IOCDF Conferences

While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from meeting in-person for the Annual OCD Conference in Seattle this past year, it also provided us with the opportunity to expand our conference programming into the virtual sphere.

We are thrilled to offer a variety of events to encourage accessibility both in-person and online from the comfort of home. We encourage the global network of providers, educators, and people with lived experience to join us in community, collaboration, and education. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information! Please note: dates are subject to change in accordance with WHO regulations.

In-person events

27th Annual OCD Conference
New York, NY (July 9 –11, 2021)
For those with lived experience, youth, family members, and therapists who work with OCD.

Annual Hoarding Meeting
New York, NY (July 9 –11, 2021)
For those with lived experience, family members, and therapists who work with Hoarding Disorder.

Hybrid online and in-person events

Annual Research Symposium
New York, NY (July 8, 2021)
For researchers who work in the field of OCD and Related Disorders

Virtual events

Online OCD Camp
January 30–31, 2021
For youth ages 4–10, and families

Online Hoarding Conference
August 7–8, 2021
For those with lived experience, family members, and therapists who work with Hoarding Disorder.

Online Spanish OCD Conference
September 11–12, 2021
For those with lived experience, family members, and therapists who work with OCD.

Online OCD Conference
October 9–10, 2021
For those with lived experience, family members, and therapists who work with OCD.

Online OCD Camp for Youth & Families
November/December 2021 (Date TBD)
For youth, ages 4 -10, and families

27th Annual OCD Conference

July 9–11, 2021 (Thursday–Sunday)
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

The Annual OCD Conference is a place for individuals affected by OCD and related disorders to learn about effective treatment among a community of people with OCD, their loved ones, and mental health professionals. This unique event is not only a chance to learn about cutting edge treatments and research from leading experts and researchers, but also an opportunity to attend support groups and social events, and build friendships that can last a lifetime.

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The program also gives mental health professionals the opportunity to learn from the field’s top experts in an engaging curriculum, and network with other professionals during receptions and throughout the weekend.

The Annual OCD Conference is truly a one-of-a-kind event. Whether you are a mental health professional, a researcher, someone living with OCD or a related disorder, or a friend or family member, we can guarantee that you will have an enriching and unforgettable experience at the Conference.

Click here to view our 2019 programming!

The schedule for this event will be based on the accepted proposals for the canceled 2020 conference. We are not accepting proposals for this event.

"The Annual OCD Conference is not just educational, but also an opportunity for professionals to connect, those living with OCD to know they are not alone, and loved ones and caregivers to get support. It is nothing short of life-changing for all those who attend."
— Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW

"Most important to me was the ability to obtain practical options for working on family issues from the experts. I also liked the multi-generational programming and the atmosphere of hope."
— 2019 Conference Attendee

"My favorite part of the Conference is the feeling it gives you being in a place where you are surrounded by people who just get it. I also love the spark of motivation that the conference gives me to continue working on ERP."
— 2019 Conference Attendee

"Having my 11 year old son meet kids just like him and playing non-stop because he saw they were normal kids like him with a "mental glitch". He came home from the conference asking if he should tell his friends about his OCD 🙂 This is why we came and so happy we did. In addition, meeting parents and being able to openly talk about OCD with others who understand was incredible."
— 2019 Conference Attendee

"One of the things I appreciate so much about the Annual OCD Conference is that I get to connect with other professionals who are passionate about the unique and rewarding work we do as OCD specialists."
— Jon Hershfield, MFT

"My favorite part of the Conference was seeing my loved one in tears after attending a support group, where for the first time, validation was received from others experiencing the same things."
— 2019 Conference attendee

8th Annual Hoarding Meeting

July 8–10, 2021 (Thursday–Saturday)
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

Hoarding Disorder (HD) is a mental health disorder where people have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful, and efforts to get rid of the items and not acquire new items causes distress. HD has serious implications for public health and safety as well. People from a variety of disciplines and perspectives have a stake in understanding and gaining control over this problem, including:

  • health department personnel,
  • housing officials,
  • child and elder service professionals,
  • professional organizers,
  • friends, family members, and people living with HD.,
  • first responders (e.g., police, fire) who sometimes face hoarding situations that require immediate attention.

