Welcome to the Online OCD Conference!


The first event of its kind, this virtual event has programming for everyone in the OCD community: individuals with lived experience, their family members and supporters, and the professionals who treat them. Running from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2nd, this virtual event will feature 70 talks, 36 discussion groups, and 160 presenters.

Registration Types

Registrations are for the full three days of the Online OCD Conference: July 31, 2020 through Sunday, August 2nd.

Professional Registration: For clinicians treating OCD and related disorders (includes CE credit).
$300 for IOCDF Professional Members; $375 for non-members

Student/Trainee Registration: For student/trainees studying OCD and related disorders who are not yet independently licensed (does not include CE credit).
$75 for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members; $90 for non-members

Non-Professional Registration:
For those living with OCD and/or those supporting a loved one with OCD (not not include CE credit).
$75 for IOCDF Foundation Members; $90 for non-members

Discount codes for member pricing will be send to members directly via email. If you need the code resent to you, please email
conference@iocdf.org. To join or renew and get the discount code sent to you, please visit iocdf.org/membership.

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Scholarships

At the IOCDF, we are committed to keeping registration fees affordable, making our programming available to those who need our help the most. NW Anxiety Institute has pledged to sponsor 100 individuals to attend the Online OCD Conference at a discount rate who otherwise would not be able to afford due to financial hardship.


Learn more and apply for a scholarship today.
 

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On-Demand Options

All educational webinars will feature approximately 45 minutes of pre-recorded content that will be available on-demand for a two weeks after the conference.
The following parts of the conference are only available on Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd:
 
 — Live Q&As with Speakers
 — Community Discussion Groups
 — Professional Networking Sessions
 — Evening Activities
 — Live Chat Lounge
 — Chat With Other Attendees During Sessions
 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

The Online OCD Conference is approved for 15 credit hours for psychologists, phycisians, nurses, licensed mental health counselors, and social workers. 

View all CE information.
 

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Not seeing what you're looking for? Save the date for our additional virtual conferences:

Online OCD Summer Camp
An online conference for kids and teens
Saturday, July 18 through Sunday, July 19, 2020
Learn more

Virtual IOCDF Research Symposium
For researcher, by researchers
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Learn more


Online Hoarding Meeting
An online conference for those affected by hoarding disorder and those who treat HD
Saturday, August 15, 2020 (with a movie screening Friday, August 14!)
More information coming soon!

 

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Marketing Opportunities

The Online OCD Conference will include a variety of opportunities for members of the OCD and realted disorders community to interact with the organizations who treat and support those affected by OCD and related disorders. The interactive Virtual Exhibit Hall allows attendees to "visit" booths to read about services provided, watch videos and interact with representatives through the live chat feature. Attendees will also receive a Virtual Tote Bag (including discounts to the IOCDF Online Store and a raffle for a 2021 Conference) where organizations can submit brochures and ads to showcase their services.

If your organization is interested in supporting the Online OCD Conference and becoming a virtual exhibitor, view the 2020 Online Prospectus here to learn more and apply today!



Additional questions? Contact conference@iocdf.org

SESSIONS


All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

7/31/2020

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Differential Utility of Specific Self-Report OCD Assessment Scales - CE


Dean  McKay, PhD

 

There are numerous self-report measures of OCD symptoms and severity available. Determining which one will be most effective in treatment planning can be challenging. This presentation will provide an overview of available measures, with a summary of the reliability and validity of each, and how to use each in treatment planning and evaluation of response to treatment.

Learning Objectives:
~ Attendees will be able to identify the major self-report assessment measures available for evaluating OCD.
~ Attendees will be able to revise decisions on the best instruments for treatment based on presenting OCD symptoms.
~ Attendees will be able to list the strengths and limitations of different major self-report measures of OCD for assessing treatment outcomes.


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Don't Try Harder, Try Different


Patrick  McGrath, PhD

 

Don't Try Harder, Try Different (DTHTD) is a stress management approach to challenging OCD. Since day to say stressors can have an influence on OCD, learning basic ways to challenge stressors can help to decrease OCD flare-ups. Be you a person with OCD or a friend or family member, the goal of DTHTD is to review 1. Common themes seen in stress and OCD, 2. Identification and elimination of safety seeking behaviors, and 3. Bringing some fun and humor back in your life, since OCD tries to rob that.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the 7 common principles that keep people feeling anxious and stressed in their lives.
Attendees will be able to Identify how common cognitive distortions interfere in the treatment of OCD.
Attendees will be able to describe how family and friends can assist in challenging OCD without utilizing avoidance, reassurance seeking, and distraction.


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An Inhibitory Learning Approach to Exposure Therapy for OCD - CE


Jonathan  Abramowitz, PhD

 

Inhibitory learning theory provides specific techniques to optimize ERP for OCD by emphasizing fear tolerance, as opposed to habituation. This workshop will describe the inhibitory learning approach and illustrate strategies for optimizing ERP, including framing exposure to disconfirm threat-based expectations, introducing variability to promote extinction, affect labeling, deepened extinction, and how to use cognitive therapy. Case examples and videos will be used to illustrate techniques.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the major self-report assessment measures available for evaluating OCD.
~ Attendees will be able to revise decisions on the best instruments for treatment based on presenting OCD symptoms.
~ Attendees will be able to list the strengths and limitations of different major self-report measures of OCD for assessing treatment outcomes.


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What is Inhibitory Learning Theory and How Does It Apply to OCD Treatment?


Jennifer  Buchholz, MA

 

Jennifer Buchholz will describe inhibitory learning theory and its applications to OCD treatment. She will offer examples and strategies for optimizing inhibitory learning during treatment, such as designing exposures to maximize surprise, introducing variability, labeling emotions during exposures, and strategically using cognitive techniques. Jennifer will interact with participants via a live chat and Q&A session to teach participants new ways to get the most out of OCD treatment.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to define inhibitory learning theory and explain its relevance to OCD treatment
Attendees will be able to compare and contrast the inhibitory learning approach with traditional exposure therapy methods.
Attendees will be able to apply a variety of strategies based on inhibitory learning principles to OCD treatment.


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The Scoop on BDD: A Discussion of Hope and Recovery


Thomas  Smalley, USAW

 

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can make you feel ashamed and anxious that you may avoid certain situations that arise in life. Struggling with BDD can be isolating and leave a person with little hope. This panel allows conference attendees to hear personal stories from a group of individuals with BDD--of all ages--who have been successful in treatment and now live fulfilled lives. Lastly, audience members will have a chance to ask questions to the panel members.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will gain an an understanding of healthy vs unhealthy practices and gain tips to bring into their day-to-day life.
Attendees will hear personal success stories from panelists discussing their battle with BDD, with offerings of hope, tips, and guidance to the audience.
Attendees will learn about exposures and the panelists individual treatment with BDD.


7/31/2020

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PANDAS/PANS: A Video Series


Peter  Klinger, MD

 

This presentation will feature a series of short videos on PANDAS/PANS, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.


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Professional Networking: Penzel and Mansueto


Charles  Mansueto, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Fred Penzel and Charles Mansueto.


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Man Up! Virtual Edition: Men’s Community Discussion Group


Jacques  Esses, MSW

 

Are you a male suffering with OCD and haven’t found a safe place to discuss your issues?Participants will have the opportunity to share their experience navigating their unique challenges as men with OCD. Topics discussed will include the pressure to “man up,” opening up to their partners about the disorder, keeping anger in check, dealing with medication side effects, and admitting they need help. This community group will provide a safe “virtual space” to tackle these important issues.


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Community Discussion Group for Gender Non-Conforming Individuals with OCD


Amy  Mariaskin, PhD

 

This discussion group will provide a nonjudgmental and affirming environment for individuals with OCD and related disorders who are transgender, nonbinary or otherwise gender nonconforming. It is open to adults who want to discuss their OCD symptoms as well as the intersections between mental health, ethnic/cultural background, and gender identity. The group facilitators are cisgender licensed psychologists, we will strive to provide helpful information about treatment while centering participants’ voices and experiences.


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All-Inclusive Women's Community Discussion Group


Beth  Brawley, LPC

 

This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for women to discuss ways we can stand together as we journey through our mental health challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own personal struggles AND successes and take part in empowering each other to live a full life despite managing mental illness. This group is a support group for all women with OCD, depression, eating disorders, BFRB's, and any other mental struggles.


7/31/2020

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Intermission


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7/31/2020

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Increasing Patient Motivation for Treatment - CE


Allen  Weg, EdD

 

After a review of the challenges in motivating clients to do work in ERP (the counter-intuitive nature of the treatment, previous failed attempts, sense of helplessness, actual discomfort of the treatment, etc), a review of motivating strategies will be reviewed. These include the Motivational Interviewing foci of identifying personal values, losses to date/potential gain, but also the application of self-disclosure, antrhopomoriphication of OCD, use of hierarchy, and more.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list some of the most common blocks to client motivation in the treatment of OCD.
Attendees will be able to describe multiple factors involved in engaging a client's trust, and how that relates to the power to motivate.
Participants will be able to apply the different strategies that can be utilized to increase client's compliance with homework and session attendance.


