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Thursday, July 28
 

9:00am

Pre-Conference Training Session ($): A Clinical and Community Response to Hoarding

  • $125 additional fee for mental health professionals who need CE credits / $100 before 6/20/16
  • $100 for adults who DO NOT need CE credits / $75 before 6/20/16
  • $100 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members / $75 before 6/20/16
  • 6.0 hours for qualified mental health professionals (click here for more info)

This day-long workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of hoarding that will address the learning needs of the wide variety of professionals who work with the disorder, including therapists, home-based workers, coaches, first responders, social service agencies, housing agencies, professional organizers, and peer response teams. The workshop is broken into two sessions, with a lunch break and afternoon coffee break.
 
The first session will cover the following topics: hoarding prevalence, causes, manifestations, motivation and insight in individuals with the disorder, diagnostic criteria, and current and emerging research on hoarding disorder. All attendees of this Pre-Conference Training Session will come together for this first session.

Following the above, attendees will break out into one of three groups — clinicians/therapists, community responders, or peer responders — for hands-on training in hoarding interventions. Attendees in each group will learn key skills about how a community response to hoarding can help all individuals affected by hoarding disorder, with a special emphasis on the role(s) their particular group can play.

Training Agenda:

9:00am – 10:30am       Hoarding Overview For Everyone

  • Faculty: Gail Steketee, PhD, & Randy Frost, PhD


10:30am – 10:45am     Break 


10:45am – 12:00pm    Breakout Groups:

  • Mental Health Professionals — Gail Steketee, PhD, & Randy Frost, PhD
  • Community Responders — Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW 
  • Peer Responders — Lee Shuer 


12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch on your own


1:00pm – 3:00pm        Breakout Groups:

  • Mental Health Professionals — Gail Steketee, PhD, & Randy Frost, PhD
  • Community Responders — Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW 
  • Peer Responders — Lee Shuer 


3:00pm – 3:30pm        Professional Networking Coffee Break 


3:30pm – 5:00pm        Breakout Groups:

  • Mental Health Professionals — Gail Steketee, PhD, & Randy Frost, PhD
  • Community Responders — Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW 
  • Peer Responders — Lee Shuer 

Speakers
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers... Read More →
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Randy Frost, PhD

I have been doing research on hoarding and OCD since 1993 and have published more than 150 refereed articles and book chapters on these topic. I have also published four books on hoarding: a therapist guide, a self-help book, a book for the general public about the problem, and an edited volume of up-to-date research on hoarding. In my 1996 article, I provided the first operational definition of compulsive hoarding, as well as the... Read More →
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Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is founder and co-owner of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist; he uses his personal recovery story to mentor others working through hard times. He is the author of WRAP for Reducing Clutter, and The Mutual Support Workbook. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator's Guide for Running the Buried in Treasures Workshop. Lee's work has been featured... Read More →
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Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW

Dean, Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Dr. Gail Steketee is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Her scholarly work has focused on developing and testing treatments for obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, especially hoarding symptoms in recent years. She has published over 200 articles and chapters, as well as more than a dozen books on these topics. Her books include... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Training Session ($): Professional Consultation Groups

  • $125 additional fee / $100 before 6/20/16.
  • 3.5 CE hours for qualified mental health professionals (click here for more info).

The purpose of the Professional Consultation Group Program is to provide therapists who treat OCD and related disorders with additional opportunities to further develop their clinical knowledge and skills. The IOCDF has invited 6 highly experienced clinicians with complementary areas of expertise in the field of OCD and related disorders. During this program, participants will be able to attend 2 group consultation sessions, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Group members may ask the consultant any question relevant to the treatment of OCD and related disorders, including questions about general conceptual issues or specific cases.  The consultant group leader will try to allow equal time for each group member.

The program schedule is provided below. Bios of consultant group leaders, including special clinical interests, are included so that attendees can become familiar with each consultant prior to selecting a group. Attendees will sign-up for groups on site at the beginning of the course. The sign-up table will be in the hallway just outside the meeting room. Sign-up will open one half hour before the program begins. Group size is limited and group assigments will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be an extended coffee break between group sessions to allow attendees to network.  

Program Agenda:

1:30pm – 2:00pm                        Group Sign-Up Period

2:00pm – 3:45pm                        Introduction/Consultation Session 1

3:45pm – 4:15pm                        Professional Networking Coffee Break

4:15pm – 6:00pm                        Consultation Session 2/Wrap-Up

 


Moderators
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr Nancy Keuthen is the Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and authored/edited two books on BFRBs. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of both the International OCD Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
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Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →
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Bradley Riemann, PhD

Clinical Director, OCD Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Dr. Riemann is currently the director of the OCD Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He has authored numerous scientific articles on OCD and anxiety and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic. Dr. Riemann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the International OCD Foundation. He is also a... Read More →
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Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and member of the Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF. Dr. Wagner is an expert in childhood anxiety, an international speaker, and author of several books including, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

6:30pm

Superhero Storytime: Amazing Adam and the Secret Spell
Join Amazing Adam, a super kid just like you, as he discovers for the first time that he has OCD. Adam's nemesis, the Worry Wizard, has Adam under a spell which causes his brain to make too many worry thoughts. Adam learns all about his OCD, where his worry thoughts come from, and how to defeat them. Armed with super skills he learned in therapy, Adam
prepares to take on the Worry Wizard! Will Adam's super skills be enough to defeat the Worry Wizard once and for all? Join us to find out! Following the reading, families will be given art supplies so children can create their own image of themselves as a superhero and their OCD as a super villain. This exercise is intended to help empower children to fight back against their symptoms and to recognize OCD as something separate from themselves.

Speakers
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Christina Pascarzi, PsyD

Dr. Christina Pascarzi is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in treating adults with OCD and other anxiety-related disorders in her private practice, Counseling on Piedmont, in Oakland, CA. Dr. Pascarzi is the author of the children's book Amazing Adam and the Secret Spell, created to help young children understand, accept, and seek help for OCD.  She can be reached at... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago B, 5th Floor

6:30pm

Sibling Support Group for Kids and Teens
When your brother or sister has OCD you may grapple with many different issues. You may feel like nobody else knows what it's like to have OCD in their family. You may wonder how to support your sibling without getting overly involved. You may struggle with lots of mixed feelings, and sometimes you may just feel plain old lost in the shuffle. Come meet other kids and teens who have siblings with OCD as we share thoughts and feelings, and work to constructively problem-solve the unique issues that arise when you have a sibling with OCD.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Baier

Charlotte Baier

I'm 9 years old and am a sibling of someone with OCD. I love horseback riding, swimming, singing, cooking and helping my sister with her exposures. I know how hard it is to be a sibling of someone with OCD, especially when your mom or dad is giving your sibling attention instead of you. I look forward to sharing our experiences.
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Michelle Witkin, PhD

Michelle Witkin, Ph.D.
Dr. Witkin is a psychologist in private practice in Valencia, CA, where she specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. She especially likes to work with children and teens. She is a graduate of the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and is a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Witkin loves attending the IOCDF conference and is eagerly awaiting this year's events!


Thursday July 28, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago F/G, 5th Floor

6:30pm

Parents of Kids with OCD Support Group

The purpose of this group is to offer support for parents and family members living with a child suffering with OCD and anxiety. OCD can affect the entire family system, and therefore, it is important for family members to learn how to effectively provide and receive support from others. This group, facilitated by two clinicians specializing in OCD, will serve to offer support, education, and guidance to families as it relates to the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders. Attendees can expect to interact with experienced OCD treatment providers, as well as offer and receive support to and from other parents and family members with a child diagnosed with OCD.


Speakers

Thursday July 28, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago H, 5th Floor

6:30pm

Support Group for Parents of Teens with OCD
This group will offer a safe place to meet other parents of adolescents struggling with OCD. Parents will find support, strength and resources to take home with them. Parent will have the opportunity to share their story and their struggles; hear from other parents and not feel alone; hear from others what is working and what is not working; how other parents are coping. Parents will leave having met other parents and the start of new connection to help them through their journey.

Speakers
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Linda Palmer

Linda Palmer is a foreign language teacher in a high performing school district in Western New York. She teaches many different types of students, including perfectionistic teens, students on the ASD spectrum and students with social/emotional challenges. She has led a book study for teachers who were interested in learning how to reach and teach students with anxiety. Linda and her husband have joined forces with the Parent... Read More →
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Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas became an advocate for those with unique learning needs when her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 4. (Kevin is a junior in college now.) Since 2004, she's been the owner and director of a tutoring and test prep agency, and her team of tutors and college counselors have helped over 2500 students! These experiences prepared her for helping her daughter Carol continue to thrive in school despite 2 psych ward... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

6:30pm

Support Group for Teens with OCD
Sometimes just knowing that we are not alone can help us to feel motivated to move forward with our recovery. This support group will provide a safe and fun atmosphere for participants to discuss what they have learned from the conference and what their goals are when returning home. Participants will get an opportunity to hear others stories and share their own. At the end of the group, the group leaders will also provide helpful resources to help towards recovery from anxiety.

Speakers
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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.
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Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. | | Kimberley did her internship at the OCD Center of Los Angeles and went on to become the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Kimberley... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago C, 5th Floor

7:00pm

Improv for Anxiety ($)
Presented by the world famous Second City Training Center in Chicago! Join us for this fun, interactive session introducing improvisational concepts and exercises that can be used by people with OCD, family members, and mental health professionals to combat anxiety. Find out why laughter can be the best medicine. Open to all attendees, age 13 and up.
  • $25 additional registration is required.

Speakers
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Mark Pfeffer, MFT

Panic Anxiety Recovery Center
Mark Pfeffer is the director of the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center (PARC) in Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois and California, where he served as the Commissioner of Social Services for the City of Santa Monica. An ADAA member, Mr. Pfeffer is a graduate of The Second City A-E Improvisation Training program, where he cofounded the Improv for Anxiety program in 2011. Mr. Pfeffer has appeared on a... Read More →
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Kerry Sheehan

Kerry Sheehan is an arts-based education veteran with more than sixteen years experience in all aspects of management and program development. Prior to Second City, Kerry was the Director of Educational Programs for the Old Town School of Folk Music where she played an instrumental role in the school’s growth. She directed all of the school’s education programs and education outreach activities, and managed the school’s... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

8:00pm

Support Group: Overcoming Obstacles during Treatment and Beyond
Encountering obstacles during and after treatment for OCD is common. One obstacle many people face is feeling discouraged when new obsessions emerge or old ones return. That’s the nature of OCD. The content of obsessions can morph and change over time. Changing how you respond to obsessions, whatever form they take and whenever they occur, is challenging. No matter how much great work you do in treatment, it can feel disheartening when you think about how your work never truly ends. Yet, the gains are well worth it! An experienced OCD therapist and author leads this support group, sharing strategies to stay motivated to challenge OCD as a lifelong goal. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and questions.

Speakers
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Joan Davidson, PhD

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
As a CBT therapist, I've specialized in helping people with OCD, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (hair pulling/skin picking) for over 23-years. I'm the author of "Daring to Challenge OCD: Overcome Your Fear of Treatment & Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure & Response Prevention" (New Harbinger, 2014), which guides readers through what to expect during treatment, why it's worth it, and what it has been like for... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Support Group for Parents of Adult Children with OCD
This support group will be tailored to parents who have an adult child with OCD. Being a parent to an adult who is struggling with OCD presents its own unique challenges and can often leave parents feeling helpless or frustrated. This group is an opportunity to connect with other parents who understand this experience and who can provide support, advice, empathy, or just an open ear.


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Support Group for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees with OCD
Being a mental health professional with OCD comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. We have the personal experience that enables us to truly empathize with our clients who are struggling with mental disorders; however, we also have some special challenges. How do we handle it when our OCD is triggered by something in session? How and/or when do we use self-disclosure with clients who have OCD? How do we help clients with some of the very same issues with which we might struggle, such as shame and self-criticism? Join us for the third annual meeting of this support group, where therapists mental health professionals with OCD will meet to interactively discuss all these issues and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She was selected as keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?”  Shala is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia, the Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF, and she was on the IOCDF National Conference Planning... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago H, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Young Adults Support Group
The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is a complicated experience made more difficult with the addition of OCD. This group provides a safe environment for all attending young adults to get ideas and support, and will allow them to share their experiences with other conference goers. Topics discussed will be of specific interest for young adults such as living independently, applying for jobs, entering higher education, and creating a social life. The group encourages free flowing discussion to allow all attendees to participate. Before the group finishes, attendees will be invited to share contact information with others to encourage
interaction after the conference is over. This will allow the young adults to build friendships that continue to provide support.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Trondsen

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 →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

8:00pm

OCD Storytelling for Everyone
OCD Storytelling is NOT about telling stories describing OCD. Rather, it is about telling stories about life, and then applying the lessons embedded in those stories towards one's understanding of OCD, its impact, and its treatment. Dr. Allen Weg will read stories to participants, and then ask them to share their perceptions of how each story represents certain aspects of their personal experience of the disorder and/or its treatment. This year's stories will focus on the themes of Trust and Acceptance. We encourage (but do not require) participants to join Dr. Weg in coming dressed in bedtime clothing. We are looking to create a warm, cozy and intimate environment that at once will be fun, educational and compelling, and will serve to help build a shared sense of community. Fuzzy slippers are optional.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Weg, EdD

Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Chicago F/G, 5th Floor

9:00pm

OCD Pub Trivia! (21 & up)

Join this social activity to meet other adults affected by OCD, and get competitive with this team trivia game. Sign up as a team (up to 6 people), or come as an individual and we will find a team for you. Open to all conference attendees, age 21+.


Thursday July 28, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
FADO Irish Pub (offsite) 100 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
 
Friday, July 29
 

8:00am

Loving Someone Who Hates Their Looks: A Couple-Based Approach to CBT for BDD

BDD symptoms (i.e., social avoidance) negatively impact relationships, which, in turn, affect the outcome of psychological treatments for BDD. By employing a partner as a resource in treatment, a couple-based intervention for BDD has the potential to reduce accommodation, target maladaptive communication patterns, and enhance relationship functioning. This cognitive-behavioral treatment involves working with the couple using standard exposure and response prevention (ERP) techniques, training the partner to provide support during treatment, learning to express thoughts and feelings, and shifting maladaptive patterns of behavior (e.g., accommodation).  We will discuss the ill-effects of relationship issues on BDD and its treatment, present a clinical example, and describe how to address these issues in a couple-based BDD treatment program.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Lillian Reuman, MA

Lillian Reuman is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Ms. Reuman's research focuses on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) across the lifespan, as well as factors that may play a role in the maintenance of these disorders (e.g., symptom accommodation, cognitive biases, uncertainty). Ms. Reuman has presented and published... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

8:00am

Commonly Misunderstood OCD Symptoms: What OCD Is and Isn't

OCD wears many hats!  It is a highly complex disorder with many different types of obsessions and compulsions. Most clinicians, families, and the general public know the more common content areas of OCD, such as contamination and arranging obsessions. Yet, some symptoms are puzzling and knowing when they do or do not fall under the OCD umbrella can be quite challenging. This presentation will provide examples of symptoms of OCD that may easily be confused with other diagnoses. We will help distinguish the OCD patterns from other difficulties, including behavioral concerns, eating restrictions, suicidal thoughts, aggressive tendencies, body focused repetitive behaviors, tics, and interests or preferences.


Speakers
avatar for Diana Antinoro Burke, PsyD

Diana Antinoro Burke, PsyD

Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia
Dr. Antinoro Burke is a licensed psychologist, currently working at the Center for Emotional Health. She is the former Clinic Director of the UPenn Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group ("COTTAGe"). She extensive experience utilizing evidence-based treatments with adults, children and families within these specialty populations. Her clinical and research interests include providing evidence-based therapy for... Read More →
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Marla Deibler, PsyD

Executive Director, Clinical Psychologist, The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia
Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, MSCP is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. | | Dr. Deibler is on the Board of Directors of the The TLC... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon II, 7th Floor

8:00am

Everyone Orientation

Led by the IOCDF’s spokespeople, this orientation is for adults with OCD, family members, social supports, and treatment providers. The presenters will discuss the logistics of the conference: the who, what, where, why, and how. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference.


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon III, 7th Floor

8:00am

Ask the Experts: Panel on Hoarding Disorder

This panel will discuss some of the different therapeutic strategies that can help to increase success in working with individuals struggling with hoarding issues. Topics will include how to reduce resistance and engage the individual in the decluttering process; how to involve the family in the most effective way; motivational challenges that people with hoarding disorder face and why it's so difficult to commit to the process; and principles of motivational interviewing. Time will be allotted for Q&A.


Speakers
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Randy Frost, PhD

I have been doing research on hoarding and OCD since 1993 and have published more than 150 refereed articles and book chapters on these topic. I have also published four books on hoarding: a therapist guide, a self-help book, a book for the general public about the problem, and an edited volume of up-to-date research on hoarding. In my 1996 article, I provided the first operational definition of compulsive hoarding, as well as the... Read More →
avatar for Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW

Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW

Dean, Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Dr. Gail Steketee is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Her scholarly work has focused on developing and testing treatments for obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, especially hoarding symptoms in recent years. She has published over 200 articles and chapters, as well as more than a dozen books on these topics. Her books include... Read More →
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Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

Creating Distance from Your Obsessions

In this interactive workshop for people with OCD, attendees will practice identifying obsessions and trying out various exercises to change how they relate to them. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a newer cognitive behavioral approach with research support for OCD, attendees will learn strategies for transforming how they experience their obsessions. ACT focuses on changing the context in which thoughts are experienced in order to change the function of them, and to help create mental distance from unhelpful thinking. Attendees will practice several ACT exercises for addressing distressing thoughts in novel ways. Attendees will also learn to how to use technology (e.g., smart phone apps) to create low intensity exposure exercises for common obsessions.


Speakers
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Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Owner and Director, Sage Anxiety Treatment Program
Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety- related Disorders. In 2000, Robin co-founded Summit Eating Disorders Program (now ERC) which offered both IOP and Inpatient treatment. As a result of her interest in ACT and OCD, Robin developed Sage Anxiety Treatment Program which provides exclusively ACT-Based Exposure. Ms. Kirk also participated in a 7-day intensive... Read More →
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Brian Thompson, PhD

licensed psychologist, Portland Psychotherapy
Brian Thompson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, a small, private clinic that also funds original research. He specializes in working with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive & related disorders, and draws mainly from exposure therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

8:00am

Parents, Families, & Kids Orientation

This session is for kids and teens, as well as their parents. The presenters will discuss the logistics of the conference and provide an overview of the presentations, workshops, and activities designed specifically for kids and teens. Presenters will also answer questions about the IOCDF, specific sessions, and anything else related to the conference.



Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

8:00am

Novel Treatments for OCD: Recent Studies of Glutamate Modulators

Standard first-line treatments for OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), pharmacotherapy with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), and their combination. Unfortunately, these are ineffective in up to 1/3 of patients; there is thus an urgent need for alternative treatments. Much interest has focused on modulators of the brain's glutamate system. This symposium will summarize recent work on glutamate modulators in the treatment of refractory OCD. Current data implicating glutamate as a possible contributor to the pathophysiology of OCD will be summarized, as will specific studies on the glutamatergic drugs ketamine and riluzole. Early data on the combination of glutamate modulators with psychotherapy will be presented, along with prospects for and obstacles to progress in this area in the near term.


Speakers
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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Christopher Pittenger is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic. He received his MD-Ph.D. from Columbia University, where his Ph.D. studies, performed with Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, focused on elucidating the mechanisms of brain processes that underlie behavioral change. His current research studies, both in the lab and in the clinic, focus on elucidating the brain abnormalities... Read More →
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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Translational OCD Research Program. After graduating from Harvard University, she completed the M.D.-Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School and M.I.T. Her lab utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

An ACT Guide for Teens: Living a Life that Matters

Presented by practitioners and teens who have met their OCD in battle, this presentation will help you build a life you love, even while you are struggling. All too often, we believe we must get rid of OCD before we can build lives that matter to us. This workshop will show how to live richly and flexibly, even if things are tough. We will teach core skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to give a new perspective on living and thriving. We will also introduce the "MEOW" model, developed by a teen with OCD, to help you grow. Using both lecture and chances to practice skills, we will provide opportunities to make meaningful changes in your lives – one step at a time.


Speakers
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Olivier Clarke

Olivier Clarke is a teen who has struggled with OCD and who advocates for other teens who continue to struggle.
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on ACT and OCD for children, teens, and families, and is... Read More →
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Qun Li Fan

Qun Li Fan is a teen fighting OCD. She uses ACT-consistent tools that help her get me through day to day life and thrive. She is the developer of the MEOW model.


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

8:00am

Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with OCD and Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects approximately 2% of American school-age youth, and its core features – social and communicative deficits, and repetitive and/or stereotyped behaviors – are associated with multidimensional impairment persisting into adulthood. In the roughly 1/3 of youth with ASD who have comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a synergistic effect is often observed on psychosocial impairment beyond that predicted by a diagnosis of ASD alone. Beyond exacerbation of impairment, there are numerous issues unique to this population which complicate effective assessment and treatment. This panel will present evidence-based modifications to assessment and treatment of individuals with OCD and comorbid ASD.


