughter Carrie, followed by walks from P... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Willow

7:00pm

Social Anxiety Support Group
This group will provide a space for individuals of all ages to share their encounters with Social Anxiety and meet others who experience similar difficulties in social settings. As individuals present with varying levels of anxiety, participants will be encouraged to participate at their own pace and comfort level. We will explore situations in which people experience anxiety, provide psychoeducation about evidenced-based techniques utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy, and provide opportunities for individuals to engage in social activities.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Norona-Blocker, PsyD

Danielle Norona-Blocker, PsyD

Associate Director of Assessments, Neurobehavioral Institute
Licensed Psychologist
avatar for Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

7:00pm

Support Group for Parents and Others Caring for Children with PANDAS/PANS
Parents of children with PANDAS/PANS have higher stress levels than those caring for children suffering from cancer, diabetes, or any other life-threatening condition. The sudden onset of symptoms provides little time to prepare for a 'new norm' that includes not only severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but also extreme separation anxiety, mood swings, sensory sensitivities, and other troublesome symptoms. This support group will explore strategies for surviving the acute crisis period in PANDAS and thriving during the months of convalescence. The facilitated discussion will seek pearls of PANDAS/PANS wisdom from experienced parents, as well as expert clinicians.

Speakers
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Susan Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD... Read More →
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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 an... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Golden Gate B

7:00pm

Combating the OCD Critic with Compassion
This support group will review the core concepts and goals of self-compassion training tailored for individuals suffering from OCD. Research identifying significant correlations between high levels of shame, perfectionism, self-criticism, self-judgement and increased OCD symptom severity will be reviewed. In addition to disseminating research supporting the utility of self-compassion training techniques in reducing these specific dimensions of OCD. By participating in experiential self-compassion exercises, attendees will acquire these unique skills and supplement their coping repertoire.

Speakers
CI

Christine Izquierdo, PsyD

Dr. Christine Izquierdo has completed specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. Currently, she specializes in the treatment of severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders at Renewed Freedom Center. She is highly skilled in integrating cognitive behavioral, exposure, acceptance, and compassion focused interventions in her treatment approach to help alleviate suffering caused by chronic anxiety and OCD... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Walnut, B2 Level

7:00pm

G.O.A.L. (Giving Obsessive-Compulsive 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. 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 guide attendees into choosing achievable goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson PhD

Jonathan Grayson PhD

Currently, I’m the director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California.  I have been specializing in the treatment of obsessive... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

7:00pm

OCD and Multicultural Stigma
This is a support group for those who do not receive the support or help from family or friends due to multicultural differences or cultural stigma. They can come from any culture whether it be Asian, Spanish, European, Mediterranean. Examples of lack of support may range from not being able to talk about the disorder, fighting about it, or being classified as just 'crazy'. This may be due to lack of knowledge and awareness, shame, cultural morals and upbringing, or restrictions. This group would be an open forum for those who would like to share their stories and know that they are not alone.

Speakers
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Charlene Salvador, BBA

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... Read More →
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Ariz Rojas, PhD

Dr. Ariz Rojas is the Director of Behavioral Therapies and Assistant Professor in the Division of Tics, OCD, and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Her clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. Additionally, Dr. Rojas teaches and supervises psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents and... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Laurel

7:00pm

OCD and Self Injury Support Group
Self-injury can be a coping mechanism for people with OCD. The shame and secrecy surrounding self-injury prevent many people from seeking treatment. This support group will be a safe, non judgemental environment for attendees to share their own experiences with self injury while also hearing from other attendees. The facilitators will share their own experiences, how therapy helped identify triggers for self injury and the strategies they learned in therapy to stop. As a group, we will strategize on how to educate and break down the personal stigma that many who self injure deal with.

Speakers
JC

Jenn Coward

Jenn has her Bachelors of Communications Studies from the University of Western Sydney. Jenn has been living with OCD for the past 17 years. Jenn has been interviewed for numerous newspaper, radio and TV programs to promote mental health awareness. Jenn shares her experie... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

7:00pm

Relationship OCD Support and Psychoeducational Group
We know that OCD morphs, and as you go through life it will target what you care about the most. Many individuals are surprised to hear that OCD actually can target their relationship and quite often don't understand how it happens. They often believe that their current feelings and situations may not be OCD. Uncertainty about your loved one doesn't need to torment your everyday life. This support group will also provide essential information to help you recognize rOCD, such as recognizing cognitive distortions, red flags, and we will share ACT skills for you to start managing rOCD.

Speakers
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Nancy Larsen, MSW

Interacting with clients in therapy is a great passion of mine as I have seen how clinical techniques can truly help someone change for the better. While working at Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, I have implemented Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients struggling... Read More →
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Annabella Hagen, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Clinical Director and Owner, Mindset Family Therapy
Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Mindset Family Therapy in Provo, Utah. Her focus is working with clients who suffer from all types of OCD, anxiety and OC spectrum disorders.  She is passionate about teaching ACT and CBT skills... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

7:00pm

Support Group for BFRBs
We hope this support group may help break the isolation and shame so many people with BFRBs (such as skin picking and hair pulling) experience, and give participants an opportunity to share those habit reversal techniques most likely to help with this problem. As this is a sensitive issue this group is reserved for individuals over the age of 13.

Speakers
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 memb... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

7:00pm

Support Group for People with Sexual and Violent Obsessions in OCD
Sexual and violent obsessions are common but often unrecognized or misunderstood. Sexual obsessions can include worries about sexual orientation, being a pedophile, or acting out sexually. Violent obsessions may include fears about harming someone. People with these obsessions may experience greater distress, have difficulty finding effective treatment, and require a longer treatment course. This group will provide a brief overview of these obsessions and then break into smaller support groups where members can share their experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection in a supportive setting.

Speakers
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Jenifer Viscusi, MA

Ms. Viscusi is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Spalding University. Her research interests include: obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, sexual health and functioning as related to mental health, and the impact of mental health on family membe... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Flower, PsyD

Nicholas Flower, PsyD

Nicholas R. Flower, Psy.D.
Dr. Flower is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in downtown Pittsburgh PA and is the president of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. He specializes in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety disorders with exposure and response prevention... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

7:00pm

Superhero Comic Strip Hour

Come imagine and explore a comic strip using a superhero and/or supervillain (and many more) that you created. You will have full creative control over how your hero and/or villain behaves and how much space they take up in your new story. You will be able to give your superhero any super power imaginable.



Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Golden Gate C2

7:00pm

Create Your Turtle – What Will You Carry with You?

Middle schoolers will be asked to identify things/people/places/ideas that they value and would like to carry with them wherever they go. They will then create a turtle, incorporating these values into their shell represented through drawings, pictures, words, and designs with various art materials. Attendees will be encouraged to think about how much they can carry with them in their shell, if certain things can be left behind, whether or not these values will change with time, and what they discovered about themselves through this process.



Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Golden Gate C3

7:00pm

Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens
Explore the benefits of yoga äóñ improved awareness, balance, flexibility, and relaxation äóñ in a spirit of curiosity and self-discovery. In this class, teens will be guided through basic pranayama (breathing) practices to connect mind and body, and be introduced to a variety of asanas (poses) ranging from simple standing to more challenging balancing postures.Œæ As participants mindfully breathe, move, and stretch in new and exciting ways, they will develop confidence in and a deeper appreciation for the gift of the body.


Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Golden Gate C1

8:30pm

The 17th Annual Road to Recovery Tour
Repeating this experiential workshop for the 17th year, a brief presentation about tonight's tour/'virtual camping' will focus on inspiring you to risk getting better. Following this, participants-patients, family members, and professionals-will go on a field trip throughout SF in which participants will experience the 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 will choose!

Speakers
avatar for Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Co-Founder, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC and Beyond the Doubt, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, with Jon Hershfield, MFT. She w... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MA

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT is the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore and is licensed in Maryland, California, and Virginia. A specialist in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions for OCD, Jon is also the author of the book When a Family Member Has OC... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Grayson PhD

Jonathan Grayson PhD

Currently, I’m the director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California.  I have been specializing in the treatment of obsessive... Read More →
avatar for Amy Jenks, PsyD

Amy Jenks, PsyD

Director, Bay Area OCD and Anxiety
Amy Jenks, Psy.D., is the Director of the Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center in Orinda, California. Dr. Jenks specializes in the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Jenks regularly presents locally as well as nationally on OCD... Read More →


Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9
 
Saturday, July 8
 

6:30am

Cultivating Awareness Through Meditation
Good morning - did you know that you can cultivate awareness? The practice of meditation helps to cultivate awareness of thinking and awareness of the value we place on those thoughts. Using this awareness, we can better leverage the space that response prevention creates to make the choices that we want to make and that serve our best interests. Beginners and seasoned meditators welcomed.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Hagedorn

Melissa Hagedorn

Director, Northwest Yoga Conference
Melissa founded the Northwest Yoga Conference in response to her own need for a local and affordable immersion into yoga after her husband was laid off from his job. Since founding the conference, she has taken many leaps of faith and embraced the adventure that life presents. She is a believer in saying yes to opportunity. Melissa enjoys exploring and sharing nature from her RV (full-timer!), often as an outdoor guide for her... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 6:30am - 7:30am
Golden Gate A

8:00am

Sensory Over-Responsivity Across the OC-Spectrum
This panel will discuss some of the recent research on sensory over-responsivity (SOR; disproportionate reaction to ordinary sensory stimuli). Panelists will provide a brief overview of recent findings about SOR in OCD, trichotillomania, and misophonia. A Q&A session will then be held between the panelists themselves and audience as well. Sample issues include: What role does SOR play in OCD and related disorders? How can someone incorporate these issues into their treatment? The conversation will be primarily focused on the clinical application of these researchers' findings.

Speakers
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Monica Wu, MA

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Monica Wu, M.A. is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, just finishing her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Ms. Wu's clinical research broadly focuses on youth with obsessive-compulsive and related... Read More →
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Martha Falkenstein, PhD

Martha Falkenstein, PhD is a Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital and a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School. Her primary research interests are in treatment development and outcom... Read More →
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Adam Reid, PhD

Dr. Adam Reid is currently a post-doctoral fellow at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents. During his  fellowship Dr. Reid is advancing his clinical acumen by learning acceptance & commitment therapy for youth with severe OCD. He is also working to further develop a program of research that seeks to identify how to optimize exposure implementation... Read More →
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Adam Lewin, PhD

Associate Professor & OCD Program Director, University of South Florida
Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry and is the Director of the OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychology and directs USF's postdoctora... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

8:00am

Turn Your Secrets Into Surviving
Battling OCD is hard enough, why must we keep it a secret? What's the fear? Why must we hide our struggle from others, carrying the burden of truth alone? People suffering from cancer to MS can comfortably and openly seek support and treatment for their illness. Why can't we? Well, we should... and can. This interactive panel explores the reasons why sufferers and families fear disclosing. You'll learn how to work through your debilitating feelings and free yourself from secrets. Who to tell about OCD and how to tell them, all in an effort to make extraordinary positive changes in your life.

Speakers
avatar for Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP

Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
E. Katia Moritz, Ph.D., ABPP is the Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute. She is a licensed psychologist in the States of Florida, Utah and New York. Dr. Moritz is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and a fellow at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is the author of "Working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children" (Audio and Video Training Program), "Forms for Helping Children With OCD" and "Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: An OCD Story Book... Read More →
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Michael Jenike, MD

professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Jenike is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board as Chairman of the International Obsessive Compulsiv... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 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 difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth received her... Read More →
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Ethan Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

8:00am

When Emotional Meltdowns Hijack OCD Treatment
Emotional meltdowns, tantrums, or breakdowns can act as speedbumps to derail treatment goals for OCD. Meltdowns can occur at any age and the loss of energy and time can be quite substantial. This interactive workshop will present a technique to effectively reduce meltdown frequency and severity. Case examples will be used to illustrate the techniques. Participants will be encouraged to provide examples for practice in both predicting meltdowns and handling them more effectively.

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... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate B

8:00am

Psychological Features and Community-Based Treatment of Hoarding Disorder
This symposium will present several recent research studies of psychological vulnerability factors (such as distress intolerance) and their relationship with hoarding severity; associated features (procrastination, disorganization, indecisiveness, perfectionism) in people with HD vs. OCD; and community-based treatments for hoarding disorder (HD), including group cognitive-behavioral therapy and peer-led Buried in Treasures groups conducted in a real world setting, and a workshop designed to engage communities to provide evidence-based treatment for HD.

Speakers
CM

Carol Mathews, MD

Carol A. Mathews MD is Brooke Professor, Department of Psychiatry, in the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her research focuses on how one's culture, environment and genes interact to influence the development and expression of neuropsychiatric syndromes and sym... Read More →
avatar for Sanjaya Saxena, MD

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 fu... Read More →
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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD-PhD

Dr. Rodriguez utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of an... Read More →
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Jessica Grisham, PhD

Jessica Grisham is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW Australia, and an OCD, hoarding, and anxiety disorders researcher. She is interested in the etiology and maintenance of OCD and related disorders, comorbidity and classification of anxiety disor... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

8:00am

Is it Time to Break Up with Your Therapist?
Choosing a therapist and determining if treatment is really working can be a daunting process. This panel will offer some practical steps for people with OCD to find, evaluate, and decide if the therapy they receive is working. An interactive discussion about what does and doesn't help in OCD therapy will take place. Recommendations about how to measure improvement and what elements should be included in ERP therapy sessions will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to discuss both helpful and unhelpful experiences and the importance of cultural competency and liking one's therapist.

