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Sunday, July 31 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Making and Supporting Daily Disclosure Decisions

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Many people with OCD and related disorders have experienced stigma in their everyday lives. This can affect whether a person feels safe or comfortable talking to friends, family, and their community. There is encouraging research indicating that sharing personal stories of recovery is effective in reducing self and public stigma. This workshop will explore the application of evidence-based frameworks for stigma reduction and disclosure decisions. A panel will share tips from personal and professional experience to use when faced with choices about if and what to say about their challenges and recovery journey in various settings. Strategies for individuals, advocates, and family members will be discussed, as well as how professionals can best support their clients in this process.

View the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/sue-mckenzie-making-and-supporting-daily-disclosure-decisions-evidence-from-research-and-experience 


Scott Cypers, PhD

Dr. Cypers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado and serves as the Lead Stress and Anxiety Clinical Psychologist for Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Cypers has spent the past 10 plus years focused on treating anxiety based issues and developing innovative programming for anxiety based issues in the populations that he has worked, including college students, active duty military, children, adolescents, and... Read More →

Sue McKenzie

Director- Rogers InHealth, Rogers Behavioral Health System
Sue McKenzie has over thirty years experience leading the development of educational programs and collaborative projects. She has taught youth and adults, directed the development and delivery of health education programs, developed state and national curriculum and led training for teachers and community leaders to effectively address mental health challenges. Ms. McKenzie provided national training under grants from CDC and the... Read More →
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Michelle Villani

Michelle is a current doctoral student planning to become a licensed psychologist. Her clinical interests include the treatment of OCD and related anxiety disorders to children and adults. Currently, Michelle is the Volunteer Coordinator for the New Jersey affiliate of the IOCF, OCDNJ. | Michelle has worked as a School Counselor in the New Jersey Public Schools for 6 years prior to her enrollment in her doctoral program.
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Janet Ruth Young

Writer and Editor, self
Janet Ruth Young's novels about teens dealing with mental illness have received honors from PEN New England, Indie Bound, Borders, the New York Public Library, the American Library Association, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Her book Things I Shouldn't Think, inspired by her own experience with harm OCD, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. | | An advocate for people with mental illness, Janet has presented... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Salon II, 7th Floor