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Friday, July 29 • 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Bring on the 'Bad' Thoughts: Normalizing Intrusive Thoughts in Children and Adolescents

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Children and adolescents with OCD often experience “bad” thoughts that are violent or sexual in nature. These thoughts can be particularly embarrassing and difficult for them to disclose to others, including parents and therapists. Further, parents may feel uncomfortable discussing their children's obsessions. In this workshop, we will provide information about intrusive thoughts to help normalize these obsessions, discuss faulty beliefs that reinforce the suppression of “bad” thoughts and further the OCD cycle, and lead group activities and games focused on increasing participants' comfort in discussing these thoughts. Overall, this workshop will help participants to 1) gain a better understanding of intrusive thoughts, 2) challenge faulty beliefs, and 3) practice openly discussing intrusive thoughts in an effort to normalize them.


Emily Anderson, PhD

Dr. Emily Anderson obtained her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received broad training in cognitive-behavioral treatment. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University Child Study Center, where she specialized in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and tic disorders. Dr. Anderson... Read More →

Keri Brown, PhD

Dr. Keri Brown is a licensed psychologist with extensive training and experience in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders for adolescents and adults. She received her MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine, working primarily at the Menninger Clinic's Inpatient OCD Program, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Houston OCD Program. Dr... Read More →

Maria Fraire, PhD

Dr. Maria Fraire is a staff psychologist in the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at Virginia Tech and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Texas Children's Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of severe anxiety, OCD, and comorbid disorders, specifically utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention. Dr. Fraire also oversees the... Read More →

Ginny Fullerton, PhD

Director, Capital OCD & Anxiety Practice
Dr. Fullerton is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas experienced in treating children, adolescents, and adults. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston in 2007 and completed her residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute. Following postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, she worked at The Menninger Clinic OCD program and... Read More →

Susan Heffelfinger, PhD

Dr. Susan Heffelfinger is a licensed psychologist in the state of Illinois with extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and co-occurring conditions. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Health Psychology from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University) and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Clement... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

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