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... Read More →
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Charity Wilkinson-Truong, PsyD

Dr. Wilkinson-Truong is a clinical psychologist whose research and practice have focused on the use of empirically supported treatments throughout her career. Dr. Wilkinson-Truong currently works at Stress & Anxiety Services of NJ. She was the Chief of Psychology at the Fort Hood, TX site for the StrongStar PTSD Research Consortium. While there, she oversaw clinical operations and provided local supervision for RCTs investigating the best treatments for PTSD in active duty... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate A

8:00am

Kicking OCD Monsters Off the Bus
Driving a bus full of OCD monsters is a tough job, especially when they play pranks along the way to keep you from reaching your destination. Fortunately, with a road map in hand, you'll identify the obstacles to expect on this journey. Despite feeling nervous, you'll learn to take the driver's seat and kick these unwelcomed monsters off the bus.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will draw a road map of the ideal place they would like to drive to where OCD doesn't exist.
2) Participants will identify the unwelcomed OCD Monsters on their bus, and how these monsters get in the way of reaching their ideal place. 

3) Participants will share their road map with group members, and practice strategies to keep driving the bus when the OCD Monsters get loud.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP

Jenny 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 Behavioral... Read More →
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Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests a... Read More →
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Jake Knapik, PsyD

Dr. Jake Knapik is the Director of Training at the Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, CA. Jake's interest primarily focus on the advocacy of OCD awareness within the community and in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. 


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C2

8:00am

Treating OCD and Substance Use Disorder 101
It is estimated up to 25% of those with OCD have had a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in their lifetime. Come learn specific strategies, treatment protocols, & resources for treating OCD and co-occurring Substance Use Disorders (SUD) based on case examples & Evidence Based Treatments which can be combined for effective concurrent treatment for those living with OCD-SUD. Resources for additional support & learning will be provided. Participant questions on the treatment of OCD-SUD are welcomed. Basic knowledge of OCD treatment to include ERP is assumed and will not be covered in detail.

Speakers
SC

Stacey Conroy, MSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Hea... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Behavioral Medicine Alexian Brothers in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the A.V.P. of their Residential Treatment Program opening in spring of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

8:00am

Research Progress and Clinical Updates in PANS & PANDAS
We will talk about PANS & PANDAS in a thoughtful, meaningful way (and send you the abstracts soon!)

Speakers
JF

Jennifer Frankovich, MD

Dr. Frankovich is a clinical associate professor of Pediatrs focusing on Rheumatology at Stanford University.
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Susan Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD... Read More →
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Dritan Agalliu, PhD

Dr. Dritan Agalliu is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Pathology & Cell Biology and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. After receiving in PhD from Columbia University in 2006, Dr. Agalliu accepted a faculty position... Read More →
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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 an... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

8:00am

Ayuda! Tratamiento Eficaz para el TOC
La búsqueda de ayuda en tratamiento para el trastorno obsesivo compulsivo se puede volver una meta un tanto confusa. Algunas personas ya han recibido tratamiento, sin embargo siguen sufriendo de sus síntomas, lo cual los lleva a la desesperanza. En esta presentación bilingüe hablaremos de los tratamientos para el TOC que tienen prueba de ser eficaz por medio de investigaciones científicas. También hablaremos de las expectativas para el tratamiento, complicaciones, y tratamientos complementarios.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Training, Neurobehavioral Institute
 Dr. Joyce Szentpaly is a licensed psychologist who practices at Neurobehavioral Institute, Weston, FL, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions. Dr. Szentpaly is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience wor... Read More →
avatar for Lissette Cortes PsyD

Lissette Cortes PsyD

Neurobehavioral Insitute
Dr. Cortes is a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Katia Moritz at The Neurobehavioral Institute in Weston. She holds her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She practices serving multicultural populations in family, couples, g... Read More →
avatar for Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Nob Hill B-D

8:00am

Help! Evidenced Based Treatment for OCD

Trying to get the right treatment for OCD can be confusing. Though some may have already received treatment, and they may still suffer from their symptoms and thus feel frustrated.. This bilingual presentation will discuss treatments for OCD that have proven to be effective through scientific research. We will also discuss expectations for treatment, common complications, and alternative treatment options.

 


Speakers
avatar for Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Training, Neurobehavioral Institute
 Dr. Joyce Szentpaly is a licensed psychologist who practices at Neurobehavioral Institute, Weston, FL, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions. Dr. Szentpaly is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience wor... Read More →
avatar for Lissette Cortes PsyD

Lissette Cortes PsyD

Neurobehavioral Insitute
Dr. Cortes is a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Katia Moritz at The Neurobehavioral Institute in Weston. She holds her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She practices serving multicultural populations in family, couples, g... Read More →
avatar for Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Nob Hill B-D

8:00am

ACTing your Way Through the OCD Storms
Life gets tricky when you are a teen, and may become even more topsy-turvy when OCD storms show up. This ACTion workshop will teach you how to listen with ACT ears, do what it takes to get through the OCD storms, and focus on what matters most in your life. ACT principles will be taught and reviewed through experiential exercises that include: 'DOTS with Paddles,' 'The Arm Timeline,' 'Dancing in the Rain,' 'The Wrinkled Sock', and 'Demons on the Boat.'

Speakers
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Nancy Larsen, MSW

Interacting with clients in therapy is a great passion of mine as I have seen how clinical techniques can truly help someone change for the better. While working at Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, I have implemented Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients struggling... Read More →
avatar for Annabella Hagen, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Annabella Hagen, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Clinical Director and Owner, Mindset Family Therapy
Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Mindset Family Therapy in Provo, Utah. Her focus is working with clients who suffer from all types of OCD, anxiety and OC spectrum disorders.  She is passionate about teaching ACT and CBT skills... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C1

8:00am

Articulating Disconfirmable Core Fears: A Key Component of Useful Case Formulations
Core fears are catastrophic outcomes individuals anticipate will happen if they fail to avoid or neutralize an obsession trigger. Some patients are unable to articulate their fear or report fears indistinct from normal concerns. Another complication is the notion that some forms of OCD do not involve fear. As a result, many case formulations omit fear concepts or include core fears that cannot be disconfirmed. Treatment plans that incorporate clearly articulated core fears have many advantages. This workshop will present a model to guide therapists in identifying useful core fears.

Speakers
avatar for Alec Pollard, PhD

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 t... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

8:00am

Defusing the OCD Bomb: Simple (and Sometimes Silly) Tricks from ACT
Have you ever tried saying your most intrusive OCD thoughts in the voice of Donald Duck? Have you ever taken your mind for a walk? Wondering where this is going? Then this interactive workshop is for you. We will introduce teen attendees to the ACT concepts of cognitive fusion and defusion as they relate to OCD. Participants will examine how fusion operates in their own lives and gets in the way of living according to their values. We will have fun experimenting with various defusion techniques and participants will walk away with a new set of tools to help them challenge their OCD.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Schwallie, LCSW

Megan Schwallie, LCSW

Megan Schwallie is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Phoenix, AZ. She is passionate about celebrating and cultivating courage. She specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders as well as frequently co-occurring conditions such as Body Focused Repetitive Behavio... Read More →
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Sam Lample, MA, LPC

Samuel S. Lample is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and IOCDF member. He is the owner and Clinical Director of Thrive Therapy and The Way Recovery in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been treating individuals with eating disorders, OCD and substance abuse issues for the past 17 years in both inpatient and outpatient... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30pm
Golden Gate C3

9:45am

Families Unite: Learn Skills to Join Together to Fight OCD
This workshop will begin with a brief presentation reviewing family responses to OCD in adults and children and the impact these responses have on OCD. We will introduce the concept of behavioral contracting, a family-based intervention, to unite families to work together to reduce OCD symptoms and their impact on the quality of life for everyone. This is a highly interactive and experiential workshop, ideal for families. Even if your family/person with OCD is not present, you can still participate to learn what you can do! Everyone will go away with a plan.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
avatar for Felicity Sapp, PhD

Felicity Sapp, PhD

Anxiety Psychological Services
Dr. Felicity Sapp is the owner of Anxiety Psychological Services in Calgary Canada. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment. She was Adjunct staff with the Departments of Psychiatry and Ps... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

9:45am

How to live a full life- ACT for Everyone
Everyone is welcome to join us as we explore and practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). On this journey we will learn how to shift our focus from our struggles to living a full and meaningful life. We will identify our values and practice concrete exercises that will challenge ourselves in new and exciting ways. Exercises will include practicing mindfulness and acceptance and getting distance from unhelpful thoughts and feelings. Everyone will leave with a more compassionate approach to challenging themselves during the conference and throughout their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carr, MA

Sarah Carr, MA

choicetherapy
Sarah Carr, M.A. is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern treating clients under Dr. Marisa Mazza’s supervision. Ms. Carr graduated from Pepperdine University, and trained at the UCLA Intensive OCD Treatment Program. She currently offers weekly individual... Read More →
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →
avatar for Amy Jenks, PsyD

Amy Jenks, PsyD

Director, Bay Area OCD and Anxiety
Amy Jenks, Psy.D., is the Director of the Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center in Orinda, California. Dr. Jenks specializes in the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Jenks regularly presents locally as well as nationally on OCD... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Mazza, PsyD

Marisa Mazza, PsyD

Founder & Psychologist, choicetherapy
Marisa T. Mazza, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the founder of choicetherpay. Dr. Mazza specializes in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatments, like Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitme... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

9:45am

Mental Health Awareness in Sports Special Interest Group
We invite all those interested in talking about this topic to join us for the first meeting of this special interest group!

Speakers
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Corey Hirsch

Corey Hirsch is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender, currently working for Sportsnet as a freelance NHL analyst. He spent the majority of his National Hockey League career with the Vancouver Canucks.Corey lives with OCD Intrusive thoughts and is an aspiring advocate... Read More →
avatar for Evelyn Stewart, MD

Evelyn Stewart, MD

Associate Professor and Director, OCD Clinic, University of BC, Psychiatry and the Pediatric OCD Program (POP)
Dr. Evelyn Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children's Hospital. She is a child and adult psych... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Willow

9:45am

Mindfulness, Creativity, and Clutter
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a simple step-by-step mindfulness practice tapping into creative solutions for dealing with too much stuff. After presenting a model of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions for clutter, presenters will focus on practical strategies. Through an experiential exercise participants will put new skills to practice and explore a unique way of conversing with attachment to clutter. By introducing this tender approach of mindfulness with a touch of creativity, we hope to inspire a fresh take on sorting through and simplifying clutter.

Speakers
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Sharon Belknap

Sharon Belknap is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 'teacher in training' at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach. She is the artistic creator of Tidbits of Love® and is a practicing Graphic Designer in her one-gal design studio located in Cardiff... Read More →
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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD-PhD

Dr. Rodriguez utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of an... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Millen, PsyD

Andrea Millen, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Andrea Millen, Psy.D. is a post-doctoral fellow in the OCD and Related Disorders program within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. She cultivates a daily mindfulness practice and is passionate about sharing mindfulness skills with clients and colleagues to improve overall... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

9:45am

The Social Experiment: Let's Be Socially Anxious Together
It can almost seem as if OCD doesn't want you to have a social life.Come join Dr. Jason Spielman and his team as they take you on a guided 'social experiment' in which participants will have the opportunity to learn constructive strategies to deal with OCD-related social obstacles that are naturally (and perhaps not-so-naturally) occurring in and around the hotel conference setting.Your fellow attendees and highly embarrassing guides will have a good time making social mistakes together that you can practice when you get home from the conference. Remember: no social risk, no social reward.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Training, Neurobehavioral Institute
 Dr. Joyce Szentpaly is a licensed psychologist who practices at Neurobehavioral Institute, Weston, FL, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions. Dr. Szentpaly is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience wor... Read More →
avatar for Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... 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 Compul... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate A

9:45am

Turning OCD Inside Out
Is your OCD a bully inside your head? Maybe or maybe not. As illustrated in the movie 'Inside Out', participants will learn how the mind works like a committee that sometimes is very effective and sometimes not, especially when OCD is taking the lead. In this lively and interactive multi-media workshop, scenes from the movie 'Inside Out' introduce this concept and attendees are invited to be live audience members of the interactive game show 'Meet Your Mind.' At the end of the presentation, participants will be invited to draw how their OCD part of their mind appears to them.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP

Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Brady directs the Lindner Center of HOPE's OCD and Anxiety treatment program and serves as the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services. Dr. Brady is a clinical psychologist with 23 years of experience in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Psychiatry. He has... Read More →
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Jennifer Wells, MSW

Ms. Wells is one of the core members of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety treatment team at Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides outpatient therapy for children, teenagers and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders utilizing the eviden... Read More →
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Jennifer Wilcox, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Lindner Center of HOPE
Dr. Wilcox is a licensed clinical psychologist and member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorders treatment team at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with moderate to severe OCD and anxiety disorder... Read More →
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Nicole Bosse, PsyD

OCD Postdoctoral Fellow, Lindner Center of HOPE
Ms. Bosse is an OCD Psychology Fellow at the Lindner Center of HOPE where she is providing individualized Exposure/ Response Prevention therapy for adult and teenagers in the Sibcy and Williams House residential treatment programs.


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C2

9:45am

The Parent Trap: How to Navigate OCD and Your Parents
One of the most difficult parts of having OCD as a kid or teenager can be navigating the relationship with your parents. It is hard to explain to your parents what is going on in your head, but your parents can be vital team members in your fight against OCD. Three young adults will discuss how they navigated tough conversations with their parents, while still maintaining loving, respectful relationships. The panelists will share how their relationships with their parents changed as they grew older and took on more responsibility with their OCD treatment.