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How to Maintain Your Gains in the Recovery Process


Reid  Wilson, PhD

 

You’ve worked hard to master the skills of ERP, & it’s time to say goodbye to treatment for now. But how will you preserve your hard-earned gains? Your original goal may have been to be free of all obsessions & urges to ritualize. By now, however, you realize that seeking this perfection is another way that OCD controls you. Instead, Reid and Shala will outline & illustrate the 4 tasks of a simple, active, self-help strategy to help you respond to new & old symptoms whenever they arrive.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe how OCD uses perfectionism to keep a person stuck
Attendees will be able to define the four components of the self-help strategy within the recovery process
Attendees will see illustrations of responses to new obsessions, or urges to ritualize, when they show up


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Incorporating ACT into ERP - CE


Lisa  Coyne, PhD

 

This presentation will teach how clinicians may use ACT and ERP to enhance exposure-based treatment through supporting curiosity, willingness, and flexibility with OCD. Presenters will discuss a) exposure-based treatments and inhibitory learning research; b) teach how to conduct exposure-based treatment OCD; c) give an overview of ACT and its’ evidence-base; and d) demonstrate how to incorporate specific ACT interventions into exposure to strengthen and contextualize inhibitory learning.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe Exposure Response Prevention and inhibitory learning.
Attendees will be able to describe Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and it's evidence base.
Attendees will be able to apply specific ACT interventions to support curiosity, willingness, and flexibility in exposure an response prevention.


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Mindfulness for OCD


Jonathan  Hershfield, MFT

 

Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are science-based treatment modalities that improve treatment outcomes, increase motivation, and help manage strong emotions. This presentation will explain and demonstrate the core components of Mindfulness and ACT and give easy-to-apply practices for managing uncertainty, anxiety, and doubt.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list the core components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to apply Acceptance and Mindfulness tools to OCD treatment.
Attendees will be able to compare comprehension during the question and answer segment for participants.


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BDD, the Uninvited Family Guest: Family and Clinician Perspectives and Treatment


Fugen  Neziroglu, PhD

 

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), often misattributed to depression or anxiety, can take years to diagnose and properly treat. Individuals with BDD do not think therapy will be of any benefit, making effective treatment difficult. Denis Asselin will discuss how families can support a member who has BDD. Dr. Neziroglu will cover appropriate treatment; how to discourage the quest for cosmetic surgery; how to deal with suicidality and anger. The presentation will be followed by Q&A.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify BDD in the home and office.
Attendees will learn how to engage patients in treatment from a family and clinician perspective.
Attendees will be able to describe how to deal with the desire for surgery and with comorbid conditions such as depression and suicidality.


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Caregiver Coping with PANS/PANDAS


Hannah  Ellerkamp, MS

 

Caring for someone with PANS/PANDAS comes with unique challenges and is often scary, and unpredictable. This can result in high caregiver burden and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. Participants will learn about coping strategies to allow them to better support themselves and their loved ones. We will discuss how to navigate conversations with healthcare professionals, manage PANS/PANDAS crises, reduce stress, increase positive coping, and improve support networks.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will learn about preliminary pilot study data on the prevalence of symptoms of depression, anxiety, caregiver burden, and post traumatic stress disorder in parents of youth with PANS.
Attendees will improve their ability to manage challenging situations, such as PANS/PANDAS crises and conversations with medical professionals.
Attendees will learn how to apply coping strategies to better take care of themselves in their challenging and rewarding role as caregivers.


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Professional Networking: Abramowitz and Riemann


Brad  Riemann, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Brad Riemann and Jonathan Abramowitz.


7/31/2020

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Parents of Adult Children with OCD


Ben  Eckstein, LCSW

 

This group is intended for parents of adult children with OCD. There are many unique challenges that arise for parents when OCD continues into adulthood. This group will provide parents a safe and supportive places to discuss their experiences navigating this journey. Topics may include: encouraging loved ones to seek treatment, fostering motivation, setting boundaries, eliminating accommodation behaviors, and managing dependent adults who are still in the home.


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Community Discussion Group for Parents of Teens with OCD


Nicole  Dover, LCSW-C

 

This will be an informal, supportive discussion among parents of teenagers with OCD. Parents will have the opportunity to share their parenting challenges and successes, and share ideas with one another. Topics may include how and when parents can set limits and uphold expectations of their teen, while also giving their teen autonomy and encouraging independence. Additionally, examining the whole family impact of OCD, and supporting one another in managing this, will be discussed.


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Navigating the Uncertainty of Parenting Kids with OCD During Uncertain Times


Jennie  Kuckertz, PhD

 

Parenting a child with OCD always presents a variety of challenges, but this is especially true during these uncertain times. This support group will create a space to reflect on the experience of parenting a child with OCD, as well as issues such as finding online resources and how to cope when routines are upended, structure all but eliminated, and family relationships challenged with everyone at home. We will explore how to embrace uncertainty with curiosity and creativity (rather than fear!


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7/31/2020

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ERP Treatment Planning - CE


Alec  Pollard, PhD

 

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a primary evidence-based treatment for OCD. This presentation, intended for clinicians new to the treatment of OCD, will cover the basics of how to develop a treatment plan for implementing ERP. Topics include identifying obsession triggers, setting up an exposure hierarchy, and developing guidelines for response prevention.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe the components of exposure response prevention.
Attendees will be able to develop an exposure hierarchy for their patients with OCD.
Attendees will be able to design response prevention guidelines for their patients with OCD.


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Part I: Introduction to ERP; What Is It and Why Would I Do It?


Jonathan  Grayson, PhD

 

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) sounds like a straight forward simple intervention. It works best when you understand the nature of OCD, the goals of treatment and exactly what will motivate you to follow through with treatment, besides wanting to get better. Or as we say to our clients, "we don't want you to do anything that we tell you to do - unless we have convinced that it makes sense." In Part I, I will be explaining OCD and treatment and how to motivate yourself to embrace ERP.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe why and how Exposure Response Prevention works.
Attendees will practice ERP strategies through experimental exercises.
Attendees will design one or more ERP goals they can practice implementing in their own lives.


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Incorporating ACT - Creative Hopelessness, Values, and Willingness Hierarchy


Marisa  Mazza, PsyD

 

This workshop will focus on utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to address motivation as well as the underlying issues that maintain OCD. ACT sets the stage for exposures by preparing clients to open up to challenging emotional experiences and addresses overall quality of living issues. This workshop will focus on what ACT is and how to execute Acceptance based exposures.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe how acceptance-based exposures are different from traditional exposures.
Attendees will be able to list the 6 core processes in ACT.
Attendees will be able to apply 3 acceptance-based interventions.


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ACT: Creative Hopelessness, Matrix, Values


Kevin  Ashworth, LPC

 

This presentation will explore how the ACT concepts of creative hopelessness, values, and metaphors can be used with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The material is designed to be accessible for individuals with OCD while also giving clinicians helpful resources to use in their practice. We will discuss the concept of creative hopelessness, values and metaphors as tools to provide validation of experience while introducing acceptance as an option for working with OCD.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to define the concept of creative hopelessness and identify how to use the idea to introduce acceptance.
Attendees will be able to explain the effectiveness of using metaphors in the understanding and treatment of OCD.
Attendees will be able to explain the effectiveness of using metaphors in the understanding and treatment of OCD.


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Exposure Therapy For BDD: Making the Most Out of the Treatment


Scott  Granet, LCSW

 

As with OCD, exposure and response prevention therapy is widely recognized as a vital part of the treatment for BDD. The presenters know BDD well as they have lived with it themselves for many years and know what it feels like to both suffer from it and to recover. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to construct exposure therapy hierarchies and the tools needed to successfully utilize the ERP process. Audience members will also have the opportunity to practice ERP during the presentation.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to apply at least 3 exposure therapy strategies.
Attendees will be able to design their own exposure therapy hierarchies or in the case of clinicians, to be able to do the same with their clients.
Attendees will be able to identify the most common pitfalls associated with doing ERP for BDD.


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Treating Children and Adolescents with OCD: Issues and Answers


John  Piacentini, PhD ABPP

 

This presentation will review the cognitive behavioral treatment of OCD in youth, including the treatment of very young children and working with families. The second part of the presentation will address common issues that arise in treatment, including how to manage comorbidity, noncompliance, family complications, and poor or partial response. Adapting treatment in light of COVID, including the use of remote (telehealth) platforms will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will recognize the key components of exposure-based therapy for pediatric OCD
Attendees will be able to describe the role of families in treatment
Participants will be able to describe methods for addressing comorbidity in pediatric OCD treatment.


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Professional Networking: Khemlani-Patel and Neziroglu


Fugen  Neziroglu, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Fugen Neziroglu and Sony Khemlani-Patel.