Speakers
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Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the... Read More →
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Robert Hudak, MD

Dr. Hudak attended the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine BS/MD program, where he graduated with his medical degree in 1992. He did his residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland through the Case Western Reserve Residency Program. He was appointed Chief Resident of Clinical Duties at the VA Hospital. He completed his residency in 1996. He joined the Staff at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and was appointed... Read More →
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Josh Nadeau, PhD

Clinical Supervisor, Rogers Behavioral Health
I'm a licensed psychologist, supervising the clinical treatment team at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa. We treat youth and adults with OCD and related disorders, as well as eating disorders. In addition, we're in the midst of expanding our offerings to include the FOCUS (depression and mood disorders) program. | In addition to my work through Rogers, I hold a research faculty position with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa Bay. Dr. Storch has received... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

8:00am

The Journey From Illness to Advocacy: Overcoming OCD and Finding Your Voice

Three OCD advocates come together to discuss their journey from severe OCD sufferance to advocacy. In this presentation, they will explore the singular nature of OCD with relevant examples drawn from their experiences, while explaining how each OCD sufferer has an individual nature that works as a key component of successful treatment. In addition, they will share how they started their own support groups and pages to enhance the communication between sufferers, foundations, and organizations. Most importantly is their message that good therapy is available and that you are never too young to be an advocate.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/epifania-gallina-the-journey-from-illness-to-advocacy 

and here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/bowen-zheng-the-journey-from-illness-to-advocacy-overcoming-ocd-and-finding-your-voice


Speakers
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Epifania Gallina

My name is Epifania Rita Gallina and I am a 24 year old college student majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing at Hunter College in New York City. I will graduate this May with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. My future goal is to be a clinical psychologist specialized in OCD and anxiety disorders, a clinical neuropsychologist, and cognitive neuroscientist. I have suffered from OCD for six years and been in... Read More →
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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.
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Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng has suffered from OCD for over 5 years. He's good friends with Ethan Smith and Elizabeth McIngvale. Bowen is an OCD advocate from China and has spent several months in US for high school until his OCD got really bad and he left. He runs an online website called OCD Acceptance (ocdacceptance.com) with about 1000 followers as well as the living on edge OCD support group. He hosts free and live events online featuring OCD... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon I, 7th Floor

9:15am

Reflecting on BDD: Recent Findings and Implications for Treatment

This presentation features four recent findings on the psychopathology and treatment of BDD. First, Ms. Weingarden will present data examining general shame and body shame as predictors of BDD severity and outcomes. Second, Dr. Cougle will share his findings on "not-just-right-experiences" (uncomfortable feelings of incompleteness, imperfection, or perceptions that the environment is not as it should be), and discuss their role in BDD. Third, Dr. Phillips will present data on motives for drug use in BDD. Lastly, Dr. Wilhelm will present findings on mechanisms underlying symptom change in cognitive-behavioral therapy for BDD. Dr. Fang will moderate the discussion and draw key themes across these studies to advance our understanding of BDD mechanisms and treatment.


Speakers
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Jesse Cougle, PhD

Dr. Jesse Cougle is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He received postgraduate degrees from Oxford University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on the topics of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and problematic anger. Dr. Cougle has received funding to support his research from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of... Read More →
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Angela Fang, PhD

Angela Fang, Ph.D. is an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Angela completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Dartmouth College and her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. Her clinical and research interests involve examining the neurobiological correlates of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, as well as the relationship... Read More →
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Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
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Hilary Weingarden, MA

Hilary Weingarden is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and is completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at George Mason University. Hilary's clinical and research interests are broadly focused on cognitive and emotional risk factors for poor psychosocial outcomes and treatment response in individuals with obsessive compulsive related disorders (OCRDs) and chronic tic disorders. She is particularly... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

9:15am

50 Years of Medically-Based Treatment in OCD: Past, Present and Future

It has been nearly 50 years since Lopez-Ibor published the clinical observation that clomipramine appeared effective in OCD. In 1976, Yaryura-Tobias hypothesized that clomipramine’s effects on serotonin were central to its efficacy in OCD. In 1986, the IOCDF was formed in the context of large-scale clinical trials of clomipramine and other randomized controlled studies of what was then a new generation of SSRIs, such as fluvoxamine. Given that this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the IOCDF, this talk will reflect on what we have learned about medication treatment for OCD and chart a path to the future. The number of available research-proven options are few, and thus the panel of experts will focus mostly on strategies for future drug and device development.


Speakers
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Wayne Goodman, MD

Dr. Goodman has conducted research on the phenomenology, neurobiology and treatment of OCD and is the principal developer of the Y-BOCS. He is co-founder of the IOCDF. Dr. Goodman is also recognized for his work on Deep Brain Stimulation for intractable psychiatric disorders. A graduate of Columbia University with a BS in electrical engineering, Dr. Goodman received his medical degree from Boston University and completed his internship... Read More →
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Benjamin Greenberg, MD, PhD

Dr. Greenberg's background includes psychology (BA, Amherst College), neuroscience (PhD, UC San Diego), and medicine (MD, University of Miami), He was a neurology resident at Columbia University, and completed psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a fellow and later Chief of adult OCD research at the NIMH (intramural program). His primary research since 2000 has been psychiatric neurosurgery, for which he is internationally... Read More →
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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Christopher Pittenger is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic. He received his MD-Ph.D. from Columbia University, where his Ph.D. studies, performed with Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, focused on elucidating the mechanisms of brain processes that underlie behavioral change. His current research studies, both in the lab and in the clinic, focus on elucidating the brain abnormalities... Read More →
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H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical College, and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Center for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, she uses clinical trials to study current treatments for anxiety and OCD and collaborates with basic scientists and neuroimagers to study underlying brain mechanisms. She helped develop... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon III, 7th Floor

9:15am

Show and Tell: The Magic and Meaning of 'Stuff'

We talk a lot about the stuff we’re struggling to let go, but how about the stuff we’re keeping – a lot of it is really cool! How about we show and tell each other about something we brought to the conference? It could be anything – a charm, a hat, a pen, a photo, a ring, etc. Choose a special item, and bring it to our workshop. We'll photograph your item and project the image onto the big screen for the group to enjoy while you describe what it means to you. You don't have to have a "stuff problem" to participate, and you're also welcome to attend as an observer. You'll be glad you did! We're going to have fun!


Speakers
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Bec Belofsky Shuer

Bec Belofsky Shuer is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer on the topic of Finding/Keeping. Her emphasis is on preserving one's identity while overcoming very serious challenges within a household dynamic. Bec is a graduate of Smith College and has worked with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder, bereavement, and, individuals in pursuit of healthy relationships. She resides in Easthampton... Read More →
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Lee Shuer, CPS

Founder, Mutual Support Consulting
Lee Shuer is founder and co-owner of Mutual Support Consulting. He is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist; he uses his personal recovery story to mentor others working through hard times. He is the author of WRAP for Reducing Clutter, and The Mutual Support Workbook. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator's Guide for Running the Buried in Treasures Workshop. Lee's work has been featured... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:15am

Motivating Toward Recovery: Strategies for Maintaining Motivation Across Treatment and Beyond

ERP is an effective, yet demanding treatment for OCD, making motivation essential to its success. Unfortunately, misconceptions about motivation can make it difficult for individuals to stay engaged. In order to help those with OCD enhance treatment motivation, panelists will present a framework for conceptualizing motivation as a skill, examining the common roadblocks, and identifying specific strategies for maintaining motivation across treatment and beyond. Presenters will integrate current research/clinical insights with lessons learned from their own experiences going through OCD treatment to provide attendees with practical, tailored motivational skills. Strategies for reframing attitudes towards anxiety and using the "greater good perspective shift" to enhance motivation will be provided. Overall, this panel will provide an interactive and inspirational venue for those with OCD to enhance treatment motivation.


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at the Houston OCD Program and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Nathaniel's... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She was selected as keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?”  Shala is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia, the Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF, and she was on the IOCDF National Conference Planning... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon II, 7th Floor

9:15am

Want to Beat OCD? Learn Tools and Start Fighting Back!

Fighting back against OCD and winning the battle is not easy; however, exposure with response prevention (ERP) is an effective treatment option for children. In this experiential workshop, children will receive an overview of OCD and, in a child-friendly manner, they will be introduced to ERP and learn how to fight back against OCD. Children will be introduced to the metaphor of a toolbox that they fill with a number of different ERP tools, including naming OCD, fear thermometers, and fear ladders. Children will learn how to apply each tool when fighting back against OCD. Children will have an opportunity to create their own fear ladders (hierarchy of triggers) and use these new tools to take the first steps at applying ERP to fight OCD.


Speakers
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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 →
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Felicity Sapp, PhD

Anxiety Psychological Services
Dr. Felicity Sapp is the owner of Anxiety Psychological Services in Calgary Canada. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment. She was Adjunct staff with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Queen's University while providing outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry treatment at a leading teaching hospital. She worked in the Intensive... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

9:15am

Ask the Experts: Frequently Asked Questions about OCD in Children and Adolescents

Three psychologists and a psychiatrist who specialize in pediatric OCD will answer FAQ's like: What is ERP, how does it work, and how long will it take? What can I expect during treatment? How can I help my child through treatment? How do I handle meltdowns? Can I do CBT with my child on my own? What do we do when our child refuses therapy? My child can't finish homework – should we tell the school? How did my child get OCD? How do I know if medication is the right choice? My child's OCD has returned – are we back to square one? Will we be living with OCD for the rest of our lives?  Bring your questions to ask the experts!


Speakers
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of behavior therapy to a broad range of clinical problems. Dr. Mansueto has... Read More →
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S. Evelyn Stewart, MD

Associate Professor and Director, OCD Clinic, University of BC, Psychiatry and the Pediatric OCD Program (POP)
Dr. Evelyn Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children's Hospital. She is a child and adult psychiatrist, and a clinical and neuroscience researcher. She has a long-standing interest in OCD across the lifespan and familial aspects of this disorder. Dr. Stewart... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa Bay. Dr. Storch has received... Read More →
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Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and member of the Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF. Dr. Wagner is an expert in childhood anxiety, an international speaker, and author of several books including, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

9:15am

How Phenomics and Genomics have Improved our Understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRD)

The new category of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRD), a group of disorders with overlapping yet distinct phenotypic features, is consistent with new discoveries of cross-disorder genetic risk factors. We will present new genomic and phenomic findings in OCRD, including an update on Error Related Negativity as an endophenotype, novel findings from a study of copy number variants in OCD, and a genome-wide association study of hoarding traits in a large community-based sample of children and adolescents. We will discuss current gaps and future directions in research, including a recently NIMH funded five year grant that will greatly expand our knowledge about patients with OCRD.


Speakers
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Paul Arnold, MD

Dr. Arnold is the inaugural Director of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health & Education and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. He holds the AIHS Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health. His medical and graduate training took place at the University of Toronto, and subsequent to this he was a faculty member at University of Toronto and the... Read More →
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Christie Burton, PhD

Christie Burton, PhD is a research associate in the department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children working with Drs. Russell Schachar and Paul Arnold (University of Calgary). She completed her doctorate in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the uncovering the genomic and neurobiological underpinnings of of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders including... Read More →
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Gregory Hanna, MD

Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Hanna is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at the University of Michigan and University of California, Los Angeles. He has conducted research on the genetics, neurobiology, phenomenology, and treatment of OCD and related disorders. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the IOCDF.
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Michele Pato, MD

Dr. Michele Pato is Director of the Institute for Genomic Health and Professor Psychiatry-SUNY Downstate. Dr. Pato has led the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC) and Portuguese Island Collection Studies, with Carlos Pato, M.D., PhD, Dean at SUNY Downstate Medical school. She has co-led extensive population genetic studies in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder for over 24 years. She has also worked in numerous capacities for research... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:15am

Maximizing ERP with Taboo Content in Adults and Children

Many people with OCD suffer from obsessions focused on topics that are rarely shared with others – aggressive impulses, sexual thoughts, and bathroom behavior. However, effective ERP for these symptoms requires both therapist and patient to discuss such topics in detail, and to use this information to maximize treatment. This presentation will discuss topics related to treating taboo symptoms in OCD, including: (1) how to thoroughly assess the functional relationship between obsessions and compulsions, (2) conducting exposures that are appropriate, without being gratuitous, and (3) addressing taboo topics in children with OCD. Unique to this presentation, an OCD sufferer whose symptoms involved taboo content will share the details of his challenging, yet effective, treatment to illustrate these topics.


Speakers
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Jason Meade

Jason has lived with OCD for as long as he can remember. In 2012, with the support of his wife, he sought out treatment at McLean Hospital. After participating in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention, he is leading a happier and fulfilling life. Because of the support from Dr. Steven Tsao and Dr. Jason Elias, Jason feels he has become a much better teacher, coach, father and husband, and he is able to... Read More →
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Anthony Puliafico, PhD

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry) in Columbia University Medical Center's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD)-Westchester, an outpatient clinic providing care to children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related... Read More →
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Steven Tsao, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Steven Tsao received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University and completed his predoctoral internship at the Boston VA Medical Center. After postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he worked in a variety of hospital settings including a residential program for eating disorders and McLean Hospital's OCD Institute. He has held academic appointments at Boston University School of Medicine... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

9:15am

OCD and Minority Status: Therapeutic Considerations

In general, OCD symptoms are thought to present across common themes. However, ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities with OCD are underrepresented in research, and thus little is known about how minority status may influence symptom manifestation and treatment issues.  This panel will cover issues related to cross-cultural presentations of OCD symptoms, including manifestations of OCD in ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities. Differences in symptom presentation will be covered, as core OCD fears can be embedded within ethnic, racial, and sexual minority concerns. Discussion will cover lack of minority inclusion in randomized controlled trials for OCD. Barriers to treatment will be discussed, including negative opinions about mental health in many minority populations. Furthermore, the presentation will provide suggestions for treatment of OCD in these various minority groups. Clinicians will highlight these unique presentations through the use of case examples.


Speakers
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Darlene Davis, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville
Darlene M. Davis, M.A., is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department at the University of Louisville. Her clinical experience includes providing intensive individual outpatient therapy to adolescents and young adults with OCD. Her research interests include academic functioning in young adults with OCD, the exploration of phenomenological factors specific to youth and young adults with... Read More →
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Chris Leins

Chris Leins is a clinical counselor with the Louisville OCD Clinic, where he was trained in the treatment of OCD by Monnica Williams, Ph.D. and specializes in treating religious scrupulosity within the OCD population. Chris was raised in the Church, being the son of a pastor and church-planter. Chris attended Bible-college, earning a BA in pastoral counseling, and earned an MA in clinical counseling from Eastern University in St... Read More →
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Ghazel Tellawi, MA

Ghazel Tellawi, M. A. is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Louisville, and research cross-cultural differences in OCD at the Center for Mental Health Disparities under Dr. Monnica Williams. Ms. Tellawi has contributed to several book chapters and journal articles on OCD and cross-cultural differences, as well as culturally sensitive adaptations to the treatment of OCD in minority... Read More →
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Jenifer Viscusi, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Spalding University
Ms. Viscusi is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is also a visiting research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville. She is currently receiving clinical training in the treatment of OCD and OC-related disorders. Ms. Viscusi's research interests include: obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, sexual health and functioning... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. Dr. Williams provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

9:15am

'From Dating to Marriage' How to Co-Exist with OCD

"What if I get my partner pregnant?" "No one will want to date/marry me because of my OCD." These are often the difficult thoughts associated with OCD and relationships. Relationships can make OCD worse, and OCD can make individuals feel ostracized.  At worst, OCD can scare people away from dating and marriage entirely. This talk will discuss how OCD interferes in dating and marriage, when to introduce a partner to OCD, how to handle being triggered by a partner, and the tools used to overcome these difficulties. Presenters will engage attendees in a discussion designed to help participants address relationship challenges more effectively. We will also present an interactive speed dating roleplay for participants to see the tools in action.


Speakers
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Michelle Massi, LMFT

Clinical Specialist, Anxiety Therapy L.A. & UCLA Semel Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Michelle Massi, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. Ms. Massi has a private practice where she specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Ms. Massi provides individual, couple and family therapy to children, teens and adults. Michelle also works at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program, working one-on-one with patients, as well as leading... Read More →
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Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Jason Spielman, PsyD

Director of Intensive Treatment Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Jason Spielman, clinical psychologist, is the Director of Program Services at NeuroBehavioral Institute in South Florida. For over 15 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, and ADHD. He also facilitates two Adult OCD Support Groups (Boca... Read More →
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Adira Weixlmann

Adira led a regular high school life playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided to attend the OCD Institute's residential treatment program at McLean Hospital in Fall 2008 and again in Summer 2009, becoming much less severely impacted by... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon I, 7th Floor

11:00am

Exposure Therapy for BDD: An Interactive Workshop for People with BDD, their Families and Clinicians

Throughout this conference weekend, attendees will be offered many opportunities to learn about the treatment of choice for OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Challenging? Anxiety provoking? Stressful? Yes, those words are often used to describe the process, but so are rewarding, life-changing, and transformative. In this workshop, the role of exposure therapy will be discussed specifically as it relates to the treatment of BDD. While the presenters will provide a brief overview of how it works, the primary focus will be on experiential learning. Participants will be strongly encouraged to participate, whether they have BDD or are helping someone who does. This will all take place in an environment that is both supportive and respectful.


Speakers
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Scott Granet, LCSW

Psychotherapist, The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California
Scott Granet is a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and in June 2008 opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He facilitates treatment groups for both panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with the emphasis of each group being on cognitive-behavioral therapy. He has presented at conferences worldwide, has taught... Read More →
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Amanda Rosenberg

Mandy Rosenberg is a 25-year-old female, born and raised in Wisconsin. Currently, she is a private academic tutor and former elementary school teacher. She was diagnosed with BDD and OCD when she was 24, but has been living with it for most of her life. Her BDD symptoms started when she was in a young child, along with other OCD obsessions. At the age of 24, her BDD became debilitating. After hours of searching for therapists, her mom... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

11:00am

50 Years of Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD: Past, Present, and Future

It has been 50 years since the first study on exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment for OCD was published. Since that time, OCD has been transformed from an unmanageable problem to a largely treatable condition. This panel assembles experts in the field of ERP for OCD to discuss developments in this treatment approach over the past 50 years. Panelists will reflect on the most significant contributions to the field as it has evolved, the impact of recent advances and findings in the field (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches), and their predictions for what the next 50 years will hold regarding ERP and the treatment of OCD. Audience participation and questions will be encouraged.


Speakers
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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
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Bradley Riemann, PhD

Clinical Director, OCD Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Dr. Riemann is currently the director of the OCD Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He has authored numerous scientific articles on OCD and anxiety and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic. Dr. Riemann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the International OCD Foundation. He is also a... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa Bay. Dr. Storch has received... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


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

11:00am

Research Advances in Hoarding: Expanding Our Understanding of the Cognitive-Behavioral Model

This research panel will highlight four studies focused on the psychopathology of hoarding. Dr. Mogan will present on key variables in the cognitive-behavioral model of hoarding across a range of clinical and non-clinical cohorts. Ms. Shaw and Dr. Timpano will discuss a multi-method examination of the role of emotional processes in individuals with hoarding. Dr. Frost will examine reasons underlying saving, focusing on an exaggerated sense of moral responsibility for the care and disposition of possessions. Finally, Dr. Siev will present a study examining the relationship between hoarding and scrupulosity, taking into account shared risk factors. Dr. Steketee will serve as discussant; findings will be discussed from a risk factor perspective, as well as treatment implications.

View the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/randy-frost-research-advances-in-hoarding 


Speakers
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Randy Frost, PhD

I have been doing research on hoarding and OCD since 1993 and have published more than 150 refereed articles and book chapters on these topic. I have also published four books on hoarding: a therapist guide, a self-help book, a book for the general public about the problem, and an edited volume of up-to-date research on hoarding. In my 1996 article, I provided the first operational definition of compulsive hoarding, as well as the... Read More →
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Christopher Mogan, PhD

Dr Christopher Mogan PhD is the Director of The Anxiety Clinic in Melbourne, specializing in complex presentations of Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding Disorders. Formerly Clinical Director of the CBT-based Anxiety and Depression Program at The Melbourne Clinic, he developed innovative CBT treatment interventions for an inpatient psychiatric population. Dr Mogan is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University where he conducts research and... Read More →
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Ashley Shaw, MS

Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ashley Marie Shaw, MS is currently an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and conducts research in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at MGH. She attended graduate school at University of Miami, under the mentorship of Dr. Kiara Timpano. Her research interests involve examining risk and maintenance factors for obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum disorders, including hoarding. Currently, her interests include examining how... Read More →
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Jedidiah Siev, PhD

Jedidiah Siev, Ph.D., is assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, where he founded and directs the NSU OCD and Related Disorders Program. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship and pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, following doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Siev has considerable experience working with individuals who have OCD, BDD, anxiety... Read More →
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

Global Warriors of Hope: Building a Virtual Community of OCDvocates

Because OCD does not distinguish between countries, languages, gender, race, age, or background, we are committed to building a global advocacy network. In this presentation attendees will learn what the IOCDF is doing to spread the word about OCD awareness internationally. We will discuss differences and similarities between countries (or cities, or ethnicities) in access to diagnosis and treatment, and in the forms in which stigma manifests itself. We will learn how to widen our circle of compassion while at the same time we get inspired by making connection with new individual stories from all over the world. Let's all become global warriors of hope!


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →


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

11:00am

When Helping Hurts: Overcoming the Accommodation Trap With the Adult Sufferer

When caring for loved ones, we rely on our intuition, helping them feel safe and secure – an approach more than adequate for most loved ones. However, did you know that assisting the OCD sufferer in escaping and avoiding distress actually strengthens their OCD? Research supports that most families of OCD sufferers engage in excessive accommodation, with the most common behaviors being providing reassurance and "co-ritualizing." In this workshop, you will learn the counterintuitive approach to facilitate the OCD sufferer's treatment and re-establish a healthy relationship with your loved one. This presentation is for parents, relatives, and spouses/partners of an adult sufferer. The audience will be given ample opportunities for input and questions appropriate to the topic, with roleplaying and other learning exercises.


