Our speakers and support group leaders are the backbone of our conference. Help us make this year’s conference our best yet by adding your insight, knowledge, and experience to our program. Whether you are a professional, or someone who wants to share their own personal stories of living with OCD, we invite you to submit your proposal to speak at the next Annual OCD Conference.
For more information about speaking at the 21st Annual OCD Conference, including suggested topics and tips for submitting your proposal, please visit: http://www.ocd2014.org/proposal-tips/.
Proposal system opens: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Deadline for submitting: Monday, February 3, at 5:00pm ET
Workshop Proposals: We are accepting proposals for workshops to be presented during the 3 days of our Annual OCD Conference (Friday 7/18, Saturday 7/19, and Sunday 7/20). We accept proposals for talks and workshops in the following “tracks”:
- General Audience
- Individuals with OCD
- Kids with OCD
- Teens with OCD
- Young Adults with OCD
- Hoarding Disorder
- Spanish-Language (conducted en Español).
We welcome proposals from individual speakers, as well as those interested in speaking on a panel with other speakers.
Click here to submit your workshop proposal.
Evening Activity Proposals: We are accepting proposals for activities and special events that will take place in the evenings during the conference, after the workshops and sessions have ended for the day. Examples of past evening activities include:
- Ice Breaker events for adults, such as OCD Pub Trivia, a 5-Mile Evening Run, or Second City’s Improv for Anxiety.
- Fun, family-friendly events such as Ping Pong 4 OCD; Fashion Show & Karaoke for Kids, Teens, and Parents; and OCD Storytelling.
- Experiential events such as the popular Virtual Camping for Adults with Dr. Jon Grayson.
There is no specific time limit for these activities and special events — if your proposal is selected, we will work with you to design a program that best fits our schedule, as well as the schedule of your activity.
Support Group Proposals: We are accepting proposals for support groups that will be taking place in the evenings of the conference on Thursday 7/17, Friday 7/18, and Saturday 7/19. Evening support groups can be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. We accept support group proposals for nearly everyone in the OCD community, including: Adults, Kids & Teens, and Young Adults with OCD or related disorders (such as Hoarding Disorder, BDD, and PANS/PANDAS) as well as their family members, caregivers, and supporters.
Keynote Address Proposals: First the first time, we will be accepting formal proposals to be the Keynote Address speaker. The Keynote Address will take place during the conference’s General Session on the morning of Saturday, July 19 from 8:00-9:30am. Keynote Speakers are usually local to the area of the OCD Conference, and have a compelling story to tell about their personal journey with OCD. Keynote Speakers must feel comfortable talking in front of a crowd of at least 700-800 people — speakers with a strong background in public speaking or presenting are preferred.
Happy New Year from the Foundation! If you have any questions about the conference, or submitting a proposal, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.