Speakers
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Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born, his very first episode was from age 5 until around age 12. He had a fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was at age 13 when he was treated for contamination OCD for a year. His longest episode to date was religious scrupulosity from the age of 15 until 18. Neil is a Social Work student now, pursuing his... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went... Read More →
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Emma Sullivan

My name is Emma Sullivan. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I attended the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn from pre-k to 12th grade. I am now a freshman at Ithaca College. I am a film major, and hopefully minoring in psychology soon. I played basketball in hig... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C3

9:45am

OCD and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Town Hall - Reducing Stigma by Breaking Silence
This year's Town Hall will continue to focus on reducing the stigma of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) within the OCD community by encouraging open discussion of treatment the needs of those with OCD-SUD, providing updates in treatment options and advocacy resources. A brief opening presentation on OCD-SUD followed by personal stories and/or professional experiences will start the session. Extended time for questions will be provided. All are welcome, family members, those with OCD-SUD, clinicians, and anyone who is concerned for someone living with OCD-SUD.

Speakers
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Michael Jenike, MD

professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Jenike is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board as Chairman of the International Obsessive Compulsiv... Read More →
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Stacey Conroy, MSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Hea... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Mood Disorders, and Stress. He is a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisson

Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an acci... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate B

9:45am

Treatment of Emotional Regulation Difficulties in OCD : Depression and Co-Morbidities
Difficulties in Emotional Regulation (ER) have been implicated in psychological disorders but not extensively studied in OCD. Recent findings show ER problems are positively correlated with OCD severity in community and clinical samples. In practice co-morbidities affect motivation, treatment planning and progress and treatments incorporating mindfulness, ACT, DBT, tailored CBT strategies and novel approaches such as Cognitive Remediation Therapy can improve mood, cognitive flexibility and eventually ERP effectiveness. We will review research, treatments and describe relevant case studies.

Speakers
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Scott Blair-West, MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, MD

Dr Blair-West graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne, Australia, completing psychiatric training in 1993. While working as an academic he also commenced private practice specializing in CBT for OCD and Panic Disorder. In 2002, he commenced as Medical Direc... Read More →
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Christopher Mogan, PhD

Dr Christopher Mogan PhD is the Director of The Anxiety Clinic in Melbourne, specializing in complex presentations of Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding Disorders. Formerly Clinical Director of the CBT-based Anxiety and Depression Program at The Melbourne Clinic, he developed innovative CBT treatment interventions for an inpatient psychiatric population. Dr Mogan is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University where he conducts research and treatment programs for Hoarding Disorder. The Anxiety Clinic has an Intensive Outpatient Treatment called the XRP Program that implements prolonged exposure strategies. He is part of a group of Melbourne researchers who published research papers on OCD, hoarding, depression and anxiety. In 2014, Dr Mogan was the lead author of the book... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

9:45am

OCD in the First Person: What is a Day with OCD Like?

In this presentation, we will begin by showing a video from the perspective of a person with OCD, showing an example of what a day with OCD can be like. The creator of the video will then give a short testimony of his own experience, including his therapy journey and the tools that have been useful for him along the way. The goal of this presentation is for participants to gain a better and deeper understanding about what is like to have OCD.

 

 



Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Nob Hill B-D

9:45am

TOC en Primera Persona: Cómo es un Día con TOC?
Se mostrará un vídeo grabado desde la perspectiva de primera persona. El vídeo está editado para completar en secuencia el resumen de un día de una persona con TOC. Además, el autor del video y presentador del mismo, explicará lo que ha sido su proceso terapíutico, las técnicas que le han ayudado y las que no, así como su opinión como paciente acerca de esto. El objetivo es que los participantes adquieran una comprensión más profunda acerca de lo quíes tener TOC y sobre todo, adquiera mayor empatía en cómo se siente y que representa para una persona padecerlo.


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Nob Hill B-D

9:45am

How to Raise Your Parents When You Have OCD (to Help You or Get Out of the Way)
As a teen, you may find that your parents are not always helpful or understanding about your struggles with OCD. They may yell, threaten, or even punish, or, alternatively, may ask too many questions, get 'in your face' too much, or try too hard to 'fix' you. In this presentation, we will review very specific ways that you can talk to and 'actively listen' to your parents so that they will calm down a bit, be less judgmental, and be more patient with you. You will also learn ways to teach them how to be more helpful to you, or pull back from attempts to over-control you.

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... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C1

9:45am

Enhancing Motivation and Engagement in Exposure-Based Treatments
Therapists of patients with OCD and/or anxiety disorders often struggle with barriers to motivation or engagement in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) despite having a general desire for symptom reduction and improved quality of life. The purpose of this workshop is to identify and address several of the most common barriers to treatment engagement among adults and children including depression/hopelessness, intolerance of distress, oppositional behavior, ADHD, and others. Particular emphasis will be given to making exposures fun and working with OCD in the midst of hopelessness.

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Alexandra Gilbert

I am a research assistant at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa, Florida working under the supervision of Dr. Eric Storch,  Dr. Rebecca Hamblin, and Dr. Joshua Nadeau. I am researching pediatric OCD and pediatric anxiety in the residential facility. 
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Joshua Nadeau, PhD

Clinical Supervisor, Rogers Behavioral Health
I'm a licensed psychologist, supervising the clinical treatment team at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa. We treat youth and adults with OCD and related disorders, as well as eating disorders. In addition, we're in the midst of expanding our offerings to include the FOCUS (depre... Read More →
avatar for Eric Storch, PhD

Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

9:45am

Maximizing EX/RP with Taboo Content in Adults and Children
Effective EX/RP for 'taboo' OCD symptoms, including aggressive impulses, sexual thoughts, and bathroom behavior, requires therapist and patient to discuss these topics in detail and use this information to maximize treatment. This presentation will focus on (1) assessing the functional relationship between taboo obsessions and compulsions, (2) conducting exposures that are thorough but not gratuitous, and (3) addressing taboo symptoms in children. To help illustrate this topic, one presenter will provide a first-hand account of suffering from taboo OCD symptoms and completing EX/RP treatment.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brett

Kate Brett

Kate Brett is a Philadelphia resident who suffered with OCD for many painful years before discovering the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in August of 2011. She entered an EXRP Treatment study with severe OCD  and, 17 sessions later... Read More →
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Steven Tsao, PhD

Steven Tsao is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Co-Founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy which specializes in providing evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias. He also trea... Read More →
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Anthony Puliafico, PhD

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center. He serves as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD)-Westchester, which specializes in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and related disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Puliafico regularly publishes and presents on cognitive-behavioral treatment for youth with anxiety disorders and... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

12:30pm

Living with OCD & Living with a Loved one with OCD
As a former Professional Athlete that has lived with OCD. I talk about my struggles and challenges. I share my strength ,experience and hope and how I keep my balance today. My wife presents with me. She shares her experiences of living with a loved one with OCD and all of its struggles and challenges. Author of . 'A Matter of Inches' (How I survived in the crease and beyond) U.S Title 'The Crazy Game' (How I survived in the crease and beyond) Canadian Title Web site... www.malarchuk.com


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

12:30pm

The Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Enhance OCD Treatment
DBT is a scientifically supported treatment incorporating cognitive behavioral theory and Eastern meditation. DBT has been successfully applied to a variety of psychological conditions. Most notably, mindfulness has become a common addition to standard CBT. DBT's skills based approach to manage intense emotions and it's focus on increasing motivation and therapy engagement makes it a potentially valuable addition to treatment. This presentation will introduce attendees to the principles and techniques of DBT and discuss its specific application to OCD Related Disorders to enhance gains.

Speakers
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Tania Borda, PhD

Tania Borda se graduó con honores, como Licenciada en Psicología en la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inicio su formación de post-grado en el Hospital Braulio Moyano y Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Paralelamente, comenzó su formación en... Read More →
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Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is co-founder and director of Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. She is President and Board member of OCDNY. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy and in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of many national and internati... Read More →
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Sony Khemlani-Patel, PhD

Dr. Sony Khemlani-Patel is a licensed psychologist specializing in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders at the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY . She is on the Board of Directors and acting Secretary for the New York affiliate of the IOCDF. She is also a member of IO... Read More →
avatar for Alec Pollard, PhD

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 t... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

12:30pm

Ask the Experts: Frequently Asked Questions about OCD in Children and Adolescents
Bring your questions about OCD in children and teens to a pediatric OCD expert panel of three psychologists and a psychiatrist. Drs. Wagner, Mansueto, and Stewart will briefly share insights from their years of working with OCD, to address common FAQ's such as how ERP works, what to expect during treatment, how to help your child through treatment, handling meltdowns, treatment refusal, school issues, medication, and what to expect in the future. The remainder of the session is open to the attendees to ask questions of the experts.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Stewart, MD

Evelyn Stewart, MD

Associate Professor and Director, OCD Clinic, University of BC, Psychiatry and the Pediatric OCD Program (POP)
Dr. Evelyn Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children's Hospital. She is a child and adult psych... Read More →
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Aureen Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and member of the Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF. Dr. Wagner is an expert in childhood an... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate B

12:30pm

Building Peer Supports on a Stages of Change Continuum
Meet the individuals with lived experience of collecting challenges who have created a national model of peer supports at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco's Center for Understanding Collecting Behaviors (CUCB). We will describe in detail the range of supports and how it was designed to support individuals along the Stages of Change continuum. We will also solicit audience members to speak of their own experiences with peer support programs.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Barr

Elizabeth Barr has been a member of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco Peer Response Team since April 2013.   She currently co-facilitates the Unburied from Treasures support group.  She also shares her personal recovery story in many venues and assists peer i... Read More →
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David Bain, MA Ed

Peer Facilitator, Mental Health Association
David works as Peer Facilitator for the PCORI project leading 10 Buried in Treasures (BiT) groups to date coaching over 60 people on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for dealing with clutter. He has made multiple presentations to groups across the Bay Area on the hoarding... Read More →
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Ana B. Gutierrez

Ana B. Gutierrez is an original member of the Peer Response Team for Collecting Behaviors of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco  (November 2011).   She has facilitated both WRAP for Finders/Keepers and Action Group.  She has shared her personal story of recove... Read More →
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Varian Pierce

Varian Pierce has been a member of the Peer Response Team for Collecting Behaviors of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco since 2012.  He has facilitated WRAP for Finders/Keepers, Action Group, and Clearing House (LGBT 55+).  He has  told his personal story of recovery in over 30 venues including the IOCD conference in Los... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

12:30pm

Fun and Games!

Come hang out in the Kids Room and play! We will have all kinds of games available to play, along with a relaxed and inviting environment with music.



Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C2

12:30pm

Over-Achievers With OCD: How to Excel in School Without Letting Your OCD Win
Diligence, meticulousness, attention to detail. For youth with OCD, these qualities can make functioning difficult. Yet for those without OCD, these qualities propel achievement. Presenters will help students to balance OCDs adaptive elements and their desire to achieve against OCDs ability to impair functioning. Josh will discuss his experience as a high schooler balancing classes, extracurriculars, and college admissions, while managing his symptoms. Emily will share research on achievement, perfectionism and OCD, and experiences with youth struggling to overcome OCD and do well in school.

Speakers
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Emily Steinberg, BA

Emily Steinberg graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. Emily currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Emily coordinates fMRI research studies aimed at as... Read More →
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Josh Steinberg

Student
Josh Steinberg, a sophomore in High School, was diagnosed with severe OCD in 2012. Josh underwent a full course of intensive CBT and saw great results. Now, Josh has chosen to share his story with other teens suffering from the symptoms of OCD. Most recently, Josh has cre... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C3

12:30pm

Understanding OCD and Substance Use: My Journey with OCD and Addiction then Sobriety
We want to share our personal stories of struggling with OCD and addiction and how we have worked hard to rise above and conquer it. We will illustrate the types of OCD we have, the various treatment we have received, our comorbid struggle with substance use/addiction, and how our lives are today. We want to show that there is hope in living with OCD and surmounting addiction.

Speakers
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Sarah Naff

My name is Sarah Naff and I am a twenty-nine year-old female from San Jose, California.  I am currently a second-year, graduate student studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.  I am the President of my university’s chapter of the counseling honor societ... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate A

12:30pm

The Use of Technology in OCD Treatment
OCD is a chronic, debilitating and prevalent psychiatric illnesses (2-3% of the population). Exposure with response prevention is the most effective treatment with high success rates (75%) yet a treatment gap of nearly 60% exists. Barriers to treatment often include access to care, costs of treatment and stigma with minorities especially susceptible to this gap. Presentation, discussion, case studies and interactive exercises will focus on ways technology is changing the treatment landscape for OCD both as a self-help medium and with a live real-time therapist (tele-therapy).

Speakers
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Jon Hershfield, MA

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT is the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore and is licensed in Maryland, California, and Virginia. A specialist in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions for OCD, Jon is also the author of the book When a Family Member Has OC... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Connecticut, department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Williams is the clinical director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, KY, has published over 85 b... Read More →
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Katrina Rufino, PhD

Dr. Rufino is an assistant professor at the University of Houston – Downtown where she teaches and has an active research program focusing on clinical issues such as suicide and OCD and forensic issues. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University followed by a predoctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a postdoctoral fellowship at BCM/The Menninger Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas and vast clinical mental health... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 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 difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth received her... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

12:30pm

Antes de que Refuerce el TOC, Nos Detengamos
Este taller bilingüe empieza con una revisión de las acomodaciones familiares al TOC que los padres o cuidadores presentan, a pesar de saber que estas respuestas empeoran los síntomas del TOC. Después, los padres o cuidadores son invitados a identificar los bloques específicos que les impiden detener las acomodaciones al TOC, como por ejemplo el miedo de que los niños o adolescentes se enojen, frustración, cansancio, etc. Finalmente, respuestas específicas para manejar estos bloques serán presentadas a los padres o cuidadores

Speakers
avatar for Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Director, East Bay Behavior Therapy Center
Dr. Zurita Ona, or Dr. Z as her clients call her, started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults with mood, anxiety, and body image concerns; areas of expertise are OCD... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Nob Hill B-D

12:30pm

Before Reinforcing OCD Behaviors, Let's Pause

This bilingual workshop begins with reviewing the most common family accommodations to OCD that parents or caregivers engage in, despite knowing that those responses can worsen OCD symptoms. Then, parents or caregivers are invited to identify specific blocks that hinder them from stopping those accommodations, such as fear about their child getting upset, frustrated, tired, etc. Finally, specific behavioral responses to effectively handle these blocks will be presented to parents or caregivers.