Speakers
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Jennifer Kessler, PhD

Dr. Kessler is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She received her doctorate in psychology from Louisiana State University, with a specialization in Child Clinical Psychology and a minor in School Psychology. Dr. Kessler completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral... Read More →
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Gloria Mathis, PhD

Dr. Mathis is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She received her doctorate from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2011 after completing her predoctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Westchester County, NY. She then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Anxiety Disorders Center at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where she worked in an intensive... Read More →
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Noah Weintraub, PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. He earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and completed further training at Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in Delaware. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic... Read More →
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David Yood, PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship and works at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). Dr. Yood's areas of clinical interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and other related anxiety disorders. He has specialized... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

11:00am

Sensory Over-Responsivity: How Research Informs Clinical Practice

About 60% of individuals with OCD report sensory symptoms. One type is sensory over-responsivity (SOR), an impairing intolerance to sensations such as certain sounds, smells, and textures. This presentation will discuss whether SOR and Obsessive Compulsive (OC) traits meaningfully classify the population. A non-clinical sample of 252 adults completed a sensory questionnaire about auditory, visual, taste, smell, touch SOR and an OCD inventory (i.e., obsessive, neutralizing, washing, doubting, hoarding, checking, ordering). Sensory and OC scores yielded four distinct clusters: High OC and SOR traits, Moderate SOR and no OC, Moderate OC and no SOR, and No OC and SOR. Implications for understanding the intervention needs of a subtype of individuals with co-morbid sensory and OC symptoms will be discussed.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/ayelet-ben-sasson-sensory-overresponsivity-and-ocd 


Speakers
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Ayelet Ben-Sasson, ScD

Dr. Ayelet Ben-Sasson is an assistant professor at the Occupational Therapy Department, University of Haifa. Her research interests are in sensory modulation symptoms, anxiety disorders, early developmental screening, and autism. She completed her doctoral studies in rehabilitation science at Boston University focusing on sensory symptoms in autism. During her post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychology Department at UMASS Boston she... Read More →
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Tamar Podoly

Haifa University
Mrs. Tamar Podoly completed her BA at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem, and worked as an Occupational therapist for 10 years, mainly with individuals who experience a sensory modulation disorder. After finishing her MA in Clinical psychology, at Tel-Aviv University, she has worked for years with adults and children coping with OCD. She also completed her specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy. During the years of practice she... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

Teen Success Panel

Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager with OCD can, at times, seem overwhelming. This panel is made up of teens who have dealt with OCD, physical illness, and other mental health issues and have, in the end, succeeded in challenging their OCD. They will share with you what worked and what did not work so that you may benefit from their trials and their wins.


Speakers
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Lily Kim

My name is Lily Kim. I have had OCD since I was eight years old, and am now 15. I am currently in 10th grade. My OCD has shown up in many different forms that I've had to work hard to beat. It has affected my home life, my personal relationships, my school life, my work life... everything pretty much at one point or another. I recently did an intensive treatment program in Southern California which seem to help a lot and I now have... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for Anxiety and OCD, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the future Director of the AMITA Health Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center opening in the summer of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD... Read More →
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Emma Sullivan

My name is Emma Sullivan. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I attended the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn from pre-k to 12th grade. I am now a freshman at Ithaca College. I am a film major, and hopefully minoring in psychology soon. I played basketball in high school, but don't play at college. I like playing the guitar in my free time, and I love hanging out with my friends. I also love Saturday Night Live, and would... Read More →
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Carolee Thomas

Carol Thomas is a teenage warrior who fights severe scrupulosity, pure O and social perfectionism. She has "ERPed" her way through the horrific intrusive images she experienced each time she glanced at a cute guy or thought about sex, along with conquering other OCDemons. Today, she is a passionate OCD advocate and will be attending college this fall to pursue her dream career of becoming a therapist while using animals as a tool for... Read More →
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Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng has suffered from OCD for over 5 years. He's good friends with Ethan Smith and Elizabeth McIngvale. Bowen is an OCD advocate from China and has spent several months in US for high school until his OCD got really bad and he left. He runs an online website called OCD Acceptance (ocdacceptance.com) with about 1000 followers as well as the living on edge OCD support group. He hosts free and live events online featuring OCD... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

11:00am

Preparing Scrupulous Individuals for ERP: A Workshop for Therapists

Although scrupulosity is often responsive to established OCD treatments, special clinical challenges are associated with religious and moral obsessions. Failure to address these challenges can jeopardize treatment adherence and outcome. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss clinical strategies for addressing the challenges of treating scrupulosity. Particular attention will be given to a method developed by the presenter to help scrupulous patients clarify and commit to a set of adaptive religious/moral beliefs prior to initiating exposure and response prevention. Topics will include how to navigate around psychological barriers like ambivalence, the quest for certainty, difficulties in discriminating between feelings and beliefs, and other issues. The workshop will include lecture, slides, and case discussion.


Speakers
avatar for C. Alec Pollard, PhD

C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

11:00am

Using ACT to Supercharge ERP: Creating Willingness & Motivation in Treatment

This workshop will help therapists enhance ERP through capitalizing on recent research in inhibitory learning, and to nurture willingness to engage in exposure-based treatment for OCD.   Presenters will address treatment resistance from both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and ERP perspectives. Using didactic and experiential modalities, we will demonstrate for and engage participants in a number of motivational techniques, including the use of mindfulness, defusion, and values interventions, to shape willingness to engage in treatment. We will move beyond understanding to the nuts and bolts of practice. Finally, we will offer consultation to therapists on how best to work with clients or family members who are reluctant to seek and accept help for their OCD.


Speakers
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on ACT and OCD for children, teens, and families, and is... Read More →
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Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD

Psychologist, Child and Adolescent OCDI, Mclean Hospital
Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating children and adolescents with treatment refractory OCD and anxiety disorders. She works as a psychologist at the Mclean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at Harvard Medical School. psychologist at the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.).
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Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Owner and Director, Sage Anxiety Treatment Program
Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety- related Disorders. In 2000, Robin co-founded Summit Eating Disorders Program (now ERC) which offered both IOP and Inpatient treatment. As a result of her interest in ACT and OCD, Robin developed Sage Anxiety Treatment Program which provides exclusively ACT-Based Exposure. Ms. Kirk also participated in a 7-day intensive... Read More →
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Brian Thompson, PhD

licensed psychologist, Portland Psychotherapy
Brian Thompson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, a small, private clinic that also funds original research. He specializes in working with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive & related disorders, and draws mainly from exposure therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

11:00am

Life is an Exposure: A Guide to Maintaining Treatment Gains

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.


Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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

1:45pm

Advances in Specialized Treatments for Complex Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The expert panelists will present advances in specialized treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), focusing on complex interventions for difficult-to-treat or intransigent symptoms characteristic of each disorder. Specific impediments to optimal treatment response and challenges when providing combined treatments will be addressed. Advances in specialized cognitive therapy and behavioral interventions to improve collaboration, promote resilience, and optimize long-term outcome will be discussed and illustrated. New pharmacologic approaches for each disorder will also be highlighted. Substantial time will be allocated to discussion among the presenters and with the audience.


Speakers
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Darin Dougherty, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Darin Dougherty is Director of Neurotherapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Director, Mood Disorders Section and Associate Director of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group; Director of Medical Education at the MGH Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute; Co-Director of the MGH Trichotillomania Clinic; and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dougherty has... Read More →
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Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Debbie Sookman, PhD

Dr. Debbie Sookman is Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic, McGill University Health Center (MUHC), Department of Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and President of The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD, www.ciocd.ca). Dr. Sookman is an internationally known expert in the assessment and treatment of... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Mind Washing: Mastering the Unique Challenges of Mental Rituals

Many OCD sufferers struggle in silence because their compulsions are silent or covert. This can lead to feeling isolated even within the OCD community, to misdiagnosis, and inadequate treatment. Understanding the role mental rituals play in all forms of OCD can be the key to accessing and using the right CBT tools. This panel consists of OCD specialist therapists who will discuss the research and clinical applications for addressing mental rituals, as well as personal reflections from those who have struggled and developed mastery over those rituals. Several common mental rituals will be identified and explained, and specific treatment interventions will be described, followed by a Q&A session.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/jon-hershfield-mind-washing-mastering-the-unique-challenges-of-metal-rituals 


Speakers
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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Elspeth Bell, PhD

Dr. Elspeth Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her private practice in Columbia, Maryland focuses on the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. | | A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell works with sufferers, family members, and... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. Dr. Williams provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Salon III, 7th Floor

1:45pm

Regaining Your Balance When Slipping, Sliding and Backsliding: How to Create an OCD Maintenance/Recovery Plan

After the challenging work of ERP, you want to be done. But, you will slip – slipping is a normal process, and it happens for any behavior one tries to change (e.g., diets, exercise programs, smoking cessation, etc.). If slipping meant OCD returned in full force and propelled you back to dysfunction, that would be devastating. But, this isn't the case. The trick is early detection of warning signs and quick response to slips. In this interactive workshop attendees, will identify the triggers leading to slips.  Roleplays will help them learn to recognize the OCDemon, who tries to trick you into turning small lapses into full scale relapse. Attendees will be interactively guided through the process of developing their own relapse prevention/recovery plan.


Speakers
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She was selected as keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?”  Shala is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia, the Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF, and she was on the IOCDF National Conference Planning... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Salon II, 7th Floor

1:45pm

Family Support and Intervention for Hoarding and Clutter: Introduction to "Family-As-Motivators" Training

This workshop introduces Family-As-Motivators (FAM) Training, which was designed for empowering family members with the goal of increasing treatment-seeking behavior and readiness among individuals with compulsive hoarding (CH), as well as enhancing the wellbeing of family. FAM Training is a 10-session training program that consists of four modules: Psychoeducation, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Family Accommodation Prevention. In addition to providing an overview of FAM Training, this workshop will carve out time for demonstrating techniques via role play. This will be carried out by the trainers who deliver the program as part of a current randomized waitlist controlled trial. Time will also be reserved for answering questions pertaining to FAM Training and, more generally, family support and intervention.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/gregory-chasson-family-support-and-intervention-for-hoarding 


Speakers
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Sophia Alapati

Sophia is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master's program under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory S. Chasson.
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Gregory Chasson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Towson University
Dr. Gregory S. Chasson is a licensed psychologist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Towson University, and owner and Clinical Director of CBT Solutions of Baltimore. His research laboratory at Towson University (i.e., Site for OCD & Autism Research) and clinical work focus on obsessive-compulsive spectrum conditions, autism spectrum conditions, and anxiety and traumatic stress. His experience spans several... Read More →
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Priyanka Divecha

Priyanka is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master's program under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory S. Chasson.
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Alexandria Luxon

Alex is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master's program under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory S. Chasson.
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Kristine Powers

Kristine is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master's program under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory S. Chasson.


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

1:45pm

Live your best life anyway!: A Town Hall Experience with the OCD & Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group.

In recent years there's been growing awareness of the unique issues associated with OCD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In response, the IOCDF created our OCD/ASD Special Interest Group (SIG), whose members have backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, and behavior analysis. As a group we aspire to give individuals and families affected by OCD/ASD the attention and support that they deserve. This Town Hall will showcase the strength and courage of those affected by OCD/ASD and their families by sharing inspiring stories from our own practices. We hope audience members will share their own positive (or funny) experiences. What does it mean to live your best life anyway, despite OCD/ASD? Please join us for this important Town Hall and find out!


Speakers
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Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the... Read More →
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Robert Hudak, MD

Dr. Hudak attended the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine BS/MD program, where he graduated with his medical degree in 1992. He did his residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland through the Case Western Reserve Residency Program. He was appointed Chief Resident of Clinical Duties at the VA Hospital. He completed his residency in 1996. He joined the Staff at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and was appointed... Read More →
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →
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Rebecca Sachs, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Sachs is a clinical psychologist specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and assessment and treatment when they co-occur. A member of the ASD Special Interest Group at IOCDF she has led the ASD/OCD support group at IOCDF's conference for the past two years. Dr. Sachs maintains a private practice, CBT Spectrum, in Manhattan and Park Slope, NY. Using CBT, including... Read More →
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Benjamin Tucker, MS

Ben Tucker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who provides behavior therapy for  individuals affected by OCD and related conditions. He received his Bachelors  degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College and Masters in the Clinical Psychology  Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During this time he authored  and co-authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on  behavioral... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Bring on the 'Bad' Thoughts: Normalizing Intrusive Thoughts in Children and Adolescents

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.


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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

1:45pm

Study and Organizational Skills for Students with OCD (K-Grade 12)

OCD can present significant problems for most students when symptoms interface with the academic demands of organization, homework, studying for tests, or completing projects. This experiential workshop will explain the scientific research showing deficits in organizational skills and planning for OCD sufferers. A description of behaviors resulting from OCD symptoms will be provided. We will demonstrate how OCD students can be taught to compensate for deficits with cognitive retraining in organizational and study strategies.  Attendees will examine student-centered and teacher-centered supports for OCD students. Hands-on tools will be provided for immediate use by elementary through high school students. Parents will be given ideas on instrumentation, accountability, and trouble-shooting. Students will learn how to make school easier, faster, and more fun.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/kathleen-norris-study-and-organizational-skills-for-students-with-ocd 


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Kathleen Norris, LPC

DFW Center for OCD & Anxiety
Mary Kathleen Norris is a licensed professional counselor in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. For over 20 years, her practice has specialized in the treatment of OCD and OC Spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and compulsive skin picking. | | She holds a post graduate certification for behavior therapy (BTTI) from the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She has presented on the national level for over 15... Read More →



Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Research Updates in Pediatric OCD

This talk provides research updates on pediatric OCD research by an expert panel of researchers, with time for audience questions/discussion. Dr. Lebowitz will present data on the influence of maternal hormonal levels in shaping parent reports of OCD symptoms. Dr. Stewart will present data on distress tolerance among parents of OCD-affected youth and an intervention to influence it. Dr. McGuire will present data on fear extinction in childhood OCD and discuss treatment implications. Dr. Lewin will present treatment outcome data from his IOCDF-funded stepped-care CBT trial. Dr. Storch will present treatment outcome data on his clinical trial that investigates using D-cycloserine in conjunction with CBT.


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Eli Lebowitz, PhD

Eli R. Lebowitz, PhD is currently assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center, where he is part of the Program for Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these disorders. He is the primary developer of SPACE, a parent-based... Read More →
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Adam B. Lewin, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor & OCD Program Director, University of South Florida
Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry and is the Director of the OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychology and directs USF's postdoctoral fellowship in OCD & related disorders. Dr. Lewin serves on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, is on the Board of... Read More →
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Joseph McGuire, PhD

University of California Los Angeles
Joseph McGuire, Ph.D. is a Clinical Instructor and T32 Postdoctoral Scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles related to the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and Tourette Disorder. In addition to conducting clinical research, Dr. McGuire serves as a... Read More →
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S. Evelyn Stewart, MD

Associate Professor and Director, OCD Clinic, University of BC, Psychiatry and the Pediatric OCD Program (POP)
Dr. Evelyn Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children's Hospital. She is a child and adult psychiatrist, and a clinical and neuroscience researcher. She has a long-standing interest in OCD across the lifespan and familial aspects of this disorder. Dr. Stewart... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa Bay. Dr. Storch has received... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

1:45pm

New Developments in Exposure Therapy for OCD: Using the Inhibitory Learning Approach

Research on learning and memory has led to new ways of implementing ERP for OCD that challenge traditional methods. This “inhibitory learning approach” is geared towards maximizing longer-term outcomes and preventing relapse. In our advanced workshop, we will cover strategies derived from this framework that can be applied in the treatment of OCD, including: (a) how and why to promote fear tolerance as opposed to habituation during exposure; (b) the best way to combine cognitive therapy with exposure; (c) the timing and spacing of exposure sessions; and (d) the pros and cons of using an exposure hierarchy. We will include participant interaction, video demonstrations, and adhere to the latest research and conceptual work on exposure and response prevention for OCD.


Speakers
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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Shannon Blakey, MS

Shannon Blakey, MS, is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She received her master's degree in 2013 from the University of Wyoming and currently works in the UNC Anxiety and OCD Lab with Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz. Ms. Blakey's primary research interests focus on the mechanisms involved in the maintenance and treatment of OCD and related disorders; in particular, anxiety... Read More →
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Ryan J Jacoby, MA

Ryan Jane Jacoby, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, and is specifically interested in cognitive biases, treatment augmentation strategies, symptom dimensions of OCD, and inhibitory learning approaches to exposure therapy. Ms. Jacoby has published and presented her research at... Read More →
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Lillian Reuman, MA

Lillian Reuman is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Ms. Reuman's research focuses on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) across the lifespan, as well as factors that may play a role in the maintenance of these disorders (e.g., symptom accommodation, cognitive biases, uncertainty). Ms. Reuman has presented and published... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Young Adult Success Panel and Mentoring Program

If this is your first time at the conference, or you are early on in the treatment process, it is easy to become overwhelmed. In the first part of this workshop, young adults who have successfully completed treatment will detail their experience with therapy, focusing specifically on how they achieved success. The second half of this workshop involves pairing attendees and volunteers in a mentoring partnership. Each mentor will make himself available at certain times during the conference, such as lunch breaks or the Saturday Night Social, to answer questions, encourage young adult interaction, and help make the conference experience a pleasant one. This will be the beginning (or the expansion) of a young adult support system.


Speakers
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Bryan Ballard

OCD symptoms began for Bryan at the age of 10 and continued through his young adulthood. Not knowing OCD had a name until the age of 18, Bryan set out to explore and understand OCD throughout college and his early twenties. Having experienced group and individual therapies, Bryan's most positive experience came in working with a psychologist well versed in CBT, ERP and ACT. He currently works in multiple hospital systems providing... Read More →
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Matthew Codde, MSW

OCD Victory
Matt Codde started experiencing OCD symptoms at the age of 11. Throughout his life he has struggled with different types of obsessions. He received treatment at The Gateway Institute is Orange County, Ca. He completed his treatment, graduated with a Masters of Social Work, and now works as therapist in Orange County. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, beach volleyball, fishing, and variety of other outdoor activities. He... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to college which left her unable to shower. With the help of ERP, CBT and medication, she is able to manage her OCD and attend college and play soccer. She has... Read More →
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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 →
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Adira Weixlmann

Adira led a regular high school life playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided to attend the OCD Institute's residential treatment program at McLean Hospital in Fall 2008 and again in Summer 2009, becoming much less severely impacted by... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

4:00pm

Ask the Experts Goes Live

This presentation will provide the opportunity to ask questions about OCD and get answers from two leading OCD experts. Dr. James Claiborn, and Dr. Michael Jenike will attempt to answer any questions about OCD and related topics in a live exchange with the audience.


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James Claiborn, PhD

Dr Claiborn is a psychologist in private practice and focuses on treating OCD and related disorders. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology, a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF.
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Michael Jenike, MD

Dr. Michael Jenike is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board as Chairman of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Jenike has authored several books on OCD, had hundreds of peer reviewed journal articles on OCD and related disorders. Dr. Jenike has... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Salon II, 7th Floor

4:00pm

Jumping Through Hoops: ADA and Other Legal Matters

Our talk will consist of an informative presentation by a forensic psychiatrist on the rights of people with OCD and related disorders under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and on the options they have based on how severe their OCD may be. We will then discuss the path to implementing those rights at school, college, and the workplace. We will share examples from several people about the hoops they had to endure before these rights were granted, and will present the outcomes of the requests and some helpful tips from lessons learned. Audience members will be encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions.


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Susan Rushing, MD, JD

Susan E. Rushing MD, JD completed her undergraduate studies in Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT, earned her M.D. at Yale School of Medicine and J.D. at Stanford Law School. Dr. Rushing completed her internship in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center and residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also trained in forensic psychiatry and was a clinical research scholar. Dr. Rushing is board... Read More →
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Elna Yadin, PhD

Elna Yadin Ph.D received her doctoral degree in physiological and experimental psychology at Bryn Mawr College in the U.S. in 1979 on the neuroscience of anxiety and relief mechanisms in the brain. She respecialized in clinical psychology and has been working at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998, where she acted as the Director of the OCD Clinic. She has been treating... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

4:00pm

The Non-Shopping Shopping Trip: A Non-Acquiring Excursion for Those Struggling with Hoarding

People struggling with hoarding issues typically have a lot of trouble resisting urges to purchase or acquire items. Learning to resist the impulse to acquire is an important part of helping individuals who are struggling with this condition. In this experiential workshop, expert therapists will accompany individuals with hoarding disorder on a non-shopping excursion. With the support of the therapists and other attendees, participants will learn strategies to resist the urge to purchase by direct exposure on an excursion to local shops near the conference.


Speakers
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Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

4:00pm

The Scrupulosity Answer Guys

Panelists will explore challenges related to the experience and treatment of scrupulosity. First, panelists will give brief presentations on scrupulosity. A therapist-audience dialogue will follow, consisting of a Q&A about symptoms and treatment obstacles, and an open conversation about unique challenges that arise when OCD becomes entangled with religion or morality. Sample issues include: What role does religion have in OCD? How can someone with OCD be religious but not scrupulous? Can one engage in exposures without violating religious law? How can scrupulous individuals interact with clergy in a way consistent with their values and still healthy in terms of OCD? In discussing these questions, the conversation will remain grounded in practical treatment issues and clinical application.


Speakers
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
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Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Clinical Director, Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services
Ted received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services where his clinical practice focuses on anxiety and mood disorders. He specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with an emphasis on scrupulosity and primarily obsessional forms of OCD. Ted has done research on obsessional beliefs, religious beliefs and... Read More →
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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of behavior therapy to a broad range of clinical problems. Dr. Mansueto has... Read More →
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Jedidiah Siev, PhD

Jedidiah Siev, Ph.D., is assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, where he founded and directs the NSU OCD and Related Disorders Program. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship and pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, following doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Siev has considerable experience working with individuals who have OCD, BDD, anxiety... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

4:00pm

Managing Anger in Children with OCD and Related Disorders

Children and adolescents with OCD and related disorders often act out or react with anger to treatment. This can be difficult for parents to manage, and can lead to both treatment dropout and conflict at home. This workshop will present practical strategies that families can use to deal with children's anger. Topics covered will include managing tantrums, what to do when a child refuses to participate in treatment or school, how to handle suicide threats, and managing verbal and physical aggression towards others. Presenters will also help parents explore thoughts and feelings that may be holding them back from implementing effective strategies. This workshop will include discussion and role play as well as video.


