In addition to highlighting the presenters who will be at this year’s conference, we also want this blog to highlight the point of view of conference attendees. Paula Kotakis from San Francisco, CA, has been going to IOCDF conferences for nearly 16 years. She is also an active member of the online OCD community, moderating an online support group for those who hoard, in addition to helping to moderate an online group about the IOCDF conference. In this blog, Paula opens up about her first IOCDF conference, and her experiences since. Continue reading
For today’s blog, we wanted to take a moment to answer some of the most common questions we hear from attendees, especially those planning to come to their first IOCDF Conference. So, we sat down with Michael Spigler, our Program Director (and Conference guru), to get the inside scoop on registering for and attending this year’s conference. If you have any other questions that we failed to address, please leave them in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to answer them. Continue reading
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the things we hear time and time again from our conference attendees is how unique the IOCDF conference is, especially when it comes to being family-friendly. At IOCDF, we really aim to make the conference a resource that is open to individuals with OCD of all ages, as well as their family members and loved ones, in addition to mental health professionals.
Jack Lindley first attended the Annual IOCDF conference in San Diego last year with his mother Liz. This year, not only are they attending, they are back to run a kids program called “Icky Sticky Fun and Games,” in addition to helping with the OCD 4 Ping Pong event. Jack, a high school freshman, will also be participating in the Teen Success Panel. In this blog, Christina Albano interviewed Jack and Liz about their involvement in this year’s conference. Continue reading
I’m excited to present to you the new home of our Conference Buzz Blog. We have moved the blog from its old location on the IOCDF website* to its own dedicated page here for a number of reasons: We hope that you will find this blog more user-friendly, easier to navigate, easier to find, and, most importantly, easier to comment on.
We want this blog to be your window into this year’s conference and to give you a taste of what to expect—ranging from what presentations we have lined up for you to what the experience of going to an OCD conference is really like. We plan to have posts from past attendees to talk about their experiences at the conference from the perspectives of individuals with OCD, family members and parents, teens, and older adults. In addition, we will continue our series of posts from conference presenters, offering you a sneak-peak at the conference’s many amazing talks and presentations. Continue reading