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Sunday, July 31 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Kickin' OCD: The How-To of Overcoming Slips-Ups and Stressors

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Even after treatment, OCD symptoms may come back during stressful situations. It's best to be prepared and to learn how to maintain treatment gains even when life is unpredictable. During this interactive workshop, kids will learn to identify situations and emotions that may be triggers for anxiety, develop a list of daily wellness behaviors, and generate ideas for alternative behaviors to compulsions and avoidance. Role-playing and working through relapse scenarios will give children the opportunity to prepare for and practice overcoming slip-ups. This workshop helps children to conceptualize slip-ups as opportunities for improvement and teaches them how to better manage their symptoms as they take steps towards maintaining a healthy life style.


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 →

Ivy Ruths, PhD

Dr. Ruths, PhD., is a licensed psychologist specializing in treating childhood anxiety, depressive, and disruptive disorders. She received a BA in Psychology and English from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. Her graduate clinical work and research focused on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily OCD and Trichotillomania. Dr. Ruths is... Read More →

Christen Sistrunk, MA, LPC

Behavior Therapist, Houston OCD Program
Christen Sistrunk, M.A., is a license professional counselor in the state of Texas with experience in treating OCD, anxiety and depression. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston "“ Clear Lake. Her graduate work included training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress and anxiety management, group therapy, and... Read More →

Naomi Zwecker, PhD

Dr. Zwecker is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas with considerable experience treating anxiety and depression disorders. She received her BA in Human Development from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She has worked with diverse populations in a variety of treatment settings including a community mental health center, a veteran affairs medical... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

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