7/31/2020

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Community Discussion Group for BFRBs


Nancy  Keuthen, PhD

 

OCD and BFRBs (Hair-Pulling Disorder, Skin-Picking Disorder, Severe Nail Biting, etc.) are frequently seen to occur together. Many people brush them off as simply bad habits, but their consequences can be serious both physically and emotionally. BFRBs are often characterized by stigma and isolation. This will be an opportunity to break through both of these problems, and discuss experiences non-judgmentally, as well as finding out what resources and types of effective help are available.


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OCD & Tourette's Community Discussion Group


Cary  Jordan, PhD

 

OCD symptoms typically do not present alone and commonly co-occur with Tic Disorders or Tourette’s syndrome. Tic disorders can pose several challenges for families in seeking treatment and advocating for the best care. This discussion group is aimed at discussing evidenced-based treatments for Tic Disorders (e.g., Habit Reversal Therapy) and answering questions about combined presentations of OCD with Tic Disorder symptoms. Parents of children with PANDAS/PANS may also want to attend this group.


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LGBTQ+ Community Discussion Group


Jesse  Kotnour

 

This peer-facilitated discussion group for those who identify as LGBTQ. We hope to create space that is free of judgment, yet open to those who are still questioning their sexuality 0r gender identity. This is intended to provide a space for LGBTQ identities within the OCD community, understanding that sexuality and gender differences are not mutually exclusive from OCD and is different from OCD regarding sexual orientation obsessions.


7/31/2020

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7/31/2020

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Pediatric OCD Treatment: Primer for Professionals - CE


Eric  Storch, PhD

 

This presentation will provide an overview on the nature and core components of cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. The nuances of this treatment approach including exposure and response prevention will be discussed in terms of working with youth and their families. Integrating family members into treatment will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives
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Attendees will be able to describe how Exposure and Response Prevention is applied when working with youth with OCD.
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Attendees will be able to describe how to effectively engage family in treatment.
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Attendees will be able to describe the core treatment outcome studies in pediatric OCD.


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Part II: Introduction to ERP: Starting Off on the "Right" Foot


Jonathan  Hoffman, PhD, ABPP

 

There are many misconceptions about ERP and its implementation that prevents many OCD sufferers from benefiting from this highly effective treatment. This presentation aims to set the record straight. Topics will include, getting ready for ERP, ERP myths, how to take ERP from the office into your daily life, and what makes someone the right ERP provider for you. This presentation will be facilitated by highly experienced ERP practitioners and your gateway to ERP success.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list the core issues of OCD and will be able identify or help others identify their triggers and feared consequences.
Attendees will complete the 2 ERP motivators forms (available for free download at FreedomFromOCD.com) to help them understand the effect of their OCD upon themselves and their loved ones.
Attendees will be able to prepare basic personal scripts to motivate and support ERP.


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Treatment Resistant Cases - CE


Brad  Riemann, PhD

 

Although efficacious psychosocial and pharmacological interventions exist, there remains a subset of individuals with OCD that struggle to see substantial gains in treatment. This presentation will address such “treatment resistant” cases. Panelists will discuss such issues as diagnostic complexity, motivation, appropriateness of level of care, and treatment-interfering behaviors. The presentation will be followed by a Q and A period. Panelists are OCD experts with significant experience delivering treatment at all levels of care.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list various ways “treatment resistant” is defined and common presentations.
Attendees will be able to compate various interventions commonly used to augment ERP when confronted with treatment resistant cases.
Attendees will be able to define the variables to consider in clinical decision-making, including when to refer to higher levels of care


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Self Compassion and Courage: An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Anxiety and Shame B


Kimberley  Quinlan, LMFT

 

Self-compassion is a highly effective practice when it comes to recovery from OCD, anxiety, and depression.  This presentation will use scientific findings and personal and professional experiences to explore how self-compassion can be used to enhance your OCD treatment.  People with OCD and OCD practitioners will be given self-compassion tools and practices that can be used at all stages of OCD treatment.


Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe how to help clients to better regulate and tolerate anxiety and other difficult emotions; through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindfulness and self-compassion.
Attendees will be able to list the fundamentals of self-compassion in practice, including a contextual and evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, and cognition.
Attendees will be able to integrate compassion focused methods into psychotherapy practice from an ACT, CBT or psychodynamic perspective.


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Commonly Asked Questions About Body Dysmorphic Disorder


Katherine  Phillips, MD

 

In this workshop, Drs. Katharine Phillips, Sabine Wilhelm, and Jamie Feusner -- researchers and clinicians with expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) -- will discuss commonly asked questions about BDD. Topics will include BDD's clinical features, diagnosis, possible causes, and how advances in translational research can inform treatment. They will also discuss medication treatment and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Their presentations will be followed by discussion with the audience.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to assess their patient care through greaterunderstanding of BDD's clinical features, diagnosis, possible causes, and advances in translational research.
Attendees will be able to apply their understanding of medication approaches that are efficacious for BDD to their patient care.
Attendees will be able to describe the cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches that are efficacious for BDD.


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Anxiety in the Classroom


Denise  Stack, LMHC

 

Anxiety and OCD can affect students’ ability to achieve their potential. They may struggle when school personnel do not recognize OCD or know how to support them. Parents may be unsure how to help. Two experienced clinicians will discuss how OCD can manifest at school and what to do about it. They will discuss the potential impacts of school shutdowns due to COVID, and provide suggestions for anticipating and preparing children and teens to manage the challenges of the transition back to school.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list 5 ways that anxiety manifests and interferes with learning and socialization at school
Attendees will be able to describe possible accommodations for a 504 Learning Plan for students with anxiety and OCD
Attendees will be able to develop plans for anticipating and proactively addressing challenges that might arise upon post-COVID return to school.


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Professional Networking: Pollard and McGrath


Patrick  McGrath, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Alec Pollard and Patrick McGrath.


7/31/2020

3:30 PM
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Young Adults Orientation and Community Discussion Group


Neil  Hemmer, MSW, QMHP

 

Young adults--welcome to the virtual conference! You are in a challenging, yet exciting period of your life that is filled with transitions and significant life changes. However, having OCD adds difficulty to this experience. This community discussion group offers young adults attending the conference a safe space to communicate these challenges and to gain peer support. The group will begin with pertinent information and an overview of how to get the most out of the conference. Next, free-flowing discussion and interactive participation involving young adult related topics will take place to create a sense of community. Lastly, the group will offer an opportunity for attendees to connect with others, allowing them to stay connected even after the conference concludes!


7/31/2020

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Community Discussion Group for Spouses and Romantic Partners of Adults with OCD


Travis  Osborne, PhD

 

OCD can have a significant impact on romantic relationships and spouses and dating partners of individuals with OCD often have limited outlets for obtaining support for the unique challenges they face. This support group will provide a forum for discussing a range of topics related to managing OCD in romantic relationships, including how to manage accommodation of OCD symptoms, what to do if your loved one is refusing treatment, and coping with setbacks.


7/31/2020

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PANS/PANDAS Parent Community Discussion Group


Hannah  Ellerkamp, MS

 

Many parents of kids with PANS experience caregiver burden, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Your child’s treatment is often prioritized over your own health and wellbeing. You may feel isolated from your family and friends, especially now. Navigating home and work responsibilities, and COVID-19’s impact on mental health is likely taxing. Group leaders will guide discussions and welcome participation in this group. Our hope is for parents to get to know and support one another.


8/1/2020

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Paving Your Career: Navigating the OCD and Related Disorder Field and Building Your Reputation - CE


Jeff  Szymanski, PhD

 

As an early or mid-career clinician/researcher it can often feel overwhelming to establish your career trajectory, determine appropriate goals, and foster your professional network within the small world of OCD and related disorders. While knowledge and practice in the field is critically important, so is building a network of mentors, to help clarify, and work collaboratively with, towards one’s career aspirations. Panelists will address the various educational paths in?the field and how to navigate clinical/research trajectories successfully. Pulling from their diverse backgrounds and trajectories, challenges/considerations critical for early career professionals will be discussed, including transitioning from trainee to colleague, cultivating opportunities for mentorship, developing a professional identity/reputation as an OCD/Anxiety specialist and engagement in community work to further expand your local network. 

Learning Objectives
Attendees will learn to asses career paths, discussing routes for clinicians, researchers and academics, including combining multiple paths focusing on careers within OCD and related disorders across all ages.
Attendees will develop skills to build a brand, name, and recognition in the field among clinicians, researchers and patients.
Attendees will be able to cultivate effective mentorship and collaboration with colleagues in the field as build their network, professional platform and reputation and will discuss non-profit collaboration including the use of IOCDF affiliates. 


8/1/2020

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“More Than OCD”: Our Personal Stories


Jesse  Kotnour

 

Struggling with OCD can be difficult, often leaving a person who is suffering with little hope. Hearing that others in similar situations were able to navigate through treatment and get better offers encouragement and motivation! This panel gives conference attendees an opportunity to hear personal stories from a group of young adults with OCD, who have all been successful in treatment and now live fulfilled lives. Personal stories are some of the most inspirational for conference attendees and young adults will walk away from this talk inspired and hopeful. The panel will also encourage interactive sharing from the audience, including your stories of overcoming struggles and amazing successes! The panel will end with a Q & A segment!

