OCD Southern California
Welcome to OCD SoCal! We are the Southern California affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). We started in 2011 to increase awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its treatment, provide information about OCD to Southern Californians and to offer OCD educational and outreach programs to schools, media and mental health professionals in the six counties of Southern California. By providing resources at the local level, the goal of OCD SoCal is to help facilitate the wellness of people with OCD and their family members.
OCD Southern California is holding a conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10am–3pm at the beautiful Mariner’s Church in Irvine, CA. The conference will feature keynote speakers Dr. Jonathan Grayson and Ethan Smith as well as interactive breakout workshops educating attendees about different topics on OCD and related disorders. Dr. Grayson has been working with OCD for over 35 years and is the author of the self-help book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is the director of The Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety & OCD in Pasadena and is adjunct faculty in USC’s Department of Psychiatry. Ethan Smith was born with severe OCD and struggled to maintain a normal life. After Ethan received intensive inpatient and outpatient therapy both in South Florida (NBI) and Boston (OCDI McLean), he has been able to lead a happy and healthy adult life including becoming a successful actor and producer in Los Angeles. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Annual OCD Conference and is an IOCDF spokesperson. All those affected by or interested in the treatment of this disorder are welcome to attend, including those with OCD, family and loved ones of someone with OCD, professionals, and students.
OCD Southern California is also proud to announce the formation of a new board and officer team. Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW, therapist and researcher is OCD SoCal’s new president. Other officers include Chris Trondsen, BA, masters in counseling student and behavioral therapist (vice president), Patricia Bosvay, parent and family advocate (treasurer), Jennie Kuckertz, MS, therapist and researcher (secretary), Melissa Mose, LMFT and OCD therapist (membership and mailing list), and Liz Trondsen, parent and family advocate (event coordinator). Board members also include Jonathon Grayson, PhD, Sean Sassano-Higgins, MD, and Jenny Yip, PsyD.
With the new board, OCD SoCal is excited to move forward with bringing events, education, and OCD support to the region. Upcoming plans include starting a mentoring program allowing those who have been successful in treatment or as a support system to link up with others who are newer to living or supporting someone with the disorder. We are looking forward to starting a volunteer program, allowing those in Southern California to volunteer at future events and to become local advocates. OCD SoCal is also looking to start a newsletter offering support and information on upcoming local events, such as our popular virtual book club.
Make sure to visit our brand new, updated website to find out more information about upcoming regional events in southern California, to learn more about the affiliate and the new board members, to check out our new logo, and for more information on what is to come from OCD Southern California!