Speakers
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Alison Alden, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
Dr. Alison Alden, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago in Deerfield, IL. She specializing in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat adults and children suffering from OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. When needed, she offers exposure and response prevention in the home and community, and also conducts intensive OCD treatment in which she and her colleagues see a... Read More →
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Julieanne Pojas, PsyD

Julieanne Pojas, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago in Deerfield, Illinois. She specializes in diagnosing and treating individuals with OCD and other anxiety-related disorders. Dr. Pojas has experience and training in exposure response prevention and cognitive behavior therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her previous training experience includes working in the... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

4:00pm

Professional Plenary: Finding Deep Courage Within our Kindness: An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy for OCD

During this discussion of compassion focused therapy (CFT) for the treatment of OCD, we will explore how the science of self-compassion can be used to enhance both clinical work and personal recovery. Recent research demonstrates that compassion is a significant, active process in psychotherapy. This experiential workshop is specifically designed to help deepen our understanding and practice of compassion. Participants will learn the basics of imagery and psychotherapy techniques designed to generate the compassionate strength and psychological flexibility we need to face the challenge of living well with anxiety and intrusive thoughts.


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Dennis Tirch, PhD

Dr. Tirch is the Founder and Director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy in New York and President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA. Dr. Tirch is an author of 6 books, and numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles, including "The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Compassion" and "Buddhist Psychology and CBT: A Clinician's Guide” with Dr. Laura Silberstein and colleagues. He has served on the faculty of... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Salon III, 7th Floor

4:00pm

To Tell or Not to Tell? Pros & Cons for Disclosing about OCD

Is it wise to tell your friends that you have OCD? How about your teachers or coaches? You want them to understand, but will they make fun you or use it against you? If they know, will they support you, or will they see you as different? If you're a teen with OCD, you've probably wondered whether you should tell, and if so, to whom and how much. Choosing to share about having OCD is a personal and, often, painstaking decision that requires thorough consideration. Each person's experience and reasons for sharing is unique. This interactive workshop will address the pros and cons of disclosing, and tackle various factors to consider when trying to decide: “Should I tell?”


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Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests are in the use of CBT/ACT for the treatment of anxiety and addiction, and the psychology of money.
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Michelle Witkin, PhD

Michelle Witkin, Ph.D.
Dr. Witkin is a psychologist in private practice in Valencia, CA, where she specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. She especially likes to work with children and teens. She is a graduate of the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and is a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Witkin loves attending the IOCDF conference and is eagerly awaiting this year's events!


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

4:00pm

Survival Guide for High School and College with OCD!

As a young adult, school should be an exciting adventure. For people with OCD, it's a time of anxiety, embarrassment, failure, and setbacks. Welcome to the definitive guide on how to survive high school and college! The audience will meet four young adult “professors” who will help their “students” navigate the school campus. Audience members will be introduced to disabled student services, school counselors, and accommodations. Attendees will be prepared for dorm life and staying over with friends. A discussion will focus on exams, test tips, and special accommodations allowed. Finally, participants can discuss how to fit in – joining clubs, making friends, playing a sport, and building a social life. Come participate in the campus orientation you won't get elsewhere!


Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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Genevieve Kales

Genevieve is Currently a senior at the University of Central Florida pursing a Bachelors degree in Biomedical science.Genevieve will be heading to Graduate school Spring of 2017 to follow a love for medicine. She is am currently working as a Nationally registered emergency medical technician in the state of Florida. She has done all this to hopefully one day become a Nurse Practitioner.


Friday July 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

7:00pm

BDD Support Group
Many people living with BDD experience deep feelings of shame and are often quite isolated, never meeting others who also have the disorder. Each year the IOCDF offers this rare opportunity to meet with people who truly understand the suffering — other people who also have BDD. This group is a safe, non-judgmental environment where people are encouraged to share their concerns, and to provide support to others in need. It is open to both people who have BDD as well as family members and concerned others.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Granet, LCSW

Scott Granet, LCSW

Psychotherapist, The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California
Scott Granet is a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and in June 2008 opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He facilitates treatment groups for both panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with the emphasis of each group being on cognitive-behavioral therapy. He has presented at conferences worldwide, has taught... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago G, 5th Floor

7:00pm

'Draw a Monster' Mindfulness and ACT Interactive Table
THE CHALLENGE: Draw a monster that represents an intrusive fear/thought or negative feeling associated with them. Then name it, draw goofy clothes on it, write down where you might take it if you just allowed yourself to shift your perspective and view it differently. THE GOAL: To view fear from a different lens. Once you stop wasting valuable energy on pushing your fears/monsters away, you can use it on the things in your life that hold true value and meaning. Have compassion for your thoughts, expand your mind to make room for your monsters. Once you give fear/monsters zero power, you will see that they will shrink and grow weak. Come to this activity to learn a fun way to stop fighting your fears/monsters, and change the way
you view them.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Shinnock

Sean Shinnock

Sean has had severe OCD comorbid with depression and anxiety for over 25 years, but wasn't officially diagnosed with OCD until he was 32 in 2012. He first started receiving proper treatment for OCD in 2012 which in turn inspired him to start his journey of personal growth and eventually move from Columbus Ohio to Boston in 2014. He has benefited greatly from ACT and Mindfulness therapeutic methods along with the standard ERP and CBT... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Denver/Houston/Kansas City, 5th Floor

7:00pm

GOAL Support Group
The GOAL group presented here was started in the spring of 1981, and is the oldest and longest running OCD support group in the country. The group will begin with a brief presentation describing the structure of the group and how each part of the meeting fulfills the needs of its members. This will be followed by attendees participating in the planning phase of a GOAL meeting. In doing so, they will begin to gain some control over their OCD. Participants, families, and professionals will observe experienced group leaders guide attendees into choosing achievable goals.

Speakers
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

7:00pm

Me and My BFRB Support Group
This support group for those suffering from Trichotillomania ("Trich"), Compulsive Skin Picking ("CSP"), and other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors ("BFRBs") and/or those who treat them. It includes psychoeducation, outlines the traditional strategies of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) with the addition of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and allows time for group exercises, participation, and questions/answers.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Kassel, MSW

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Elizabeth Kassel, MSW, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Her prior experience includes working as a counselor at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, and in the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD) treating children with anxiety disorders. In addition to treating individual clients, she also currently... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago F, 5th Floor

7:00pm

OCD and Eating Disorders Support Group
In this support group, we will cover the topic of living with eating disorders alongside OCD and related anxiety disorders. We will create a safe place for individuals to share stories of struggle, hardship, and triumph while promoting a sense of community and support. All individuals who have struggled with either of these disorders, as well as their friends and family, are welcome.

Speakers
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Beth Brawley, MA, LPC

Anxiety Therapist, Life Without Anxiety, LLC
Ms. Brawley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She then went on receive her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. Ms. Brawley is a licensed therapist in the state of Missouri. Ms. Brawley has experience treating substance abuse, eating disorders, OCD and related disorders and anxiety disorders. Ms. Brawley runs her own private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago H, 5th Floor

7:00pm

Perfectionism Support Group
Perfectionism can be a very difficult struggle, and can affect sufferers academically, socially, and in many other ways throughout life. The goal of this group is to create a space for people living with perfectionism to discuss their personal struggles, learn more about perfectionism and OCD, and share ideas for managing them effectively. The group will be open to all perfectionism sufferers, parents and family members, treatment providers, and all conference attendees.


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

7:00pm

Scrupulosity Support Group
This group is intended for those who suffer from scrupulosity (OCD entwined with religious and/or moral matters). Family members and close friends of someone with scrupulosity are also welcome to attend. Join others in a professionally-led psychoeducation and support group. This will be an interactive group so that participants can learn from the leader and one another about ways to overcome scrupulosity.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/ted-witzig-scrupulosity-support-group 

Speakers
avatar for Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Ted Witzig Jr., PhD

Clinical Director, Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services
Ted received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services where his clinical practice focuses on anxiety and mood disorders. He specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with an emphasis on scrupulosity and primarily obsessional forms of OCD. Ted has done research on obsessional beliefs, religious beliefs and... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

7:00pm

Self Injury Support Group
Self-injury can be a coping mechanism for those with OCD and related disorders. The secrecy and shame surrounding self-injury prevents us from seeking treatment for many years. Since self-injury can be an isolating behavior, this support group will be a place for attendees to share their experiences with self-injury in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We will share our own personal experiences, how therapy helped identify triggers for self-injury and the strategies we learned in therapy to stop. We will also strategize on how to educate and continue breaking down the personal stigma many who engage in self-injury deal with.


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

7:00pm

Support Group for People with Sexual and/or Violent Obsessions
Sexual and violent obsessions in OCD are common, but frequently unrecognized or misunderstood. Sexual obsessions can include worries about sexual orientation, being a pedophile, or acting out sexually. Violent obsessions may include fears about harming someone through various means. People with sexual and violent obsessions in OCD may experience greater distress, have more difficulty locating effective treatment, and require more time in treatment in comparison to other forms of OCD. This group is focused on helping people with sexual and violent obsessions understand their symptoms, distinguish between obsessions and mental compulsions, and identify effective exposures to combat symptoms. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their experiences of stigma, shame, and
rejection surrounding their symptoms in a supportive environment.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Flower, PsyD

Nick Flower, PsyD

Nicholas R. Flower, Psy.D.
Dr. Flower is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in downtown Pittsburgh PA. He specializes in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety disorders with exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP). In 2007, he finished his doctoral degree at Xavier University and started a small private practice in 2011. In 2012 Dr. Flower moved to Nashville TN for 3 years where he started a small practice and also worked as the clinical director for... Read More →
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Jenifer Viscusi, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Spalding University
Ms. Viscusi is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is also a visiting research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville. She is currently receiving clinical training in the treatment of OCD and OC-related disorders. Ms. Viscusi's research interests include: obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, sexual health and functioning... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Salon II, 7th Floor

7:00pm

OCD Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Did you know that in 1893, Chicago became the host of the World's Fair? It was an
extravaganza of technological wonders and brilliant inventions that thrilled fair-goers and ultimately changed the world — we still use many today! Are you ready to get inventive, and make some discoveries of your own? Come join us for a scavenger hunt throughout the Conference hotel! You will solve some riddles about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to find prizes, get curious while completing some exposure challenges, and discover our Mindfulness Pavillions! Children will be divided into teams and given a series of riddles to solve that will help them find our World's Fair-themed prizes, challenged to get curious about ERP practice, and encouraged to use their best noticing skills at the Mindfulness Pavillions. The teams that get the most points win — but everyone gets a certificate of participation!

Speakers
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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on ACT and OCD for children, teens, and families, and is... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Salon III, 7th Floor

7:00pm

Mental Health Monologues: Sharing Stories, Reducing Stigma; and Performance by Comedian Dean Masello: "I'm So OCD"
Join us to develop an understanding of how to foster an open dialogue about mental illness within your community. We will discuss the process for producing a Mental Health Monologues performance, and how you can bring this experience to your own campus. We will present past performances from the University of Michigan’s 2015/2016 Mental Health Monologues Show and give you the opportunity to learn about an effective process for sharing personal stories in an impactful and understandable way. We are working to change the conversation
about mental health in our community, and hope to inspire you to recognize the ability for performance art to be an effective mode of expression for building greater understanding of mental health concerns. We will close with a performance by Dean Masello.

Dean Masello has had crippling anxiety for as long as he can remember — at least as far back as kindergarten. As a teenager, he came to believe that he was destined for psychosis. His one-man show “I’m So OCD”, is a comedic and harrowing ride into the dark terrors of the mind. Through storytelling and high-tech wizardry, Dean deftly illustrates the intensity of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how the most dangerous traps are the walls we create within our own minds.

Speakers
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Sonia Doshi

Sonia Doshi is a senior at the University of Michigan studying User Experience Design in the School of Information. She is the Research Study Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Network where she has organized studies on brief video interventions for college students at the University of Michigan to reduce barriers to help-seeking. Along with this role, she is an organizing member of the AthletesConnected initiative, focused on supporting student... Read More →
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Dean Masello

Dean Masello has had crippling anxiety for as long as he can remember - at least as far back as kindergarten. As a teenager, he came to believe that he was destined for psychosis. His one-man show "I'm So OCD" , is a comedic and harrowing ride into the dark terrors of the mind. Through storytelling and high-tech wizardry, Dean deftly illustrates the intensity of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how the most dangerous traps are the walls we... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

8:45pm

Virtual Camping: The 16th Annual Road to Recovery Tour
A night you won’t forget! Join us as our legendary recovery trip takes to the streets of Chicago to fight OCD. Repeating this experiential workshop for the 16th year, we will begin with a very brief presentation about our camping trips (that you may have seen in People Magazine) and how they can inspire you to risk getting better. Following this, participants — individuals, family members, and professionals — will go on a field trip throughout Chicago in which participants will experience the exhilaration of conquering OCD fears in a group that goes beyond your imagination. Everyone will be encouraged to support and help one another, but participants will only do what they choose to do. The surprise will be in how much more you will choose to do during this adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Amy Jenks, PsyD

Amy Jenks, Psy.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of the Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center in Orinda, California. Dr. Jenks specializes in the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Jenks regularly presents locally as well as nationally on OCD and anxiety disorder treatment in children and adults.
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Shala Nicely, LPC

Counselor/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
Shala Nicely, LPC is a counselor and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta.  She was selected as keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?”  Shala is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia, the Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF, and she was on the IOCDF National Conference Planning... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2016 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Salon III, 7th Floor
 
Saturday, July 30
 

6:30am

Sunrise Yoga: Flow into CBT

As OCD therapists, we're good at asking our clients to put themselves in unusual, sometimes uncomfortable, positions — usually in terms of how they think and behave. What if we could boost that by doing the same with their bodies? Learn about a novel approach to OCD treatment that incorporates yoga, which does more than just relax the body, it strengthens the brain's executive functioning skills (even more so than traditional physical activities). Get tips on how to incorporate yoga with your CBT/ERP practice and learn first-hand by participating in a mini-session led by a certified yoga instructor and LPC who will guide the group through yoga's three basic elements: Posture, breathing & meditation. Q&A opportunity to follow the practice.

YOGA MATS WILL BE PROVIDED (OR YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN)! 


Speakers
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Rachel Krakauer

Rachel is a behavior specialist in an intensive treatment program at Rogers Behavioral Health. She currently works with children/adolescents with OCD and anxiety disorders during individual, collaborative ERP & CBT sessions and leads educational, interactive groups. Working with this population has intrigued Rachel, as each case offers a new adventure. She is interested in both the behavioral aspect of treatment and also helping... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 6:30am - 7:30am
9th Floor Garden Terrace, Gym Level

8:00am

EPR: Tratamiento Ambulatorio e Intensivo/ERP: Outpatient and Intensive Treatment

¿Por qué un tratamiento "contra-intuitivo" da resultados en el TOC? ¿Por qué debo de sentir ansiedad para mejorar? ¿Por qué tengo que exponerme a mis miedos si es algo que llevo tanto tiempo evitando? Todas estas preguntan surgen cuando los terapeutas explicamos las bases del tratamiento. Esta platica te ayudará a comprender por qué funciona la exposición y prevención de respuesta y lo que hay detrás de dicho enfoque. Así como las diferentes modalidades de dicho tratamiento. Uno de ellos es la terapia intensiva, una modalidad potente para aquellas personas con TOC severo o que por algún motivo tienen pocos avances en su recuperación o no encuentran a un psicólogo especialista en su área de residencia. Es importante dar a conocer este tipo de terapia a los asistentes, incluso a los profesionales para tomarla en cuenta en sus tratamientos, así como el uso de de Mindfulness y otras técnicas.

Why does a counterintuitive treatment get results for OCD?  Why should I feel my anxiety in order to get better?  Why do I have to expose myself to my fears if that’s something I spend so much time avoiding?  All these questions come up when therapists explain the basis of treatment to their patients.  This talk will help people to understand why ERP works and what evidence exists in support of it, as well as discussing the different ways ERP can be used.  One way in particular will be highlighted – intensive therapy.  Intensive treatment is a powerful method for those with severe OCD, those who are seeing little success in their recovery, and/or those who are not able to find an OCD specialist in their area.  This talk will be useful for patients, families, and professionals alike, and will also include a discussion of the incorporation of mindfulness and other techniques.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/alejandro-ibbarra-socorro-intensive-therapy-to-ocd 

Speakers
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Tania Pérez Duarte, MS

Tania Pérez Duarte es psicóloga clínica cognitivo-conductual. Especialista en trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo y trastornos relacionados (Exposición y prevención de respuesta, Mindfulness y Terapia de aceptación y compromiso). Tania fue entrenada por el Hospital general de Massachusetts, la Fundación Internacional de TOC en Boston y la escuela de Harvard (Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Alejandro Ibarra Socorro, MS

Alejandro Ibarra Socorro M.S | ~ Licenciado en Psicología. | ~ Máster Oficial Universitario en Psicologí­a de la Salud. Universidad de Sevilla. | ~ Responsable y creador del grupo de trabajo "Psicologí­a del TOC" del Colegio Oficial de Psicología de Andalucía Occidental. COP-AO | ~ 12 años de experiencia en el tratamiento y abordaje del trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

8:00am

Don't Try Harder, Try Different: A Stress Management Approach for OCD
People with OCD often keep on trying to do things over and over to get better, but still feel the same day in and day out. "Don't Try Harder, Try Different" attempts to help individuals come up with new ways of coping with the stressors in their daily lives. Knowing that general stress levels can have a major impact on OCD, doing some basic stress management techniques can have an impact on your day to day life with OCD. There will be plenty of tips, examples, humor, fun, and exercises that you can learn and utilize to help you to deal with stress so that you can hopefully have a clearer path toward challenging your OCD everyday.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McGrath, PhD

Patrick McGrath, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for Anxiety and OCD, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the future Director of the AMITA Health Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center opening in the summer of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Salon III, 7th Floor

8:00am

OCD And Addiction Town Hall: Next Steps!
This year's Town Hall aims to build on last year's goal to bring this important issue into the light. Many attendees of that forum were able to talk openly about this often-secret issue for the first time. Now that we recognize the true scope of this problem, we must turn to “what can we do?”  We will discuss the good and bad of the present social and treatment landscape, and why integrating OCD and addiction treatment is so important to bring to the forefront of our advocacy efforts. Join us and be part of the movement to make a true difference in the lives of all affected by this dual condition, who too often have nowhere to turn.

Speakers
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Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Health Service with the Richmond VA Medical Center in Richmond Virginia. Prior to working with the VA Stacey had a private practice that included working with... Read More →
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Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Florida, New York, and Utah. Dr. Hoffman is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. | Dr. Hoffman is the Clinical Director at NeuroBehavioral Institute, in Weston, Florida. Before relocating to Florida in 2000, he spent over a decade in practice at an internationally recognized specialized treatment center. Dr. Hoffman has extensive experience in the... Read More →
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Michael Jenike, MD

Dr. Michael Jenike is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board as Chairman of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Jenike has authored several books on OCD, had hundreds of peer reviewed journal articles on OCD and related disorders. Dr. Jenike has... Read More →
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Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an accidental overdose in Sept, 2014. Right up to his death he was an advocate for those suffering from ocd and addiction. He presented a panel on the treatment of OCD and... Read More →
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Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Salon II, 7th Floor

8:00am

Increasing the Hoarding Client's Readiness for Change

Clients who struggle with chronic clutter and hoarding issues may express great enthusiasm during the initial phone call or consultation, only to seem resistant when the decluttering efforts actually begin. One great frustration - for family members, therapists, organizers, and clients - is when it feels like the therapeutic process is one of forcing individuals to make the changes they indicated wanting for themselves. In this presentation, we review reasons why clients may seem resistant to change when they actually may be dealing with other struggles, and how to engage them. By helping to build your clients' readiness for change, you can clear the way for a less cluttered space.


Speakers
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Elspeth Bell, PhD

Dr. Elspeth Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her private practice in Columbia, Maryland focuses on the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. | | A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell works with sufferers, family members, and... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

Guilty, Your Honor

Guilt is one of the chief hallmarks of OCD, and figures into many forms of the disorder, such as hyper-responsibility, scrupulosity, and morbid obsessive thoughts. At its most severe, it can be crippling, and can lead to seemingly endless compulsions. This talk will help sufferers to better understand what it is, how it affects them, how it may fit in to the larger picture of their disorder, and what can be done to confront and overcome it.


Speakers
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Salon I, 7th Floor

8:00am

What's New in PANDAS, PANS and Acute-onset OCD?

The past year has brought many advances in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of PANDAS/PANS and acute-onset OCD in children and adolescents. It has also been a year of scientific discoveries, culminating in an animal model demonstrating how strep infections might produce OCD and other symptoms. In addition to presenting highlights of these exciting investigations, the session will review recently developed guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS/PANS.


Speakers
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Mike Cooperstock, MD

Dr. Cooperstock is Emeritus Professor of Child Health, Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Medical Director of the Infection Control Department at University of Missouri, Columbia. His interests have included clinical pediatric infectious diseases, clinical pathogenic roles of endotoxic lipopolysaccharide, Clostridium difficile infection in children, and the etiologic epidemiology of preterm birth. He now... Read More →
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Sue Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Swedo and colleagues were the first to describe a post-infectious etiology for OCD and define criteria identifying... Read More →
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Margo Thienemann, MD

Dr. Margo Thienemann recently returned to Stanford to serve as Co-Director of the Stanford Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Clinic. She is a Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry who initially trained in Internal Medicine and formerly directed the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Clinic in the Stanford Division of Child Psychiatry.
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Kyle Williams, MD, PhD

Dr. Kyle Williams is the founder and director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams has a lifelong interest in OCD, tics, and PANDAS, and treats and conducts research on each of these disorders. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed Adult and Child Psychiatry Training, as... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

8:00am

Hot Topics: Current Research on Family Accommodation and Novel Treatment Implications

Family responses to OCD have gained great attention over the past decade, and predict treatment outcome. This symposium represents leading clinical researchers investigating the impact that OCD has on family and how family responses play an important role in treatment outcome for both pediatric and adult samples. Newly validated instruments for measuring family accommodation will be discussed, as well as how accommodation predicts treatment outcome. Strategies for family-based intervention will be suggested, including novel family approaches for intensive OCD treatment and how to advise family when the person with OCD refuses treatment. A brief presentation by each expert will be followed by a discussant summary and audience Q&A.


