The Creative Expression Special Interest Group is composed of individuals with lived experience, loved ones and advocates who encourage collaboration, a sense of community and apply their creative skills to support and serve the needs of those in the OCD and related disorders community. This SIG helps cultivate purposeful initiatives and resources that advance the IOCDF’s mission. If you love forms of artistic expression- art, music, film, writing, acting, and have a desire to use your talents to create new resources, help organize and contribute artistic content at conferences, special events and celebrate OCD Awareness Week, please join the group!


  • Erika McCoy, IOCDF Advocate
  • Halima Flynt
  • Krista Reed, LSCSW / IOCDF Advocate


  • Hosted a variety of OCD Awareness Week events including Live Paint Night and designing website graphics.
  • Chalk it Up to Values initiative at the 2021 OCD walks
  • Designed Message of Hope Cards


  •  Developed the Monthly Creative Writing Workshop, Imagination Crew (see below for more information)
  • Creating Photo Wall for 2022 Conference
  • Maintaining and Organizing Online Art Gallery
  • Developing Awareness Raising Infographics

Want to Join the Creative Expression Special Interest Group?

This group is open to new membership. Please fill out the interest form to receive meeting information. If you have additional questions, please email

2nd Saturday Art Workshop

The 2nd Saturday Art Workshop is presented by the IOCDF Creative Expressions Special Interest Group. Using art to tell your OCD story can be a powerful way to express your experiences and raise awareness. Unleash your creativity and join us on the second Saturday for a community event focused on various art forms, such as painting, drawing, mixed media, digital art and more. This event is designed for beginners and experienced artists who want to hang out, talk OCD and get crafty creating! Sign up using this form to receive meeting reminders, monthly topics and the zoom link. Mark your calendar! Starting November 11, 2023 at 2:30 pm ET, then every 2nd Saturday of the month at 2:00 pm ET.

Monthly Creative Writing Workshop

The Imagination CREW (Creative Routes to Explore Writing) is a virtual creative writing workshop for those with OCD. Come join the CREW and spend time with other members of the OCD community! Each meeting will focus on a certain type of creative writing and/or a certain theme/topic. These will vary, but may include Fantasy, Poetry, Short Play Scripts, Short Stories, Hero’s Journey Stories, Anti-Hero Stories, Songs, Comic Strips, Collaborative Projects, Journaling, Greeting Cards, Create an app, Invention, Create a reality show, Create a holiday, Mystery, and more.


Lauren Shoemaker, Hannah Zidansek, Krista Reed, LSCSW

Want to Join the Imagination CREW?

Please fill out the interest form to receive meeting information.