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OCD Southern California Fifth Annual Conference

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OCD Southern California Conference 2021: A Virtual Event

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Join us for the 5th annual OCD Southern California conference--a virtual event this year! We are thrilled to present the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)'s National and Lead Advocates as our keynote speakers. We are pleased to introduce our speakers:

Ethan S. Smith was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life-changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Annual OCD Conference in Los Angeles. He serves as an IOCDF National Advocate. He has devoted his life to reducing stigma around OCD and mental health, to education, and to supporting the OCD community.

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD is the director of the McLean Houston OCD Program. Elizabeth is a National Advocate for the IOCDF and serves as a board member. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 12 and underwent both inpatient and outpatient therapy. Elizabeth engages in clinical work, research, and advocacy with the goal of improving access to care and OCD treatment.

Valerie Andrews received an OCD diagnosis in 2011 and, following treatment, began advocating in hopes of bringing awareness and inclusion within her own community and communities of faith. Her goal is to continue working as an IOCDF Lead Advocate and promoting change for women of age, color, and faith.

Tom Smalley, MS, CSCS was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 16 and shortly after became passionate about spreading awareness about OCD. Tom was the recipient of the 2019 IOCDF Hero Award. He speaks at the Annual OCD Conferences and has appeared on a variety of blogs and podcasts. Tom is particularly passionate about athletes and OCD and the stigma of mental health in sports.

Chris Trondsen, MS, AMFT, APCC, suffered from undiagnosed, severe OCD and BDD from childhood. Following treatment, Chris began advocating for mental health and shared his story on TV, newspapers and podcasts. Chris began speaking at Annual OCD Conferences, including giving the keynote with his mom at the 2011 conference. He also helped start the Young Adult Track at the annual conference.

Each of these advocates is a person with OCD who devotes time to support others with the disorder and to advocate for better mental health services.

Following the keynote speakers, there will be a total of 30 break-out sessions offered during three consecutive time slots.  Ten breakout sessions will be offered during each time slot. More information about our presentations, led by some of the top OCD experts in the United States, is now posted on our website: ocdsocal.org. We are also offering community discussion groups, two documentaries, and a mindfulness/yoga workshop during the lunch break. The conference will end with a Summary Q&A Panel and an opportunity drawing for various prizes.

Up to 5.25 CEs available for LMFT, LPCC, LCSW and psychologists.

Cost: $20.00 for Early Bird Special--ends July 5th. Cost will increase to $25.00 after July 5th. Cost is per screen. A discount is available for families and groups with the purchase of three or more tickets during one transaction.

To obtain CEs, the cost for the conference entrance and CEs is $35 through July 5th with an increase to $40.00 after July 5th.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us through our email address: info@ocdsocal.org.

Can I buy one ticket for two people?

When purchasing a ticket, you will receive a unique log-in and password to be used by one person. Only one screen at a time can be logged in with this user name and password. We recommend that you purchase a ticket for each person attending the conference as there are multiple break-out sessions occurring simultaneously.

Do you offer discounts for families?

For families and groups, we offer a discount on each ticket if you purchase three or more tickets during one transaction.

Do you offer scholarships or discounts?

We do offer scholarships and will work with large families requesting a discount. Please contact us at info@ocdsocal.org and let us know how we can help.

What's the refund policy?

We are sorry, but we cannot provide refunds. However, you are able to transfer your ticket to another person.

I am not comfortable with computers. How difficult will it be for me to participate?

Our platform utilizes Zoom, so if you are familiar with Zoom, you will easily navigate through the conference.

My computer doesn't have a camera. Can I still participate? Can I attend the conference on my phone? Can I choose to not show my face while attending the conference?

Yes, you can participate in the entire conference without turning on your camera, and you can join us with your cell phone.

What if I want to attend multiple talks that are happening simultaneously?

You are able to move from room to room during a session.

Will the talks be available after the conference?

The talks will be recorded and will be available for a limited time after the conference for those who purchased a ticket.

Do I need to attend live to receive CEs?

Yes, you will need to attend the entire conference on July 31st in order to receive the CEs.

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OCD SoCal, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), was started in 2011 to further the mission of the IOCDF in our local Southern California community. We aim to increase awareness and improve access to treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders throughout Southern California. This is done by sponsoring educational programs, connecting families with local resources, offering educational and outreach programs to schools, media and mental health professionals, and fostering a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them. By providing resources at the local level, the goal of OCD SoCal is to facilitate the wellness of people with OCD and their family members.

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