Dr. Grayson with the IOCDF spokespeople at the LA event on Sunday, October 9th!
Dr. Grayson with the IOCDF spokespeople at the LA event on Sunday, October 9th!

Join the IOCDF Spokespeople — Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD; Ethan S. Smith; and Jeff Bell — on a tour around the U.S. during #OCDweek to raise Awareness and Fight Stigma with the help of the IOCDF Affiliates. If you can’t attend one of the events, we’ll be live-streaming video from each event on Facebook Live! Just like @IOCDF on Facebook to be notified of new videos. You can also follow Ethan, Liz, and Jeff on their journeys by following @IOCDF on Snapchat and Instagram to see their updates from the road.

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OCD in Kids & Teens
Hosted by OCD SF Bay Area

Saturday, October 8th

10:00am – 4:00pm

San Francisco, CA

An event for the whole family to learn about obsessive compulsive disorder in both children and adults. The morning will include workshop sessions for understanding and treating OCD in children and adults, followed by a presentation for everyone by IOCDF spokespeople, Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, Ethan Smith, and Jeff Bell, and concluding with support groups for a variety of populations. Click here for a full event schedule and more details. Cal Alumni Association — UC Berkeley
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720

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Breaking the Myths of OCD Town Hall
Hosted by OCD Southern California

Sunday, October 9th
10:00am – 2:00pm

Orange County (Irvine, CA)

This town hall will address the topics of what OCD is NOT, the myths of OCD, and what the disorder really looks like. The panel includes a personal look into the lives of the IOCDF spokespeople and how the myths hindered our ability to get well, sharing our journey and path with OCD struggles, treatment and management.

Featuring the IOCDF Spokespeople: Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD; Ethan Smith; & Jeff Bell

Silverado Office
6400 Oak Canyon, #200
Irvine, CA 92618

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Overcoming OCD
Hosted by OCD Southern California

Sunday, October 9th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

3:00-3:15pm   Welcome and Introductions

3:15-4:30pm   “The ABC’s of Overcoming OCD” by Jonathan Grayson, PhD

4:30-5:30pm   OCD Awareness Panel with the IOCDF Spokespeople: Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD; Ethan Smith; & Jeff Bell

5:30-6:00pm   Q & A Session with Dr. Grayson and the IOCDF Spokespeople

Kid- and family-friendly activities!

Refreshments will be served.

USC Health Science Campus
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Harkness Conference Room
2250 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA

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Out of the Shadows: Personal Stories to End Stigma
Hosted by OCD Texas

Tuesday, October 11th

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Houston, TX

Join us for a panel discussion with IOCDF spokespeople on the topic of breaking the stigma surrounding OCD. The discussion will present an intimate look into the lives of the IOCDF Spokespeople and their battle with a chronic mental illness, effective treatment, how to manage your illness and preventing future set-backs. The panel will be followed by two breakout sessions:

  • Medication and Brain Stimulation Treatment for OCD: a presentation by Wayne Goodman, MD (Auditorium)
  • Family members of a loved one with OCD: The do’s and do not’s: a presentation by Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD (Room A115)

    Initially when a family member is diagnosed with OCD, it is followed by a variety of emotions. Family members may experience a sense of relief or feel even more confused. They may find themselves asking, “Now what?” For many a diagnosis of OCD is new and questions about how best to help a struggling family member are common. This presentation will focus on what research and clinical practice have taught us about the most effective ways to support a loved one with OCD. We will also discuss some common pitfalls for family members to avoid. Time will be allotted for family members to share their own personal concerns, success stories, and to ask questions.

Light hors d’oeuvres served.

The Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007

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Massachusetts State House Luncheon

Hosted by OCD Massachusetts

Thursday, October 13

12:00pm

Boston, MA

Come stop by the House Member’s Lounge in the Massachusetts State House to grab lunch and hear a presentation by Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD and IOCDF spokespeople, Elizabeth McIngvale and Ethan Smith, who will be discussing OCD and mental health care access. Massachusetts State House, House Member’s Lounge
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133RSVP Here

IOCDF 30th Anniversary Party

Hosted by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and Peace of Mind Foundation (POM)

Friday, October 14

6:00 – 10:00pm

Boston, MA

Join us to honor the founders and key contributors to the International OCD Foundation’s success, followed by a FUN night complete with a photo booth, full bar, and DJ dancing featuring your favorite songs from 1986 and all of the eighties.

Visit www.iocdf.org/30Years for more information.

Benjamin Franklin Institute
41 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116RSVP Here

OCD Georgia Mini-Conference
Hosted by OCD Georgia

Saturday, October 15

9:00am – 12:00pm

Atlanta, GA

OCD 101: An Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment – Training for Mental Health Professionals
Presented by Kasey Brown, LCSW, OCD Georgia President, and Josh Spitalnick, Ph.D., ABPP, OCD Georgia board member. The program provides foundational information on the diagnosis and treatment of OCD and is designed for psychotherapists and other professionals seeking an introduction to OCD, its features, and empirically supported means of treating this disorder. Registration is required and seats are limited.
12 Executive Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30329RSVP Here

OCD and Addiction Mini Conference

Hosted by OCD Georgia

Saturday, October 15

1:00 – 3:00pm

Atlanta, GA

1:00pm – 2:00pm OCD and Addiction Education Series

Patrick McGrath, Ph.D. and Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, will speak about OCD and addiction, implications for treatment, and misconceptions plaguing the treatment model for these dual diagnoses. Following, IOCDF spokespeople Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. and Ethan S. Smith will host a panel discussion and meet with attendees.

2:00pm – 3:00pm IOCDF Spokesperson Panel and Meet & Greet

IOCDF spokespersons, Elizabeth McIngvale and Ethan S. Smith will be speaking on the hidden side of mental illness, discussing depression, suicide and addiction, breaking of barriers in order to open our eyes to the devastation, struggle, and stigma those with OCD and mental illness may be faced with.

Few Hall, Emory University
Multipurpose Room
4 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322RSVP Here

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