While attending the ADAA conference is always informative and exciting as we learn about the latest developments in anxiety treatment and connect with colleagues from all over the world, during the conference in Miami this April the team from Houston OCD Program collaborated on several talks and poster presentations. We had a very successful conference with many clinicians and researchers coming by our booth to lean about our treatment programs from our Program Manager Saharah Shrout, MA, LPC, Milieu Manager Eeva Edds, MA, and one of our Behavior Therapists Liviu Bunaciu, PhD.
The team attended several meetings and presented on several occasions. The Program Director, Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, collaborated with Trent Codd, III, PhD, and Lisa A. Napolitano, PhD, on a talk on ways to be successful in running an evidence-based treatment facility titled “Taking Care of Business: A Real-World Discussion About Owning and Operating a CBT Clinical Practice”. Dr. Björgvinsson also collaborated with Stan D. Arkow, MD, Randy J. Auerbach, PhD, ABPP, and Lisa A. Napolitano, PhD, on a roundtable discussion about how clinicians can most effectively ensure client safety in a talk titled “Is Your Patient Seriously Suicidal? When to Hospitalize Suicidal, Violent, or Impulsive Patients”. Furthermore, Dr. Björgvinsson was part of a panel discussion on ways to best support struggling clients by enhancing treatment motivation. His collaborators in this talk were Keri R. Brown, PhD, who was a behavior therapist at the Houston OCD Program for two years, Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, a practicum student for two summers at the Houston OCD Program, as well as Maria G. Fraire, PhD. The talk was titled “Clinical Strategies for Enhancing Motivation in Anxious Children and Adults”.
The current practicum students of the Houston OCD Program, both of whom are doctorate students of clinical psychology at the University of Houston were also actively participating in the conference. Jennifer Cowie, BA, collaborated with Jennifer Sy, PhD, Kimberly T. Stevens, MA, Kenia Velasquez, BS, Sarah J. Kertz, PhD, and Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, on a poster presentation titled “Change in Thought-Control Strategies Predict Reductions in Symptom Severity During Intensive Treatment for OCD”. Cowie was also the co-chair in a talk on “Contributions of Sleep to Anxious/Affective Risk and Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents” with the Houston OCD Program practicum student Katie Reynolds, MA, who presented her research on sleep and anxiety alongside Candice A Alfano, PhD, and Dana McMakin, PhD.