The OCD Sacramento Foundation, Inc. was established in 2010 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and raising awareness, either for those affected by, or interested in learning more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders in the Greater Sacramento and Northern California regions.
OCD Sacramento is an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), which is the largest international organization committed to raising public awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum disorders. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the IOCDF has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers. The IOCDF has affiliates in 22 states and territories in the US, in addition to partnerships with other OCD organizations around the world. The IOCDF aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by:
Providing resources and support for those affected by OCD, including individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members, friends, and loved ones.
Increasing access to effective treatment through:
Promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders to the OCD community and the general public.
OCD Sacramento is kicking off 2017 with our monthly presentation line up, hosted by therapists, those struggling with OCD and related conditions, and family members, all donating their time to help better inform the public about proper treatment and resources. Topics will include psychoeducation on OCD, its treatment, medication considerations, and presentations will include panels of experts who have struggled personally and will share their journey.
Save the date! The 4th Annual Northern California 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will be held at the Sacramento Capitol on June 10, 2017 (new date!). This year’s Walk will be led by our grand marshal, Clint Malarchuk, a retired Canadian NHL goalie, who will share how OCD impacted his career and relationships and how his journey has transformed his life. An awareness building and fundraising Walk, jointly hosted by the IOCDF, OCD Sacramento, and fellow NorCal IOCDF Affiliate, OCD SF Bay Area, our goal is to promote an understanding of OCD and related conditions, fight stigma, and provide a community for the many individuals and families affected by OCD. Check our website for further information and updates! Start thinking about building your Walk Team and joining us for this very special annual event!On August 15, 2017, OCD Sacramento hosted Sabrina Lopez who presented I am NOT My Disorder: Testimony from a 15-year-old Girl.” Sabrina was diagnosed at age 10 with panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, and discussed the impact of early intervention and the value in creating a social culture that promotes the power of treatment.
On September 12, 2017, Kathy Ventry, LMFT presented OCD in Children and Adolescents, discussing the prevalence and common symptoms to recognize, and outlined ERP treatment principles. She helped participants to learn to improve and modify family expectations, and offered time for Q & A.
To support OCD Awareness Week, OCD Sacramento will co-host its annual therapist networking event. Together with the Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, Eating Recovery Center, and Arcadia Healthcare, mental health professionals will gather to learn more about proper treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders, and collaborate on local resources. The event will be held on October 13, 2017 with doors opening at 6:30pm. Join us for food, wine, and celebration at 9300 Tech Center Drive, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA.
On October 10, 2017, Cookie Kipp, MFTI will present Conquering Your Clutter: An Introduction to Hoarding Disorder. This presentation will cover CBT and ERP principles and help those attending to learn ways to curb the acquisition and begin the purging process.