Learning Objectives
Attendees will hear personal success stories in their battle with OCD, offering hope, tips, and inspiration to the audience.
Attendees will have an opportunity to share their personal stories.
Attendees will be able to get young adult feedback to any topics discussed or questions asked.


8/1/2020

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Helpful/Harmful? Improving Tx by Realigning Boundaries & Eliminating Unhealthy Accommodations - CE


Jenny  Yip, PsyD, ABPP

 

Family structure and boundaries are often blurred when a loved one suffers from OCD. Family members become hostage to OCD in order to accommodate the sufferer’s demands that inadvertently hinders treatment progress. An important task in therapy is to help family members learn to be supportive without becoming overly involved or completely disengaged from the patient. Guiding family members to identify unhealthy accommodations and establish clear, concrete rules are key components to treatment.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to assess at least 3 destructive accommodation patterns that support the vicious OCD avoidance cycle.
Attendees will be able to help families develop healthy rules and expectations to decrease harmful accommodations and establish clear boundaries.
Attendees will be able to guide family members to form a collaborative team with the sufferer to defeat OCD together.


8/1/2020

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Family Accommodation in OCD


Susan  Boaz

 

Living with someone with OCD can be challenging. It is difficult to watch someone you care about so deeply for suffer so much. Your attempts to help by assisting with OCD rituals can unexpectedly result in more anxiety and frustration instead of less. This presentation will teach you - from a family, clinical, and client perspective - what to do differently so that you can be more effective in helping your loved ones.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able understand what family accommodation in OCD is and why it isn't effective.
Attendees will be able to list alternative ways of managing OCD within the family.
Attendees will be able to develop a family contract for managing OCD in the family.


8/1/2020

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Picking ME over Skin Picking Disorder: Personal Experiences, Management Strategies, Support Group &


Lauren  McKeaney

 

Join Picking Me Foundation CEO Lauren McKeaney as she leads a discussion on life with skin picking disorder. Lauren will be joined by x and x in a panel discussion on all things skin picking disorder. From working with estheticians to attending support groups to practicing logging to tips for different picking triggers, barriers, and situations- we will be uncovering it all. Come ready to listen to this candid conversation and partake in a live Q and A afterwards.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify strategies and management tips for different picking triggers, barriers, and situations, such as how to implement fidget toys, alter their environment, and utilize products for decreased skin picking.
Attendees will be able to assess the shame and isolation involved with skin picking through shared examples and develop methods of connection, acceptance, and self care that can improve quality of life.
Attendees will develope action plans for working with an esthetician or dermatologist, finding and joining support groups, and how to use a skin picking log.


8/1/2020

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New Genetic findings in OCRDs (Obsessive Compulsive Related Disorder) and its Impact on Treatment


Michele  Pato, MD

 

In Genomic analysis in OCRD phenotypes are important and will be discussed. Then some recent disease associated genetic markers from GWAS analysis of OCD will shed light on the genetic relationship between OCD and other (psychiatric) disorders and some biologic data on OCRD symptoms in children/adolescents compared to adults. To highlight, clinical relevance of OCD genomics to treatment we will discuss pharmacogenomics to predict drug response in OCD.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the importance of understanding the different phenotypes of OCD and Related Disorders (OCRD) in studying the genomics of OCD.
Attendees will be able to distinguish cross disorder genomic differences between OCRD and other psychiatric illness like Major Depression, Autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD and discuss some biologic differences between child and adult onset OCD including higher heritability in childhood OCD.
Attendees will be able to apply some pharmacogenetic findings, (the role of genetic factors in drug response) to assist in medication choice for OCD.


8/1/2020

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Professional Networking: Franklin and Storch


Eric  Storch, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Eric Storch and Martin Franklin.


8/1/2020

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BDD Community Discussion Group


Scott  Granet, LCSW

 

In addition to living with tormenting obsessions and time-consuming compulsive behaviors pertaining to physical appearance, many people with BDD also tend to experience considerable shame and isolation. This online discussion group is a rare opportunity to meet others living with the disorder and to share experiences truly understood by only those who have it. This confidential meeting is also an opportunity to hear stories of successful recovery, and to offer support to those who may still be struggling with many of the daily challenges associated with living with it.


8/1/2020

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Living with BDD Sufferers: Community Discussion Group for Partners, Parents, and Siblings


Denis  Asselin, MA

 

Living on the frontline with BDD sufferers can often feel overwhelming. You find yourself on high alert from sunup to sundown, sleep with one eye open, and wonder what the challenges will be like the next day. Will it ever get better? How can one be supportive and not enable the disorder? In this BDD discussion forum, we will share stories of how we navigate these challenges and rejuvenate physically, psychologically, and spiritually so that we can be fully present and effective caregivers.


8/1/2020

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People of Color Community Discussion Group


Jelanie  Daniel, MA

 

Ethnic groups often hear, “I’m colorblind, I don’t see color. Therefore people shouldn’t focus so much on talking about color.” This can make persons of color feel invisible and unheard. These feelings, dynamics and barriers can also arise in therapeutic settings. This support group is for OCD sufferers of color to obtain support with issues that arise from language, religious & cultural differences, micro-aggressions felt from therapists, and not having peers & clinicians of color to relate to.


8/1/2020

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8/1/2020

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Cultivating the Next Generation of OCD Specialists - CE


Denise  Stack, LMHC

 

There is an undeniable need for increased availability and accessibility of evidence-based treatment options for individuals with OCD (Brakoulias et al, 2018). The private practice sector offers opportunity to expand the reach of ERP yet most therapists, even those with specialized knowledge of OCD, lack the resources or expertise to build a group practice. This presentation brings together three established Clinical Directors who oversee vibrant OCD/Anxiety group practices.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify concrete resources to fulfill the clinical and administrative requirements of launching a specialty practice.
Attendees will be able to identify successful and positive ways to recruit, train, and mentor junior and senior colleagues within their evidence-based clinical practice.
Attendees will identify how to ethically use social media, outreach, and community education practices to increase branding and awareness of their specialty practice among professionals and the lay community.


8/1/2020

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Socializing With OCD: Friendships, Relationships, and Intimacy!


Morgan  Rondinelli

 

As young adults, connecting with others, building friendships, and romantic relationships are extremely important. This time is often when people start dating, going out with friends, and getting into serious relationships. Also, young adults are befriending co-workers, moving in with roommates, and meeting people on dating apps and off of social media. Already challenging, OCD often complicates this, and individuals with the disorder struggle with obsessions and compulsions around their social life. This panel will answer questions and encourage an open discussion about these topics, and others, on social issues including: struggling to hide compulsions from friends, opening up to others about having OCD, posting about having OCD on social media, and struggling with obsessions around love, intimacy, and sex!

Learning Objectives
Attendees will hear presenters address relevant topics in regards to obsessions and compulsions around social issues in young adults with OCD.
Attendees will be encouraged to participate in open-forum style discussions around friendships, relationships, sex, and intimacy moderated by the panel.
Attendees will be able to interact with the panel, consisting of individuals with OCD and a clinician specializing in the treatment of the disorder, who will field questions and provide answers to the questions asked.


8/1/2020

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OCD, Relationships, and Sex - CE


Michael  Heady, LCPC

 

OCD creates complex challenges in relationships. From how and when to disclose, to interference with sexual intimacy. Disclosing is a crucial task in a relationship and too often is approached as shameful apologies motivated by a compulsive need to unburden oneself. OCD interferes with sexual intimacy in numerous ways and partners are unclear how to help. Teaching the couple how to respond to the effects of OCD in the relationship can reduce the impact of OCD and prevent future distress.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify common relationship patterns that impact OCD symptoms and the partner’s reaction to symptoms.
Attendees will identify how to conduct a functional analysis that informs the course of treatment.
Attendees will assess at least four variables to consider when helping clients determine what and when to disclose OCD.


8/1/2020

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Three's a Crowd: OCD Issues That Affect Couples


Jonathan  Hershfield, MFT

 

OCD doesn’t just affect the person who has been diagnosed with it, because OCD is a family affair. No matter what theme of OCD a spouse or partner may have, the impact can be devastating to the relationship. This presentation help uncover the common OCD themes that affect couples, the difference between providing support versus accommodation, how much information is appropriate to disclose that doesn’t lead to reassurance seeking, and what to do when both in the relationship have OCD. Time for Q&A will be allotted.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify common themes of OCD that impact couples relationships.
Attendees will be able to identify the different between providing support versus reassurance.
Attendees will be able to identify strategies to communicate when OCD is present in the relationship.


