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Friday, July 29 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Life is an Exposure: A Guide to Maintaining Treatment Gains

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This panel will focus on what comes after intensive treatment. Panelists will share their suggestions to prevent relapse and maintain post-treatment goals, the importance of aftercare, and how to become one's own therapist. Learn how to turn everyday life into exposures! Most daily activities have the potential to raise anxiety and can be viewed as exposures. Panelists and volunteers from the audience who have maintained treatment goals will share their strategies for success. This may include continuation of therapy, planned exposures, development of support systems, awareness of stressors, and planning for self-care. Attendees will receive an outline of a relapse prevention plan and will be encouraged to create a plan of their own.


Sara Bacon

At age 23 I am living a full and satisfying life: I am in college full time, have a job, and live on my own. I am president of a mental health student organization at my school, and am secretary for "˜Beyond OCD', an organization that helps people with OCD find the resources they need. I was diagnosed with OCD at age 15. I needed to do things "just right" to feel okay. The compulsions took over, and my junior year of high... Read More →

Jillian Blanc

Jillian Blanc is a freshman education major at the University of Arkansas. She loves kids, making friends, and keeping herself busy. Her family started seeing signs of OCD in third grade and she started seeing counselors soon after. Her main fears throughout her OCD experience have been contamination, the fear that she had "cheated", fears she had "stolen", and re-reading. She made huge gains her junior year in high school and have... Read More →

Shay Noriega, MSSW

In her early twenties Shay began to severely struggle with OCD and decided to put school on hold in order to prioritize getting well. After spending 7 weeks in intensive outpatient treatment at the Houston OCD Program, she returned to school, received a Masters in Social Work, and now works at a nonprofit in Austin. Shay and her husband are proud parents to 3 dogs and a cat.
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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 and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Salon I, 7th Floor