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Friday, July 29 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Everyone Orientation

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Led by the IOCDF’s spokespeople, 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.


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 →

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

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... Read More →

Ethan S. 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 at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon III, 7th Floor