8/1/2020

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Addressing Motivation Issues in Treatment of Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)


Charles  Mansueto, PhD

 

Doesn’t everyone who can’t stop pulling out their hair or picking at their skin want to stop? Well, yes and no. While living with the damages that these practices produce can have very unpleasant consequences, BFRBs do meet varieties of needs in individual sufferers, thus creating ambivalence about stopping. This can present a major impediment for successful therapeutic outcomes. This presentation will examine methods for increasing motivation at every stage of BFRB treatment.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe three clinical characteristics of BFRBs that produce ambivalence or otherwise hinder treatment in individuals who pull out their hair or pick at their skin.
Attendees will be able to describe how treatment-hindering motives are assessed with BFRB sufferers.
Attendees will be able to describe strategies and techniques for increasing motivation at each stage of treatment for BFRB clients.


8/1/2020

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No Sufferer Left Behind-How the OCD Community Can Improve Access to Treatment in Diverse Populations


Jamilah R.  George, MDiv

 

OCD doesn’t discriminate. It can affect any person regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Although it takes an average of 14-17 years for an OCD sufferer to access effective treatment from onset of symptoms, the odds are even greater for ethnic and racial minorities. This presentation will highlight existing cultural barriers to treatment, offer considerations when treating an ethnic patient with OCD, and propose specific plans to improve access to OCD treatment.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to recognize at least 3 cultural barriers to OCD treatment in ethnic minorities.
Attendees will be able to utilize various cultural guidelines to improve treatment competency in diverse populations.
Attendees will be able to implement more effective approaches to serving people of color in the OCD community.


8/1/2020

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Professional Networking: Bonifay and Ashworth


Kevin  Ashworth, LPC

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Kevin Ashworth and Allison Bonifay.


8/1/2020

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Parenting with OCD: A Community Discussion Group


Roxanne  Baechler-Gill

 

A discussion group for the unique challenges and experiences of raising children as a parent with OCD, as well as best practices for managing OCD in the face of those challenges.


8/1/2020

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Existential OCD Community Discussion Group


Ginny  Fullerton, PhD

 

Existential OCD exists in many forms, though many people contending with these concerns often feel very isolated. This support group aims to offer a sense of community and direction for individuals whose OCD involves existential themes, including obsessions about life’s purpose, solipsism, reality, and other philosophical concerns. Join with other sufferers and practice disentangling from these certainty-seeking traps in an accepting environment. As an interactive and professionally led group, attendees will have opportunities to share experiences understood by those with similar struggles and learn from leaders and each other about ways to overcome the weighty loops of existential OCD.


8/1/2020

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When OCD Comes to Mayberry: Navigating the Unique Challenges of Living With OCD in a Rural Setting


Micah  Howe

 

This discussion group will offer an opportunity for OCD sufferers and family members alike to engage in empathetic dialogue about many of the issues facing those with OCD in small towns and frontier communities. From lack of resources and information to counterproductive stigmas about mental illness in small town contexts, those with OCD who do not have easy access to urban centers face many challenges unique to their circumstance/s. Facilitated by the current leader of OCD Iowa who is also a sufferer himself (Micah Howe), this group will explore a variety of ideas and concepts to help those with OCD function better in communities that traditionally have less support, awareness and resources to offer.


8/1/2020

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8/1/2020

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Virtual Individual and Group Therapy: The New Wave of Treatment - CE


Allison  Solomon, PsyD

 

Telemedicine offers patients and providers the opportunity to break down barriers to care. This panel will walk participants through the benefits, limitations, advantages and risks of providing and receiving ERP and group treatment for OCD in the virtual world. We will provide an overview of the pros and cons, and relevant ethical as well as legal considerations specific to this practice. We will discuss considerations for online groups including support groups versus treatment groups.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will discuss the potential advantages (like being able to have a similar ERP experience to a home-visit) and disadvantages (such as not being able to read body language) of utilizing teleheath in the treatment of OCD (specifically, ERP).
Attendees will demonstrate the legal and ethical considerations involved in telehealth practices such as practicing across state lines.
Attendees will describe the potential advantages and disadvantages to running groups online.


8/1/2020

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A Survival Guide For Navigating School While Having OCD!


Thomas  Smalley, USAW

 

College should be an exciting adventure! However, for people with OCD, it can be a time of anxiety, struggles, and setbacks. Meet four college students who will serve as mentors for those current and soon-to-be college students. The panel will coach attendees on how to successfully navigate having OCD and college life. The focus of this interactive presentation will be an open-format group discussion on relevant topics including: how to fit in—joining clubs, making friends, playing a sport, and building a social life. Also, disabled student services and accommodations, preparing for dorm life, and learning how to explain OCD to teachers, friends, and a romantic partner. Come participate in the campus orientation you won’t get elsewhere!

Learning Objectives
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panel specific questions about school and OCD throughout the talk.
Attendees will gain tips on being better prepared to overcome challenges at school.
Attendees will participate in open discussions that involve college related themes.


8/1/2020

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Working With Families - CE


Perrie Tal  Merlin, LICSW

 

Family treatment for OCD is becoming a necessary component in providing individual treatment. When treating an individual struggling with OCD, it’s impossible to separate the individual from their environment. Similar to working with a plant, the environment must be taken into account. They can’t be separated. We know interactions between the Family and Sufferer leads to accommodations which then often lead to a stagnation of developmental stages for both Family and Individual.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will describe how to tolerate and set limits in heated meetings (such as family) as well as maintaining safety for all.
Attendees will demonstrate the parallel work/treatment of the family and hoow it compliments the individual work.
Attendees will rate progress and options when treatment comes to a standstill.


8/1/2020

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All Grown Up: Adjusting To Better Help Your Adult Child with OCD


Ben  Eckstein, LCSW

 

When your child is young, you play a central role in helping to manage their OCD. It can be difficult for parents to figure out how to make adjustments in order to best help their children who may still be struggling with OCD into adulthood. We’ll discuss barriers to treatment, recovery avoidance, treatment refusal, and accommodation, while providing parents with concrete strategies to assist their adult children as they move towards independence and long-term management of OCD.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will describe the changes in family dynamics when children continue to struggle to manage OCD in adulthood.
Attendees will be able to list factors that could contribute to recovery avoidance or treatment refusal.
Attendees will be able identify strategies to help their adult child move towards recovery.


8/1/2020

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BFRB's: Making the Most of Your Treatment


Nancy  Keuthen, PhD

 

Hair pulling and skin picking can be challenging disorders to treat. This presentation will provide an overview of empirically-supported treatments and discuss considerations in optimizing treatment outcome. Among the topics discussed are treatment expectations, identifying a knowledgeable provider, treatment choice and sequencing, maintenance of treatment gains, and managing relapse.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able identify a clinician with expertise in the treatment of BFRBs.
Attendees will be able identify guidelines for the selection of treatment modality (CBT vs medications or both).
Attendees will be able identify what is necessary to maintain progress after treatment ends and how to recover from relapses.


8/1/2020

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Telehealth: Our New Normal


Patrick  McGrath, PhD

 

Teletherapy has seen a massive surge in the past several months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, teletherapy is not a new service. For over twenty years, teletherapy has been provided effectively to rural communities, across international borders, and between hospitals and clinics. Effective teletherapy brings ERP into the home where exposures can take place live in your natural environment. It can also be an effective solution for those without specialty care in their area. Join this panel as they discuss the ins and outs of teletherapy and answer your questions about how it works.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able discuss research supporting the efficacy of ERP, and other evidence-based treatments for OCD, via teletherapy.
Attendees will be able identify what is needed for effective teletherapy and how to set up their environment for successful sessions.
Attendees will be able identify how and where to access therapists that are providing telehealth and learn to advocate for insurance coverage.


8/1/2020

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Professional Networking: Rodriguez and Pittenger


Chris  Pittenger, MD, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Carolyn Rodriguez and Chris Pittenger.


8/1/2020

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Arrested Development


Shanda  Curiel, PsyD

 

Many times individuals with OCD will defer engaging in major adult milestones, making major life decisions, and/or taking action towards life goals. Examples of significant experiences are dating and sex, commitment/marriage, having children, choosing a career path, travel, or hobbies. This group discussion will entail topics of shame from having OCD or ugly intrusive thoughts, fears one might act on unwanted thoughts, persistent doubt about making a decision and risking regret, and avoidance.


8/1/2020

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Not Just OCD: A Discussion Group for Dual Diagnosis of ASD and Related Developmental Disabilities


Rebecca  Sachs, PhD, ABPP

 

A dual diagnosis of OCD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can at times feel overwhelming. For individuals with OCD/ASD and their family, the process of acceptance can bring various thoughts and feelings. This support group will provide an open forum to discuss issues, including: Impact of dual diagnosis over time, different paths to diagnosis; accessing best resources/professionals, educational/occupational/social/romantic impact, participating in treatment plan & engagement in treatment.


8/1/2020

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Moral Scrupulosity Community Discussion Group


Cassie  Marzke

 

Scrupulosity OCD conversations often focus on religious fears, but scrupulosity can also attach to general morality without a religious component. People with moral scrupulosity have a variety of obsessions that stem from the fear of being a “bad” person. This group will serve as a space for people with moral scrupulosity (including those who do not experience religious scrupulosity) to connect and share personal stories as well as to discuss group leaders’ experiences with moral scrupulosity.