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Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD

Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D., ABPP, is the director of the Houston OCD Program, in Houston, TX. He is also the director of the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program at McLean Hospital; Co-Director of psychology training at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School and lecturer on psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He developed and directed the nationally recognized Menninger OCD Treatment... Read More →
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Eli Lebowitz, PhD

Eli R. Lebowitz, PhD is currently assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center, where he is part of the Program for Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these disorders. He is the primary developer of SPACE, a parent-based... Read More →
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Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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C. Alec Pollard, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine & Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis University & Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization's Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →
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Bradley Riemann, PhD

Clinical Director, OCD Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Dr. Riemann is currently the director of the OCD Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He has authored numerous scientific articles on OCD and anxiety and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic. Dr. Riemann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the International OCD Foundation. He is also a... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

You Don't Need A PhD To Treat OCD: Be Your Own Therapist

Take part in this game show-inspired workshop where you will team up with your peers to prove you can be just as knowledgeable and effective as therapists when it comes to creating your own exposures, challenging and reframing distorted thoughts, and using positive coping skills to bounce back from lapses or low moods. Find out what works for others with OCD and help others out by sharing your success story. The prize? Bragging rights to show your parents and therapist how effective you can be when it comes to managing your own OCD! Teens with any amount of OCD treatment experience (including none!) are invited to join us.


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Rachel Krakauer

Rachel is a behavior specialist in an intensive treatment program at Rogers Behavioral Health. She currently works with children/adolescents with OCD and anxiety disorders during individual, collaborative ERP & CBT sessions and leads educational, interactive groups. Working with this population has intrigued Rachel, as each case offers a new adventure. She is interested in both the behavioral aspect of treatment and also helping... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

8:00am

Interoceptive Exposure: An Underused Weapon in the Arsenal Against OCD

Interoceptive exposure (IE), wherein clients confront feared body sensations, is a valuable yet underused OCD treatment technique. For some OCD clients, in vivo and imaginal exposures might be insufficient for complete fear extinction and could leave them vulnerable to relapse. The aim of this interactive workshop is to give clinicians another weapon in their therapeutic arsenal against OCD – namely, IE. This presentation will discuss the rationale for using IE to treat OCD, help therapists identify which patients and symptoms are most appropriate for the use of IE, demonstrate the implementation of IE using actual and videotaped illustrations, discuss common therapist concerns and troubleshooting, and facilitate attendee Q&A.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/shannon-blakey-interoceptive-exposure-an-underused-weapon-in-the-arsenal-against-ocd 


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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
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Shannon Blakey, MS

Shannon Blakey, MS, is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She received her master's degree in 2013 from the University of Wyoming and currently works in the UNC Anxiety and OCD Lab with Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz. Ms. Blakey's primary research interests focus on the mechanisms involved in the maintenance and treatment of OCD and related disorders; in particular, anxiety... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

8:00am

Treatment Strategies in Complex Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Evidence-based treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), namely exposure with response prevention, cognitive therapy, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have been well established for many years. However, research has also made it clear that there is a large proportion of sufferers who only partially respond to treatment or fail to benefit from intervention. This panel will cover methods of treating complex presentations of OCD using available evidence-based psychosocial and medical interventions. Among the complicating symptom presentations that will be covered include: atypical obsessions, trauma associated with OCD, OCD with accompanying tic disorders, and treatment refractory symptoms. The panelists are all recognized experts in each of the prevailing evidence-based interventions for OCD.


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Joseph McGuire, PhD

University of California Los Angeles
Joseph McGuire, Ph.D. is a Clinical Instructor and T32 Postdoctoral Scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles related to the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and Tourette Disorder. In addition to conducting clinical research, Dr. McGuire serves as a... Read More →
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Dean McKay, PhD

Dean McKay, PhD is a Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is Past-President (2013-2014) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He currently serves on the several editorial boards, is Associate Editor of Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy... Read More →
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Phillip J. Seibell, MD, FAPA

Owner, OCD and Anxiety Psychiatry of Westchester, P.C.
Dr. Seibell attended Monmouth University and received his M.D. degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai, where he obtained specialized training in the pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and related conditions. He was then an attending at Mount Sinai and then at Cornell, where he developed an outpatient program for OCD and related conditions. Dr. Seibell... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

9:45am

Retos Durante el Tratamiento de EPR, Lapsos y Recaídas: Una Experiencia Personal/Challenges during ERP Treatment, Lapses and Relapses: A Personal Experience

Estoy convencido que parte del proceso de recuperación: Controlar al TOC y no dejar que él te controle, lleva consigo una serie "turbulencia" en el camino. Momentos difíciles, querer rendirse, volver al "estatus quo" previo al tratamiento, enojo, desesperación, así como satisfacción, alegría, seguridad en mi mismo y motivación al cambio. Es por esto que compartir ambas caras es de suma importancia, ya que el progreso no necesariamente es lineal y es un trabajo de día a día.

I am convinced that part of the recovery process – controlling OCD and not letting it control you – does not happen without “turbulence” along the way.  Difficult moments, including wanting to surrender and return to your pre-treatment “status quo,” and feelings of anger and despair, happen alongside feelings of satisfaction, joy, and gaining a new confidence in oneself and a motivation to change.  This talk seeks to share all aspects of the journey to recovery, the good and the bad, since progress is not linear and is hard work day after day.


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Servando Rodriguez Barajas

Student/Speaker/Moderator, Centro TOC México/OCD Center México
Servando Rodrí­guez es estudiante de psicologí­a clí­nica en la Universidad Autónoma de México. Cuenta con un diplomado en terapia cognitivo-conductual, ha colaborado y participado en ponencias con terapeutas profesionales y expertos en temas de trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo. Al padecer TOC, entiende muchas situaciones a las que se enfrentan los pacientes, por lo tanto uno de sus objetivos es combinar esta experiencia con su... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

9:45am

Thinking Backwards: Overcoming OCD Through Paradoxical Intention

Heighten your anxiety in order to lower your anxiety. If you need to leave, you need to stay. Do on purpose what you are afraid you'll do by accident. Gain control by letting go of control. The understanding and treatment of OCD is full of counterintuitive concepts that are difficult for most people, at least initially, to understand and accept. This presentation reviews how “thinking backwards” not only makes sense in the treatment of OCD, but that it is the most powerful strategy for undermining the disorder and moving towards recovery. Multiple illustrations from actual OCD cases will be reviewed so that participants may clearly see specific applications in the real world of OCD.


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Allen Weg, EdD

Founder/Executive Director, Stress & Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC
Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist. He is Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a clinic with offices in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based therapies for OCD spectrum disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. | He is Co-Founder and President of OCD New Jersey and is member of the... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Salon II, 7th Floor

9:45am

The Hidden Side of OCD: An Open Discussion About Addiction, Depression and Suicide

Individuals with OCD often battle drug and/or alcohol addiction, depression, and thoughts of suicide and self-harm. This discussion is dedicated to the memory of Riley, who was an integral part of speaking out and bringing awareness to the comorbidity of OCD and addiction. His mother, Margaret, will share Riley's story including his struggles with both OCD and addiction. Chris will speak to his experiences with OCD, depression, and a suicide attempt. Liz will speak about her battles with suicidal ideation and depression due to her OCD. This panel is for individuals, families, and professionals, and will focus on removing stigma, asking for support, and getting the proper treatment in these tough situations.


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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an accidental overdose in Sept, 2014. Right up to his death he was an advocate for those suffering from ocd and addiction. He presented a panel on the treatment of OCD and... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Salon III, 7th Floor

9:45am

Coming Out of the Hoarding Closet: Accepting Ourselves and Accepting Help

Unable to make changes for the better with my hoarding for years, I was disappointed and angry with myself. And stuck. Specialized treatment for Hoarding Disorder is relatively scarce and very costly. Few have access to or the financial resources for treatment such as CBT and ERP.  Not until facing the shame over my Hoarding Disorder was I able to begin accepting myself – flaws and all. Doing so enabled me to open up to others, which in turn eased me in to accepting help from the outside.  In this presentation, I will share what I've learned so far in my journey. If we can shed some of our shame, come out of hiding, and engage in compassionate discourse – there is hope!

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/susan-c-coming-out-of-the-hoarding-closet 


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Susan C.

In 2014 I attended the Annual IOCDF Conference. I was struck so hard by a feeling during a seminar on Hoarding Disorder, “ the feeling that I had never been in a room full of so many people who all seemed so alone. A room full of others struggling with this frustrating condition alone." | | I'm a second-generation compulsive hoarder. I'm also Asian-American. Coming from a culture where mental health issues aren't easily... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:45am

The Social Experiment: Let's Be Socially Anxious Together

It can almost seem as if OCD doesn't want you to have a social life. Extreme self-consciousness, anxiety, perfectionism, fear of rejection - and OCD symptoms like germ phobia - can make dealing with the everyday social interactions that other people take for granted feel like torture. Join Dr. Spielman on a guided “social experiment” adventure, in which participants will have the opportunity to learn more constructive strategies to deal with OCD-related social obstacles that are naturally (and perhaps not-so-naturally) occurring in and around the hotel conference setting. With support of fellow attendees, and your embarrassing guides, you'll have a good time making social mistakes together. Remember: no social risk, no social reward!


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Jason Spielman, PsyD

Director of Intensive Treatment Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Jason Spielman, clinical psychologist, is the Director of Program Services at NeuroBehavioral Institute in South Florida. For over 15 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, and ADHD. He also facilitates two Adult OCD Support Groups (Boca... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Salon I, 7th Floor

9:45am

Superheros vs. OCD-Villains: Using ACT to Conquer OCD

Join us as we transform into OCD Superheroes! Kids will first attend Superhero School, where they will learn how ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) can give kids special powers to take on their OCD enemies. In Superhero School, kids will identify their own values and make masks that represent their superpowers. Once kids have the strength of values behind them they will test their skills by facing their OCD Supervillians. Different OCD Supervillians will try to weaken the OCD Superheroes, but kids will use their newly developed powers to live their best life while facing anxiety, fear, and doubt. Join us for a fun-filled exposure workshop where kids will have the opportunity to use ACT skills to boost their OCD-fighting skills.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Barkin, PsyD

Jonathan Barkin, PsyD

San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
Jonathan Barkin, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Barkin works with children, teens, and adults, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Additionally, Dr. Barkin is a contributing member to the cognitive-behavior therapy community... Read More →
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Amy Jenks, PsyD

Amy Jenks, Psy.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of the Bay Area OCD and Anxiety Center in Orinda, California. Dr. Jenks specializes in the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Jenks regularly presents locally as well as nationally on OCD and anxiety disorder treatment in children and adults.
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Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Amy Mariaskin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Nashville, TN who specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, tic disorders, and OC spectrum disorders across the lifespan. She serves as Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent programming at Rogers Behavioral Health-Nashville and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. She also maintains a private practice in the Nashville area, providing individual and group therapy.
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William Oakley, PsyD

Dr. William Oakley is an Associate Psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. He completed his pre"“doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families and conducted research at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Cognitive & Behavioral... Read More →
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Benjamin Tucker, MS

Ben Tucker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who provides behavior therapy for  individuals affected by OCD and related conditions. He received his Bachelors  degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College and Masters in the Clinical Psychology  Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During this time he authored  and co-authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on  behavioral... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

9:45am

'Families' Heroic Acts Against OCD' - An Intervention

Witnessing a loved one suffering from OCD is one of the most baffling experiences in life. What happens when he/she does not want to engage in treatment or outright refuses help? What if, no matter how difficult the situation gets, treatment becomes even more scary than OCD itself? Family intervention could be the only hope. Taking the correct steps could make the difference between recovering or utter deterioration. But decisions that may upset a loved one who is already suffering may feel impossible, even when they are clearly right. In fact, despite better judgment, family members will actually become part of the problem by participating in rituals or other behaviors, thus becoming entangled in OCD's web.  This workshop will teach family members several strategies that to get out of OCD’s web and help their loved ones.


Speakers
avatar for Diane Davey, RN, MBA

Diane Davey, RN, MBA

Program Director, McLean Hospital OCD Institute
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Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Director, The Grayson LA Treatment Ctr for Anxiety & OCD
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643) specializing in the treatment of OCD for over 35 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a self-help guide for sufferers. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences. His work and expertise has been featured in national media... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

9:45am

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Pregnancy: State of the Field and Future Directions

The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview of the state of the field regarding OCD and pregnancy, including core features of obsessions/compulsions among those with perinatal or postpartum OCD (pOCD), risk factors, comorbidity with other psychiatric disorders, differentiating pOCD from psychosis, treatment considerations, and challenges and barriers when treating pOCD. In addition, much of the literature focuses on pOCD symptoms during a single pregnancy or retrospectively. This presentation will share results from a case series regarding the trajectory of obsessive and compulsive severity levels among two mothers who were treated for pOCD and had a subsequent pregnancy. The presentation will end with recommendations for future research. Participation and discussion from the audience is highly encouraged.


Speakers
avatar for Megan Barthle, MS

Megan Barthle, MS

Pre-Doctoral Intern, University of Florida
Megan Barthle, M.S. is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. She is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Her clinical interests involve the implementation of CBT-E/RP interventions for OCD and related disorders, including running a food exposure group for individuals with eating disorders. She has... Read More →
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Danielle Cooke

Danielle Laine Cooke is a first year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Florida in 2015 and has been working with the UF OCD Clinic since 2013. During this time she has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of adults and children with Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders... Read More →
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Cindi Flores, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Dr. Cindi Flores currently holds a faculty position in the University of Florida's Division of Medical Psychology as a Clinical Assistant Professor and also provides clinical supervision for graduate students. Dr. Flores has extensive experience using the following treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Dr. Flores is... Read More →
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Anyaliese Hancock-Smith, PhD

Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Psychiatric Inpatient-Consultation Liaison Service Program at the University of Florida in the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Medical Psychology. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received specialized... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:45am

Applying Mindfulness to Traditional CBT Tools: How to Enhance What Works in Terms Your Clients Understand

Though mindfulness can be an invaluable part of treatment, traditional CBT tools, including cognitive restructuring and exposure with response prevention (ERP), are often still the most effective interventions for producing measurable change. So how can we as clinicians enhance these trusted tools with the development of mindfulness skills in our clients? In this talk, therapists treating OCD can develop a comprehensive understanding of the role mindfulness plays within CBT for OCD. Topics will include how to present mindfulness concepts specifically to clients with OCD and related disorders, how to make traditional tools such as the automatic thought record more effective (and less compulsive) by infusing mindfulness principles, and how to promote active engagement in ERP with mindfulness skill development.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/jon-hershfield-applying-mindfulness-to-traditional-cbt-tools-how-to-enhance-what-works-in-terms-your-clients-understand 


Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. | | Kimberley did her internship at the OCD Center of Los Angeles and went on to become the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Kimberley... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

9:45am

Relationship Obsessions: Assessment & Treatment

Relationship obsessions are a relatively new OCD symptom cluster, previously misdiagnosed as a basic character trait of the individual as one who is dependent and controlling in an interpersonal relationship. The OCD sufferer obsesses about whether they truly love their partner, are they a good enough mother, are they genuinely enjoying time with their family, etc.? Topics covered include differential diagnosis, rituals embedded in interactions, underlying scrupulosity and perfectionism obsessions, and obsessing about obsessing. Strategies for treatment include imaginal scripts, conversations with family members, in vivo parenting, technology enhanced ERPs, and addressing familial issues following treatment.


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Carol Hevia, PsyD

Carol Hevia, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked with OCD patients for over 25 years. She received her doctorate in psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has worked as a behavior therapist at the OCDI at McLean Hospital for the last ten years. She has a small private practice in which she treats children, adolescents and adults with OCD.


Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

11:00am

Socialización: Saliendo del Aislamiento y Conectando con Otros/Social Skills: Getting Out of Isolation and Connecting with Others

El desarrollo de las habilidades sociales es esencial en la vida de cualquier persona. La conexión e interrelación con otros es un factor que genera cambios positivos en la intimidad de cada individuo. Los síntomas del trastorno obsesivo compulsivo pueden crear obstáculos para fomentar esas habilidades. Las investigaciones confirman la eficacia del entrenamiento de las habilidades sociales para el mejoramiento de muchos trastornos mentales persistentes, entre ellos, el trastorno obsesivo compulsivo. Este taller proveerá los componentes claves del enseñamiento efectivo de las habilidades sociales para el TOC. Mostrará la utilidad y practica de la asertividad. En resumen, esta pequeña charla estará dedicada a mostrar cómo se puede implementar y practicar eficazmente estas habilidades en la vida de los individuos.

The development of social skills is essential in every person’s life. Connection and interaction with others is a factor that creates positive change in each person. OCD symptoms can create obstacles to developing these skills. Research confirms the efficacy of social skills training for the improvement of many persistent mental health disorders, including OCD. This workshop will provide the key components of effective social skills training for OCD, including the usefulness and practice of assertiveness. In sum, this talk will be dedicated to showing attendees how they can effectively implement and practice these skills in individuals’ lives.


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Marcia Rabinowits, PsyD

Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits es una psicóloga clínica del comportamiento en el Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) o como se le conoce en espaol, en el Instituto de TOC del Hospital McLean. Ella recibió su Doctorado (Psy.D) en Psicología Clínica en la Universidad de Spalding y un Máster en Consejería de Salud Mental, en UMASS de Boston. Antes de aceptar una posición en el... Read More →
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Laurah Shames

Laurah Shames nació y se formó en Puerto Rico. Gracias a su lengua materna, el español, y a su conocimiento sobre el TOC, ella comenzó su trayectoria de trabajo ayudando a personas que sufren de ese trastorno. En el verano del 2011, ella se convirtió en colíder de un grupo conocido como OCD Goal Group, en San Juan. En el 2014, ella se graduó de la Universidad de Suffolk en Boston, con... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

11:00am

CBT for OCD Characterized Primarily by Intrusive Thoughts, Using ERP and ACT Approaches

In the past, OCD characterized primarily by intrusive, unwanted, troubling thoughts of a harming, sexual, or religious/moral nature, with no observable rituals, was considered difficult or impossible to treat. Sufferers were often misdiagnosed, not properly treated, and left feeling tormented and ashamed. In fact, primarily obsessional OCD can be successfully treated. This workshop – geared toward mental health professionals but also valuable for individuals with OCD – will address using CBT, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches in treating primarily obsessional OCD. It will also include a roleplay demonstration using an imaginal exposure.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/patricia-perrin-cbt-for-ocd-characterized-primarily-by-intrusive-thoughts-using-erp-and-act-approaches 


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Patricia Perrin, PhD

Patricia M. Perrin, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has been in private practice in Houston, Texas since 1986. Her practice is the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston, specializing in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, and in postpartum depression and postpartum OCD. She has presented at various conferences, e.g., the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America... Read More →
avatar for Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Director, Psychologist, Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change
Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, hoarding disorder, and related conditions. She has been an adjunct professor at the doctoral level and has presented numerous times at national conferences and at local meetings and... Read More →
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Kahtleen Rupertus, PsyD

Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD is founder of The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center in Wilmington, Delaware. She received specialized training in cognitive-behavioral treatment and has been working with children, adolescents, and adults with OCD and other anxiety disorders since 1995. Dr. Rupertus has appeared on several television programs and presents regularly at national and local conferences, discussing topics related to anxiety, OCD... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Salon III, 7th Floor

11:00am

Step Back, Want It, Step Forward, Be Cunning: A Self-Help Paradigm

We should all begin addressing OCD with the least expensive and least time-consuming intervention, and progress to costlier treatment as needed. One initial step is a simple, active, paradoxical self-help protocol that lets patients generate their own set of homework assignments to challenge the dominance of the disorder moment-by-moment. The four components of this model will be presented. “Step Back” refers to the ability to gain perspective in the moment of distress. “Want It” emphasizes the intention to access an emotional state counter to fear. “Step Forward” implies the typical assignment of exposure, while adding this new point of view. “Be Cunning” suggests specific tactics in the moment of doubt and distress.

View the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/reid-wilson-step-back-want-it-step-forward-be-cunning 


Speakers
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Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is author of the just-released (May 2016) Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with... Read More →


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

11:00am

Taking Steps Forward: An Experiential Workshop for Managing Hoarding and Clutter

Workshop participants will be invited to interact with the presenters and each other while applying specific treatment skills to address hoarding and cluttering behaviors. Experiential activities include motivational enhancement, goal setting, changing beliefs about possessions, harm reduction strategies, sorting and discarding, and non-acquisition.


