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Friday, July 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Motivating Toward Recovery: Strategies for Maintaining Motivation Across Treatment and Beyond

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ERP is an effective, yet demanding treatment for OCD, making motivation essential to its success. Unfortunately, misconceptions about motivation can make it difficult for individuals to stay engaged. In order to help those with OCD enhance treatment motivation, panelists will present a framework for conceptualizing motivation as a skill, examining the common roadblocks, and identifying specific strategies for maintaining motivation across treatment and beyond. Presenters will integrate current research/clinical insights with lessons learned from their own experiences going through OCD treatment to provide attendees with practical, tailored motivational skills. Strategies for reframing attitudes towards anxiety and using the "greater good perspective shift" to enhance motivation will be provided. Overall, this panel will provide an interactive and inspirational venue for those with OCD to enhance treatment motivation.


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 →

Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

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 the Houston OCD Program and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Nathaniel's... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

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

Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon II, 7th Floor