Speakers
avatar for Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD

Director, East Bay Behavior Therapy Center
Dr. Zurita Ona, or Dr. Z as her clients call her, started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults with mood, anxiety, and body image concerns; areas of expertise are OCD... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Nob Hill B-D

12:30pm

Teens with OCD: The Journey from Diagnosis to Recovery
Teens with OCD face many challenges, including managing their symptoms, coping with the stresses of school, social life, and family, and working hard to get well. In this panel, several teens with OCD will share their journey from diagnosis to recovery. Panelists will describe how OCD has impacted their lives, their struggles and victories before, during, and after treatment, and the challenges of returning to their family, school, and social life. Teens at any stage of recovery are welcome to join us - we hope that the experiences of these teens will help motivate those who are just beginning their journey of recovery, encourage those in treatment, and help sustain the efforts of those continuing to manage their symptoms in recovery.

Speakers
avatar for David Jacobi, PhD

David Jacobi, PhD

David M. Jacobi, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders at Rogers Memorial Hospital-Oconomowoc. He provides clinical consultation and supervises the work of the beha... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Golden Gate C1

12:30pm

Multimodal Approaches to Treatment Refractory Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and it is also one of the most difficult to treat. This presentation will discuss the up-to-date, evidence-based treatment of OCD across the lifespan. We will start with the definition of treatment refractory OCD. Then we will discuss treatment approaches to difficult to treat OCD in children and adolescents followed by a discussion of psychotherapeutic adjustments to ERP therapy for adults. Finally, we will then discuss evidence based pharmacotherapy and use of other somatic treatments such as DBS. Case based discussion will follow.

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Halverson, MD

Jerry Halverson, MD

Campus Medical Director, Rogers Memorial Hospital Oconomowoc
Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a subspecialty in psychosomatic medicine. He serves as medical director of the FOCUS program, as well as Campus Medical Director at Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc.Dr. Halverson is a distinguished f... Read More →
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Darin Dougherty, MD, MMsc

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Darin Dougherty is Director of Neurotherapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Director, Mood Disorders Section and Associate Director of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group; Director of Medical Education at the MGH Obsessiv... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Riemann, PhD

Bradley Riemann, PhD

Clinical Director, OCD Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Dr. Riemann is currently the director of the OCD Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He has authored numerous scientific articles on OCD and anxiety and has spoken both nationally and internationally on th... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

12:30pm

Not Just-Right is Oh So Right Treatment is easier than you think!
A large evidence-base supports the use of CBT/ERP for the treatment of OCD. However, in both child and adult populations, just-right compulsions and tic-related OCD can present issues for delivering traditional ERP-based protocols, especially for novice clinicians, and are commonly comorbid with other psychiatric disorders. In this lecture, we will review the assessment and treatment of just-right compulsions and tic-related OCD by illustrating the course of treatment with child and adult cases. We will also discuss how to adapt treatment for individuals with comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Speakers
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Lindsay Brauer, PhD

Dr. Brauer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is the co-founder of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic (OCRDC) at the University of Chicago, which focuses on providing evidenc... Read More →
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Ariz Rojas, PhD

Dr. Ariz Rojas is the Director of Behavioral Therapies and Assistant Professor in the Division of Tics, OCD, and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Her clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. Additionally, Dr. Rojas teaches and supervises psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents and... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

2:15pm

How DBT Skills Enhanced My OCD Treatment
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) involves using coping skills to find a balance between acceptance and change. This talk will highlight the experience of two individuals using DBT skills in the context of their OCD treatment, along with the insights of therapists who run DBT skills groups.

Speakers
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Jessica Bishop

I am 26 years old and struggle with OCD. I also have many new skills and tools which help me get through daily. I am ready to speak and make a difference in others lives. Being a presenter is important to me, I am ready to share how I have move forward and toward in recov... Read More →
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Leah Jaramillo, LMFT

As a Marriage and Family therapist I employ the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to assist couples, families and individuals in reaching their desired goals in therapy. The use of DBT, CBT, Narrative and Gottman therapies are used to help couples, families and... Read More →
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Kate Rogers, Phd

Dr. Rogers is a licensed clinical psychologist at the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center. She received her doctoral training in clinical psychology at American University, where she received extensive training in the provision of evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of presenting concerns. During her doctoral training, Dr. Rogers developed specialties in the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety... Read More →
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Carol Thomas

Over the years, Carol's OCD has been a shape shifter, developing into many forms such as symmetry, sexual and violent intrusive thoughts, sexual orientation, checking, scrupulosity, and trichotillomania. After trying over 40 combinations of psychiatric medicines, she is i... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

2:15pm

How OCD Can Rupture Your Relationship and 3 Vital Strategies for Staying Close
The benefits of a secure adult attachment are numerous. Keeping your relationship on good terms even in difficult times is a huge advantage for your mental and physical wellbeing. This presentation describes how the high anxiety of an OCD moment can make you feel isolated and misunderstood, teaches specific steps to repair a bad interaction, and provides tips on how to stay close even when OCD strikes hard. Specific tools from evidence based Emotion Focused Therapy for couples are described. Worksheets and participant discussion will personalize this valuable tool box.

Speakers
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Heidi Hartston, PhD

Heidi Hartston, Ph.D. has a private practice in Oakland, California. She has specialized for over 16 years in treating OCD, and works with addictions and relationship distress. She has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF medical school and as an NIMH supported research fellow in the adult OCD clinic at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has published original research and has been featured in print and on... Read More →



Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate B

2:15pm

Group and Home-Base Interventions for Clutter and Hoarding
This workshop will discuss various types of group and home-based interventions for hoarding that are linked to improved outcomes. Presenters will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with running groups and conducting home-based visits. Interactive exercises and video will be used to engage attendees.

Speakers
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Sarah van Houten

Sarah is currently a second-year student in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Southern Maine. She has done extensive investigation of the evidence base for intervention for Hoarding Disorder, and worked with Dr. Susan Noyes on a qualitative research study of the 'Friendly Visitor' volunteer program for people with Hoarding... Read More →
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Karin Lehr, MSW

Karin Lehr, LCSW,  is a clinician at Riverside Community Care in Newton Massachusetts where she uses Boston University's Hoarding Project's evidence-based group treatment for hoarding disorder protocol. She leads clutter support groups and provides in-home help in the community. In addition to hoarding, she works with people who present with anxiety... Read More →
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Susan Noyes

Susan Noyes, PhD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern Maine. She has practiced occupational therapy in mental health settings for over 30 years. Susan is a founding member of the Portland (Maine) Hoarding Task Force and s... Read More →
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Jordana Muroff, PhD

Dr. Jordana Muroff is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department and is a licensed social worker with extensive clinical experience. Her research and practice interests are in CBT for children and adults with anxiet... Read More →
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Patty Underwood

Patty Underwood is a highly experienced clinical social worker at Riverside Community Care, a large community-based mental health agency near Boston, MA. She developed and oversees the group program at Riverside and runs treatment, maintenance, and support groups for hoarding. She has collaborated with the BU Hoarding Research Project since 2007 and is an adjunct faculty member at BU School of Social Work. She co-authored Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorder, Therapist Guide published by... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

2:15pm

Managing Guilt and Shame with Sexual, Violent, and Blasphemous OCD Intrusive Thoughts
Shame & guilt are emotional, debilitating responses to sexual, violent, & blasphemous intrusive thoughts. These emotions cause individuals to question their character & morality, perpetuating self-stigma and creating barriers in treatment & recovery. Our panel will explore strategies to navigate shame & guilt based on our lived experience.

Speakers
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Angie Alexander

Angie Alexander experienced Pure OCD/Intrusive Thoughts for most of her life, although she was not crippled by it until after the birth of her first child. She and her husband are aspiring farmers who currently live outside of Nashville, TN where they own a business and homeschoo... Read More →
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Katlyn Hashway

Katlyn Hashway is a 20 year old psychology student and advocate for mental health. She has a passion for educating others on OCD; especially “Pure OCD” and taboo thoughts. She does so through her YouTube channel, 'ShalomAleichem,' and blog, 'Do An Exposure!' Her goal is to speak publicly about mental illness and become a therapist to directly help OCD sufferers. Kat has been featured on The OCD Stories, OCD Acceptance, LikeKristen, the IOCDF blog, Okay To Say website... Read More →
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Corey Hirsch

Corey Hirsch is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender, currently working for Sportsnet as a freelance NHL analyst. He spent the majority of his National Hockey League career with the Vancouver Canucks.Corey lives with OCD Intrusive thoughts and is an aspiring advocate... Read More →
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Chrissie Hodges

Chrissie Hodges lives successfully with Pure OCD/Intrusive thoughts. Chrissie is a mental health advocate and public speaker on Pure OCD, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention. Chrissie works as a Peer Support Specialist at Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and Ft. Logan Institute in Denver, CO. She is a trainer for Colorado Certified Peer Specialists training. She hosts a weekly radio podcast... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate A

2:15pm

Study and Organizational Skills for Kids
OCD can present problems for students when symptoms interface with the academic demands of organization, homework, studying for tests, or completing projects. Hands-on tools will be provided for students. Attendees will be given ideas on instrumentation, accountability, and trouble-shooting. Students will learn how to make school easier, faster, 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... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C2

2:15pm

Middle Schooler/Parent Summit: Everyone Talks, Everyone Listens
The first half of this workshop will involve parents meeting in one group and middle schoolers meeting in another group. The goal is to have middle schoolers discuss what they have learned so far and figure out what they really need their parents to hear and understand. The goal of the parent group will be the same. The second half of this workshop will bring both groups together to then share these new insights and collaborate on next steps.

Speakers
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Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born, his very first episode was from age 5 until around age 12. He had a fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was at age 13 when he was treated for contamination OCD for a year. His longest episode to date was religious scrupulosity from the age of 15 until 18. Neil is a Social Work student now, pursuing his... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went... Read More →
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Emma Sullivan

My name is Emma Sullivan. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I attended the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn from pre-k to 12th grade. I am now a freshman at Ithaca College. I am a film major, and hopefully minoring in psychology soon. I played basketball in hig... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C3

2:15pm

Facts & Myths - OCD and Substance Use Disorder - Test Your Knowledge
Test your knowledge, come win prizes, learn something new, and when its over you just might have information important to you, a friend, or family member. Myths about substance use come from TV, social media, and other sources, but what do you really know, do you have the Facts? How does substance use impact OCD? This is an interactive workshop designed as a Trivia Game, which again means prizes. So come enjoy a challenge, bring your friends, and have some fun while you learn. Participants will be asked to answer trivia questions, but no personal information will be asked of anyone.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Hatcher

Patricia Hatcher

Patricia was diagnosed with OCD at age 8 and sought help from countless professionals and medications throughout her adolescent years. She began experimenting with alcohol in high school and for the first time she found something that made OCD bearable. Drinking started as a soci... Read More →
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Stacey Conroy, MSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Hea... Read More →
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Sarah Sisson

Sarah Sisson is a trustee on the board of Riley's Wish Foundation, and a recent college graduate with a BA in English for Georgia State University. She is passionate about reducing stigma associated with mental illness, and hopes sharing her experiences with OCD will help... Read More →
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Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an acci... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

2:15pm

Translating Science to OCD Clinical Care: Medication and Brain Stimulation Advances
Standard first-line treatments for OCD often do not provide sufficient relief of OCD symptoms for those seeking care. There is an urgent need for novel alternative treatments. This symposium will summarize recent work in novel medication and brain stimulation interventions as potential future treatment options. Specific studies will be presented on: 1) drugs like rapastinel and ketamine; 2) transcranial magnetic stimulation; 3) how animal models of OCD can help optimize deep brain stimulation localization in patients; 4) brain stimulation advances and challenges in patients.

Speakers
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Nolan Williams, MD

Nolan Williams, MD, is an Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Williams received his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then completed his psychiatry and neurology residencies as well as his concurrent re... Read More →
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Sharona Ben-Haim, MD

Sharona Ben-Haim, MD, is a neurosurgeon who specializes in caring for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy, chronic pain including facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia, spasticity, and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor. She performs deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgeries, including "awake" microelectrode-guided DBS and "asleep" MRI- and CT-guided... Read More →
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Mahendra Bhati, MD

Dr. Bhati is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at Stanford University where he is Section Chief of Interventional Neuropsychiatry.  He obtained an M.D. from Louisiana State University and completed a residency and postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the University of... Read More →
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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD-PhD

Dr. Rodriguez utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of an... Read More →
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Hemmings Wu, PhD

Dr. Hemmings Wu is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University studying under the mentorship of Drs. Casey Halpern and Robert Malenka. He received his Ph.D. degree from KU Leuven and Master of Medicine (Neurosurgery) from Shanghai Jiaotong University. His current research focus is translating findings from animal models in search of novel surgical treatment for psychiatric... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

2:15pm

Atrapado en su Mente? Practiquemos Técnicas de Manejo de Ansiedad!
Es bien conocido que la primera línea de tratamiento para el Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo (TOC) es la Terapia Cognitiva Conductual (TCC)/ Exposición y Prevención de Respuesta (EPR). Conjuntamente, es importante aprender y practicar estrategias para regular las emociones y manejar los síntomas fuera del tiempo de EPR.  El objetivo de esta presentación es educar a la comunidad de habla hispana sobre distintas técnicas para lidiar con la ansiedad. Entre estas: destrezas de reflexión (Mindfulness) y técnicas de respiración y relajación. Vengan preparados para practicarlos!