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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers... Read More →
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Jordana Muroff, PhD, LICSW

Dr. Jordana Muroff is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department and is a licensed social worker with extensive clinical experience. Her research and practice interests are in CBT for children and adults with anxiety disorders with a specific interest in OCD and hoarding and the use of technology in assessment and interventions. She has published and presented widely in these... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

Relationship OCD and the Doors of Uncertainty

Are you constantly questioning your relationship and/or your loved one's characteristics? Do you want to call it quits, but want to know with a 100% certainty that it's the right thing to do? Do you keep opening doors to find answers but discover more uncertainty? Are you experiencing extreme guilt, anxiety, frustration, and/or regret? This workshop will help attendees to learn how to identify relationship OCD (rOCD) and to recognize their compulsions. We will practice therapy strategies to start accepting feelings brought in by rOCD. Attendees will prepare a short, mild script and participate in an imaginary exposure, if they would like. The goal of this workshop is to give people hope and the knowledge that they can have a meaningful and loving relationship without having to open the doors of uncertainty.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/annabella-hagen-relationship-ocd-and-the-doors-of-uncertainty 


Speakers
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Annabella Hagen, LCSW

Clinical Director, Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Provo. Annabella's specialty is working with Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other OC spectrum disorders. She also works with trauma, depression, behavioral and family issues.  | Annabella has worked for various Utah entities as a child therapist and parenting consultant. Annabella enjoys serving her community by... Read More →
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Laura Harper, MSW, CSW

Along with CBT and other traditional therapeutic approaches, Laura uses mindfulness as a means of helping the individual develop self-awareness and skills to alleviate distress. Her interest in mindfulness as a therapeutic tool has grown out of a decade-long practice as a yoga instructor. Learning to find that calm center, no matter what the inner or outer turmoil, has been her life-long passion. | | Laura is currently employed at Utah Therapy... Read More →
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Nancy Larsen, MSW, CSW

Interacting with clients in therapy is a great passion of mine as I have seen how clinical techniques can truly help someone change for the better. While working at Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, I have implemented Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients struggling with anxiety, OCD and other OCD spectrum disorders. I also have implemented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the foundation for my therapeutic work because of its... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

11:00am

Don't Wait, Wait -- Tell Me! Understanding and Managing Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorders

With studies suggesting that over 25% of treatment seeking individuals with OCD suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs), the need for an effective, coherent treatment has never been greater. This panel presentation will use a lively interactive format mimicking that of Chicago Public Radio's popular “Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!” show. Using games similar to “This Week’s News” and “Bluff the Listener,” participants will learn the similarities and differences between OCD and SUDs. Audience members may participate as contestants and will laugh as they learn. Members of the panel will elaborate on the correct answers to help the audience gain a deeper knowledge of the issues relevant to successful treatment and recovery for someone suffering these co-occurring disorders.


Speakers
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Charles Brady, PhD

Dr. Brady directs the Lindner Center of HOPE's OCD and Anxiety treatment program and serves as the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services. Dr. Brady is a clinical psychologist with 23 years of experience in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Psychiatry. He has completed advanced training through the IOCDF's Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Brady is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of... Read More →
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Linda Lewaniak, LCSW

Linda Lewaniak, L.C.S.W., C.A.A.D.C. is Director of The Center for Addiction Medicine and Director of Outpatient Programs at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Ms. Lewaniak is a graduate of George Williams College of Aurora University and obtained her Master in Social Work from Jane Addams College. Linda has twenty-five years experience with psychiatric and addictions services. She manages The Center for Addiction Medicine... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for Anxiety and OCD, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the future Director of the AMITA Health Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center opening in the summer of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD... Read More →
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William Oakley, PsyD

Dr. William Oakley is an Associate Psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. He completed his pre"“doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families and conducted research at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Cognitive & Behavioral... Read More →
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Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC

Dr. Tuell is a clinician of over 32 years. He holds a doctorate degree in counseling from the University of Cincinnati; is a licensed clinical counselor; and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. He is presently the Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio. Dr. Tuell is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

11:00am

State-of-the-Art Therapeutics for Repetitive Behavioral Disorders

We will discuss expert treatment of repetitive behaviors in several disorders. First, we will discuss results of a recent trial of deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of OCD. We will then discuss the results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind study of paliperidone augmentation of SRI treatment in OCD. We will then focus on BDD and discuss clinical features, complications, and the latest in treatment approaches. We will also review newly obtained pilot data on more recently developed psychosocial treatments for BDD, including internet-based CBT and acceptance-based exposure therapy. Finally, we will compare the evidence for state-of-the-art biological and behavioral treatment approaches for OCD, hoarding disorder, BDD, autism-spectrum disorders, trichotillomania, and skin picking. Audience participation and discussion will be encouraged.


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Eric Hollander, MD

Dr. Hollander is Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program and the Anxiety and Depression Program and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center. He is also Director of the Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute. Dr. Hollander has served as the principal investigator for numerous federal grants and is involved in... Read More →
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Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
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Steven Poskar, MD

Dr. Steven Poskar completed his psychiatric training at Montefiore Medical Center where he went on to complete a research fellowship at the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. He is currently member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation's Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding and Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Groups. He is a co-founder... Read More →
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Phillip J. Seibell, MD, FAPA

Owner, OCD and Anxiety Psychiatry of Westchester, P.C.
Dr. Seibell attended Monmouth University and received his M.D. degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai, where he obtained specialized training in the pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and related conditions. He was then an attending at Mount Sinai and then at Cornell, where he developed an outpatient program for OCD and related conditions. Dr. Seibell... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Being in High School with OCD

Everyone says that your high school years are supposed to be the best years of your life, but when you're a teenager with OCD, they can seem like the worst. From doing exposures to fighting compulsions, it can be hard to feel like a “normal” teenager. Three young adults discuss the difficulties they faced in their teenage years, from feeling isolated from their peers to not being able to be fully present in their own lives due to OCD. Part of being a teenager with OCD is accepting that you may not have the stereotypical teenager experience, but also remembering you have the power to make these years into what you, not your OCD, want them to be.


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Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born; his very first episode was from age 5 until around 7th grade. He had an unusual fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was at age 13 when he was treated for contamination OCD until the age of 14. His most lengthy episode and therapy experience to date was with religious scrupulosity... Read More →
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Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to college which left her unable to shower. With the help of ERP, CBT and medication, she is able to manage her OCD and attend college and play soccer. She has... Read More →
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Ellen White

Student, Mental Health Blogger
Ellen White is a 17 year old sixth form student from the North East of England. She has had OCD from around the age of 8 and it has mainly revolved around constant repetitive counting and being urged to tap objects for fear of illness and catastrophe happening to her loved ones. Frequent intrusive thoughts also played a huge role within her OCD too. Additionally, over the past 3 years Ellen has been accessing therapy under the NHS for her OCD... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

11:00am

Tips and Tricks From The OCD Trenches: Engaging Children and Adolescents in ERP

Getting kids, teens, and parents to actually engage in ERP can present numerous challenges for clinicians. The goal of this talk is to expand therapists’ tool boxes in helping children, teens, and families engage in the ERP work. Four experts who work with the toughest pediatric OCD cases will share their personal tools and tricks that they use to help overcome some of the resistance and challenges that can be inherent in ERP treatment. These strategies will encompass many of the salient domains of exposure work, including pre-planning strategies and tools, actual exposure work and time, post-processing of exposures, and increasing homework compliance and practice outside of therapy time.


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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 →
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Dean McKay, PhD

Dean McKay, PhD is a Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is Past-President (2013-2014) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He currently serves on the several editorial boards, is Associate Editor of Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy... Read More →
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Benjamin Mullin, PhD

Benjamin Mullin Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and serves as a Psychologist in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Mullin's research focuses on the pathophysiology of pediatric anxiety disorders, and in particular, how sleep disruption may precipitate anxiety by altering activity in key neural circuits. He is also pursuing research... Read More →
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Eric Storch, PhD

All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, Professor, and Clinical Director, University of South Florida and Rogers Behavioral Health - Tampa
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa Bay. Dr. Storch has received... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

11:00am

Working With Frustrated Families

This talk is for clinicians working with families who are knowledgeable about OCD. The families have read and have tried numerous forms of treatment, including family therapy, without much relief. Yet, they find themselves hostage to the OCD rules which they often experience as intentional on the sufferer's part. The families often report feeling overrun by the OCD rules and they are frustrated and angry. We will talk about working with these angry, frustrated families.  The focus will include what treatment with an elephant in the room – the elephant being the untreated OCD – should look like, as well as appropriate goals for treatment.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/perrie-merlin-working-with-fristrated-families 


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Perrie Tal Merlin, MSW, LICSW

Graduate from Simmons School of Social Work. Has over twenty years experience working with patients in both in patient and out patient settings. Was involved in the development of an acute care residential program and served as Director of Family Services. Perrie is currently the Senior Social Worker at the Obsessive Compulsive Institute and has been a member of the Sr. Clinical Staff since its inception. She has extensive... Read More →


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

1:45pm

Familias Unirse!: Aprender contrato conductual/Families Unite! Learn to use behavioral contracting

Este taller comienza con una revisión de las respuestas de la familia al TOC y el impacto de estas respuestas.  En un esfuerzo por hacer frente a situaciones difíciles, las respuestas de la familia al TOC pueden empeorar los síntomas y hacer sentirse frustrados a todos.  Vamos a introducir el concepto de contrato conductual, una intervención basada en la familia, para unir a las familias en un proceso terapéutico de trabajar juntos para reducer los síntomas del TOC.  Después de la presentación, los participantes califican a su acomodación familial.  Además se dividirán en grupos pequeños con facilitadores profesionales que conducen a los participantes en un ejercicio de contratación.  Este es un taller interactivo y experimental, ideal para familias.  Incluso si su familia/persona con TOC no está presente, se puede participar.

This bilingual workshop begins with a presentation reviewing family responses to OCD and the impact these responses have on OCD. In an effort to cope with challenging situations, family responses to OCD can worsen the symptoms, leaving family members and individuals with OCD feeling frustrated. We introduce the concept of behavioral contracting, a family-based intervention, to unite families in a therapeutic process to work together to reduce OCD symptoms. After the presentation, participants rate their family accommodation, then will divide into small groups with professional facilitators who lead participants in a contracting exercise. This is an interactive and experiential workshop, ideal for families. Even if your family/person with OCD is not present, you can participate.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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Felicity Sapp, PhD

Anxiety Psychological Services
Dr. Felicity Sapp is the owner of Anxiety Psychological Services in Calgary Canada. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment. She was Adjunct staff with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Queen's University while providing outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry treatment at a leading teaching hospital. She worked in the Intensive... Read More →
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Sean Sassano, MD

Dr. Sassano is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is the former medical director and education director of the University of Southern California Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Sassano currently treats OCD and related disorders with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy out of his private practice in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, California, and continues to supervise psychiatrists in training and provide... Read More →
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Salon I, 7th Floor

1:45pm

Multiple Perspectives on Taboo Intrusive Thoughts: Q&A With Former Sufferers

Taboo obsessions are called “taboo” for a reason – they embarrass those who suffer from them, causing them to hide their pain in shame, sometimes for decades. Their fear of being judged and ostracized keeps them silent, often until they finally understand that the thoughts can be treated under the diagnosis of OCD. Panel participants have all struggled with taboo thoughts and managed to largely overcome them – but not without some confusion and pitfalls along the way. They'll share their personal stories as well as their strategies for success, and will take questions from the audience.


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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →
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Chrissie Hodges

Chrissie Hodges lives successfully with Pure OCD/Intrusive thoughts. Chrissie is a mental health advocate and public speaker on Pure OCD, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention. Chrissie works as a Peer Support Specialist at Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and Ft. Logan Institute in Denver, CO. She is a trainer for Colorado Certified Peer Specialists training. She hosts a weekly radio podcast, "˜Mental Illness Matters' featuring... Read More →
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Sean Shinnock

Sean has had severe OCD comorbid with depression and anxiety for over 25 years, but wasn't officially diagnosed with OCD until he was 32 in 2012. He first started receiving proper treatment for OCD in 2012 which in turn inspired him to start his journey of personal growth and eventually move from Columbus Ohio to Boston in 2014. He has benefited greatly from ACT and Mindfulness therapeutic methods along with the standard ERP and CBT... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Salon II, 7th Floor

1:45pm

Pharmacology Roundtable: The Pharmacologic Treatment of Resistant OCD and Related Disorders

The DSM V created a brand new category for diagnoses – OCD and Related Disorders. This category includes OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Hoarding Disorder, Hair Pulling Disorder (trichotillomania), and Skin Picking Disorder (excoriation). Each disorder shares the commonality of repetitive behaviors, though the specific nature of each disorder varies. What these disorders do share is a limited response to medication. Treatment resistant OCD and Related Disorders are almost the norm rather than the exception. While there is overlap in the pharmacologic treatment of these disorders, there are also important difference. The panel will discuss pharmacologic approaches to treatment resistance in all OCD and Related Disorders. This will be followed by audience Q&A.


Speakers
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Jamie Feusner, MD

Jamie Feusner, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, where he is Director of the Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program and the Adult OCD Program. He completed his medical degree and psychiatry residency at UCLA, followed by a psychopharmacology fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroimaging. His current research investigates visual and emotional processing in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and... Read More →
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Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, where he also supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Professor Grant is the author of twelve books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
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Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →
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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Christopher Pittenger is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic. He received his MD-Ph.D. from Columbia University, where his Ph.D. studies, performed with Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, focused on elucidating the mechanisms of brain processes that underlie behavioral change. His current research studies, both in the lab and in the clinic, focus on elucidating the brain abnormalities... Read More →
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Steven Poskar, MD

Dr. Steven Poskar completed his psychiatric training at Montefiore Medical Center where he went on to complete a research fellowship at the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. He is currently member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation's Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding and Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Groups. He is a co-founder... Read More →
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Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Sanjaya Saxena, MD, is a psychiatrist focusing on the treatment of OCD and related disorders. He is director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego. His research examines the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, hoarding and related disorders, using functional and structural brain imaging technologies to understand how brain circuits mediate their symptoms. | | Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Salon III, 7th Floor

1:45pm

Advances in Treatments for Hoarding Disorder: A Closer Look at Our Findings

Our research panel will present studies aimed at discussing treatment advances for hoarding. Topics will include the resource needs and interventions associated with hoarding across the domains of housing, healthcare, and public safety; research on case management activities and their application to the problem of hoarding by four communities; the Family-As-Motivators Training, a training program for family members aimed to increase treatment-seeking behavior among hoarding patients, and enhance family members' well-being; and the nature of hoarding among youth with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, as well as its response to cognitive-behavioral treatment. The presenters will synthesize these studies and discuss future directions.


Speakers
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Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program. During a Post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project. Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group CBT for hoarding and offers... Read More →
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Chia-Ying Chou, PhD

I have received my PhD degree from University College London, during which my research topic was on trauma and PTSD. I have joined the research team in UCSF since 2014, and have been working as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of hoarding disorder.
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Jesse Edsell-Vetter

Jesse Edsell-Vetter is the Hoarding Intervention Coordinator for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. In 2006, he led the establishment of MBHP's Hoarding and Sanitation Initiative after noting an increase in the number of Section 8 recipients losing their homes due to hoarding. Over the past nine years, Edsell-Vetter has provided training, technical assistance, and case consultation to professionals in the United States including... Read More →
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Jordana Muroff, PhD, LICSW

Dr. Jordana Muroff is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department and is a licensed social worker with extensive clinical experience. Her research and practice interests are in CBT for children and adults with anxiety disorders with a specific interest in OCD and hoarding and the use of technology in assessment and interventions. She has published and presented widely in these... Read More →
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

1:45pm

It's Everywhere! Eating, Breathing, and Living in Contamination

Contamination is a common theme in the world of OCD and can encompass a number of different categories. In environmental contamination, for example, individuals fear power lines, radiation, WiFi, microwaves, and other energy based sources they fear can cause a life threatening illness. Others fear household and other chemicals such as cleaning products, gasoline, oils, even soap based supplies. These profiles appear differently than individuals who fear contamination from eating certain foods, or from dirt and germs.  This presentation will discuss these varying contamination categories in detail, how they differ, treatment plans, and case examples. Time will be allotted for audience Q&A.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Hershfield, MFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

Owner and Director, The Anxiety Treatment Center
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty. She... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Disarm OCD with your Bully Proof Vest Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy!

OCD may be bullying you, but you can disarm it with your Bully Proof Vest. This workshop combines expressive arts, games, and ACT skills. We'll first decorate our vests and then play games. Care to juggle a few balls or play catch? Discover the difference between your “observing self” and your “thinking self” as you play. Prefer to go fishing? Not so quick! You may end up being the fish and getting hooked by OCD! That's okay. You can learn to get unhooked. Develop awareness of thoughts and feelings. Learn how to change your relationship with OCD. Remember fighting, ignoring, arguing, and/or tolerating is short-lived. Instead, come practice making room within you for OCD and whatever it may bring!


Speakers
avatar for Annabella Hagen, LCSW

Annabella Hagen, LCSW

Clinical Director, Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Annabella is the clinical director and owner of Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Provo. Annabella's specialty is working with Anxiety Disorders, Tic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other OC spectrum disorders. She also works with trauma, depression, behavioral and family issues.  | Annabella has worked for various Utah entities as a child therapist and parenting consultant. Annabella enjoys serving her community by... Read More →
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Laura Harper, MSW, CSW

Along with CBT and other traditional therapeutic approaches, Laura uses mindfulness as a means of helping the individual develop self-awareness and skills to alleviate distress. Her interest in mindfulness as a therapeutic tool has grown out of a decade-long practice as a yoga instructor. Learning to find that calm center, no matter what the inner or outer turmoil, has been her life-long passion. | | Laura is currently employed at Utah Therapy... Read More →
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Nancy Larsen, MSW, CSW

Interacting with clients in therapy is a great passion of mine as I have seen how clinical techniques can truly help someone change for the better. While working at Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, I have implemented Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients struggling with anxiety, OCD and other OCD spectrum disorders. I also have implemented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the foundation for my therapeutic work because of its... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

1:45pm

Treating OCD and SUD: Tools for Effective Treatment

The treatment of OCD in patients with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) presents unique challenges for OCD specialty programs and individual therapists treating OCD. Many of the aspects of OCD treatment, including engagement, education, treatment planning, ERP, and medication management, require different approaches for this population. The unique treatment issues related to the treatment for these co-occurring disorders will be addressed with case examples. Strategies provided to attendees will include sample treatment protocols, program development strategies for incorporating evidence informed OCD-SUD treatment into a practice/program, a brief overview of evidence-based treatments for SUD to enhance concurrent treatment outcomes, and other resources for clinicians and patients. Time will be allotted for audience Q&A.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/stacey-conroy-treating-ocd-and-sud-tools-for-effective-treatment 


Speakers
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Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Health Service with the Richmond VA Medical Center in Richmond Virginia. Prior to working with the VA Stacey had a private practice that included working with... Read More →
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Linda Lewaniak, LCSW

Linda Lewaniak, L.C.S.W., C.A.A.D.C. is Director of The Center for Addiction Medicine and Director of Outpatient Programs at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Ms. Lewaniak is a graduate of George Williams College of Aurora University and obtained her Master in Social Work from Jane Addams College. Linda has twenty-five years experience with psychiatric and addictions services. She manages The Center for Addiction Medicine... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for Anxiety and OCD, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the future Director of the AMITA Health Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center opening in the summer of 2017. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD... Read More →
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Chad Wetterneck, PhD

Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., is a cognitive behavioral specialist and clinical supervisor at Rogers Memorial Hospital where he works primarily with OCD, PTSD, and Dual Diagnosis populations. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston "“ Clear Lake, where he had OCD and OC-spectrum disorders specialty center, and was the co-director of research at the Houston OCD Program. Dr. Wetterneck received six years of... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

1:45pm

PANDAS/PANS — From Bedside to Bench and Back
The presenters will provide the latest research advances on PANDAS/PANS, including data supporting the unique clinical presentation of the acute-onset subtypes of childhood-onset OCD. Evidence supporting conceptualization of PANDAS/PANS as a form of autoimmune encephalitis will be reviewed and discussed. Treatment guidelines have recently been developed by the PANDAS/PANS Clinical Research Consortium; these will be presented, as will data from recently completed trials of immunomodulatory therapies and antibiotics. Research advances provided by animal studies and immunologic investigations also will be reviewed. The session will conclude with a panel discussion of “hot topics” in PANDAS/PANS research, including areas of challenge, opportunity, and recent advancements.

Speakers
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Dritan Agalliu, PhD

Dr. Dritan Agalliu is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Pathology & Cell Biology and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. After receiving in PhD from Columbia University in 2006, Dr. Agalliu accepted a faculty position at the University of California-Irvine, where he received numerous grants to conduct research on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that... Read More →
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Mike Sherman, MD, PhD

Professor - Department of Child Health, University of Missouri - Columbia
Dr. Michael Sherman is Professor of Child Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri and an Emeritus Professor at the University of California – Davis. Dr. Sherman is a board-certified pediatrician, neonatology, immunologist and “microbe hunter”. He has served as PI on dozens of NIH grants, has written more than 300 peer-reviewed abstracts and papers, and has received awards from institutions... Read More →
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Sue Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Swedo and colleagues were the first to describe a post-infectious etiology for OCD and define criteria identifying... Read More →
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Kyle Williams, MD, PhD

Dr. Kyle Williams is the founder and director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams has a lifelong interest in OCD, tics, and PANDAS, and treats and conducts research on each of these disorders. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed Adult and Child Psychiatry Training, as... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

1:45pm

My Family Just Doesn't Get It!

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.


Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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

1:45pm

Cultivating Treatment Readiness in Kids and Teens with Intrusive Thoughts, Scrupulosity and Just Right OCD

Children and teens may be afraid to engage in exposure to intrusive thoughts, religious and moral issues, and just-right OCD, and therapists may find it challenging to help them work through their reluctance. This workshop offers therapists a systematic and proactive clinical approach to preparing young clients to tackle particularly difficult symptoms, and to reducing reluctance and drop-out. The importance of cultivating treatment readiness in youngsters prior to exposure, and of clarifying the right versus the wrong goal of treatment will be highlighted. The creative application of cognitive and behavioral strategies to build readiness will be presented, with case examples and video clips. Attendees will participate in developing exposure hierarchies for each manifestation of OCD. Questions and discussion are welcomed.


Speakers
avatar for Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and member of the Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board of the IOCDF. Dr. Wagner is an expert in childhood anxiety, an international speaker, and author of several books including, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

4:00pm

General Session: Keynote Address & Awards
Keynote Address:

When David Adam published a book in 2014 about his experiences with OCD, he was not prepared for what came next. Hundreds of people with the condition got in touch, schools asked him to talk to their children, the International OCD Foundation gave him an award and his book was discussed by academics and used as an example of how a new generation is determined to challenge the stigma of mental illness. And all David thought he had done was, as a journalist, to try to tell an honest story. What does it say about the state of the media and public understanding that simple truths are heralded in this way? Join David for an illuminating and entertaining tale of his journey through OCD — from a patient to accidental advocate for others.


