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Saturday, July 30 • 1:45pm - 3:30pm
My Family Just Doesn't Get It!

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Family dynamics are crucial in assuring success for the OCD patient in treatment. However, the actions of family members often end up making the situation worse. Some family members may not understand OCD, may be continually angry at the person with OCD, or may be hindering the treatment process by providing excessive accommodation. Find out how to educate your loved ones about OCD, to articulate what you need from them, and how to deal with the anger that comes up within the household. Learn to fight OCD as a team! To end the session, we will set up a “Family Feud” game show that allows audience members and their loved ones to learn more about OCD and have some fun.


Katelyn Bell, LSW

Katelyn Leis attended college at Northern Kentucky University where she graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work. Katelyn is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio. Katelyn will be starting graduate school Summer 2016 in Social Work. Katelyn was diagnosed when she was in junior high school with OCD after being repeatedly admitted into inpatient and outpatient partial hospitalization at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The... Read More →
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Elizabeth Duberman

Elizabeth Duberman went through the trying times most parents attending this conference experiences when having a child with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Her son, Emmit Flynn was diagnosed with severe OCD in 2015 after attending the annual International OCD Foundation conference and recognizing that her son indeed did have OCD. After the conference was done, she took her son straight to the Alexian Brothers treatment facility in Hoffman... Read More →

Emmit Flynn

Emmit, in retrospect, has shown signs of OCD from a very young age, but it was only recognized as OCD around the age of 15. At 16 he entered the Alexian Brothers program in Chicago for 4 weeks and is now doing well and seeing a therapist monthly. Emmit is currently a high school student and is able to now focus on school and is part of his school's swimming team. After attending the Boston conference, Emmit is hoping to get more... Read More →

Lisa Mueller

Lisa Mueller is a young adult with OCD who runs the online teen support group, OCD-Support for Teens. Lisa recently is a fourth-year pure mathematics major with a psychology who hopes to graduate Spring 2017 and continue on to graduate school to get her PhD.

Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor