Rogers’s providers were among those helping increase awareness, provide continuing education and support individuals and families dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorders at the 20th annual OCD Conference held July 18-21 in Atlanta, GA. The conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for families to connect with professionals who are experts in OCD treatment, with more than 1,100 mental health professionals, families and patients attending.
In addition to an exhibit, Rogers’ Stephanie Eken, MD and David Jacobi, PhD presented “Parent University: a Comprehensive OCD-Specific Parenting Program” their workshop focusing on strategies parents can use to manage interventions and promote healthy relationships with their child. Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, also presented on “How to do Attention Retraining for OCD,” “Fun with Exposures” and the “Four Psychological Treatment Approaches for OCD”.
So many families have not found the right treatment or treatment providers experienced in treating OCD. “The OCD conference gives families renewed hope that treatment works, they are so grateful to find resources and treatment.” says Barry Thomet, community outreach representative, “Each year you get the opportunity to reconnect with the families you talked to last year and hear the wonderful feedback on the treatment experience their sons or daughters had and how well they are doing today.”
“It is heartening to see these interactions and to witness the compassion and dedication of the psychiatrists, psychologists and other clinicians who are key to helping individuals get better,” says Mary Jo Wiegratz, national outreach manager for Rogers. “The International OCD Foundation puts on such a great conference where those diagnosed with OCD get to interact with peer groups and feel accepted. It builds their confidence and encourages them to continue on their path to recovery.”