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We are now accepting proposals for workshops, evening events, support groups, and the Keynote Address for our 25th Annual OCD Conference to be held in Washington D.C., on July 27-29, 2018.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.

Proposal system opens: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Deadline for submitting: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 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 7/27, Saturday 7/28, and Sunday 7/29). We accept proposals for talks and workshops in the following “tracks”:

  •  General Audience
  •  Living with OCD
  •  Families/Parents
  •  Elementary-aged kids
  •  Middle schoolers
  •  High school-aged teens
  •  Young Adults with OCD
  •  Research to Clinical Practice
  •  Therapists
  •  Hoarding Disorder
  •  Spanish-Language (conducted en Español).

We welcome proposals from individual speakers and groups of speakers.  

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 7/26, Friday 7/27, and Saturday 7/28. We accept support group proposals for nearly everyone in the OCD community, including: Adults, Youth, and Young Adults with OCD or related disorders (such as Hoarding Disorder, BDD, and PANDAS/PANS) as well as their family members, caregivers, and supporters.

If you have any questions about the Conference, or submitting a proposal, contact us at conference@iocdf.org.

Still Have Questions?

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, read our Proposal Submission FAQs here.

For suggested topics and tips for submitting your proposal, read our blog post here.


  • carolyn muscar

    hi, i plan to submit a proposal today, are these submitted online? could you send me the direct link, i couldnt find it on the site.

  • If a proposal was accepted for this year’s conference would the presenter have heard by now? Asking for a friend. :o)

    • Alex Bahrawy, IOCDF Community Support Specialist

      Hello Mary,

      We have not yet sent out email notifications about proposals yet, but we are hoping to get these out shortly. We’ve experienced delays due to back to back snowstorms here in Boston. We thank you for your patience!

      • Ah yes. I’m sure “my friend” will thank you for your reply. :o)

  • sunil

    I want to attend this year conference ….could u place give me a chance…..I was waiting from last 2 years….to attend this conference..at that time I have exams ….this year i am free without exams….please accept my request sir

    • Alex Bahrawy, IOCDF Community Support Specialist


      Registration for the Conference is currently open. You can register by visiting http://www.ocd2018.org.


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