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Friday, July 29 • 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Mind Washing: Mastering the Unique Challenges of Mental Rituals

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Many OCD sufferers struggle in silence because their compulsions are silent or covert. This can lead to feeling isolated even within the OCD community, to misdiagnosis, and inadequate treatment. Understanding the role mental rituals play in all forms of OCD can be the key to accessing and using the right CBT tools. This panel consists of OCD specialist therapists who will discuss the research and clinical applications for addressing mental rituals, as well as personal reflections from those who have struggled and developed mastery over those rituals. Several common mental rituals will be identified and explained, and specific treatment interventions will be described, followed by a Q&A session.

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Jeff Bell

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

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, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. | | A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell works with sufferers, family members, and... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

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

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. Dr. Williams provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Salon III, 7th Floor