Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI)

The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) is an in-depth three-day intensive training course in exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), a form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), for mental health professionals who are treating individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. The BTTI – led by a world-renowned faculty – was developed to help address the shortage of therapists properly trained in using CBT to treat OCD around the country and the world.

In addition to the flagship BTTI course (called the General BTTI), we now offer additional BTTI courses on specialty and advanced topics. The Pediatric BTTI offers CBT training for professionals who specialize in treating children and adolescents with OCD and related disorders. And the new Advanced Forum BTTI (previously known as the BTTI 2) offers advanced training for those professionals who have already completed the General BTTI.

Upcoming BTTI Sessions

Cleveland, OH Pediatric BTTI
August 5-7, 2022
In partnership with IOCDF Affiliate, OCD Midwest

OCD Midwest Final

Virtual General BTTI
August 18-20 & 26-27, 2022
Spans two weekends

Costa Mesa, CA General BTTI
October 7-9, 2022
In partnership with IOCDF Affiliate, OCD Southern California


Virtual Pediatric BTTI
October 13-15 & 21-22, 2022
Spans two weekends

How to Register

Clinicians who have filled out our BTTI Interest List get the first opportunity to register. As you complete this survey, please make sure you thoughtfully select the regions of the United States and Canada where you would like to attend trainings. When we open registration for specific trainings, we first notify only those who have indicated that they want to attend a training in this particular geographic area.

Registration for the BTTI is on a first-come, first-served basis. Offers to register will begin being sent out approximately four months before the training begins in the order individuals completed the BTTI Interest List Form.

Once a spot is offered, therapists will have a full week to accept or decline the offer. If a therapist is not able to attend the specific BTTI offered, they will continue to be offered a seat for future BTTIs until they are able to attend. When an offer is declined, an offer will be extended to the next therapist on the list until all seats have been filled.

Please note the following:

  • Once a therapist on the Interest List has been offered and subsequently declined FIVE options for attending, they will be moved to the end of the Interest List. A person can decline the General five times, and the Pediatric BTTI five times.
  • Trainings cannot be repeated.
  • If a therapist has signed up for the BTTI Interest List more than once, the IOCDF will use their earliest registration to mark their place in line.

BTTI Interest List

BTTI Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you work for a clinic or organization that would be interested in sponsoring and bringing a BTTI to your local area? The BTTI is the perfect place to showcase your organization to a targeted audience of professionals within the OCD and related disorders community. As a BTTI sponsor your organization would:

  • Support a BTTI in your area with designated reserved spots for your community
  • Have the chance to interact face-to-face with attendees throughout three days of training
  • Be able to present and distribute information about your organization and services that attendees can take home, thus extending your reach to the OCD community far beyond the training itself
  • Promote your organization’s products and services to training attendees, which they may then share with their patients
  • Network with key organizations and professionals in the OCD community
  • Gain broad reach and exposure through visibility on the IOCDF website and emails
  • Benefit from a lasting partnership with a highly respected and recognized non-profit.

Learn more and apply to sponsor a BTTI today!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can attend the BTTI?Expand

You can register for the BTTI if:

  • You are a licensed mental health professional who currently treats OCD and/or related disorders. (Note: You must have an independent license, meaning that you do not require supervision to see clients.)
  • You are a current professional member of the IOCDF. You do not need to be a member to register for the BTTI; however you do need to become a member if we offer you a spot in an upcoming training and officially register you. Professional membership is $150 per person per year. Click here for more information about IOCDF Professional Membership join or renew your expired membership prior to registering.
  • You have not already attended the same type of BTTI you plan to register for in the past. Due to the high demand for these trainings, IOCDF will not allow a person to attend a General BTTI or Pediatric BTTI more than once. If you have previously attended a General BTTI, you may still attend the Pediatric BTTI or Advanced Forum. Conversely, if you have previously attended a Pediatric BTTI, you may still attend the General BTTI or an Advanced Forum.

Are Continuing Education (CE) credits offered?Expand

Yes. Continuing education (CE) credits are offered for psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors.

This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Course meets the qualifications for 21 hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 21 Social Work continuing education contact hours. The IOCDF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This program is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation, Inc. (IOCDF) and the IOCDF maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For additional continuing education certificates requested after the end of the BTTI, there will be a $25.00 processing fee.Who makes up the BTTI faculty?Expand

The faculty of each BTTI is made up of some of the most experienced and well-respected OCD therapists in North America, most of them being members of the IOCDF’s Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board.Are there scholarship opportunities?Expand

The IOCDF is committed to increasing access to OCD and related disorders treatment for underserved communities in the United States. In service of this commitment, we will grant several scholarships per BTTI to therapists who are people of color, who practice therapy in languages other than English, and/or who work with a significant portion of underserved patients (e.g., patients of color, those with public insurance, those of a low socioeconomic status, etc.).

If accepted, scholarship recipients will be able to attend the BTTI for $50, and will receive a free year of professional membership with the IOCDF. Scholarship preference will be granted to therapists who are local to a given training (e.g., scholarships for the Atlanta BTTI will first go to therapists in the Atlanta area, etc.). Click here to learn more about the BTTI Scholarship program.What can I expect at the BTTI?Expand

For an insider’s look at the BTTI, click here to read a firsthand account by Dr. Annette Perot, a BTTI graduate.How much does the BTTI cost?Expand

The cost of registration is $650 for all three days of the training. This fee includes the cost of continuing education (CE) credits and lunch on the third day. When you register for the BTTI, you are automatically registered for CE credits. Cancellation guidelines and restrictions vary for each specific training. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact us at the IOCDF.How frequently is the BTTI offered?Expand

The IOCDF hosts between five and eight BTTI courses in North America each year, including our General BTTI and Pediatric BTTI.I still have unanswered questions.Expand

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to IOCDF trainings, please call us at (617) 973-5801 or email