Speakers
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Marcia Rabinowits, PsyD

Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits es una psicóloga clínica del comportamiento en el Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) o como se le conoce en espaol, en el Instituto de TOC del Hospital McLean. Ella recibió su Doctorado (Psy.D) en Psicología Clínica en la Universidad de Spalding y un... Read More →
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Laurah Shames

Community Residence Counselor, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute
Laurah Shames was born and raised in Puerto Rico. With her native Spanish tong and knowledge of OCD, she began her journey of working to help people suffering from OCD. She graduated form Suffolk university in Boston with a BS in Psychology. She is currently attending Sim... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Nob Hill B-D

2:15pm

Trapped in your Mind? Practice Techniques to Help!

It is well known that the best treatment for OCD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). At the same time, it's important to learn and practice strategies to regulate your emotions and manage your symptoms outside of your ERP sessions. The goal of this workshop is to learn different techniques to confront anxiety, including mindfulness, breathing techniques, and relaxation techniques. Come prepared to practice with us!

 


Speakers
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Marcia Rabinowits, PsyD

Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits es una psicóloga clínica del comportamiento en el Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) o como se le conoce en espaol, en el Instituto de TOC del Hospital McLean. Ella recibió su Doctorado (Psy.D) en Psicología Clínica en la Universidad de Spalding y un... Read More →
avatar for Laurah Shames

Laurah Shames

Community Residence Counselor, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute
Laurah Shames was born and raised in Puerto Rico. With her native Spanish tong and knowledge of OCD, she began her journey of working to help people suffering from OCD. She graduated form Suffolk university in Boston with a BS in Psychology. She is currently attending Sim... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Nob Hill B-D

2:15pm

Teen/Parent Summit: Everyone Talks, Everyone Listens
The first half of this workshop will involve parents meeting in one group and teens meeting in another group. The goal is to have teens discuss what they have learned so far and figure out what they really need their parents to hear and understand. The goal of the parent group will be the same. The second half of this workshop will bring both groups together to then share these new insights and collaborate on next steps.

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... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Golden Gate C1

2:15pm

Challenging Standard Definitions of Recovery: What Does it Really Mean to Get Better?
How we define treatment response can vary across research, clinical, and program evaluation perspectives. This variation can provide conflicting messages to our clients about 'what recovery should look like' impacting motivation, goal selection, and relapse prevention efforts. In addition to the clinician perspective, panelists will share their personal perspectives on how they conceptualize their own recovery from OCD. Clinical implications of these conceptualizations will be discussed, including recommendations for integrating recovery oriented practice principles into OCD treatment.

Speakers
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Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD

Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D., ABPP, is an associate professor of psychology at the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. The director of the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program at McLean Hospital, and co-director of psychology training at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 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 difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth received her... Read More →
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Jason Krompinger, PhD

Jason Krompinger, PhD, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital's Behavioral Health Partial... Read More →
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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Administrative Director of Research, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at th... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

2:15pm

Diversity: The Key to a Better OCD Program
We're working hard to increase access to OCD treatment in diverse, under-served populations. It's self-evident that we need to attract and train more researchers and practitioners who specialize in OCD; however, diversity may be a key factor in creating successful OCD treatments. Accomplishing this can only enrich clinical teams and their effectiveness. This presentation aims to discuss how to utilize staff diversity in the context of providing evidence-supported OCD treatment and enhancing cultural competencies for the entire team.

Speakers
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Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
E. Katia Moritz, Ph.D., ABPP is the Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute. She is a licensed psychologist in the States of Florida, Utah and New York. Dr. Moritz is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and a fellow at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is the author of "Working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children" (Audio and Video Training Program), "Forms for Helping Children With OCD" and "Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: An OCD Story Book... Read More →
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Curtis Hsia, PhD

Curtis Hsia, Ph.D., is the Director of the OC Anxiety Center in Southern California.  Previously, he held several posts at Azusa Pacific University including Associate Professor and Director of Research.  He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, and authored many publications and currently gives workshops both domestically and internationally in the treatment of anxiety and OCD... Read More →
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Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is co-founder and director of Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. She is President and Board member of OCDNY. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy and in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of many national and internati... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Connecticut, department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Williams is the clinical director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, KY, has published over 85 b... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

4:15pm

OCD Paint!
From a Friday night to corporate team building, there's nothing better than a laid back atmosphere whilst creating a little art. It can be fun, it can be social, and it can be therapeutic. Come join instructor Bryan Ballard for an OCD Conference 'Paint Night.' For about ten years Bryan has worked with families bringing Camp themed activities into hospital settings. Through the spirit of play, families forget about the obstacles they're facing, laugh, and reconnect with each other. Bryan hopes to bring this spirit and experience to the conference. Please join.

Speakers
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Bryan Ballard

OCD symptoms began for Bryan at the age of 10 and continued through his young adulthood. Not knowing OCD had a name until the age of 18, Bryan set out to explore and understand OCD throughout college and his early twenties. Having experienced group and individual therapie... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Golden Gate C2

4:15pm

Keynote Address: Unstuck an OCD Kids Movie
UNSTUCK is the story of children and teens who have learned to fight back against their OCD fears and rituals. This short documentary features six brave kids who have, through their own profound experiences, become OCD experts. They speak about their OCD story, how it affected family, and the valuable tools they use to get better. Come watch the finished film and talk with some the brave children featured in it. The wisdom of these young people may just teach you a thing or two.

Presenters: Kelly J. Anderson and Chris Baier
Cast: Charlotte Baier, Vanessa Baier, Jakob Hitchcock, Sarah Jackson, Ariel Ross, Holden Schmidt,Tatum Schmidt,

Speakers
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Kelly Anderson

Director, Realistic Pictures, Inc.
I have been making documentaries on social issues for 25 years. When my daughter was diagnosed with OCD 3 years ago, I realized that there was no media for families and - most importantly - for kids about this difficult and scary illness. Chris Baier (another OCD parent) and I de... Read More →
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Chris Baier

Producer | Parent, UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie
I'm a parent of a child with OCD living in Brooklyn, NY. I produced the film UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie, a short documentary that shows kids and teens for what they truly are: OCD experts. I also contribute articles to THE MIGHTY, am an OCD advisor for Wisdo.com, and run a suppor... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

5:45pm

Researcher and Exhibitor Meet & Greet
Directly following the Awards Presentation & Keynote Address, the Researcher and Exhibitor Meet & Greet is an opportunity for all Conference attendees to meet the leaders in OCD and related disorders research and learn about the most recent findings presented by their displayed research posters. See pages 48-50 for a full list of research posters in your Program Guide.

All posters will be displayed in the Salon 7 Exhibit Hall, allowing attendees the added benefit of being able to network and ask questions of our almost 40 Conference exhibitors! Our exhibitos range from residential treatment programs, to smaller private practices, to fellow independent charity organizations, all looking to help connect the Conference population to their various services and resources. Our exhibitors help make the Annual OCD Conference possible year over year — for a full list of exhibitors and their descriptions and booth numbers, check out the Exhibitors section in the Directory of the Conference app or pages 53-57 of the Program Guide.

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 7

7:00pm

Saturday Night Social: An International Celebration
Join the fun at the Saturday Night Social! All attendees are invited to enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, meet fellow attendees, and stay for music and dancing.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cash bar

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Yerba Buena Salons 8-9

8:00pm

Emotional Contamination Support Group
Emotional contamination is a subtype of OCD involving aversion to a person, place or thing, and a fear that contact with the trigger will in some way contaminate (& even change) the sufferer. This fear often generalizes to places and items that are associated with the trigger, whether through actual physical contact, or simply abstract association. This support group, for sufferers and their supporters, is intended to break down isolation, and give individuals with EC the chance to share their stories with each other, while supporting the idea that successful treatment for EC is possible.

Speakers
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A. Lann, AB

Community Residence Counselor, McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent OCD Institute
I am a community residence counselor at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute at McLean Hospital in Middleborough, MA ("OCDI Jr."). In that role, I assist residents as they implement their behavior treatment plans, including coaching them as they engage in ERPs, and I've led a... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

8:00pm

Pedophilia OCD Psychoeducation and Support Group
Pedophilia OCD, also known as pOCD, is a disturbing illness due to intrusive sexual thoughts about children. Those who suffer from this form of OCD find themselves tormented with endless shame and guilt. 'Did I look at that child inappropriately?' 'Was I aroused when I held my nephew/niece?' 'Does that police siren I hear mean that they are coming after me?' We invite you to come and join us as we look at pOCD with understanding and self-compassion. We'll process your concerns and questions and identify essential ACT skills to help you move through distress caused by OCD more effectively.

Speakers
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Nancy Larsen, MSW

Interacting with clients in therapy is a great passion of mine as I have seen how clinical techniques can truly help someone change for the better. While working at Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, I have implemented Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients struggling... Read More →
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Annabella Hagen, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Clinical Director and Owner, Mindset Family Therapy
Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Mindset Family Therapy in Provo, Utah. Her focus is working with clients who suffer from all types of OCD, anxiety and OC spectrum disorders.  She is passionate about teaching ACT and CBT skills... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Willow

8:00pm

Support Group for Individuals with Both ASD and OCD and Their Family
Receiving a diagnosis & managing symptoms of OCD can be challenging. A dual diagnosis of OCD and an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can at times feel overwhelming. For individuals with OCD/ASD and their family, the process of acceptance can bring various thoughts and feelings. Some family members may also be coping with the realization of their own symptoms of OCD /ASD. This support group will provide an open forum to discuss these issues, as well as other such as: impact of dual diagnosis over time; maintaining motivation/readiness to engage in treatment; different paths to diagnosis & care.

Speakers
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Arianna Brandolini d'Adda, PsyD

Dr. Arianna Brandolini is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD and Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders. She maintains a private practice in NYC. She is also involved in research at NYU Langone Medical Center, Psychiatry. Obtaining her BA from Har... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

8:00pm

Accepting the Way Your Significant Other Does or Doesn't Support Your OCD
Significant others can be a wonderful form of support during and after your OCD treatment. Sometimes, however, OCD can make it difficult to be upfront about what you need from someone in terms of support. Other times, even when you are upfront, the people we care about are unable to empathize and support us in a way that is beneficial to our OCD. This support group will feature role play scenarios to better enable OCD sufferers to express our needs to our partners in order to have a fulfilling relationship, and when to accept that it is okay to let go if our mental wellbeing is at stake.


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

8:00pm

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, 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-com... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate A

8:00pm

Support Group for Individuals with Co-Morbid OCD and Eating Disorders
When OCD and an eating disorder present hand in hand, the difficulty of treatment is compounded. In this group, individuals with co-morbid OCD and eating disorders, as well as family members and loved ones of those suffering from these disorders, will come together in a safe and supportive environment. Common stuck points will be discussed and insight into addressing these roadblocks will be shared. Individuals will be able to ask questions of facilitators and each other as to how best to support themselves and their loved ones through this journey to recovery.

Speakers
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Beth Brawley, MA, LPC

Beth Brawley completed her masters degree through Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since completed BTTI training through the IOCDF. She has been running her private practice, Life Without Anxiety, for two years now where she focuses on treating individua... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, MA MFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disor... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Walnut, B2 Level

8:00pm

Support group for people who suffer from Health Anxiety
This is a support group for individuals and family members who suffer from either somatic symptom disorder or illness anxiety disorder. We will look at treatment options that have been effective, including: CBT, Exposure Response Prevention, ACT and mindfulness. Individuals will get an opportunity to discuss how this manifests for them in their day to day lives and what has helped them or has made their symptoms and/or anxiety worse. Examples of how to handle situations related to these thoughts and bodily sensations will be discussed in order to help people when they leave the conference.

Speakers
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Robyn Stern, LCSW, MSEd

Psychotherapist
Robyn Stern is currently working as a psychotherapist NY and a coach worldwide. She received her MSW from California State University, Northridge. She specializes in anxiety, OCD and BDD. She utilizes a complement of therapies including CBT, Exposure Therapy, ACT and mindfulness... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Laurel

8:00pm

Arts, Crafts, and Memory Books
Come hang out in the Kids Room and create! We will have art supplies, games, a relaxed and inviting environment, and music available for creating. Take this time to share your superheroes, write and draw in your memory book, and maybe even make some new memories! 


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C2

8:00pm

Building Strength through Power Poses and Coping Skills Collage

Participants will be asked to think of a time in their life when they felt a sense of strength and empowerment. Participants will then be asked to embody what it had felt like and create a “pose” to share with the group. Participants will engage in a discussion around coping skills and create a list from ideas shared. Participants will then use this list to create 5x7 coping skills cards, which have a coping skill written on one side and images related to that skill on the opposite side.



Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C3

8:00pm

OCD - Substance Use Disorder Support Group
OCD and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) each in their own way can be isolating. The goal of this support group involves breaking the silence around substance use in those who also have OCD, exploring resources, finding ways to connect at, and after conference. One of the most important aspects is to know you are not alone. We strive to create an environment of full acceptance in which there is no blame for choices people have made, and to move towards an understanding and belief that recovery is possible.

