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 was proud to sponsor a Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) session in Dana Point, CA this past December. Over 30 treatment providers from Southern California and across the U.S. attended and received training on the CBT treatment of OCD and related disorders. We want to thank all of the Southern California treatment centers that donated as well as local SoCal donors all of whom made this BTTI possible!
OCD So Cal’s third annual conference will be held Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at the Mariners Church in Irvine, CA from 10:30am–5:00pm. The conference will feature our keynote speaker Clint Malarchuk and his wife, Joanie. Clint was a professional hockey player in the NHL, playing for multiple teams, and he later went on to coach. Clint will talk about his struggle with severe OCD, mental illness, and a survived suicide attempt. The event will also feature presentations from local treatment providers and OCD sufferers on topics including medications for OCD, ACT, mindfulness for OCD, OCD in family and children, as well as a success and recovery from OCD panel. Children in attendance will have their own keynote presentation featuring the movie Unstuck: An OCD Kid’s Movie and more! Clinicians and members of the OCD community will have the opportunity at the conference to take a more active role as an advocate on behalf of OCD SoCal by volunteering on one of our subcommittees, which include advocating in Southern Californian schools, early identification (pediatricians, OBGYNs, and postpartum OCD), and advocacy in the community.
Lastly, OCD Southern California is gearing up for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk to be held in early June. There will be simultaneous walks held in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. We are looking for members of the Southern California OCD community interested in holding a walk in other Southern California areas including Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire.