Teen Success, OCD and All — Q+A with Michael Levine, Teen Presenter

Michael Levine’s OCD first emerged in the 3rd grade. His family was lucky enough to find a therapist knowledgeable about OCD and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy who helped Michael slowly, but surely, gain control of his compulsions and his life. Now 15 and a sophomore in high school, Michael is one of five… Read more »

Hope for OCD—Q+A with Heather Currey

For today’s blog post, we talked with Heather Currey, who attended her first conference in 2007 as an individual with OCD, and is now back to tell her story as a presenter at this year’s conference in Chicago. In this blog, Heather tells us about her upcoming talk, “Hope for OCD,” a bit about her… Read more »

Talking about ACT—Q+A with Presenters Jesse Crosby and Nate Gruner

We are excited to have a number of talks at this year’s conference that focus on a relatively new treatment option for OCD, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. In today’s blog post, we hear from two presenters who are participating in talks about ACT in Chicago, Jesse Crosby, PhD, and Nate Gruner, LICSW, both from… Read more »

Q+A with Chris Trondsen—A Young Adult’s View of the Conference

Last week, we heard from Liz Trondsen, who offered a mother’s perspective of the IOCDF conference. Today, we get a young adult’s take on the conference from Liz’s son Chris, who has been attending the IOCDF Annual Conference for the last 8 years. Chris’ story is an inspiration to anyone struggling with OCD: After years… Read more »

A View from the Top—Q+A with our Executive Director

Today is the last day to register for the 19th Annual IOCDF Annual Conference at the Early Bird Discount rate — so if you have been on the fence about attending this year’s conference, today is the day to take the leap. You can register through our website here, or you can call our office… Read more »

Q+A with Liz Trondsen—A Parent’s Perspective

Liz Trondsen, whose son has OCD and BDD, has been attending the IOCDF Annual Conference since 2003. She initially attended the conference as a parent seeking out as much information as she could about the disorders, and to learn how she could play a role in her son Chris’ treatment process. Since then, Liz and… Read more »

What it’s like to attend the IOCDF Conference—A firsthand perspective

In addition to highlighting the presenters who will be at this year’s conference, we also want this blog to highlight the point of view of conference attendees.  Paula Kotakis from San Francisco, CA, has been going to IOCDF conferences for nearly 16 years. She is also an active member of the online OCD community, moderating… Read more »

Conference FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

For today’s blog, we wanted to take a moment to answer some of the most common questions we hear from attendees, especially those planning to come to their first IOCDF Conference.  So, we sat down with Michael Spigler, our Program Director (and Conference guru), to get the inside scoop on registering for and attending this… Read more »