OCD NJ To Host Annual Conference In Somerset

SOMERSET – OCD New Jersey, an Affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, will host its 11th annual conference on Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset.

After a brief welcome and introduction, an interactive multimedia presentation will be given by Jeff Bell, IOCDF Spokesperson and Allen H. Weg, Ed.D. They will present, “The Greater Good Perspective Shift – A ‘Field Tested’ Approach to OCD Treatment Motivation.”

Bell is the news anchor/reporter for KCBS Radio (CBS/San Francisco) and national spokesperson, member of the Speaker’s Bureau and member on the board of directors for the International OCD Foundation. He has authored, “When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty” and “Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”. He is the recipient of the 2007 National Edward R. Murrow Award/Radio-Television News Directors Association and the 2007 National Forwards Awards/Mental Health America.

Dr. Weg is one of the co-founders and Vice President on the Board of Directors of OCD NJ. He recently published “OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy.” He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. He is also founder and Director of Stress & Anxiety Services of NJ, a clinical practice in East Brunswick specializing in the treatment of OCD.

In the interactive, multimedia presentation, Bell will share the groundbreaking motivation strategy he developed – out of sheer necessity during his own treatment – for consumers like himself facing the rigors of exposure/response-prevention therapy. Dr. Weg will provide the clinical analysis of the material being reviewed by Bell. As countless therapists and consumers across the country have learned through Bell’s books and workshops, one simple “cognitive shift” technique can make all the difference between consumer overload and successful CBT/ERP treatment.

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 conference attendees. This will be moderated by Dr. Weg.

OCD symptoms can occur in people of all ages. In the United States, one in every 50 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 10/15/11) – $85 and for CEU Credits Advance Registration – $95; Late/On-Site Registration – $95; and CEU Credits – Late/On-Site Registration – $105. A Student Fee of $50 is available to those full time students with proper identification.

To advance register, include your name, organization, address, city, state, zip, and daytime phone on a sheet of paper with a check made payable to OCD NJ, 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, contact Ina Spero at 1-732-828-0099.

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 OCD New Jersey, visit www.ocdnj.org.

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