 

Speakers
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David Adam

David Adam is an editor with the science journal Nature and a former specialist correspondent with the Guardian newspaper. He is author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop, an award-winning and best-selling book about his experiences with the condition.


Saturday July 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom (Salon I-III), 7th Floor

4:00pm

Jedi Training: Building Mind Muscles to Stand Up to OCD

The force within you is stronger than your OCD! It is time to get tough with OCD, and this workshop will show you how to do it. Change and treatment can sound scary at first, but we will discuss how to get prepared to stand up to OCD by building your confidence, and learning some really cool Jedi mind skills! Jedi's must learn skills like mindfulness and calming breath to prepare themselves for a duel. These skills can help when it is time to do ERP exercises. Kids will have the chance to practice skills and make some great friends on the good side of the force.


Speakers
avatar for Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Renae Reinardy, PsyD

Director, Psychologist, Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change
Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, hoarding disorder, and related conditions. She has been an adjunct professor at the doctoral level and has presented numerous times at national conferences and at local meetings and... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

5:30pm

Researcher Meet & Greet
This is an opportunity for Conference attendees to meet the leaders in OCD research and learn about the findings presented by their displayed research posters. See pages 51–52 for a full listing of all of the research posters and 2015 Research Awards. Exhibitors will also be on hand to answer questions.

Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Saturday July 30, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Halsted, 4th Floor

7:00pm

Saturday Night Social
Join the fun at the Saturday Night Social. All attendees are invited to enjoy a light dinner, meet fellow attendees, and stay for music and dancing!

Our emcees for the evening, Ethan S. Smith & Dr. Michael Jenike will take a look back at the last 30 years of the Foundation in a special Anniversary presentation.

Light dinner will be served. Cash bar

Saturday July 30, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Ballroom (Salon I-III), 7th Floor

8:00pm

Grupo de Apoyo para Personas de Habla Hispana
Un espacio dedicado para las personas que hablamos español. Aunque seamos bilingües sabemos que no es lo mismo expresar nuestras inquietudes, preguntas, y experiencias en nuestro propio idioma. Todos están bienvenidos a asistir. This support group will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Speakers
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Tania Pérez Duarte, MS

Tania Pérez Duarte es psicóloga clínica cognitivo-conductual. Especialista en trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo y trastornos relacionados (Exposición y prevención de respuesta, Mindfulness y Terapia de aceptación y compromiso). Tania fue entrenada por el Hospital general de Massachusetts, la Fundación Internacional de TOC en Boston y la escuela de Harvard (Behavior Therapy Training... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Looking for Enough: A Support Group for the Family and Friends of Those Who Hoard
Hoarding has a ripple effect, extending far beyond the person who hoards to impact the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of those close to them. Often, loved ones struggle with conflicting desires ranging from walking away entirely to "if you can't beat them, join them".  Shame, loss, anger, fear, and frustration are just a few of the emotions that family and friends may feel; however, there are few opportunities to talk with others who can truly relate. "Looking for Enough" provides a safe place to explore the intense feelings and experiences that go along with caring about someone who hoards. Facilitated by a mental health therapist who works with people who hoard and their families, participants will be encouraged to focus on their own experience with their loved one's hoarding and how they can keep from losing themselves among the stuff.

Speakers
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Jennifer Baker, MA, MSW, PLMHP

Jennifer Baker, MA, MSW, PLMHP, received her Master of Arts in Biology and her Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has over 15 years of experience working in mental health. Jennifer works as a therapist with older adults in an acute care setting, as well as a home-based therapist with people who hoard. She is the co-chair of the Omaha Metro Hoarding Task Force.


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00pm

Support Group for Individuals with Hoarding Behavior
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques have been shown to be one of the most effect approaches when working with individuals with hoarding disorder. At times, it is possible to see physically the relief an individual feels the first time they walk into a group and realize they are not alone in this battle. “Buried in Treasures” by Frost, Tolin and Steketee clearly lays out an approach for tackling hoarding behavior. In this one-hour support group, the primary tools and techniques taught in the book will be reviewed followed by Q & A giving individuals the opportunity to see how these techniques apply to specific situations. 

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L. David Bain

Peer Facilitator, Mental Health Association
David works as Peer Facilitator for the PCORI project leading 10 Buried in Treasures (BiT) groups to date coaching over 60 people on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for dealing with clutter. He has made multiple presentations to groups across the Bay Area on the hoarding disorder.


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

8:00pm

OCD and Substance Use Support Group
The goal of this support group is to create a community for those who live with OCD and substance use disorders (SUD). The group will provide the opportunity to meet others who live with OCD–SUD, talk about things that work, things that don’t work, talk about resources, and overcoming stigma. The aim is to create an environment of full acceptance in which there is no blame for choices people have made, and no recommendation of a one-size-fits-all approach that everyone "should" adopt. Recovery is possible; let’s discuss how to get there together.

Speakers
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Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH

Stacey C. Conroy is a licensed clinical social worker and a public health professional who specializes in substance use disorders, co-occurring anxiety disorders, along with program development and evaluation. She is currently the social work supervisor for the Mental Health Service with the Richmond VA Medical Center in Richmond Virginia. Prior to working with the VA Stacey had a private practice that included working with... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Support Group for Individuals with a Dual Diagnosis and their Family Members: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities
Receiving a diagnosis and managing symptoms of OCD can be challenging. A dual diagnosis of OCD and an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can at times feel overwhelming. For individuals with OCD/ASD and their family members, the process of acceptance can bring various thoughts and feelings. Some family members may also be coping with the realization of their own symptoms of OCD/ASD. This support group will provide an open forum to discuss these issues. During the support group, the facilitators will guide the discussion of the impact of dual diagnosis over time; different paths to diagnosis; accessing best resources/professionals; educational/occupational impact; social/romantic impact; participating in treatment planning; maintaining motivation/readiness to engage in treatment; and collaboration/coordination with educational/work settings.

Speakers
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Rebecca Sachs, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Sachs is a clinical psychologist specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and assessment and treatment when they co-occur. A member of the ASD Special Interest Group at IOCDF she has led the ASD/OCD support group at IOCDF's conference for the past two years. Dr. Sachs maintains a private practice, CBT Spectrum, in Manhattan and Park Slope, NY. Using CBT, including... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago F/G, 5th Floor

8:00pm

PANDAS/PANS Support Group
Parents of children with PANDAS/PANS have higher stress levels than those caring for children suffering from cancer, diabetes, or any other life-threatening condition. The sudden onset of symptoms provides little time to prepare for a "new norm" that includes not only severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but also extreme separation anxiety, mood swings, sensory sensitivities, and other troublesome symptoms. This support group will explore strategies for surviving the acute crisis period in PANDAS and thriving during the months of convalescence. The facilitated discussion will seek pearls of PANDAS/PANS wisdom from experienced parents, as well as expert clinicians.

Speakers
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Sue Swedo, MD

Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Swedo and colleagues were the first to describe a post-infectious etiology for OCD and define criteria identifying... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago H, 5th Floor

8:00pm

Film Screening — "UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie"
Get a sneak preview of “UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie,” a new documentary film about children who are fighting back against their fears and rituals. This short film focuses kids who have, through their own profound experiences, become experts on OCD. They speak about their journey, their experiences with OCD, and the valuable tools they have learned in therapy. UNSTUCK a must watch for all children with OCD and their families. Come screen the film, talk with the filmmakers, and hear from some the brave children featured in the film.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson

Director, Realistic Pictures, Inc.
I have been making documentaries on social issues for 25 years. When my daughter was diagnosed with OCD 2 years ago, I realized that there was no media for families and - most importantly - for kids about this difficult and scary illness. Chris Baier (another OCD parent) and I decided to make UNSTUCK to provide information, peer support and hope for families dealing with OCD. I am also a professor of documentary filmmaking at Hunter College in... Read More →
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Chris Baier

I'm a parent of a child with OCD. I run a OCD support group for Parents of kids with OCD in Brooklyn, NY. I'm currently co-producing a film called UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie. The short documentary will shine a light on kids 6-13 and show them for what they truly are: OCD experts.


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

8:00pm

OCD: The Game Show for Kids
The OCD Game Show is back, kids! Come join the fun at your very own game show. Contestants chosen from the audience will have the opportunity to win prizes by demonstrating their knowledge of OCD, and then competing in games of skill, chance, and courage, all reflecting the OCD theme. Challenge magical thinking with the superstition obstacle course! Do you have what it takes to fight OCD with knowledge, humor, skill, and guts? Then prove it at the OCD Game Show for Kids!

Speakers
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Jennifer Kessler, PhD

Dr. Kessler is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She received her doctorate in psychology from Louisiana State University, with a specialization in Child Clinical Psychology and a minor in School Psychology. Dr. Kessler completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral... Read More →
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Noah Weintraub, PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. He earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and completed further training at Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in Delaware. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic... Read More →
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David Yood, PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship and works at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). Dr. Yood's areas of clinical interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and other related anxiety disorders. He has specialized... Read More →


Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor
 
Sunday, July 31
 

8:00am

'Ground Rules and Checkpoints': How a Marine Officer Declared War on and Defeated OCD
Retired Marine, attorney, author and renowned OCD advocate, Shannon Shy, explains the strategy he developed to defeat OCD. Shannon will explain the strategy, how he found motivation to push through the anxiety, and opportunities to reach out and help others.

Speakers
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Shannon Shy

Shannon Shy is an OCD advocate, attorney, retired Marine Corps officer, author, motivational speaker, youth football administrator, and stadium/play-by-play announcer. Shannon serves with the Department of the Navy as the senior land use attorney in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Shannon serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the International OCD Foundation, the OCD Mid-Atlantic affiliate, and the... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon III, 7th Floor

8:00am

OCD and on the Autism Spectrum: Help, What Do We Do Now?
Patients with OCD who are also on the Autism Spectrum face unique difficulties in treatment that often necessitate altering traditional CBT methods and approaches. This talk will address the challenges, complications, and strategies of working with these individuals and their families. Case examples, role plays, and structured approaches will engage and encourage participants (clinicians, families, and patients) to think outside of the OCD box. Participants will learn ways to conceptualize and address functional problems and goals, develop techniques to improve anxiety and social skills, and learn to identify and address important treatment pitfalls and difficulties. By incorporating these elements into a CBT protocol, treatment can be tailored to address the complex array of symptoms often seen with these patients.

Speakers
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Brian Schmaus, PhD

Dr. Brian Schmaus earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and completed his doctoral internship at Vancouver Coastal Health, where he worked in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of British Columbia. He has trained with leading international experts in the areas of OCD and related disorders. Dr. Schmaus specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well... Read More →
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Dustin Siegel, PsyD

Psychologist, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
Dustin Siegel earned his degree from the University of Hartford, and completed his doctoral internship at Clemson University. He has been a staff therapist at ATC since May, 2014, where he received continued training in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Having previously worked in colleges and counseling centers, Dr. Siegel is particularly interested in working... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

OCD and Sexual Functioning
This panel will feature experts who will discuss different aspects of sexual functioning and intimacy with regards to OCD symptom presentation and treatment. The discussion will bring sex and intimacy to the forefront of the conversation, as these issues are frequently overlooked both by individuals seeking treatment and providers giving care. Topics will include how OCD can affect an individual's or couple's sex life; why it is important for individuals and providers to consider sexual functioning as part of treatment; how OCD can impair intimacy; how medication for OCD can impair sexual functioning and relationship quality; and how to begin and maintain conversations about sex and intimacy during treatment. Ample time will be allotted for questions.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip J. Seibell, MD, FAPA

Phillip J. Seibell, MD, FAPA

Owner, OCD and Anxiety Psychiatry of Westchester, P.C.
Dr. Seibell attended Monmouth University and received his M.D. degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai, where he obtained specialized training in the pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and related conditions. He was then an attending at Mount Sinai and then at Cornell, where he developed an outpatient program for OCD and related conditions. Dr. Seibell... Read More →
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Jenifer Viscusi, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Spalding University
Ms. Viscusi is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is also a visiting research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville. She is currently receiving clinical training in the treatment of OCD and OC-related disorders. Ms. Viscusi's research interests include: obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, sexual health and functioning... Read More →
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Chad Wetterneck, PhD

Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., is a cognitive behavioral specialist and clinical supervisor at Rogers Memorial Hospital where he works primarily with OCD, PTSD, and Dual Diagnosis populations. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston "“ Clear Lake, where he had OCD and OC-spectrum disorders specialty center, and was the co-director of research at the Houston OCD Program. Dr. Wetterneck received six years of... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. Dr. Williams provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon II, 7th Floor

8:00am

Saving Faith: Managing Religious Scrupulosity in the middle of exposure therapy
Religious scrupulosity poses subtle challenges for sufferers who wish to cultivate faith while undergoing treatment, especially when the therapist or patient misunderstand good mental health as necessitating abandonment of traditional religious values or practices. Scrupulosity is viewed as the enemy of faith versus the faith community. Participants will learn how a healthy faith and religious practice is founded upon the ability to tolerate doubt and uncertainty while living with hope. Ways to formulate and apply exposure with response prevention while respecting and adhering to traditional faith practices will be described. Ways to develop a standard for healthy faith and religious practice that adheres to traditional religious values will be described as it applies to Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT

Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT

Dr. Karen Cassiday is the president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She has appeared on The Good Morning Show, Joy Behar Show, Nightline, Animal Planet and NPR. She is a sought after speaker, trainer and commentator on anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, animal hoarding, parenting and mental wellness. She is on the clinical faculty at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences. Her... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Salon I, 7th Floor

8:00am

Ask the Experts: Q&A on Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
This panel of experts will be available to answer all your questions on the presentation and treatment of BFRBs including trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder). The presenters will discuss current best practices in cognitive-behavioral and medication treatments, as well as more novel approaches. Issues related to maintenance of treatment improvement over time will also be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Darin Dougherty, MD

Darin Dougherty, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Darin Dougherty is Director of Neurotherapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Director, Mood Disorders Section and Associate Director of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group; Director of Medical Education at the MGH Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute; Co-Director of the MGH Trichotillomania Clinic; and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dougherty has... Read More →
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Ruth Golomb, LCPC

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, TLC Scientific Advisory Board
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults. She has conducted workshops and seminars, and participated as an expert in panel discussions covering many topics including Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive... Read More →
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Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, where he also supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Professor Grant is the author of twelve books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
avatar for Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Nancy Keuthen, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr Nancy Keuthen is the Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters and authored/edited two books on BFRBs. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of both the International OCD Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
avatar for Fred Penzel, PhD

Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

8:00am

Kickin' OCD: The How-To of Overcoming Slips-Ups and Stressors
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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

8:00am

OCD in the Family: Becoming More Supportive Parents and Siblings
OCD affects more than just the individual in whom it resides; it also affects the family of that individual. Josh Steinberg, was diagnosed with severe OCD in 2012 – his sister Emily was largely involved in, and impacted by, his treatment. Emily and Josh will demonstrate 5 concepts to help parents and siblings support loved ones with OCD. Viewers will hear about the relationship between one individual with OCD and his family, directly from that teenager, as well as through his sister's eyes. Presenters will introduce clips of beloved pop-culture characters to highlight the impact of OCD on a child and their family, while illustrating the changing dynamics in the family unit throughout the course of treatment.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/josh-stenberg-ocd-in-the-family-becoming-more-supportive-parents-and-siblings 

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Emily Steinberg

Emily Steinberg, Josh's older sister, graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. Emily currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Emily coordinates fMRI research studies aimed at assessing brain changes in youth and adults with OCD following a full course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Emily plans to pursue a Ph.D. in... Read More →
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Josh Steinberg

Josh Steinberg, a sophomore in High School, was diagnosed with severe OCD in 2012. Josh underwent a full course of intensive CBT and saw great results. Now, Josh has chosen to share his story with other teens suffering from the symptoms of OCD. Most recently, Josh has created a list of "5 Concepts to Conquer Your OCD" in hopes of providing a guide to beating the disorder from a teen's perspective. This guide is based on Josh's own... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

8:00am

Dealing with Treatment Resistance: Translating Research into Strategies to Enhance Treatment Motivation
This presentation will focus on responding to treatment resistance in OCD by combining current research with practical clinical strategies targeting treatment motivation. The first two sections will summarize research findings among clinical samples of individuals with OCD. Dr. Monaghan and Ms. Chiupka will present on the impact of readiness to engage in behavior change and externalizing blame on treatment outcomes and overall quality of life. The second two sections will focus on translating empirical findings into applicable treatment strategies. Dr. Van Kirk and Dr. Elias will discuss how they have applied current research findings to OCD treatment, with a focus on conceptualizing motivation as a skill that can be practiced and implemented throughout recovery.

Speakers
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Caitlin Chiupka, MA

Caitlin Chiupka is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Her primary research interests include the role of motivation and externalizing blame on treatment outcomes in OCD, as well as the impact of language and etiological conceptualization on mental illness stigma. She has held clinical practica positions at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute and Boston University's Center for Anxiety and... Read More →
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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at the Houston OCD Program and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Nathaniel's... Read More →
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Sadie Cole Monaghan, PhD

Clinical Psychologist/Instructor in Psychology, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sadie Cole Monaghan is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and staff psychologist at the McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent OCD Institute.. She also holds a joint appointment an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Monaghan graduated summa cum laude with honors from Temple University, and received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She completed her predoctoral internship at McLean... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

8:00am

OCD, Illness Anxiety, or Somatic Symptom Disorder? Navigating the Intricacies of Hypochondriacal Presentations
A person preoccupied with having or getting a serious illness can be diagnosed with OCD, Illness Anxiety, or even Somatic Symptom Disorder. Hypochondriacal presentations warrant one of these 3 diagnoses, yet which to diagnose can be complex and confusing to even an experienced therapist. Whether or not there's a medical explanation, the patient's suffering is authentic. However, the associated thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are excessive. Extreme worry about illness, making catastrophic conclusions about health, interpreting bodily symptoms as threatening, repeatedly checking for bodily abnormalities, and seeking medical reassurances are just some of the common presentations in all 3 diagnoses. Through case vignettes, this panel will illustrate the main differences amongst these 3 diagnoses, while also navigating through some of the not-so-obvious symptoms.

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Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests are in the use of CBT/ACT for the treatment of anxiety and addiction, and the psychology of money.
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Jessica Parlor

Jessica Parlor is a doctoral student at the Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jessica had a successful career for over ten years as a case manager for youth and adults struggling with severe mental illness. Through these work experiences, she learned the value of cognitive behavioral interventions and the importance of collaborating with family... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

8:00am

When OCD and Eating Disorders Collide: Treatment Planning for OCD and Co-Existing Eating Disorders
Managing OCD and a co-existing eating disorder can be quite difficult and require significant attention and prioritizing. A very important goal is to ensure that improvements in one disorder are not due to an increase in symptomatology of another co-existing disorder.  During this presentation, the presenters will discuss at length how to prioritize treatment goals and tools in these cases. Participants will learn how to manage clinical time with clients, specifically when their eating disorder has become a part of their OCD compulsions.  Respectful, compassionate, and individualized tools are crucial in these cases, specifically when dealing with different age groups, genders, and ethnicities, and will be touched on throughout the presentation.

Speakers
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Beth Brawley, MA, LPC

Anxiety Therapist, Life Without Anxiety, LLC
Ms. Brawley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She then went on receive her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. Ms. Brawley is a licensed therapist in the state of Missouri. Ms. Brawley has experience treating substance abuse, eating disorders, OCD and related disorders and anxiety disorders. Ms. Brawley runs her own private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. | | Kimberley did her internship at the OCD Center of Los Angeles and went on to become the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Kimberley... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

9:15am

From Research to Clinical Practice: Family-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents with OCD
Clinical research and treatment guidelines have repeatedly recommend including family in the treatment of pediatric OCD. However, translating this into clinical practice is often met with barriers. Despite these guidelines, many children are still treated individually without family involvement. Considering the long-term effects of OCD, disseminating family-based treatment models will help to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice. This panel, comprised of leading experts in pediatric and family OCD research/treatment, will highlight the latest research and challenges in working with the family system in pediatric OCD treatment. Each panelist will illustrate a particular therapeutic approach, then engage the audience in discussion. This will be a highly interactive experience to reflect on clinical dilemmas, bringing together experienced researchers and clinicians.

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Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on ACT and OCD for children, teens, and families, and is... Read More →
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Eli Lebowitz, PhD

Eli R. Lebowitz, PhD is currently assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center, where he is part of the Program for Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these disorders. He is the primary developer of SPACE, a parent-based... Read More →
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Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Van Noppen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at USC and is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at LAC + USC and Director of Inpatient Quality Improvement. As a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen teaches and supervises in the residency training program at LAC + USC, has served on the... Read More →
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon I, 7th Floor

9:15am

Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: Personal and Professional Perspectives
Perfectionism plays a role in the development, maintenance, and treatment of eating disorders (ED). In this workshop, a recovered patient will share her story entailing the evolution of symptoms and emphasizing the importance of seeking treatment that addresses both perfectionism and disordered eating. The workshop will also review strategies to help distinguish each of these areas and review potential treatment interventions, especially those that target both problems. Particular attention will be paid towards distinguishing helpful and unhelpful perfectionism to offer a sophisticated way of addressing this complex problem. Combining professional and personal perspectives, this unique workshop includes an interactive lecture, audience participation, and even a live musical performance.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/steven-tsao-perfectionism-and-eating-disorder-personal-and-professional-perspectives 

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer

National Recovery Advocate, Family Institute, Eating Recovery Center
Jenni Schaefer is a bestselling author and internationally known speaker. Her first two books, Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, launched her as a leader in the field of eating disorders. Her latest, Almost Anorexic, a collaboration with Harvard Medical School, bridges the gap between research, practice, and personal experience. Appearing in The New York Times and on shows like Today, Jenni has presented at venues ranging from... Read More →
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Steven Tsao, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Steven Tsao received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University and completed his predoctoral internship at the Boston VA Medical Center. After postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he worked in a variety of hospital settings including a residential program for eating disorders and McLean Hospital's OCD Institute. He has held academic appointments at Boston University School of Medicine... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon III, 7th Floor

9:15am

Social Media and Infomania: Impulsive vs. Compulsive Behavior
Impulsivity is a pattern of acting without thinking, driven by pleasure-seeking behaviors and avoidance of pain that often results in negative consequences or undesirable outcomes. Compulsive behavior is driven by a need to rid oneself of doubt, anxiety, or uncertainty. Sometimes these behaviors are confused, and treatment for each is different. The focus of the workshop is to learn the similarities and differences between impulsive and compulsive behavior using the example of how people use (and misuse) social media.

