Behavior Therapy Training Institute in Houston, TX

Hosted by the Houston OCD Program

In-Depth 3-Day Training Program in State-of-the-Art Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD

January 26 – 28, 2018

Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria
1750 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027


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

Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD, ABPP
Director and Founder of the Houston OCD Program
Director of Behavioral Health Partial Program at McLean Hospital, MA
Houston, TX

Constantina Boudouvas, MSW
Social Worker, Private Practice
Houston, TX

Joyce Davidson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

John Hart, PhD
Psychologist, Menninger Clinic OCD Treatment Program
Houston, TX

Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Psychology Houston
Houston, TX

Aureen Wagner, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Cary, NC


BTTI Schedule Houston 2018

Training Cost

The cost of registration for all three days is $500, which includes the cost of continuing education credits.

BTTI Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to accurately diagnose Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

2. Participants will be able to design and implement Cognitive Behavioral interventions for OCD, particularly exposure and response prevention.

3. Participants will understand the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of OCD and will have knowledge of the agents used in its treatment.

4. Participants will be able to develop treatment plans for children and adolescents who have OCD.

5. Participants will understand comorbidity and the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum and treatment applications therein.

6. Participants will be able to develop a plan to aid individuals with treatment resistant OCD including the use of Motivational Interviewing techniques and other strategies for managing treatment resistant OCD and OC Spectrum Disorders.

7. Participants will apply knowledge gained in the educational portion of the institute during small group studies of case examples.

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.

Attendance Requirements

Trainees must attend all three days of the BTTI in order to receive a CE certificate. Trainees must also complete three follow-up phone calls with a designated BTTI faculty member in order to be considered a graduate of this program and to receive a certificate of completion.

Attending a BTTI session 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 or call (617) 973-5801. Click here to join or renew online or call the office to join or renew over the phone. Those registered attendees who do not have an active membership by the time of the training will have the card used to purchase the registration charged for the $125 membership fee for the year. 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 BTTI:

BTTI 2018 Attestation Form

Local Hotel

We have booked a room block at the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria  with a discounted rate of $99, excluding taxes and fees. In order to make a reservation under the room block, please call the hotel at +1-713-960-0111 and reference the group name “International OCD Foundation”.

Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria
1750 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027

Local Transportation

Attendees who will be flying to the BTTI should fly to either Houston/Hobby Airport (HOU), which is 18 miles away, or George Bush Airport (IAH), which is 27 miles away. Attendees are advised to either take a taxi from the airport (~$60 one way), rent a car (overnight parking at the hotel is $12/night for self parking), or take a shared shuttle using Super Shuttle ($23 one way, make reservations at

Cancellation/Refund Policy/Replacement Certificate

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