8/1/2020

3:16 PM
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8/1/2020

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Plenary: Recent Research in Psychedelics and Implications for OCD Treatment - CE


Chris  Pittenger, MD, PhD

 

This plenary will review the latest research in the areas of psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy as it may apply to OCD. Although psychedelic medicines are not approved for any indication and cannot be legally used outside of a research setting, there is increasing excitement about their therapeutic potential. The presentation will address empirical and phenomenological studies, safeguards against adverse outcomes, and the potential of combining pharmacologic and therapy treatments.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will identify the latest research in the areas of psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy as it may apply to OCD.
Attendees will discuss the safeguards against adverse outcomes.
Attendees will discuss the potential of combining pharmacologic and psychological treatments.


8/1/2020

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How To Successfully Balance OCD, Treatment, and Young Adulthood: Bring Us Your Questions!


Thomas  Smalley, USAW

 

Young adulthood is a time of great personal growth. This includes moving out, serious relationships, working, and other milestones. However, having OCD interferes with this process and presents a unique set of challenges. There is an additional balance required of aiming to be successful in these areas while also being affected by OCD and going through treatment. This talk addresses those challenges with open-forum discussions on accepting an OCD diagnosis, being successful with ERP, staying motivated during treatment, and the feeling of being “behind” your peers. Additional topics include how to successfully re-build your work, social, and academic life and re-creating your identity once treatment concludes. This talk addresses any of your general questions on having OCD during young adulthood!

Learning Objectives
Attendees will have the opportunity to present their questions to the panel. Panelists will provide experienced clinical feedback and personal insight when answering the questions.
Attendees will gain a better understanding of specific tools and strategies that aid in the recovery process of OCD from both clinical and lived experience.
Attendees will hear panelists share their personal stories, including their current relationship with OCD - as well as inspiring hope and motivation to the audience.


8/1/2020

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Working with the Families of Treatment-Refusers - CE


Alec  Pollard, PhD

 

Most therapists have little experience working with the families of treatment-refusers. The purpose of this presentation is to familiarize therapists with interventions designed to help families burdened by a relative with OCD who will not seek help. Particular attention will be devoted to an approach developed by the presenters called Family Well-Being Consultation (FWBC).

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify 2 counterproductive family responses to treatment-refusal
Attendees will be able to identify the various treatment approaches developed to help families burdened by a treatment-refuser.
Attendees will be able to identify the 4 components of Family Well-Being Consultation.


8/1/2020

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All in the Family: How OCD Impacts Your Family and How to Cope


Michelle  Witkin, PhD

 

Raising a family is challenging. When a child in the family has OCD, it’s even tougher. OCD doesn’t just affect the child with OCD – parents, siblings, extended family, friends, and others can all feel the ripples. Two parents of kids with OCD (one of whom is an OCD specialist) share ways OCD can affect different family members and what everyone can do to survive, cope, and thrive.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify at least two ways people are impacted by OCD.
Attendees will be able to identify at least one way to help cope with the impact of OCD.
Attendees will identify productive ways for family to work together to support one another, and the family as a whole, as they face OCD.


8/1/2020

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BFRBs: Updates from research


Jonathan  Grant, MD

 

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), which most commonly include trichotillomania and excoriation disorder, are understudied mental health problems that often lead to significant disability and dysfunction. This symposium will focus on new and yet to be published research regarding BFRBs.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to list what is known about the clinical presentation of BFRBs
Attendees will be able to describe the neurobiology of BFRBs.
Attendees will be able to list the evidence-based treatments for BFRBs.


8/1/2020

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Understanding and Treating Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)


Anthony  Pinto, PhD

 

Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a chronic maladaptive pattern of excessive perfectionism and need for control over one’s environment that frequently co-occurs with OCD. Despite its prevalence, many clinicians are not aware of how to treat OCPD. Dr. Pinto will review the core features of OCPD, how it impacts functioning, and explain how to differentiate it from OCD. Dr. Pinto will also cover cognitive behavioral therapy interventions that target OCPD traits and behaviors.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the core features of OCPD and how the condition impacts functioning.
Attendees will be able to differentiate OCPD from OCD.
Attendees will be able to identify cognitive behavioral interventions used to treat maladaptive OCPD traits and behaviors.


8/1/2020

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Community Discussion Group for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees with OCD


Shala  Nicely, LPC

 

Being a mental health professional with OCD comes with a unique set of opportunities & challenges. We have the personal experience that enables us to truly empathize with our clients who are struggling. However, taking the courageous path of treating mental disorders when you have one (and quite often, more than one) also presents some challenges for which we all need support at times. Join us for the first virtual meeting of the support group for mental health professionals & trainees with OCD.


8/1/2020

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Community Discussion Group for Healthcare Professionals with OCD


Lindsey  Fraser, BSN, RN

 

This discussion group is designed for all healthcare professionals including Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants and Physicians who have OCD. In this support group, we will discuss the unique challenges associated with being a healthcare professional that lives with OCD. Caring for patients with diverse medical/ mental health needs can be extremely challenging when you personally, are trying to manage intrusive images, thoughts, urges, sensations and compulsions.


8/1/2020

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Emetophobia Community Discussion Group


Jim  Claiborn, PhD

 

Emetophobia (phobia of vomiting) can occur as a specific phobia or as a part of OCD. It can cause severe interference with daily functioning. This discussion group will be focused on helping people who are dealing with this fear.


8/2/2020

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OCD,Depression, and Suicidality - CE


Rachel  Leonard, PhD

 

OCD and MDD frequently co-occur. In addition, individuals with OCD and co-occurring MDD may be at increased risk of suicidal behaviors, stressing the importance of careful assessment of suicide risk for these individuals. This presentation will provide an overview of OCD and MDD, strategies for treating both concurrently, and review assessment and treatment of suicide risk. This will include strategies for differentiating intrusive thoughts about suicide from more ego-syntonic suicidal ideation.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to recognize when more targeted depression treatment may be needed in the context of OCD treatment.
Attendees will identify strategies for treating depression in individuals with OCD.
Attendees will learn assessment and treatment strategies related to suicidality, including differentiating OCD related intrusive thoughts from more ego-syntonic suicidal ideation.


8/2/2020

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When OCD and Psychosis Meet: A Review of Obsessions and Delusions - CE


Robert  Hudak, MD

 

The fact that OCD can occur in the presence of psychosis has been known about for decades and certain treatments for psychosis an cause or exacerbate OCD or OCD symptoms. Misdiagnosis of OCD symptoms as psychotic symptoms is not unusual, and leads to unnecessary treatments with significant morbidity attached. This lecture will explore how OCD and psychosis are related, how the differential diagnosis is made, and how OCD treatment is modified for patients with comorbid symptoms.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to define the terms obsession and delusion and how to differentiate between them.
Attendees will be able to identify schizo-obsessive disorder and its consideration as a new diagnostic category and discuss how utilizing this new diagnostic category may impact patients with OCD.
Attendees will be able to identify how treatment for OCD and psychosis impact each other, and give recommendations for the treatment of patients with OCD and psychosis.


8/2/2020

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Brain Circuit-Based Treatments for OCD: Forward (and Back) to the Future - CE


Joan  Camprodon-Gimenez, MD, PhD, MPH

 

When OCD proves resistant to standard behavioral and medication treatments, there are other options. They range from noninvasive TMS (Dr. Camprodon's talk, this session) to invasive DBS (Dr, Goodman's talk), to neurosurgical ablation. A form of TMS recently obtained FDA approval for OCD, while DBS is approved in the EU with humanitarian approval in the US. This talk focuses on the history of, evaluation for and outcomes of ventral capsulotomy vs other available therapies for intractable OCD.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the history of neurosurgery for intractable OCD
Attendees will be able to recite how candidates for OCD neurosurgery are evaluated
Attendees will be able to analyze the outcomes of OCD neurosurgery


8/2/2020

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OCD and Legal and Workplace Issues


Elna  Yadin, PhD

 

This talk will consist of an informative presentation on the rights of persons with OCD and related disorders under the ADA and on the options that are appropriate for the degree of interference in functioning for the sufferer. We will then discuss the path to implementation of those rights in the real setting of school, college, and the workplace. Audience members will also be encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Attendees will be able to identify the various options for accessing disability rights
Attendees will be able to identify how to advocate for one’s disability in school/college/workplace.


8/2/2020

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When OCD Comes Between Us: Relationship OCD and Recovery


Laura  Yocum, MS, PPS, LMFT

 

Relationship OCD (ROCD) can attack different relationships and cover a great array of obsessions. This presentation will explore:
- The different types of ROCD
- Common triggers, obsessions and compulsions.
- Navigating the pitfalls unique to ROCD
- How to support the OCD sufferer, the subject of their ROCD and the relationship in the context of ROCD
- Ideas for exposure work, both active and passive.
- The role of values in the treatment of ROCD.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify typical triggers, obsessions and compulsions in ROCD.
Attendees will demonstrate skills to implement effective exposure exercises, specific to relationship obsessions.
Attendees will predict insight into how values can inform their recovery.