The Meeting spans three days, including a full-day training for professionals who work with hoarding disorder on Thursday, two full days of presentations on Friday and Saturday, as well as evening support groups for those with HD as well as their family members and supporters.

Click here to see the 2019, 7th Annual Hoarding Meeting program (marked in pink).

The schedule for this event is already set. We will not be accepting proposals for this event.

Online Research Symposium: A Hybrid Event

Friday, July 8, 2021
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

The goal of the OCD Research Symposium is to provide a forum for high-level discussion of research topics among people who specialize in the study of OCD and related disorders. The IOCDF Research Symposium grew out of the popular regional New England OCD Research Symposium (NERS), originally created by Dr. Christopher Pittenger and co-sponsored by Yale University and the International OCD Foundation. In an effort to expand the reach of this invaluable research forum, we began offering the symposium as a Pre-Conference event in 2016.

Now in its 7th year, the Symposium is intended as a complement to the “Research to Clinical Practice” track for researchers who attend the Annual OCD Conference. The Research Symposium brings researchers together from around the world to discuss their findings, fostering increased collaboration and networking across research groups. This is in contrast to the “Research to Clinical Practice” track, where research findings are presented to a mixed audience of researchers, therapists, and consumers who are interested in advanced level topics. It is our hope that these complementary offerings will make the Annual OCD Conference a truly enriching experience for OCD and related disorders researchers.

To submit a presentation or poster for the Annual Research Symposium, visit our OCD Research page here.

Online Hoarding Meeting

August 7–8, 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)

Hoarding Disorder (HD) is a mental health disorder where people have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful, and efforts to get rid of the items and not acquire new items cause distress. Hoarding disorder is associated with a number of other emotional problems such as depression and attention deficit disorder, however, it is not solely a mental health problem.

Content is geared towards all members of the HD community, including individuals living with HD, their friends/family members/supporters, and the various professionals who work with HD. Topics covered in previous Meetings include: “Ask the Experts” panels, research updates, personal stories, experiential non-acquiring trips, decluttering skills workshops, community-based treatment, peer support, home-based interventions, and separate support groups for individuals and families.

To submit a proposal for this event, please go to the link at the bottom of the page.

Conferencia de TOC Online

Online Spanish OCD Conference

September 11–12, 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)

La segunda conferencia anual en línea sobre TOC está destinada a personas con TOC, sus familias y también a los profesionales de la salud mental. Es un evento diseñado para brindar información, recursos y apoyo a los hispanohablantes de la comunidad TOC. Esperamos que la Conferencia colabore en la creación de redes dentro de la comunidad de TOC y ayude a crear conciencia sobre la salud mental y reducir el estigma asociado.

The 2nd Annual OCD Online Conference is intended for people with OCD, their families, and also mental health professionals. It is an event designed to provide information, resources, and support to the Spanish speakers of the TOC community. We hope that the Conference will collaborate in networking within the OCD community, and help raise awareness about mental health and reduce associated stigma.

Click here to view the 2020 program/Haga clic aquí para ver el programa 2020

Para enviar una propuesta para este evento, vaya al enlace en la parte inferior de la página.

To submit a proposal for this event, please go to the link at the bottom of the page.

2021 Online OCD Conference

October 9–10, 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)

We are excited to announce that the Online OCD Conference is returning for its second year! Once again we will be offering an opportunity for the global OCD community to connect, share, and learn from each other in this event filled with talks, discussion groups, and networking opportunities.

Via our virtual platform, you’ll be able to interact with our schedule, exhibit hall, chat lounge, and help center. The exhibit hall will be bustling with vendors and sponsors. Chat with new friends and presenters, visit the store, take advantage of a scavenger hunt, and enjoy the evening activities!

View the program of the 2020 Online OCD Conference

To submit a proposal for this event, please go to the link at the bottom of the page.

Online OCD Camp for Youth & Families

November/December 2021 (Date TBD)

The International OCD Foundation is excited to present the Online OCD Camp, a virtual event for youth and their families. The program — designed for youth between the ages of four and 18 — will feature interactive presentations, activities, and groups for youth with OCD and their siblings, programs for parents, in addition to opportunities for fun and socialization.

To submit a proposal for this event, please go to the link at the bottom of the page.

All proposals must be submitted by Monday, February 2nd at 5pm ET