The 26th Annual IOCDF Annual Conference in Austin, TX: A Recap!

What an amazing weekend in Austin, Texas at the 26th Annual IOCDF Conference! As a clinic, there are several dates we circle on the calendar each year and the IOCDF annual conference is definitely one of those dates. We look forward to speaking with fellow clinicians and getting to meet those that live with OCD on a daily basis that we wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to meet. Thank you to Jeff, Tiia, Fran, and the entire IOCDF team for their dedication and hard work each day! It has been quite some time since the IOCDF Conference has been in Texas, so we were all the more excited when we learned that this would be in our backyard. So much so, we wanted to sing about it…Houston OCD Program was the proud sponsor of the Thursday Night Karaoke at Antone’s to kick off the conference. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new friends. 

It was inspiring to hear some really talented performers and witness people leaning into fear and discomfort by taking a risk and going up on stage. How can any night of people singing Prince songs possibly be bad? The first of 12 presentations featuring therapists from our program was on Thursday, July 18th when Drs. Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen spoke about the Bergen 4-Day Treatment and its innovative approach to OCD treatment. Attending and navigating the conference can be daunting for even the most seasoned attendees and clinicians; Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale, along with a panel of experts, gave a talk on the what, where, and how to get the most out of the conference. One of the highlights of the conference was the Bergen 4-Day Treatment talk with Drs. Thröstur Björgvinsson, Gerd Kvale, and Bjarne Hansen. They, along with clinics from Sweden and Iceland, shared their experiences of treating OCD sufferers and how B4DT has impacted their lives. There was a genuine buzz in the ballroom when seven former patients from Houston shared their stories and how the Bergen 4-Day Treatment has helped them.

  • The Bergen 4-Day Treatment: An Innovative Approach to Treating OCD – Drs. Gerd Kvale & Bjarne Hansen
  • How to Navigate the Annual OCD Conference – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale
  • “Back to the Future” Again!: Family Accommodation from Research to Practice, Where Are We? – Dr. Bjarne Hansen
  • “Hmmm, Is That OCD?” Helping Caregivers on How to Approach Their Loved One’s OCD Symptoms – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale
  • #BeASuperheroIRL – Dr. Melissa Fasteau & Dr. Alejandra Sequeira
  • Athletes and OCD – Cali Roper, LMSW
  • Want to Beat OCD? Learn Tools and Start Fighting Back! – Dr. Emily Anderson
  • Families Only! – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale
  • Support Group for Sexual and Violent Obsessions – Dr. Angela Smith
  • Dissemination of the Bergen 4 Day Treatment (B4DT): Bringing it to the U.S. – Dr. Thröstur Björgvinsson, Dr. Gerd Kvale, and Dr. Bjarne Hansen
  • OCD and the Changing Face of Media: An Inside Look at OCD in the News and on Social Media – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale
  • Virtual ERP: The Nuts & Bolts of Telehealth Practices for OCD – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale

So many of our staff were able to attend this year and be a part of this educational and inspiring experience. We have the very special privilege of working with and for so many wonderful individuals and that is never more evident than when we come together as a community at special events like the IOCDF Annual Conference.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Seattle!