Posts Categorized: Professionals

IOCDF and MGH Announce New Training Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals


As part of our goal to expand training opportunities for all clinicians in the OCD community, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Psychiatry Academy to offer online courses for professionals interested in learning more about treating OCD. “While OCD is a very treatable disorder, there continues to be… Read more »

Guest Post: Hello From the New President of the IOCDF Board of Directors!

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After last week’s announcement regarding leadership changes on the IOCDF’s board of directors, we’re excited to “formally” introduce incoming Board President Shannon Shy, Esq., on today’s blog! Shannon has been a welcome face at past IOCDF events, and previously served as the Board’s secretary. Below is his story and more on what he hopes to… Read more »

New Expert Opinion: “Dear Loved One, I have OCD” — Tips for Individuals and Family Members about Disclosing Your OCD

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“OCD is a treatable disorder, and we need to do everything we can to increase access to treatment. But it starts at home most of the time. It starts with individuals connected together as families acknowledging that OCD exists, respecting the pain it causes, and bringing people out of isolation and into a safe light.” A… Read more »

Farewell from an IOCDF Favorite

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Today is a bittersweet day at the IOCDF office as we say goodbye to Marissa Keegan, the IOCDF’s program director (pictured left above, along with fellow IOCDF staff members Stephanie Cogen and Tiia Groden). We as a staff will miss Marissa very much, and wish her all the best on future endeavors!  I vividly remember my first… Read more »

Guest Post: “I bet that man suffers from it himself”

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Today’s blog entry comes from Menno Oosterhoff, a psychiatrist and board member for, an IOCDF Global Partner based in the Netherlands. Dr. Oosterhoff’s post represents both a global perspective on mental health issues and that of a treatment provider with OCD himself, resulting in a unique point of view we are thrilled to share with… Read more »

Talking Turkey with IOCDF Staff

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Time for turkey! (Or turducken, or tofurkey…) This year for Thanksgiving, we are practicing gratitude here at the IOCDF office. With all of the stress of running a small nonprofit and putting on huge events like the OCD Conference, Walk, and OCD Awareness Week, it can be easy to get lost in the details. We… Read more »

In memoriam: Alies Muskin

The mental health community has lost one of its great leaders. Alies Muskin, executive director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), died of breast cancer on September 22, 2015. The International OCD Foundation joins ADAA in mourning her loss and recognizes her tireless efforts to promote awareness about the nature and treatment… Read more »