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Christopher Mogan, PhD

Dr Christopher Mogan PhD is the Director of The Anxiety Clinic in Melbourne, specializing in complex presentations of Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding Disorders. Formerly Clinical Director of the CBT-based Anxiety and Depression Program at The Melbourne Clinic, he developed innovative CBT treatment interventions for an inpatient psychiatric population. Dr Mogan is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University where he conducts research and... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:15am

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Severe Psychiatric Comorbidities
OCD is a disorder marked by intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors aimed to reduce the negative affect associated with these thoughts. Although there is a large evidence-base for the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention (ERP) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat OCD, various psychiatric comorbidities complicate the implementation of such standard interventions. The presenters will review OCD treatment and the complications that arise from psychiatric comorbidity – specifically, comorbid diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Tourette's Disorder will be discussed.

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Lindsay Brauer, PhD

Dr. Brauer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is the co-founder of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic (OCRDC) at the University of Chicago, which focuses on providing evidence-based treatments to adults with Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Her research focuses on cognitive, affective, and motivational aspects of mood and... Read More →
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Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, where he also supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Professor Grant is the author of twelve books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
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Adam B. Lewin, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor & OCD Program Director, University of South Florida
Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry and is the Director of the OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychology and directs USF's postdoctoral fellowship in OCD & related disorders. Dr. Lewin serves on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, is on the Board of... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon II, 7th Floor

9:15am

Body Vigilance - When Hypersensitivity to Bodily Sensations Drive You Crazy! Treating Sensorimotor Obsessions

OCD sufferers who experience persistent hyper-awareness of bodily sensations or body vigilance are often overlooked. This preoccupation or focus on automatic bodily processes or discrete physical sensations can range from frustrating to totally debilitating, depending on severity. Sufferers are often misdiagnosed, very depressed, and fear that this type of OCD is untreatable.

This workshop will examine common sensorimotor obsessions seen in practice: swallowing, blinking, breathing, pulse/heartbeat, ear ringing, visual distractions, awareness of specific body parts, and others. Case examples will illustrate successful treatment techniques. Attendees may address specific sensation concerns and leave with new-found hope that their distress can, indeed, be treated.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/kathleen-norris-body-vigilance-when-hypersensitivity-to-bodily-sensations-drive-you-crazy

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Kathleen Norris, LPC

DFW Center for OCD & Anxiety
Mary Kathleen Norris is a licensed professional counselor in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. For over 20 years, her practice has specialized in the treatment of OCD and OC Spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and compulsive skin picking. | | She holds a post graduate certification for behavior therapy (BTTI) from the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She has presented on the national level for over 15... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago E, 5th Floor

9:15am

Navigating Through High School and Beyond
Rages, tears, frustration, headaches, and stomach aches; sometimes school feels like torture! Many parents express concern about their child's educational path when just surviving OCD is difficult. Two families recount the twists and turns of their child's school journey. Along with their stories, these presenters – parents who happen to work in the field of education – will share what they have learned along the way. Important points include the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, creating a therapeutic alliance between teachers and professionals, accommodations that could worsen OCD, and supports that are available during transition to college. Attendees will obtain valuable strategies and resources to support their child with OCD through middle and high school, and beyond.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/linda-palmer-navigating-through-high-school-and-beyond 

Speakers
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Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer is a jack-of-all-trades who currently works as a School Specialist at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. For 20 years he has assisted students with placement testing, program planning and course selection. He has a passion for veterans outreach and emergency response management. Steve and his wife have 2 children. Their son has been diagnosed with treatment resistant OCD, emetophobia, ADHD and Tourette... Read More →
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Linda Palmer

Linda Palmer is a foreign language teacher in a high performing school district in Western New York. She teaches many different types of students, including perfectionistic teens, students on the ASD spectrum and students with social/emotional challenges. She has led a book study for teachers who were interested in learning how to reach and teach students with anxiety. Linda and her husband have joined forces with the Parent... Read More →
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Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas became an advocate for those with unique learning needs when her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 4. (Kevin is a junior in college now.) Since 2004, she's been the owner and director of a tutoring and test prep agency, and her team of tutors and college counselors have helped over 2500 students! These experiences prepared her for helping her daughter Carol continue to thrive in school despite 2 psych ward... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago D, 5th Floor

9:15am

Intolerance of Emotional Distress: A Novel Treatment Target in OCD
Although ERP remains the gold-standard treatment for OCD, it is notably aversive. Consequently, drop-out/non-compliance rates remain high, suggesting a need for augmentative treatment strategies. Given that ERP requires an ability to tolerate negative emotions, one factor that may mitigate treatment engagement and serve as a viable therapeutic target is emotional intolerance, or the inability/unwillingness to tolerate emotional distress. This symposium will investigate how aspects of emotional intolerance (i.e., distress tolerance, worry, emotion dysregulation, disgust sensitivity) contribute to OCD symptom severity, and longitudinally influence processes of change throughout treatment. Panelists will discuss implications for the theoretical model of OCD and the development of novel treatment strategies. The symposium will include expert presentations, discussant remarks, and audience Q&A.

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Lauryn Garner

Lauryn Garner is a recent graduate from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She is the research coordinator for the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute's Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at McLean Hospital. Her current research interests include treatment outcome, understanding underlying causes of symptom changes, and identifying factors that may influence the process of treatment.
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Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at the Houston OCD Program and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Nathaniel's... Read More →
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Jason Krompinger, PhD

Jason Krompinger, PhD, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital's Behavioral Health Partial Program, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the McLean Hospital OCD Institute. He is currently the Director of Quality Assurance, Training, and Service... Read More →
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Brittany Mathes

Brittany Mathes is currently a doctoral student in the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at Florida State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Miami in May 2013. After graduation, she worked for two years as the research coordinator for the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital, where she coordinated multiple studies investigating mechanisms of change in the treatment of severe OC-spectrum... Read More →
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:15am

Defusing the OCD Bomb: Simple (and sometimes silly) Tricks from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Have you ever tried singing your most intrusive OCD thoughts to the tune of “Happy Birthday?” How about saying them in the voice of Donald Duck? Have you ever taken your mind for a walk? Wondering where all this is going? Then this interactive workshop is for you. We will introduce adolescent attendees to the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy concepts of cognitive fusion and defusion as they relate to OCD. Participants will examine how fusion operates in their own lives and gets in the way of them living according to their values. We will have fun experimenting with various defusion techniques and participants will walk away with a new set of tools to help them challenge their OCD.

Speakers
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Sam Lample, LPC

MA, LPC, CEDS, Thrive Therapy
Samuel Lample is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Approved Counselor Supervisor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), CEDS Supervisor and an  International OCD Foundation member and approved therapist. He has been treating  individuals with eating disorders and OCD for the past 16 years in both inpatient and  outpatient settings. Sam worked in an inpatient eating disorder treatment center for nearly a decade, as a... Read More →
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Megan Schwallie, LCSW

Megan Schwallie is a licensed clinical social worker and a primary therapist within the Adolescent Anxiety/OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Doorways, LLC in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan received her Masters in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2009. Megan specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders as well as frequently co-occurring conditions such as Body Focused... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

9:15am

Sex and OCD: Clinical Issues in the Treatment of Sexual Obsessions and Compulsions
Sexual obsessions and compulsions are highly stigmatized and thus create unique treatment challenges. The purpose of this panel is to create a non-judgmental environment to explore this stigmatized topic. The panelists will discuss evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies for patients with sexual OCD, while sharing case examples to normalize the experience of sexual symptoms and to provide therapists with treatment strategies for their own cases. The following topics as they relate to sexual OCD will be discussed: distinguishing sexual OCD from paraphilia; recognizing common compulsions and avoidance behaviors; implementing effective exposures in and out of the office; addressing shame and guilt; and ethical considerations when working with children and adolescents or patients with a history of sexual abuse.

Speakers
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Megan Barthle, MS

Pre-Doctoral Intern, University of Florida
Megan Barthle, M.S. is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. She is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Her clinical interests involve the implementation of CBT-E/RP interventions for OCD and related disorders, including running a food exposure group for individuals with eating disorders. She has... Read More →
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Gary Geffken, PhD

Gary Geffken, PhD has been on faculty at the University of Florida for 28 years. His primary appointment is in Psychiatry as a clinical psychologist with additional appointments in Clinical and Health Psychology, Pediatrics, Psychology in Liberal Arts, and School Psychology. As Chief of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry he directs the CBT Program for OCD. He provides services to both children and adults, educating healthcare... Read More →
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Andrea Guastello, MS

Andrea Guastello M.S., is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). She was a graduate research assistant in the UF Behavioral Medicine Research Lab for two years before becoming a graduate research assistant at the UF Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) Program. She has presented her findings at numerous conferences including the annual conventions of the American... Read More →
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Cary Jordan, PhD

Dr. Jordan is currently the Director of Behavioral Medicine for St. Elizabeth Hospital Boardman, Assistant Director of the Family Medicine Residency, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Jordan is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience treating both child and adult OCD. His training began at the University of Florida in the Weekly and Intensive OCD... Read More →
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Shanee Toledano, MEd

Shanee earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in school psychology from the University of Florida. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida and conducted her dissertation research on self-related cognitions of adults with OCD under the mentorship of Dr. Joe McNamara. Since 2012, Shanee has treated OCD in individuals of all ages at the University of... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor

9:15am

Treatment of OCD in Young Children
Recent research has demonstrated that young children with OCD (ages 4-8) respond favorably to exposure and response prevention treatment. However, protocols must be adapted to meet the unique developmental needs of these children and to address their interconnectedness to the family system. This lecture will review common OCD symptom presentations in this age group and discuss how best to assess for and treat the disorder. Attention will be given to adaptation of treatment materials, management of oppositional behavior, use of motivational techniques to improve treatment compliance, family involvement in treatment, pharmacological interventions, and PANDAS/PANS. Clinical examples and demonstrations will be integrated into the discussion to illustrate how best to implement child-friendly interventions while maintaining fidelity to the ERP model.

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Stephanie Eken, MD

Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs while also providing medical leadership for Rogers' OCD and anxiety disorder services. | | Dr. Eken is a regular faculty member of the Behavioral Therapy Training... Read More →
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Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Amy Mariaskin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Nashville, TN who specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, tic disorders, and OC spectrum disorders across the lifespan. She serves as Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent programming at Rogers Behavioral Health-Nashville and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. She also maintains a private practice in the Nashville area, providing individual and group therapy.
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Phoebe Moore, PhD

Phoebe Moore, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is the director of the UMass CANDO Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in | working with children, teenagers, and families affected by OCD and anxiety disorders. Phoebe directed the Duke University site of the large Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II and... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

11:00am

Back To "Reality!" Gearing Up For Life After The Conference PODCAST

Before the Conference excitement wears off, let’s celebrate the highlights of this year’s conference program while also discussing ways to stay connected to each other throughout the year. Hosted by the IOCDF Spokespeople, this Podcast will give attendees the chance to contribute their own highlights from the Conference. We will be asking questions on social media throughout the Conference weekend leading up to the broadcast — using the #OCDcon hashtag — about the biggest takeaways you learned at this year’s conference, what your favorite parts of the conference were, and more. And we will talk about strategies for creating and nurturing your own network after the conference, whether that network is online, in a support group, or via a local affiliate.


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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →
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Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →


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

11:00am

Making and Supporting Daily Disclosure Decisions
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 

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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 →
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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

11:00am

Using Telehealth/Videoconferencing in the Treatment of OCD
Telehealth/videoconferencing technology is one way to improve access to quality care for OCD for those who are not able to find experienced local providers. This panel will be led by professionals who have significant experience in providing treatment for OCD using telehealth. We will briefly discuss our experiences and discuss factors that may or may not make telehealth a preferred treatment choice. We will review unique challenges that may arise during exposure and response prevention and medication management telehealth sessions (such as difficulty doing certain exposures with therapist, for example), and discuss ways in which these challenges can be addressed. The majority of time will then be dedicated to question and answer/interactive discussion.

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Jon Hershfield, MFT

Director, The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders and is licensed in the states of Maryland and California. He is director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD. Previous to entering fulltime private practice, Jon was associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient... Read More →
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Kimberly Morrow, LCSW

Kimberly Morrow, LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, specializing in treating people with anxiety and OCD for over 20 years and teaching other professionals how to treat anxiety for over 10 years. Kimberly is a board member of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and the chairperson of the Retention and Recruitment committee of the Anxiety and Depression Association of... Read More →
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Phillip J. Seibell, MD, FAPA

Owner, OCD and Anxiety Psychiatry of Westchester, P.C.
Dr. Seibell attended Monmouth University and received his M.D. degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai, where he obtained specialized training in the pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and related conditions. He was then an attending at Mount Sinai and then at Cornell, where he developed an outpatient program for OCD and related conditions. Dr. Seibell... Read More →
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Patrick Vogel, PhD

Patrick A. Vogel received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois. He has over 25 years of research and clinical experience with OCD. He is the author of many peer-reviewed publications on the theory and treatment of OCD. He has held many workshops on OCD. He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


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

11:00am

When Food Is The Enemy: ERP For A Variety Of Disordered Eating Habits
During this session, presenters who have worked with both OCD & eating disorders (ED) will share insights and case examples about how to use ERP to treat disordered eating, whether it's OCD with ritualized food/eating issues, sensory/spectrum-related rigid eating, “scrupulosity”-driven diets, or traditional eating disorder concerns.  Additionally, our nutritionist will discuss the dietary needs patients have and how nutritional planning would be applied depending on the diagnosis, as well as how nutritionists and therapists can work together to create separate but related food and non-food hierarchies. Though different disorders, both are treated by directly addressing the triggers and feared situations so that clients can move forward and learn to handle their discomfort, no “trigger warnings” necessary.

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Bella Gambino, MA, LPC

Bella Gambino is currently the primary therapist in the Eating Disorders PHP/IOP at Rogers Memorial Hospital-Chicago. She treats adolescents and families struggling with primary ED and those with co-occurring anxiety and mood disorders. Bella has a passion for helping and empowering individuals to challenge themselves to increase their success and well-being. Prior to Rogers, Bella trained and worked at Alexian Brothers Behavioral... Read More →
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April Kilduff, MA, LCPC

April Kilduff, MA, LCPC, currently works as a Therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health's OCD & Anxiety Adult PHP/IOP in Chicago as well as private practice at Willis Counseling & Consulting. Prior to this, April spent several years at Alexian Brothers' Center For OCD & Anxiety Disorders, where she discovered her passion for the intensive treatment setting as well as an interest in being a meaningful part of the autism... Read More →
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Emily Sanders, RD, LDN

Emily Sanders, RD, LDN currently works as a Registered Dietitian at Rogers Memorial Hospital's Skokie, IL location. Emily works primarily in the Eating Disorder program for children and adolescents, but contributes in the care of patients with OCD and Anxiety who also have co-occurring eating disorders or disordered eating behaviors. Before moving to Chicago, Emily worked in Nashville at HCA TriStar Centennial Medical Center, one of... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Marriott Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

But I Thought I Was Straight: How-To's of Treatment for HOCD And A Story of Recovery

Obsessive doubts about sexual identity have increasingly come out of the closet, and are now better recognized as common symptoms of OCD. Despite this, sufferers still frequently lack accurate information about the symptoms and treatments. This presentation will outline typical symptoms of this problem, as well as present and explain a range of cognitive and behavioral techniques that can be used to effectively treat them. In addition, a presentation will be made by an individual who has made a successful recovery, outlining the experience of his disorder, before, during, and after treatment.

View slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/fred-penzel-but-i-thought-i-was-straight 


Speakers
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Fred Penzel, PhD

Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive/behavioral treatment of OCD since 1982. He is the founder and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and related problems, and is a founding member of the IOCDF Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A... Read More →
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Jonathan Teller

My name is Jonathan Teller and I am currently a Junior at the University of Richmond | studying Psychology. After suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder for nearly 5 years of | my life, I have decided to pursue a career in the field where I can hopefully one day be able to | help other sufferers of this disorder. I have recently accepted a research assistant position at Yale | University School of Medicine with Dr... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago E, 5th Floor

11:00am

OCD: From Donald Duck to Darth Vader
This is a fun interactive workshop for kids with OCD aimed at improving their ability to identify and address obsessions/compulsions through using Disney characters. Children will learn and discuss idiosyncrasies about the characters that, if heightened, could be considered obsessive-compulsive, and will work together to create treatment plans that would help the characters overcome their fears. It will be an entertaining activity for kids to learn about the various symptoms of OCD, how to pinpoint them, and how to overcome them. Kids will also discuss how the behaviors they identify in the characters relate to their own experiences of OCD.

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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.
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Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT

LMFT, Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. | | Kimberley did her internship at the OCD Center of Los Angeles and went on to become the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Kimberley... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor

11:00am

Family Accommodation in Children and Adolescents with OCD and Co-Occurring Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
Family accommodation of children with OCD involves behaviors on the part of family members to reduce or eliminate distressing aspects of the disorder for the child. Caregivers may assist with rituals, encourage avoidance of triggers, provide reassurance or promote the use of safety behaviors. Accommodation can have a negative impact on family functioning and a child's response to treatment. Many parents struggle with finding the right balance between empathy and accommodation. In this lecture for parents and family members of those with OCD, we will review research on family accommodation within OCD and frequently co-occurring disorders. We will also describe ways families accommodate, and offer methods to reduce accommodations. Ample time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

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Stephanie Eken, MD

Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs while also providing medical leadership for Rogers' OCD and anxiety disorder services. | | Dr. Eken is a regular faculty member of the Behavioral Therapy Training... Read More →
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David Jacobi, PhD

David M. Jacobi, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders at Rogers Memorial Hospital-Oconomowoc. He provides clinical consultation and supervises the work of the behavioral specialists in Rogers' Child Center residential program, as well as in the OCD and anxiety disorders partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient... Read More →
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Rachel Leonard, PhD

Rachel C. Leonard, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with Rogers Memorial Hospital who specializes in the treatment of depression, OCD, and anxiety disorders.


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor

11:00am

Addressing Distress Intolerance in Exposure Therapy
An important predictor of successful treatment outcome in exposure-based therapy is a client's ability to tolerate distress. Clients who are unable to tolerate distress will either not agree to engage in exposures, use escape or avoidance strategies during the exposures, and/or not practice exposures for homework. In this workshop presenters will review distress tolerance and exposure therapy research, demonstrate the negative impact poor distress tolerance has in exposure therapy utilizing case examples, and provide strategies for improving a client's distress tolerance and readiness for initiating or resuming exposure therapy.

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Jacquelyn Gola, PsyD

Dr. Jacquelyn Gola earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2015. She specializes in the evidence-based treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania, and other body focused repetitive disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She received specialized training at the Children and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr... Read More →
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Jayme Jacobs, PsyD

Dr. Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and graduate of La Salle University. She has trained at specialized treatment facilities, including the Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC (CEH) and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She has expertise in evidence-based treatment of OC spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. Her clinical passion is helping clients and their loved ones... Read More →
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Stephanie Rabin Scherr, PhD

Stephanie Rabin Scherr earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2013. She currently is a Licensed Psychologist at the Center for Emotional Health in Cherry Hill, NJ. She specializes in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Scherr has conducted research related to the use of exposure and response prevention with patients with OCD.


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor

11:00am

Body Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) affect millions of people worldwide. As many as 1 in 50 people engage in non-cosmetic hair pulling that results in significant hair loss. Other body focused behaviors, such as skin picking and nail biting, affect a greater percentage of the population resulting in scaring, infections, and sometimes plastic surgery. This workshop will provide an overview of BFRBs and will outline current research regarding children and adolescents with these disorders. The current state-of-the-art treatment for these disorders will be presented, with a focus on treatment of young people under the age of 18. Case vignettes of children at different developmental stages will illustrate how to implement treatment consistent with the needs at each level.

View the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/IOCDF/ruth-golomb-clinical-treatment-of-children-and-adolescents-with-trichotillomania-and-other-body-focused-repetitive-behaviors 


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Ruth Golomb, LCPC

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, TLC Scientific Advisory Board
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults. She has conducted workshops and seminars, and participated as an expert in panel discussions covering many topics including Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive... Read More →
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Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Lead Developer, Stoppulling.com / Stoppicking.com, TLC Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She has extensive training in cognitive behavioral treatment for Anxiety Disorders, Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr. Mouton-Odum is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Past President of both the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

11:00am

The Elephant in the Room: Addressing Comorbidity in Adult OCD Patients
Adherence to and effectiveness of OCD treatment can be greatly compromised by the presence of comorbid clinical conditions. Comorbidity in OCD patients has been shown to be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression, increased severity of obsessions and compulsions, and increased resistance or non-response to OCD treatment. Furthermore, comorbidity is the rule rather than the exception for adults who enter OCD treatment. Yet there is little to guide therapists in dealing with the comorbid conditions found in OCD patients in a rational and methodical approach. In this presentation, specific guidance will be offered for effectively addressing the more common and less common clinical conditions that are present in patients seeking OCD treatment.

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Charles Mansueto, PhD

Dr. Mansueto is founding director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, a leading center for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of behavior therapy to a broad range of clinical problems. Dr. Mansueto has... Read More →


Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor