OCD NJ To Host Annual Conference On October 24

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SOMERSET – OCD NJ, an Affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, will host its Eleventh Annual Conference on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset. The conference will begin with guest speaker, Dr. Aureen Wagner, who will present, “Hard-to-Treat OCD in Children and Adolescents: Child-Friendly CBT for Youngsters with Bad Thoughts, Perfectionism, and Hoarding.”

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Rochester, NY. She is a clinical child psychologist who is widely recognized for her unique Worry Hill approach to making cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) accessible to youngsters.

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She is founder of several books for professionals and families including: Worried No More: help and hope for Anxious Children: Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Treatment; What to do when your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its Treatments; What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Strategies and Treatment of OCD in children and Adolescents.

In her presentation, Dr. Wagner will provide an in-depth understanding of the symptom picture and thought processes associated with challenging forms of OCD in youngsters. Specific and creative child-friendly application of core CBT techniques for typically hard-to-treat forms of OCD will be presented, along with the case examples.

The second part of the program, entitled, “Living with OCD” will consist of a panel of those affected by OCD, who will each briefly speak about their experience and then take questions from from conference attendees. This will be moderated by Allen H. Weg, EdD and OCD NJ Vice President.

OCD symptoms can occur in people of all ages. In the United States, 1 in every fifty adults currently suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and twice that many may have had it at some point in their lives. Fortunately, very effective treatments for OCD are now available to help sufferers and their families regain a more satisfying life.

This program is designed for both professionals and non-professionals. Registration fees for the conference are: Advance Registration (before 10/15/10) – $75 and for CEU Credits Advance Registration – $85; Late/On-Site Registration – $85; and CEU Credits – Late/On-Site Registration – $95. A Student Fee of $40 is available to those full time students with proper identification. To advance register, please include your name, organization, address, city, state, zip, and daytime phone on a sheet of paper with a check made payable to NJAOCF, and mail to 60 MacAfee Road, Somerset, NJ, 08873. Credit card payments can be accepted at www.njocf.org and click on the link for “Annual Conference”. For questions about the conference, please contact Ina Spero at (732) 828-0099.

The OCD NJ is an Affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation is a nonprofit organization sanctioned by the National Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. The NJ OCF is committed to the national IOCDF goals of educating the community about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), offering support to sufferers and their families, and supporting research. Members of the organization include mental health professionals, as well as, OCD sufferers, their families, and friends. OCD NJ has quarterly meetings in central NJ which feature OCD experts as the guest speakers. All meetings are free and open to the public. The organization also publishes a quarterly newsletter. For more information on the NJ OCF, visit www.njocf.org.


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