Speakers
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Stacey Conroy, MSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Hea... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate B

8:00pm

Grupo de Apoyo para el Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo

Grupo destinado a todas las personas afectadas por el Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo. Facilitaremos la interacción entre afectados para que estos puedan compartir vivencias, explorar similitudes y diferencias de las dificultades que confrontan a diario, al igual que el intercambiar soluciones. Daremos educación sobre la Terapia Cognitiva Conductual y la Terapia de Exposición y Prevención de Respuesta. Se ofrecerá un ambiente de apoyo mutuo que facilite la adquisición de información de servicios de ayuda disponibles, no solo a la comunidad Hispanoparlante, pero también a la comunidad en general.


Speakers
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Joyce Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Training, Neurobehavioral Institute
 Dr. Joyce Szentpaly is a licensed psychologist who practices at Neurobehavioral Institute, Weston, FL, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions. Dr. Szentpaly is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience wor... Read More →
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Wilfredo Rivera, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Intensive Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Director of Intensive Programs at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Weston (NBI). He is licensed in the state of Florida. He completed his fellowship at NBI, in which he received specialized training to manage a variety of conditions such as Obsessive... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

8:00pm

Game Night: Learning to Cope With and Respond to Emotions

Join us for a night of fun and games, where each game will help you along your OCD journey in addition to being tons of fun.  From charades, to Pictionary, to Apples to Apples, and much more, this game night is sure to be one you will always remember.

 



Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Gate C1
 
Sunday, July 9
 

8:00am

Achieving Optimum OCD Therapy Effects: Shared Words of Wisdom
We will share insights from the perspectives of the Patient and Behavior Therapist (BT) to enhance OCD therapy. The format will include a dialogue between presenters, plus audience participation. Here is a possible dialogue topic: BT: Homework is critical for treatment, and when it's not completed, BTs can feel helpless to help you. Patient: Intellectually I know homework is critical, but it's hard. I may even fill out my homework in the car just before session. BT: We can tell when homework is completed in the parking lot. It's more productive to openly discuss homework difficulties.

Speakers
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Kirsten Pagacz

Kirsten Pagacz, published author of 'Leaving the OCD Circus' suffered from OCD for two decades before discovering that it had a name.  Although she worked in marketing and sales for a number of Fortune 500 companies, she frequently felt  alone and trapped while living a dou... Read More →
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Gregory Chasson, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Psy, Illinois Inst of Tech
Dr. Gregory S. Chasson is a licensed psychologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology, and owner of Obsessive-Compulsive Solutions of Chicago. His research laboratory at Illinois Tech (i.e., Repetitive Experiences and B... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

8:00am

All Roads Lead to Rome: How I Got to Where I am Today
Join us for a panel discussion about the various journeys individuals with OCD can take. Topics will range from relationship OCD, PANDAS, identity issues, to advocacy.

Speakers
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Christopher Weston, MPH

Christoper has battled OCD in addition to other anxiety disorders most of his life. Married for over 25 years and the father of two , he spent many years keeping his daily battles to himself. After finally seeking help, it took him many years and many therapists to finally recei... Read More →
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Stuart Ralph, Msc

Stuart Ralph blogs on OCD and mental health issues. He is the founder of The OCD Stories, which was created to guide other people towards recovery. The podcast has been downloaded well over 250k times, and has had some of the top researchers and OCD therapists on the show. In 2014 he released his debut book 'Challenge Yourself, I Dare You'. When he's not creating videos and podcasts, he likes to play basketball and eat... Read More →
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Kelsey Rood

Kelsey Rood is a Twenty-One Year old P.A.N.D.A.S and OCD survivor. She struggled with mild OCD and Panic as a child, but down spiraled after getting P.A.N.D.A.S at seventeen. After living with P.A.N.D.A.S for almost a year she was able to overcome her disease, and work to... Read More →
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Solome Tibebu

Solome Tibebu, a former teen with anxiety, has been a mental health innovator for over a decade. She is the founder of Anxiety In Teens, the first online mental health magazine for young adults, a 501©3 non-profit organization. She is a recipient of the Margaret Clark Morgan Mental Health Scholar Award, Minnesota Association for... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

8:00am

Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects up to 2% of youth. Many more are affected when we consider related disorders, which require similar and at the same time dissimilar treatment approaches. Children with higher levels of comorbidity, anxiety and depression symptoms, and higher baseline OCD symptoms are likely to result in poor treatment outcomes. Discussions include: Pediatric OCD by Fugen Neziroglu Pediatric OCD with Autism Spectrum by Jonathan Hoffman Pediatric BDD by Sony Khemlani-Patel Pediatric hoarding by Tania Borda Pediatric trichotillomania by Charles Mansueto

Speakers
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Tania Borda, PhD

Tania Borda se graduó con honores, como Licenciada en Psicología en la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inicio su formación de post-grado en el Hospital Braulio Moyano y Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Paralelamente, comenzó su formación en... Read More →
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Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is co-founder and director of Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. She is President and Board member of OCDNY. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy and in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of many national and internati... Read More →
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Sony Khemlani-Patel, PhD

Dr. Sony Khemlani-Patel is a licensed psychologist specializing in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders at the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY . She is on the Board of Directors and acting Secretary for the New York affiliate of the IOCDF. She is also a member of IO... Read More →
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Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Mood Disorders, and Stress. He is a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Nob Hill B-D

8:00am

Social Media and Infomania: Impulsive v Compulsive Behavior
Impulsivity is a pattern of acting without thinking, driven by pleasure-seeking behaviors and avoidance of pain that often results in negative consequences or undesirable outcomes. Compulsive behavior is driven by the need to rid oneself of doubt, anxiety or uncertainty. We will show firstly the similarities and differences between the two by giving examples of how people use and misuse social media. We will also examine the grey zone between normal and abnormal, look at the potential for disagreement and conflict between the generations and offer some specific and differing treatment ideas

Speakers
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Scott Blair-West, MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, MD

Dr Blair-West graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne, Australia, completing psychiatric training in 1993. While working as an academic he also commenced private practice specializing in CBT for OCD and Panic Disorder. In 2002, he commenced as Medical Direc... Read More →
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Christopher Mogan, PhD

Dr Christopher Mogan PhD is the Director of The Anxiety Clinic in Melbourne, specializing in complex presentations of Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding Disorders. Formerly Clinical Director of the CBT-based Anxiety and Depression Program at The Melbourne Clinic, he developed innovative CBT treatment interventions for an inpatient psychiatric population. Dr Mogan is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University where he conducts research and treatment programs for Hoarding Disorder. The Anxiety Clinic has an Intensive Outpatient Treatment called the XRP Program that implements prolonged exposure strategies. He is part of a group of Melbourne researchers who published research papers on OCD, hoarding, depression and anxiety. In 2014, Dr Mogan was the lead author of the book... Read More →



Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

8:00am

Advocating for Your Child With OCD
Learning your child has OCD can be a relief, but also overwhelming. Your child's symptoms finally have a name, but what does it mean and what are the next steps? Being a parent of a child with OCD involves ensuring your child receives the best treatment, doesn't fall behind in school, and experiences minimal impact socially. This can be daunting, especially when struggling to navigate the health care systems and educational institutions. Presenters will discuss how to find OCD experts for treatment; advocating for your child with teachers and school counselors; and becoming an OCD advocate.

Speakers
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and i... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate B

8:00am

Understanding Homosexual OCD in the Age of Gay Rights
Within the landscape of OCD there is an often-misunderstood subset known as Homosexual OCD, or HOCD. This presentation will help patients and family members better recognize and understand the nuances of this form of OCD, from diagnosis to recovery and all points in between. We will highlight common obsessions and compulsions in HOCD, as well as assist participants in differentiating between HOCD and actual feelings of homosexuality. By using real case examples we will outline treatment, recovery and maintenance for this insidious incarnation of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Speakers
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Michael Blumberg, MA, LCPC

Founder & Director, Glenview Counseling Group
Michael Blumberg is the founder and director of Glenview Counseling Group, a multidisciplinary mental health practice in the Chicago suburbs; Michael is a graduate of the IOCDF's BTTI program and uses evidence-based treatments to help clients struggling with severe anxiety, OCD a... Read More →
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Taylor Newendorp, MA, LCPC

President, Chicago Counseling Center
Taylor Newendorp is the founder and president of Chicago Counseling Center, a clinical therapy practice in Chicago that focuses on providing treatment for people with OCD, PTSD, and Anxiety Disorders. Taylor also served as a clinical supervisor in both The Center for Anxiety... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate A

8:00am

You Can See the Magic! Create a Visual Imagery Story
The stress from OCD can be a lot! This activity is designed for kids to create a personalized visual imagery story that uses magical themes. This relaxation technique encourages both creativity and playfulness. Participants will work in teams and then share their imagery story with the group. Stories will include attending to the 5 senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. A sound machine will be available to use so they can maximize the experience. Relaxation ratings will be taken before and after listening to the stories.

Speakers
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Jennie Gault, MA

Jennie Gault, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in treating Anxiety disorders in Sacramento, CA. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as a therapist at the Anxiety Treatment Center's Intensive Outpatient Program. Currently in her private practice, she offers individual therapy to children, teens, and adults. She has also facilitated groups on Trichotillomania... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C2

8:00am

Yoga and Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers
Explore the benefits of yoga iimproved awareness, balance, flexibility, and relaxation in a spirit of curiosity and self-discovery. In this class, middle schoolers will be guided through basic pranayama (breathing) practices to connect mind and body, and be introduced to a variety of asanas (poses) ranging from simple standing to more challenging balancing postures. As participants mindfully breathe, move, and stretch in new and exciting ways, they will develop confidence in and a deeper appreciation for the gift of the body.


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C3

8:00am

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach Towards Evaluating and Treating Those with ASD + OCRDs
ASD co-morbid with OCRDs presents unique challenges for treatment due to limited research in the area of empirically supported interventions for this population. This presentation will include the current state of the literature and recommendations for future directions. The presentation will highlight specific information regarding considerations + approaches when dealing with sensory hyper-reactivity. Furthermore, the cross-training and multi-disciplinary approaches at UF Health between psychiatry, medical psychology, and occupational therapy will be discussed in the context of a case study.

Speakers
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Lisa Guerrero, MEd

Lisa Guerrero is a doctoral student in the University of Florida's School Psychology program and an advanced practicum student in the UF Division of Medical Psychology where she has received extensive training in the area of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. Her area of specialization is in Applied Behavior Analysis and early interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior... Read More →
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Kelly Ulmer, MEd/EdS

Kelly Ulmer graduated with a master's degree in counselor education and a specialist's degree in mental health counseling. She is a registered mental health counseling intern in the state of Florida, currently specializing in eating disorders, depressive disorders, anxiet... Read More →
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Tana Carson, PhD, MOT

Dr. Tana Carson is an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and works for UF Health as an Occupational Therapist. She earned her doctoral degree in the area of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences as well as a master's degree in the area of Occupational Therapy. She has extensive research and clinical experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a strong interest in sensory processing and motor functioning among those with... Read More →
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Cindi Gayle, 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 treatm... Read More →
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Julisa Duenas, PhD

Dr. Julisa Duenas is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UF Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Medical Psychology. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University. Throughout her training, she has obtained clinical experience in be... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

8:00am

Are You 'Shoulding' Me?!: A Workshop for Teens with Perfectionism
In this workshop teens will learn to face their perfectionism and fight their inner 'shoulds!' Explore how OCD's high standards affect relationships, school, family, body image, and more. The workshop will offer solutions to perfectionism through instruction, group discussions and practical exercises. Teens will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn from a team of therapists, meet other teens who deal with perfectionism, and come away with practical advice for applying solutions to their unique challenges. Come join us and learn to turn your 'shoulds' into 'good enoughs!'

Speakers
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Ben Tucker, MS

Behavior Analyst, Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center
Ben Tucker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who provides behavior therapy for  individuals affected by OCD and related conditions. He received his Bachelors  degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College and Masters in the Clinical Psychology  Program at the University... Read More →
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William Oakley

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... Read More →
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Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Clinical Co-Director, Rogers Behavioral Health
Amy Mariaskin, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Co-Director at Rogers Behavioral Health, and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She provides empirically supported treatment for individuals with OCD, OC spectrum disorders, anxiety a... Read More →
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Jonathan Barkin, PsyD

San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
Jonathan Barkin, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Barkin works with children, teens, and adults, specializing in the treat... Read More →
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Amy Jenks, PsyD

Director, Bay Area OCD and Anxiety
Amy Jenks, Psy.D., is the Director of the Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center in Orinda, California. Dr. Jenks specializes in the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Jenks regularly presents locally as well as nationally on OCD... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Golden Gate C1

8:00am

Comorbidity of OCD and Eating Disorders and its Implication to Treatment
When an eating disorder co-occurs with anxiety disorders, the way in which treatment may be implemented can be very different. Individuals suffering from eating disorders clearly present with preoccupations about weight and food, and show ritualistic behavior to control the weight and appearance. Psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and especially OCD have been found to coexist with eating disorders. Thus, it is necessary to examine how OCD and anxiety disorders in general have been found to interact with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.

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Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT

Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT, is the Director/Founder of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc. She specializes in treatment of refractory cases of OCD and has integrated the most successful treatment modalities for OCD and complex comorbidities.



Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

8:00am

Developing Effective Treatment Plans for Religious Scrupulosity Across the Lifespan
Approaching treatment for scrupulosity (OCD with a religious or moral focus) can feel threatening to the client's value system and, without care, premature termination and poor treatment outcomes can result. Scrupulosity can be effectively treated in a way that is sensitive to the client's spiritual and religious values. This presentation will help therapists and individuals with scrupulosity to navigate treatment in a manner that leverages empirically-supported treatments for OCD and also respects the clients values and faith tradition. An emphasis will be given to practical application.

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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... Read More →
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Ted Witzig, 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-com... Read More →



Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

9:30am

Post-Conference Traning ($): Cognitive Treatment Group led by Dr. Reid WIlson

This two-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.

This treatment opportunity will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual OCD Conference at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Two sessions of the treatment group will be held, one before and one at the end of the Conference.

  • Session I will be held on Wednesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Session II will be held on Sunday, July 9 – Monday, July 10, 2017.
DAY 1
  • Assessing your problem & targeting your symptoms
  • Components of cognitive-behavioral treatment: exposure, imagery practice, ritual prevention, habituation
  • How do you alter belief systems that are so rigidly held and reinforced?
  • How do you ratchet up your courage and determination?
  • The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions
  • Characteristics of rituals which can be altered
  • The best strategies to gain control over your compulsions
  • How to follow a series of graduated steps toward ending your obsessions and compulsions.
DAY 2

The focus of this day is to — individually and as a group — create your personal program of recovery and to practice the key skills of recovery. This will be done in a safe environment and at each person’s own pace.

  • How to win the anxiety game
  • Designing your personal cognitive-behavioral plan
  • Practicing here as a group
  • Creating progressive at-home assignments
  • Setting realistic tasks for yourself
  • Guidelines for skill practice
  • Ways to track your progress and handle setbacks
  • The latest information about medications that can help
  • How to get support from family, friends and health professionals

Each session will be limited to eight participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Four health professionals will be present to observe each group.

To register visit http://www.anxieties.com/181/how-to-register#.WQeCAdLyuM9

Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released 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... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 5:30pm
Foothill A, 2nd Floor

9:45am

Feeling Queer About Being Queer
When we normally discuss sexuality and OCD, the conversation centers around the obsession of becoming gay. While this is a valid obsession, there is more to sexuality, gender identity, and OCD than this one narrative. In this panel, five young adults share their experiences with sexuality and gender identity, and how their OCD complicates these things. Living with the doubt and uncertainty that OCD brings can make it difficult to navigate your sexuality and gender identity, but with love and support, you can live your life as you want to.

Speakers
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Katie Hickey

Katie Hickey recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she studied political science. She was diagnosed with OCD in 2004 at age ten, and has since been an advocate for people with mental illnesses. Katie has presented at the Federation for Child... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went... Read More →
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Eli Kurs-Lasky

Eli Kurs-Lasky graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Sociology and English Writing (Poetry) with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Eli suffers from OCD, which he spoke about at an international disability conference a few years ba... Read More →
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Kevin Miller

James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home
Kevin Miller is a college student from southeastern Massachusetts. Diagnosed with OCD when he was 15 years old, he has had almost every form of OCD possible. For the past three years, he has been dealing with doubting thoughts surrounding his decision to come out as a gay man. He has been heavily involved with the OCD community in Massachusetts, and is involved locally with the Episcopal Church, a welcoming and accepting Christian... Read More →
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Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson is a fierce advocate for the OCD and LGBTQ community. She was diagnosed with OCD at eight years old, and started Exposure therapy at age 15. She served as secretary in her high school’s GSA for three years, where her accomplishments included speaking at a city council meeting in support of her... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

9:45am

Finding My Way Back From the Dark Side
Setbacks are a difficult reality of living with OCD. This is a panel of four women who have seen the worst of OCD, and yet persevered. Topics include depression, self-harm, suicide, and being home bound.

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Jenn Coward

Jenn has her Bachelors of Communications Studies from the University of Western Sydney. Jenn has been living with OCD for the past 17 years. Jenn has been interviewed for numerous newspaper, radio and TV programs to promote mental health awareness. Jenn shares her experie... Read More →
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Gabrielle Eyahpaise

Gabrielle Eyahpaise is from Ottawa, Canada. She was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 15 but only started treatment at 18. Her OCD symptoms were mostly contamination, checking and symmetry. She also suffered from depression, with the most severe symptoms being suicidal tho... Read More →
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Lindsey Taylor Tierney

 Ocd suffer/survivor from age of 13. Starting with the fear of being sick, hand washing, addiction/alcoholism, harm ocd, postpartum ocd, self harm ocd, and much much more. Been in therapy since age 13 and didn't find the right therapy till age 23. Through ERP, mindfulness, medication, CBT I have been able to recover one day at a... Read More →
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Gwendolyn Wright

My name is Gwendolyn Wright and I am an adolescent with severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Major Depression. Over the years I have made it my personal mission to educate people of the struggles of mental illness, specifically in adolescents and children. I have done this through running a high school level positivity based organization and speaking in my community. When I'm not advocating, I am usually spending time with my... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

9:45am

Telepsychiatry and OCD: Potential and Pitfalls
A revolution aiming to put technology at the service of healthcare delivery is underway. Among medical disciplines, psychiatry and psychology are considered particularly well suited for technology interventions. This presentation reviews the status of tele-mental health, with a focus on OCD applications. Interventions covered include computerized cognitive behavioral therapy, online psychotherapy, online psychopharmacology, mobile therapy, and virtual reality exposure therapy. Potential technology pitfalls are also reviewed, including possible negative effects on clinician-patient rapport.

Speakers
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Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA

Dr. Aboujaoude is a Clinical Professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, where he is the director of the OCD Clinic. He has conducted research in OCD and related disorders, Internet-related psychopathology and telepsychiatry, and has published peer-reviewed articles a... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

9:45am

Using the Creative Arts to Make OCD Less of a 'Secret Illness'
The Secret Illness explores the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts. By linking people living with OCD and creative professionals, it expands the expressive toolkit of the OCD community. Our ultimate goal is to make OCD less of a secret illness. In this talk, members of the Secret Illness team provide a project overview, share a selection of creative works, and report early indicators of impact based on community feedback. We discuss lessons learned in creating a community-based OCD arts project and reflect on how our involvement has personally affected us.

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Stephanie Coen

Volunteer Collaborator, The Secret Illness
Hi! I'm Steph, and I live with OCD. I'm a collaborator with The Secret Illness project and I'm really excited to chat with you about it!
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Becca Laidler

Co-founder, The Secret Illness
The Secret Illness is a creative arts project that seeks to explore the realities of living with OCD through creative means. I would love to meet up with anyone interested in colloborating and invite you all to our visual presentation Sunday at 11:15am.
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Liz Smith

Co-Founder & Creative Director, The Secret Illness
Liz Smith is the creative director of The Secret Illness. She devised the concept for The Secret Illness along with co-founder Becca Laidler. She is a filmmaker based in the UK where she runs a video communications company, EntertainingTV.


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Nob Hill B-D

9:45am

Becoming an ERP Co-Therapist: A Skill-Building Session for Parents
This workshop is aimed at helping parents support their children participating in exposure and response prevention therapy and will cover the following concepts: how to build a fear ladder (or exposure hierarchy), how to implement exposure and response prevention at home, and how to use evidence-based parenting strategies that will maintain a positive relationship and support children as they face their fears. The workshop will provide guidelines towards accomplishing these goals and will give parents an opportunity to practice these skills in smaller groups with feedback from the panel.

Speakers
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Andrew Guzick, MS

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida Division of Medical Psychology
I am completing my first year of graduate school in clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida. I plan on dedicating my graduate research to studying how to make the psychological treatment of OCD as effective as possible.
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Andrea Guastello, MS

Andrea Guastello M.S., is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). She was a graduate research assistant in the UF Behavioral Medicine Research Lab for two years before becoming a graduate research assistant at the... Read More →
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Ashley Ordway

Ashley Ordway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016 from the University of Florida. She first became passionate about the treatment of OCD utilizing CBT-E/RP with children, adolescents, and adults during her practicum training. After her graduation, she accepted a position to become a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the OCD program at the University of... Read More →
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Adam Reid, PhD

Dr. Adam Reid is currently a post-doctoral fellow at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents. During his  fellowship Dr. Reid is advancing his clinical acumen by learning acceptance & commitment therapy for youth with severe OCD. He is also working to further develop a program of research that seeks to identify how to optimize exposure implementation... Read More →
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Brian Olsen, PhD

Brian Olsen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and is the co-director of the UF OCD program. In this role, he supervises multiple therapists of different experience levels in the implementation of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He often is lead therapist for more severe OCD patients who require intensive outpatient services. He has a strong research back ground in pediatric chronic health conditions and is currently collaborating on various OCD treatment outcome... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate B

9:45am

Don't Fight OCD Alone! Establishing A Solid Support System
Many with OCD struggle to find a support system to lean on. This workshop will assist those who feel alone in the fight against OCD in finding support, including from other attendees! The workshop will begin with strategies to build allies through IOCDF affiliates, local and online support groups, the support of family and loved ones, and educational materials. Then the facilitators will help attendees locate support services in their area to aide in their recovery. Lastly, attendees will be encouraged to exchange contact information with other attendees to support each other moving forward!

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Jurhee King

Jurhee King suffered with OCD all of her life but did not receive specialized treatment until she was in her early forties. Through exposure and response prevention therapy, Jurhee was able to face the checking, mental compulsions, and other sub-categories of OCD and get... Read More →
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Tiffany Lee

MFT Intern, Gateway Institute
Tiffany Lee is an MFT intern at the Gateway Institute in Costa Mesa, California, specializing in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and depression. In addition to providing individual and intensive program treatment to clients, Tiffany is a co-facilitator of three OCD support groups... Read More →
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Mary Sponaugle, M.A., MFTi

MA, Marriage & Family Therapy Registered Intern, The Gateway Institute
Mary Sponaugle, MA, MFTi, is a graduate of Chapman University where she received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently treats OCD and related disorders at The Gateway Institute in Costa Mesa, CA where she conducts individual therapy sessions, co-facili... Read More →
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Elizabeth Trondsen

Liz Trondsen is the mother of a son with mental illness. When her son, Chris, was diagnosed at age twenty, she was able to locate a treatment center in Los Angeles where he received excellent cognitive behavioral therapy. Liz watched her son regain his life; he is now in... Read More →



Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate A

9:45am

Practice Makes Imperfect: The Double Dare Game Show to Beat Perfectionism
Does OCD make you believe you have to do things perfectly? Do you worry about making mistakes? Or set very high standards for yourself? Do you feel you have to be or do the best? Do you spend too much time organizing your things? Then we double dare you to join our workshop. Come join other kids struggling with perfectionism and play Double Dare, a Nickelodeon style game show. Learn how behavioral therapy can help you tackle a common symptom of OCD.

Speakers
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Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
E. Katia Moritz, Ph.D., ABPP is the Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute. She is a licensed psychologist in the States of Florida, Utah and New York. Dr. Moritz is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and a fellow at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is the author of "Working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children" (Audio and Video Training Program), "Forms for Helping Children With OCD" and "Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: An OCD Story Book... Read More →
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Alexandra Hamlet

Dr. Becky Hamblin received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship through the University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health- Tampa Bay were she currently works as a therapist with children... Read More →
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Sony Khemlani-Patel, PhD

Dr. Sony Khemlani-Patel is a licensed psychologist specializing in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders at the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY . She is on the Board of Directors and acting Secretary for the New York affiliate of the IOCDF. She is also a member of IO... Read More →
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Jerry Bubrick, PhD

Jerry Bubrick, PhD, is the senior director of the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center and director of the OCD Service at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. He is a cognitive and behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD. Widely recognized for developing one of the... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C2

9:45am

Study and Organizational Skills for Middle Schoolers
OCD can present problems for students when symptoms interface with the academic demands of organization, homework, studying for tests, or completing projects. Hands-on tools will be provided for students. Attendees will be given ideas on instrumentation, accountability, and trouble-shooting. Students will learn how to make school easier, faster, and more fun.

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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... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C3

9:45am

Eating Disorders and OCD: From Research to Practice
This panel will present the preliminary results of research studies examining the overlap between eating disorders and OCD. Topics discussed will include the effectiveness of using exposure and response prevention therapy to treat people with eating disorders and food anxiety, the impact of gender and sexual identity on treatment, interdisciplinary coordination of care, and case studies discussing the treatment of comorbid OCD and disordered eating. Eating disorders discussed will include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder.

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Samantha Hynes, MEd/ EdS

Samantha Hynes received her M.Ed/Ed.S from the University of Florida in 2016. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who works with clients struggling with OCD, eating disorders and challenges within relatio... Read More →
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Stephanie Eken, MD

Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs while a... Read More →
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Danielle Cooke, MS

Danielle Laine Cooke is a first year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Florida in 2015 and has been working with the UF OC... Read More →
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Melissa Munson, PhD

Melissa Munson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Division of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at UF Health. She has received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of both adults and children with a variety of disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She specializes in the use of CBT-E/RP in the treatment of anxiety disorders and is the faculty coordinator of the UF Health Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program at Springhill Health... Read More →
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Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Clinical Co-Director, Rogers Behavioral Health
Amy Mariaskin, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Co-Director at Rogers Behavioral Health, and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She provides empirically supported treatment for individuals with OCD, OC spectrum disorders, anxiety a... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

9:45am

Team OCD (Teens Engaging Anxiety of the Mind): A GOAL Setting Group
1) Intro.: Josh's welcome. 2) Discussion: Open discussion on pre-chosen topic, managing schoolwork. Each person has a chance to share on this topic. 3) GOAL Planning: This is the heart of the GOAL group. We break into small groups and each member is encouraged to choose a specific goal for the future. The purpose is to help formulate constructive behaviors that will ultimately reduce symptoms. Though everyone is urged to choose a goal, the choice is voluntary. 4) Socializing: a chance to socialize and speak individually with Josh about issues that were not addressed during the meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Steinberg

Josh Steinberg

Student
Josh Steinberg, a sophomore in High School, was diagnosed with severe OCD in 2012. Josh underwent a full course of intensive CBT and saw great results. Now, Josh has chosen to share his story with other teens suffering from the symptoms of OCD. Most recently, Josh has cre... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Golden Gate C1

9:45am

OCD and comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder: Ask the OCD and ASD Mythbusters!
Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) äóñ impaired social and communication skills, and unusual, repetitive or stereotyped interests, movements, or behaviors äóñ are associated with significant functional impairment. More than 1/3 of youth with ASD carry comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which increases impairment beyond that of a diagnosis of ASD alone. Although the research base is growing, the area of OCD and ASD remains subject to a number of misconceptions, which can affect proper diagnosis and treatment. This panel will be a thought-provoking and entertaining experience.