8/2/2020

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5 Keys for Beating Scrupulosity (OCD with Religious Themes)


Ted  Witzig, PhD

 

When OCD symptoms become entwined in one's religious beliefs/practices, the symptoms are frequently misunderstood by the sufferers, their family members, mental health professionals, and clergy. Unfortunately, this can lead to treatment refusal and poorer outcomes when treatment does occur. Fortunately, empirically-supported psychological treatments for OCD can be reframed and adapted in ways that are effective and lead to increased follow-through in treatment.

Learning Objective
Attendees will discuss religiously-accommodative techniques from ACT/ERP to create synergy between the client's religious values and empirically-supported treatments for OCD.
Attendees will identify components of effective, religiously-sensitive treatment of OCD that can build bridges when coordinating care between the sufferer, family members, clinicians, physicians, and clergy.
Attendees will identify appropriate exposures that focus on treating core obsessional fears versus exposures that lack sensitivity to the sufferers religious worldview.


8/2/2020

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Professional Networking: Coyne and Wagner


Aureen  Wagner, PhD

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Aureen Wagner and Lise Coyne.


8/2/2020

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Co-Morbid OCD and Eating Disorder Community Discussion Group


Beth  Brawley, LPC

 

When OCD and an eating disorder present hand in hand, the difficulty of treatment is compounded. In this group, individuals with co-morbid OCD and eating disorders, as well as family members and loved ones of those suffering from these disorders, will come together in a safe and supportive environment. Individuals will be able to ask questions of facilitators and each other as to how best to support themselves and their loved ones through this journey to recovery.


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Community Discussion Group for People with Sexual and Violent Obsessions in OCD


Nick  Flower, PsyD

 

Sexual and violent obsessions 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. This group aims to increase understanding of symptoms, distinguish obsessions from compulsions, and provide an opportunity to discuss potential experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection in a supportive space.


8/2/2020

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"Just Right" OCD Community Discussion Group


Annabella  Hagen, LCSW

 

When you struggle with “Just right” OCD, and your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations send the message that something just isn’t right, a strong urge to fix the discomfort ensues. You may want to obey the urge to “fix” the discomfort, but does acting on the urge actually work effectively? Come share your challenges and successes. Let’s talk about viewing the urge to feel "just right” with a different mindset.


8/2/2020

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8/2/2020

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Scared to Eat: Effectively Treating OCD in Patients with Eating Disorders - CE


Beth  Brawley, LPC

 

Eating disorders (EDs) are characterized by intense anxiety and the presence of ritualized, anxiety-reducing behaviors. This presentation appears very similar to the usual presentation of OCD, making it challenging for therapists to identify and manage these two disorders when a patient presents with features of both conditions. This virtual workshop will help therapists accurately identify EDs and learn ways to effectively implement ERP with patients who also have an ED.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify at least one way to differentiate between OCD and an eating disorder.
Attendees will be able to identify at least two interventions to effectively deliver ERP to patients with OCD and an eating disorder.
Attendees will identify at least one way support people can help sufferers with OCD and an eating disorder.


8/2/2020

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OCD and Dementia - CE


Eda  Gorbis, PhD

 

Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease that manifest as early as 50 years old. At early or late stages of the disease OCD might appear in some individuals. Those demented might exhibit obsessive and compulsive behaviors such as need to repeat behaviors multiple times. Recent research by American Academy of Neurology indicated that OCD symptoms could manifest as an early sign of dementia. The obsessions and compulsions, which are factors of anxiety, are commonly seen among dementia individuals.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to educate on the relationship between Dementia and OCD
Attendees will be able to define the association between OCD and Dementia
Attendees will be able to apply interventions to treat OCD and Dementia


8/2/2020

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Biologically-Based Treatments – Medication Updates - CE


Chris  Pittenger, MD, PhD

 

Pharmacotherapy is effective for many with OCD. Unfortunately, a substantial number of patients do not improve with the best treatments we have to offer, either pharmacotherapeutic or psychotherapeutic. There is therefore an ongoing need for new treatment options. In this symposium we will briefly review the principles of standard pharmacological treatment of OCD. We will then discuss current research into new options for those who do not respond to the standard of care.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify evidence-based first- and second-line pharmacological treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Attendees will be able to analyze treatment-resistant OCD, for which less well proven pharmacological strategies may be appropriately considered.
Attendees will be able to explain both strengths and weaknesses of the data supporting various pharmacological treatments for treatment-resistant OCD.


8/2/2020

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OCD and Social Media/Influencers


Stuart   Ralph, MSc

 

Advocacy is one of the best ways to stay motivated for continued recovery. Social media gives everyone a legitimate platform from anywhere in the world and has become one of the most influential ways to share thoughts and impact communities in meaningful and creative ways. This presentation will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to use social media to advocate for themselves, for the OCD Community, and to connect with people who are going through similar struggles.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss the different social media platforms and the benefits to each platform
Attendees will be able to recite how social media can provide advocacy and motivational opportunities.
Attendees will be able to be discuss inspiring and practical ways to implement social media into your recovery.


8/2/2020

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Think of the Children: Exploring Features and Treatment of POCD


Jordan  Levy, PhD

 

This presentation will provide attendees with the opportunity to form a deeper understanding of Pedophilia OCD (POCD). Symptoms, typical presentations and features of POCD will be outlined. Individuals living with POCD often experience immense shame associated with their unwanted thoughts, images, sensations and urges. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies as well as Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) will be highlighted to address POCD and accompanying shame.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss and define distinguishing features of POCD.
Attendees will apply EX/RP skills for the treatment of POCD.
Attendees will demonstrate a greater understanding of how shame plays a role in exacerbating POCD.


8/2/2020

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Sexual/Violent Obsessions


Monnica  Williams, PhD

 

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the most common forms of sexual and violent OCD.
~  Attendees will be able to differentiate sexual and violent obsessions in OCD from a paraphilia, suicidal ideation, or other concern.
Attendees will be able to describe key treatment strategies for sexual and violent obsessions in OCD.


8/2/2020

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Professional Networking: Grayson and Zasio


Robin  Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Jon Grayson and Robin Zasio.


8/2/2020

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Relationship OCD Community Discussion Group


Annabella  Hagen, LCSW

 

Your energy and determination are your strengths as you face the challenges of life, including OCD. Its rules and unhelpful advice can lead you to confusion and despair. When your loved one is the trigger to your anxiety and uncertainty, you may want out. Not so fast! Let’s discuss the major red flags and ways to get unstuck from the ROCD trap. You can enjoy your relationship even when OCD wants to put in its two cents! Make your aspirations and goals for your relationship a reality.


8/2/2020

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Scrupulosity Community Discussion Group


Ted  Witzig, PhD

 

This group is intended for those who suffer from scrupulosity (OCD entwined with religious and moral matters). While this group is most specifically geared toward dealing with religious scrupulosity, those with moral scrupulosity are welcome. Family members and close friends of someone with scrupulosity can also attend. Join others in a professionally-led psycho-education and support group.


8/2/2020

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Community Discussion Group for Individuals with Suicide-Themed OCD


Jason  Krompinger, PhD, ABPP

 

Obsessive doubt around whether or not one wants to complete suicide is profoundly unmooring and paves the way for extreme distress, confusion, and an eroded sense of self. Individuals with this presentation can suffer from misdiagnoses, undergo unhelpful hospitalizations, and live in fear of their emotions. The purpose of this group is to provide psychoeducation on suicide OCD and discuss treatment approaches, as well as provide a context for suffers to feel better understood. Topics to be discussed will be distinguishing suicide-OCD from suicidal ideation (and common obsessive doubts around the distinction); typical co-occurring obsessions including existential OCD; common rituals including “testing” for suicidality, and when distress related to suicide-OCD can give rise to bona fide suicidal thoughts.


8/2/2020

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8/2/2020

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Opioids, Marijuana, Alcohol and OCD - CE


Patrick  McGrath, PhD

 

In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 the IOCDF newsletter ran two articles on OCD and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Research indicates that 25% of those with OCD had at some point met criteria for Substance Use Disorders. What impact do substances have on OCD, do symptoms get worse, or better? What are the options for treatment, and why is it such a challenge to treat OCD and Substance Use Disorders at the SAME time? What resources are there for those with OCD/SUD?

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify various treatment options for OCD/SUD.
Attendees will be able to identify barriers to treatment for OCD/SUD, both historical and current.
Attendees will discuss their understanding of the potential benefits and risks of harm reduction in the treatment of OCD/SUD.


8/2/2020

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Treating OCD with Co-Morbid Borderline Personality Disorder - CE


Blaise  Aguirre, MD

 

Research suggests that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is not a rare comorbidity of OCD, with a rate ranging from 3% to 23% according to different studies. Patients with OCD and BPD seem to have a worse clinical condition than patients with OCD alone. One of the most common difficulties in treating patients with this comorbidity is the assessment of self-injury where self-injury and harm thoughts can be a symptom of either of the conditions or both.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to recognize the comorbidity between OCD and BPD.
Attendees will be able to distinguish self-injury as a function of OCD, BPD or both conditions be recognizing the topographical differences and similarities of the self-injury.
Attendees will be able to identify when to use exposure vs. emotion regulation and avoidance techniques depending on the function of the self-injury.


