Advanced Forum on OCD-Related Disorders — October 5-7, 2017

Advanced Forums are multiple day training programs designed to enhance the clinical skills of therapists who have attended a Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). A forum may focus on a challenging therapeutic issue or explore in depth the special challenges of treating a particular subtype of OCD. A forum may also address the special issues and needs of a particular subpopulation of OCD sufferers or seek to help clinicians expand their skills beyond OCD by providing training in treatments for OCD-related conditions.

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.

Advanced Forum BTTI: October 5–7, 2017 (Thursday through Saturday)

Sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital OCD and Related Disorders Program

Training Location:
Constitution Inn, Dave Powers Room
150 3rd Ave
Boston, MA 02129

Training Cost
The cost of registration for all three days is $500, 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.

Additionally, if you are not currently a Professional Member with the IOCDF, you must become a Professional Member in order to register for this training. Professional Membership is $125 per person, per year. We will look up your membership status upon receiving your application, and will automatically add the additional $125 fee onto the $500 BTTI registration fee when we register you for the training if you do not have a current Professional Membership. If you will be paying by check and are not a professional member of the IOCDF, you will be asked to send in an additional $125 to cover your the membership fee. For more information on all benefits of Professional Membership, visit If you have any questions about your membership or about this policy, please feel free to contact us by calling the office at (617) 973-5801 or emailing There will be no exceptions to these requirements.

Please click here to download and fill out the Clinician Participant Attestation of Understanding form — you will need to have this form completed and scanned in order to register for the BTTI.


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
Saint Louis, MO

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Fugen Neziroglu, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Hofstra University
Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University
New York, NY

Katherine Phillips, MD
Director of BDD Program at Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI

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

Autism- Associated OCD

Jonathan Hoffman, PhD
Clinical Director at the NeuroBehavioral Institute
Weston, FL

Robert Hudak, MD
Medical Director of the OCD Clinic at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Allison Park, PA

Fred Penzel, PhD
Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, New York, NY
New York, NY

Hoarding Disorder

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

Gail Steketee, PhD
Dean & Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Arlington, MA

Jordana Muroff, PhD
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Boston, MA

Forum Agenda

Day Date Topic Co-Chairs Additional Faculty
Thursday 10/5/17 Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Kathy Phillips, MD

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Friday 10/6/17 Autism-Associated OCD

Jonathan Hoffman, PhD

Robert Hudak, MD

Fred Penzel, PhD
Saturday 10/7/17 Hoarding Disorder

Randy Frost, PhD

Gail Steketee, PhD

Jordana Muroff, PhD


Daily Schedule

Time Activity*





Welcome, announcements, review of the day





Didactics/Demonstration, Part 1
10:00-10:15 BREAK




Didactics/Demonstrations, Part 2
12:00-1:00 LUNCH




Didactics/Demonstrations, Part 3
2:45-3:00 BREAK




 Breakout groups




 Participants reassemble for final Q&A with faculty panel



Advanced BTTI Learning Objectives

  1. Diagnose Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
  2. Develop and implement evidence-based interventions for Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
  3. Describe the key features of Autism.
  4. Adapt OCD treatment models to address the specific needs of Autism-Associated OCD.
  5. Diagnose Hoarding Disorder.
  6. Develop and implement evidence-based interventions for Hoarding Disorder.


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 ($269/night on 10/4, 10/5, and 10/6) at the Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, located at 34-44 Charles River Avenue in Boston. To make a reservation at this discounted rate, book here, or call Marriott Reservations and ask for the International OCD Foundation GROUP rate at Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, (800) 331-3131. The reduced rate expires on September 4th, 2017, so please book your reservation before that date in order to take advantage of this discount.

Local Transportation

Attendees who will be flying to the BTTI should fly to Boston Logan airport. The airport is located near the Residence Inn at Tudor Wharf, and can be reached by a 15-minute taxi ride. It is also accessible by public transportation. Please see the MBTA website to plan your route from the airport.

There is valet parking available at the Residence Inn for $45 a night, and a local parking lot next door for $28 a night.

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.