Speakers
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Robert Hudak, MD

Dr. Hudak attended the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine BS/MD program, where he graduated with his medical degree in 1992. He did his residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland through the Case Western Reserve Residency Program. He was appointed... Read More →
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Joshua Nadeau, PhD

Clinical Supervisor, Rogers Behavioral Health
I'm a licensed psychologist, supervising the clinical treatment team at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa. We treat youth and adults with OCD and related disorders, as well as eating disorders. In addition, we're in the midst of expanding our offerings to include the FOCUS (depre... Read More →
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Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Mood Disorders, and Stress. He is a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD... Read More →
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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 speci... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

9:45am

State of the Art Treatment for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)
Trichotillomania (TTM) and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) affect millions of people. As many as 1 in 50 people engage in non-cosmetic hair pulling that results in significant hair loss. Other body focused behaviors such skin picking and nail biting affect a greater percentage of the population resulting in scarring, infections and sometimes plastic surgery. This workshop will provide an overview of Trichotillomania and other BFRBs. The current state of the art treatment for these disorders will be presented.

Speakers
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Ruth Golomb, LCPC

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, TLC Scientific Advisory Board
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children an... Read More →
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Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Mouton-Odum is a member of the SAB of the TLC Foundation for BFRBs, Past President of  the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston Psychological Association.  She has published many scientific journal articles, presents conferences, is co-author of several books and also is the Vice President of PsycTech, a company that translates psychological interventions into on-line, self-help... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

11:30am

'Picking, Pulling, and Biting: The Basics of Body-focused Behaviors (BFRBs)'
Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors include such problems as Hair-Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania), Excoriation Disorder (compulsive skin-picking), and severe nail-biting. They can be found to be comorbid with OCD to a high degree, and were previously thought by many to be forms of OCD. These are much misunderstood problems, and accurate information and good treatment can still be hard to find. This presentation will seek to explain the differences between these disorders and OCD, how they may best be treated, and how to seek effective help as an informed consumer.

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 speci... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12

11:30am

Access to Proper Treatment: An International Perspective
Four OCD advocates from around the world discuss common struggles regarding access to proper care- including common barriers and pitfalls such as cost, misconceptions of OCD, lack of training and knowledge, and stigma. Personal struggles and advocacy work will be shared as well. In addition, we will open up the floor to the audience to share their own treatment journeys as well as pose the questions: What would an ideal mental healthcare system look like for people with OCD, and how can we as an international community promote and support that?

Speakers
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Epifania Gallina

Epifania Rita Gallina is an Italian/ American Masters student at Columbia University's Clinical Psychology program. In september of 2015, she created the online private facebook support group called 'Living on Edge: Taking back your life through Erp,' which now holds 147... Read More →
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Manel Atserias Luque

Legal Counsel, TOC 2.0 Association
Manel Atserias Luque (August 25th, 1990 – Barcelona) is a Catalan and Spanish jurist. He is a member of the Barcelona Bar Association (Nº 42,025) and Young Lawyers Group of this organization since October 14th, 2014, as well as being a legal advisor of TOC 2.0 Association and... Read More →
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Hollie Zegman

Hollie Zegman is an actor, writer, musician, activist, and mental health advocate based in New York City. Having been involved in an array of social justice issues, she is particularly devoted to the cause of healthcare justice- especially mental healthcare. She is a grad... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Nob Hill B-D

11:30am

Conference Wrap-Up and Next Steps
Before the Conference excitement wears off, let's celebrate the highlights of this year's conference program while also discussing ways to stay connected to each other throughout the year. This presentation will give attendees the chance to contribute their own highlights from the Conference. We will talk about strategies for creating and nurturing your own network after the Conference, whether that network is online, in a support group, or via a local affiliate. Attendees will also learn how to become advocates in their own communities.

Speakers
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Jenn Coward

Jenn has her Bachelors of Communications Studies from the University of Western Sydney. Jenn has been living with OCD for the past 17 years. Jenn has been interviewed for numerous newspaper, radio and TV programs to promote mental health awareness. Jenn shares her experie... 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 t... Read More →
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Ethan Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 9

11:30am

My OCD Says I'm a Bad Person: Tackling Moral Scrupulosity
How do I know if I am a good person, with good intentions, likely to choose good behaviors? Coping with uncertainty about moral issues can be painful with OCD. Common obsessions include excessive concern with right and wrong, honesty, justice, generosity, and compassion for others. Common compulsions may include excessive reassurance-seeking, confessing, avoidance of morally ambiguous situations, mental rituals and other efforts to get certainty of one's morality. This workshop focuses on identifying effective cognitive and behavioral tools for combatting moral scrupulosity.

Speakers
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Jon Hershfield, MA

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT is the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore and is licensed in Maryland, California, and Virginia. A specialist in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions for OCD, Jon is also the author of the book When a Family Member Has OC... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Behavioral Medicine Alexian Brothers in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the A.V.P. of their Residential Treatment Program opening in spring of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

11:30am

When OCD Gets Stuck on Food and Body Image...and How to Fix It: a Family Workshop
When OCD gets stuck on food and body image, kids can get very picky about what they eat, and may even end up in hospitals due to food avoidance, exercise compulsions, and dropping weight. Let the experts on OCD-related problems with food and exercise show you how to prevent OCD from getting stuck on food and health. Apply your new knowledge during three interactive case studies of kids who spend their days trying to get certainty that they are 'healthy' enough. See how they stand up to the OCD bully!

Speakers
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Andrea M Kulberg

Clinical Director, La Ventana
I specialize in treating OCD and eating disorders. I enjoy learning from colleagues and families about their experiences in helping persons with OCD get unstuck from food, body image, clean-eating, and compulsive exercise!
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Shira Evans, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Shira Evans, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is the Coordinator of Nutrition Programs at Dartmouth College, overseeing all eating disorder cases on campus.  Prior to her present position, she worked at Eating Recovery Center in Denver.  She designed meal plans and food exposures for patients with comorbid eating disorders and... Read More →



Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 1-3

11:30am

Relationship OCD - What To Do When OCD Becomes A 'Third Wheel'
When a person is struggling with Relationship OCD they often become fixated on things that are outside of their control within their relationship. This discussion will include three young adults who have OCD and have experienced relationship-related obsessions. This session will be focused on intrusive thoughts around relationships and different strategies one can use to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Following the discussion, the panel will engage in an interactive role-playing activity related to ROCD. Lastly, the panel will open up to a Q&A portion for the audience.

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... Read More →
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Anastasia Sanchez

Anastasia Sanchez was diagnosed with OCD at 12 years old. She has mainly suffered with the SUV categories of contamination OCD and relationship OCD. Anastasia received treatment at The Gateway Institute in Costa Mesa, California in 2015. Her hard work ethic and determination has... 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... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Golden Gate A

11:30am

Memory Books and Goodbyes

This is not goodbye; it’s see you later!  Come say “See you later!” to all of your Conference friends and sign each other’s memory books. We will have the art supplies ready and waiting all afternoon so that you can write in each other’s memory books.

 



Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Golden Gate C2

11:30am

Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise: Integration into CBT-ERP Treatment
Healthy lifestyle behaviors such as adequate sleep, nutrition, and exercise are essential for mental and physical health, but OCD sufferers often have difficulty engaging in these behaviors. This presentation will utilize recent literature and case examples to review the evidence for the importance of sleep, nutrition, and exercise in OCD and anxiety treatment, explore evidence-based therapeutic strategies for increasing engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors in these domains, and discuss how to effectively integrate these strategies into CBT-ERP treatment.

Speakers
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Samantha Hynes, MEd/ EdS

Samantha Hynes received her M.Ed/Ed.S from the University of Florida in 2016. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who works with clients struggling with OCD, eating disorders and challenges within relatio... Read More →
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Joe McNamara

Dr. McNamara's training includes the completion of Ph.D. programs in both Counseling and Developmental Psychology, an Internship in Clinical and Health Psychology, and Psychology Residency in the Division of Medical Psychology at the University of Florida. He treats both children... Read More →
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Danielle Cooke, MS

Danielle Laine Cooke is a first year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Florida in 2015 and has been working with the UF OC... Read More →
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Andrea Guastello, MS

Andrea Guastello M.S., is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). She was a graduate research assistant in the UF Behavioral Medicine Research Lab for two years before becoming a graduate research assistant at the... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15

11:30am

Artistic Impressions: Using your Values to Move Through Discomfort

In this activity, we will use various art materials to explore our discomfort and discover ways to work through it.  Using pastels, create an image that represents something that gets in your way.  Then, using markers or paint, create an image over the pastels that represent something that is important to you, and you would prefer to "focus" your attention on.



Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Golden Gate C1

11:30am

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a chronic maladaptive pattern of excessive perfectionism and rigidity that leads to significant distress/impairment. Dr. Pinto will review the core features of OCPD and how the condition impacts functioning. Then Drs. Pinto, Grant, and Brauer will each present a case with OCPD that he/she has treated and elaborate on case conceptualization and course of treatment. Samuel Greenblatt will report on treating OCPD in group therapy. Finally, the panel will engage in a discussion of treatment recommendations for individuals with OCPD.

Speakers
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Samuel Greenblatt

Samuel Greenblatt is a 5th year student at Long Island University Post. His main clinical and research interests include mindfulness based interventions and the treatment of anxiety disorders. This past year, Sam treated patients with OCD, OCPD, and BDD at the Northwell Health OCD Center under Dr. Anthony Pinto. Previously, he worked as a clinician at... Read More →
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Jon Grant, MD, JD, 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 a... Read More →
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Lindsay Brauer, PhD

Dr. Brauer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is the co-founder of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic (OCRDC) at the University of Chicago, which focuses on providing evidenc... Read More →
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Anthony Pinto, PhD

Anthony Pinto, Ph.D. is Director of the Northwell Health OCD Center, a specialized treatment program for OCD and related disorders, at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, NY, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The Center provides evidence-based care for those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder. Dr. Pinto has published extensively on OCD and... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Golden Gate B

11:30am

You, Me and Relationship OCD: Diagnosis, Treatment and Intimacy with rOCD
Much of life is uncertain. Relationships are no exception to this truth. Individuals who suffer from relationship OCD may struggle from misdiagnosis, counterproductive treatment methods and knowing how to healthily engage in both the large moments and daily minutia of relationships. This advanced session will teach both clinicians and sufferers to identify common pitfalls of diagnosing rOCD as well as disseminate tools of ERP to appropriately treat this manifestation in order to foster recovery.

Speakers
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Beth Brawley, MA, LPC

Beth Brawley completed her masters degree through Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since completed BTTI training through the IOCDF. She has been running her private practice, Life Without Anxiety, for two years now where she focuses on treating individua... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, MA MFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disor... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

11:30am

Group Drawing and Compassion Cards

As a group, participants will reflect on their experiences over the past few days while creating a large drawing together. Participants will find a partner to work with, with whom they will share something that they are struggling with. After sharing, partners will make each other a “compassion card” in regards to the struggles shared.



Sunday July 9, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Golden Gate C3
 
Monday, July 10
 

8:30am

Post-Conference Traning ($): Cognitive Treatment Group led by Dr. Reid Wilson

This two-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.

This treatment opportunity will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual OCD Conference at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Two sessions of the treatment group will be held, one before and one at the end of the Conference.

  • Session I will be held on Wednesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Session II will be held on Sunday, July 9 – Monday, July 10, 2017.
DAY 1
  • Assessing your problem & targeting your symptoms
  • Components of cognitive-behavioral treatment: exposure, imagery practice, ritual prevention, habituation
  • How do you alter belief systems that are so rigidly held and reinforced?
  • How do you ratchet up your courage and determination?
  • The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions
  • Characteristics of rituals which can be altered
  • The best strategies to gain control over your compulsions
  • How to follow a series of graduated steps toward ending your obsessions and compulsions.
DAY 2

The focus of this day is to — individually and as a group — create your personal program of recovery and to practice the key skills of recovery. This will be done in a safe environment and at each person’s own pace.

  • How to win the anxiety game
  • Designing your personal cognitive-behavioral plan
  • Practicing here as a group
  • Creating progressive at-home assignments
  • Setting realistic tasks for yourself
  • Guidelines for skill practice
  • Ways to track your progress and handle setbacks
  • The latest information about medications that can help
  • How to get support from family, friends and health professionals

Each session will be limited to eight participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Four health professionals will be present to observe each group.

To register visit http://www.anxieties.com/181/how-to-register#.WQeCAdLyuM9

Speakers
avatar for Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released 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... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 8:30am - 4:30pm
Foothill A, 2nd Floor
 


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