8/2/2020

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Neurobiology of OCD: Molecules, Cells, and Circuits - CE


Susanne  Ahmari, MD, PhD

 

To address the unmet need for more effective and safer treatments for OCD and related disorders, Dr. Ahmari aims to identify novel molecular, cellular, and circuit targets that cause the alterations in the brain that lead to symptoms. To accomplish this goal, her research program integrates basic neuroscience approaches and cutting-edge technology with clinical studies of OCD patients to map patterns of neural activity and molecular changes related to compulsive behaviors and anxiety. In this talk, Dr. Ahmari will provide an overview of the neurobiology of OCD, highlighting current findings in the field from both humans and animal models.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe the general strategies for translating findings from clinical populations into animal models.
Attendees will be able describe how molecular findings from human post-mortem brain research may lead to new treatment targets for OCD.
Attendees will be able to describe how abnormal activity in cortical-basal ganglia-thalamus brain circuits may lead to OCD symptoms.


8/2/2020

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Beyond Accommodations: Addressing Dating, Intimacy, and Sex in OCD Treatment


Angela  Smith, PhD

 

Much attention has been given to family accommodations in OCD, however addressing a broader range of relationship concerns is often warranted. This clinical presentation will address fears that affect physical intimacy and affection (e.g., fear of bodily fluids, STIs) and fears resulting from relationship-focused OCD from acceptance- and exposure-based frameworks, illustrating with case examples.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss research findings related to the impact of OCD on physical and emotional intimacy.
Attendees will be able to discuss practical interventions for addressing physical intimacy issues and relationship dynamics affected by specific OCD presentations.
Attendees will be able to discuss the application of these interventions through the use of case examples.


8/2/2020

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Sexual Orientation OCD


Elizabeth  McIngvale, PhD, LCSW

 

In this high energy, thought-provoking and interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to interact with other participants and the speakers to explore Sexual Orientation OCD. Participants will understand how common this genre of OCD is and how it can effectively be treated to improve their symptoms. They will learn about ERP and how to utilize it with the help of a clinician to maximize results. In addition, we will break down stigmas associated with SO OCD and then discuss how OCD suffers can turn this obstacle in their lives into an opportunity to grow and thrive. Lastly, attendees will get the opportunity to share their experiences with SO OCD with the speakers and have open dialogue on the topic. This workshop will equip attendees with the necessary life-skills to know how to properly treat SO OCD, overcome barriers and improve their lives.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to explain how ERP works for this type of OCD.
Attendees will be able to discuss the stigma associated with Sexual Orientation OCD.
Attendees will be able to predict the benefit of increasing education around this and other subtypes of OCD.


8/2/2020

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Emotional Contamination Assessment and Treatment


Carol  Hevia, PsyD

 

Emotional contamination is an OCD symptom cluster in which sufferers fear that a person, object, or geographical location is dangerous; sufferers may obsess they will contract or “catch” bad luck, a mental illness, a negative personality trait, or be stuck in a time warp. Topics covered include: differential diagnosis, degrees of insight, magical thinking, thought-action fusion, superstitions, exposure construction and execution, and homework compliance between sessions. Case examples provided.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to describe the differential diagnosis of emotional contamination versus psychosis.
Attendees will be able to evaluate degrees of insight and to tailor exposures accordingly.
Attendees will be able to list cognitive strategies to increase motivation for behavior therapy.


8/2/2020

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Professional Networking: Moritz and Hoffman


Jonathan  Hoffman, PhD, ABPP

 

Join us for a meet and greet, and open ended discussion, with leading OCD experts Katia Mortiz and Jonathan Hoffman.


8/2/2020

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PTSD + OCD Community Discussion Group: When Intrusive Thoughts Overlap with Trauma


Shanda  Curiel, PsyD

 

Research shows that between 4% and 22% of people with PTSD also have a diagnosis of OCD, and there is a 30% likelihood that a person with PTSD could develop OCD within a year. This complex presentation poses unique challenges, as triggers and response behaviors are compounded. Intrusions of all types (thoughts, images, flashbacks, nightmares) and avoidances of a generalized nature are common. Our Q&A will emphasize how to lean into an "Exposure Lifestyle" when you have also experienced trauma.


8/2/2020

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Community Discussion Group for Individuals with Perinatal OCD and Their Family Members


Megan  Barthle-Herrera, PhD

 

This group is open to individuals with perinatal OCD (pOCD) and their family members. In this group, two experts in CBT-E/RP will facilitate an open space for individuals with pOCD and their family members to discuss challenging symptoms, effective exposures, and personal successes while managing pOCD. This group will also give space for asking questions of others who have experienced the effects of pOCD in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment.


8/2/2020

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Managing Perfectionism


Whitney  Pickett, BA

 

Perfectionism can be a disruptive personality trait for individuals with and without OCD. This group discussion will review common problematic perfectionistic tendencies people struggle with, from "just right" compulsions to negative self-judgment. Group participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and get feedback from the facilitators and other group members on methods from CBT, ERP, and ACT that can help manage the anxiety and stress that arise from perfectionism.


8/2/2020

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8/2/2020

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CBT Treatment of OCD and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Beyond the Basics - CE


Rebecca  Sachs, PhD, ABPP

 

Through interactive discussion & roleplay, I will address common knowledge gaps/anxieties experienced by many clinicians when encountering individuals with ASD and OCD. There will be a quick review of the cognitive, emotional, sensory-motor, & social differences that may present in ASD. Roleplay of specific cases will illustrate which core CBT interventions including ERP can be applied to this group, and when & how modifications to typical delivery of OCD treatment can address these differences.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will identify core challenges and thinking differences in patients with ASD.
Attendees will be able to identify needed modifications to OCD treatment given presenting challenges related to ASD and potential co-occuring disorders.
Attendees will be able to more apply OCD treatment interventions to autistic patients.


8/2/2020

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Assessment and Treatment of Comorbid OCD and PTSD: Integrating Research and Clinical Practice - CE


Caitlin  Pinciotti, PhD

 

Classic treatments have been shown to be less effective for individuals with comorbid OCD and PTSD. The purpose of this presentation is to provide professionals with clinically relevant information regarding the assessment and treatment of comorbid OCD and PTSD, including review of relevant literature; suggestions for differential diagnosis of symptoms; functional analysis of the intersection of OCD and PTSD symptoms; and recommendations for concurrent OCD and PTSD treatment.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to differentiate phenotypically similar symptoms of OCD and PTSD
Attendees will be able to evaluate the functional intersection of OCD and PTSD
Attendees will be able to discuss the presented clinical experience and relevant research to their own practice


8/2/2020

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Perinatal OCD, What Every Provider Should Know - CE


Peggy  Richter, MD

 

Maternal Mental Health Disorders like postpartum depression impact up to 1 in 5 women and have largely gone undiagnosed and untreated. Progress is being made to close these gaps through obstetric and pediatric screening efforts. Perinatal OCD has a higher incidence in pregnancy and the postpartum than it does in the general population, and often intrusive thoughts involve the baby. Perinatal OCD is often misunderstood by both primary care and mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the range of maternal mental health disorders, onset and prevalence.
Attendees will be able to discuss the unique presentation, epidemiology, diagnosis, risks/benefits of drug therapy, and use of CBT and ERP.
Attendees will be able to discuss several women’s stories, and what providers and patients can do to improve access to appropriate treatment.


8/2/2020

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Accessing Insurance


Fred  Penzel, PhD

 

For those depending upon health insurance to cover OCD treatment, navigating the rules can be frustrating and confusing. Getting approval for intensive or home-based treatment, finding a qualified therapist within a company's panel or getting out-of network approval can be a real maze if you don't know your rights. This talk aims to help you understand your rights, to know how to assertively talk to your company, and how to get the help you are entitled to.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss and outline potential problems you may encounter in dealing with your health insurance provider.
Attendees will be able to describe and detail a subscriber's rights in dealing with most insurance companies and different plans.
Attendees will be able to identify who to talk to, what to say and how to talk to company representatives in order to get the help your plan entitles you to.


8/2/2020

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Please Don't Let It Be My Fault: Over Responsibility, Guilt & Uncertainty


Jonathan  Grayson, PhD

 

Over responsibility in OCD tends to focus on fears of what you may have done wrong to others in the past or constant fear of trying to be sure that you aren't responsible for harming anyone in the future. The potential guilt feels unbearable. But, like all OCD, certainty over the past or future is impossible to obtain. The presentation will focus on how to take the risk of living with uncertainty, how to cope with guilt, and what is the nature of self-forgiveness.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to identify the different presentations of OCD when over responsibility is the core issue and will learn the steps necessary to design and implement a treatment for them