2018 Advanced Forum on Promoting Treatment Engagement in OCD-Related Disorders

Friday, Oct. 19th – Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Sponsored by McLean Hospital

An Advanced Forum is a multiple-day training program organized by the IOCDF to enhance the clinical skills of therapists who have attended a Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). One of the most frequently reported challenges for therapists working with OCD-related disorders is the management of treatment ambivalence and “resistance,” a topic addressed by the first IOCDF Advanced Forum. Many BTTI attendees were unable to attend the 2015 forum and improving skills in promoting treatment engagement remains a frequently expressed priority for continued training. In addition, there are clinical issues that were not addressed in the 2015 forum. Therefore, the Foundation felt it was important to return in 2018 to this crucial clinical topic. Although some of the presentations will cover similar topics as those addressed in 2015, the 2018 program also includes some new perspectives.

Regardless of the subject of the forum, these programs address advanced clinical issues and are not intended for clinicians unfamiliar with the fundamentals of treating OCD.

The Advanced Forum BTTI is overseen by leading OCD expert, Alec Pollard, PhD.

Training Location:

McLean Hospital
Pierce Hall
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478

Training Cost

The cost of registration for all three days is $550, which includes the cost of continuing education credits.

Attendance Requirements

Trainees must attend all three days of the training in order to receive an Advanced Forum Completion Certificate.

Attending an Advanced Forum is a benefit of Professional Membership with the IOCDF and all registered attendees must have an active professional membership to attend. To check the status of your membership, email info@iocdf.org or call (617) 973-5801.

Click here to join or renew online or call the office at (617) 973-5801 to join or renew over the phone. Those registered attendees who do not have an active membership by the time of the training will be required to purchase a membership before attending the Advanced Forum. If you have any questions about your membership or about this policy, please feel free to contact us. There will be no exceptions to these requirements.

Please download and fill out the following Clinician Participant Attestation of Understanding form — you will need to have this form completed and scanned in order to register for the Advanced Forum:

2018 Advanced Forum Attestation Form


Clinical Director
Alec Pollard, PhD

Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Professor Emeritus of Community and Family Medicine, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP
Clinical psychologist
Chapel Hill, NC

Gregory Chasson, PhD
Obsessive-Compulsive Solutions of Chicago
Oak Park, IL

Lisa Coyne, PhD
Program Director, McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.)
Psychiatry Faculty, Harvard Medical School
Belmont, MA

Randy Frost, PhD
Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology, Smith College
Northampton, MA

Jennifer Greenberg, PsyD
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Michael Tompkins, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley
Oakland, CA

Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Faculty Development Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Stephen Whiteside, PhD
Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Chief of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director of OCD and Related Disorders Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Click Here for Agenda


Advanced Forum Learning Objectives

Day 1
1. Participants will be able to Identify when to use motivational interviewing and how to incorporate it in the cognitive behavioral treatment of Hoarding Disorder.
2.Participants will be able to describe the components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy designed to enhance treatment engagement.
3. Participants will be able to articulate cognitive interventions that can be used to prepare patients to engage effectively in BDD treatment.
Day 2
1. Participants will be able to identify various ways that technology can be used to promote treatment adherence.
2. Participants will be able to describe the indications for and the primary components of a harm reduction approach to Hoarding Disorder, OCD, and related disorders.
3. Participants will be able to identify indications for discontinuing OCD treatment and describe the components of at least one approach to managing treatment-interfering behavior.
Day 3
1. Participants will be able to implement couple-based strategies to enhance the success of OCD treatment.
2. Participants will be able to teach families of OCD patients how to reduce family accommodation and expressed hostility to enhance the outcome of OCD treatment.
3. Participants will be able to describe strategies that can be used to help families motivate individuals receiving treatment for OCD and related disorders.

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Inc. This program has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit. The IOCDF is solely responsible for all aspects of the program (NBCC Approval #SP-2490). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886509959) for 21 continuing education contact hours. IOCDF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IOCDF maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 21 CE credits for psychologists.

Local Hotel

The IOCDF has negotiated a discounted rate ($289/night on 10/18, 10/19, and 10/20) at the AC Hotel Boston Cambridge, located at 10 Acorn Park Drive, Cambridge, MA 02140. This is the nearest hotel to the meeting location, and we will be providing a shuttle to take attendees to McLean Hospital. To make a reservation at this discounted rate, book here, or call Marriott Reservations and ask for the International OCD Foundation GROUP rate at 617-876-6190. The reduced rate expires on September 27th, 2018, so please book your reservation before that date in order to take advantage of this discount.

Cancellation/Refund Policy/Replacement Certificates

If accepted, you understand that this registration fee is non-refundable. There will be no exceptions for medical, travel, or professional emergencies.