OCD NJ To Host Annual Conference On Oct. 21

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SOMERSET – OCD NJ, an Affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, will host its 13th Annual Conference on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset. The conference will begin with guest speaker, Dr. Barbara Van Noppen, who will present, “The Role of the Family in OCD: Current Trends in Research and Treatment Implications.” The conference has been approved for 4 CE credits by the State Board of Psychological Examiners and by the State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Barbara Van Noppen is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed psychologist. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, University of Southern California. In addition, she holds positions as the Administrative Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic; is the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment and Research Program Co-Director, Department of Psychiatry; is the Assistant Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry; and is on the Curriculum Development and Psychotherapy Task Force, all at Keck. In the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Dr. Van Noppen currently holds positions on the Pediatric and Family Subcommittee, the Conference Planning Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Board. She has authored over a dozen publications, all examining some aspect of families and OCD, and has made dozens of presentations. She has also been involved in multiple funded research projects, most focusing on families and OCD.

In this interactive, multimedia presentation, Dr. Van Noppen explains that, “The impact of OCD symptoms on relatives and how family responses may facilitate OCD symptoms is often overlooked in research and treatment, though is gaining attention. Family members often ask how to best manage OCD. This talk will review research findings to date and provide an in-depth discussion of how family members/support persons can be successfully integrated into exposure and response prevention. A combination of PowerPoint slides and a DVD review will be utilized during the presentation.”

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. This will be followed by a question and answer session. The panel will be moderated by Allen H. Weg, EdD and OCD NJ Vice President. Dr. Weg is the author of “OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy,” (Oxford University Press, 2010) and 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.

OCD symptoms can occur in people of all ages. In the United States, 1 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 Oct. 17) – $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, please 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 401 Rt. 22 Apt. 15C, N. Plainfield, NJ 07060. Credit card payments can be accepted at www.ocdnj.org and click on the link for “Annual Conference”. For questions about the conference, please 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 OCD NJ 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 NJ, visit www.ocdnj.org.

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