The 2015 Annual OCD Conference is here!

Welcome to Boston! We’re so glad a record-breaking number of attendees were able to join us for the 22nd Annual OCD Conference. This year is particularly special, as we’re able to host so many of you in our hometown of Boston. We’re sure you have questions as you start to get settled and begin planning your weekend, so we’re here to help! Read on for some important information you’ll need to know to make the most of the weekend. 

I’ve arrived — now what?

First things first, make sure you check in, if you registered for the Conference ahead of time, or register onsite if you haven’t registered to attend yet. The registration desk is open from noon–8pm on Thursday. Attendees will also be able to check in and pick up badges beginning at 7am on the mornings of Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. 

What can I do tonight?

We’ve got some great ice breakers planned to help connect Conference attendees from the get-go! New this year is the “Louder than OCD” Cabaret and Open Mic event taking place from 6:30-9pm in Grand Ballroom A. Join IOCDF Spokeswoman Ro Vitale, as well as the co-writers of the upcoming musical, Three Times Fast, a show about the writers’ experiences with OCD. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to showcase their own musical skills during an open mic portion.

We’ve also got some old favorites in the mix to ensure there’s something for everyone. Younger attendees can check out fun events such as OCD: The Game Show for Kids and OCD Storytelling for Kids and Parents. There’s also an Adult Storytime taking place that night, as well as the always-popular OCD Pub Trivia ice breaker. We’ve also got a wide range of support groups taking place in the evening as well.

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 2.35.23 PMHow do I know what’s going on and where talks are?

There are three easy ways to check each day’s schedule and figure out when and where you should be in order to make it to all talks, presentations, support groups, and evening activities you might want to attend.

First, each day’s schedule is laid out in the Program Guide. Everyone will receive a physical copy of the guide when they check in or register onsite at the Conference.

You can also view the schedule online. You can sort the online version of the schedule by tracks, days, and search for individual speakers to make finding the right talk super simple!

Finally, we also recommend you download our Conference smartphone app if you prefer to look up each day’s events via your phone or tablet.

image (5)I’d love to see Boston while I’m here. Got any tips on where I should go?

We love the city of Boston! Monday’s blog featured a list of staff recommendations and nearby attractions in the city in case you’re interested in exploring while you’re in town. Many of these attractions are also offering special discounts and deals for Conference attendees. Make sure you check out the discounts page for more information.

Many of these attractions are also close to the Conference hotel. Within a 15 minute walk from the Westin is the Institute of Contemporary Art, which is offering free admission all day on Friday; Laugh Boston, a comedy club located in the Westin itself is offering up to 25 percent off their shows on Thursday and Friday; and the Lawn on D, a gorgeous green space literally in the Westin’s backyard has fun events going on all weekend.

Ambassador ButtonI still have questions — where can I go or who should I talk to with other questions?

There’s a whole crew of people waiting to help you make the most of your Conference experience. A good place to start is by chatting with a Conference Ambassador. All ambassadors will have a big blue and orange button, making them easy to spot. Ambassadors are a mix of people who have been to many OCD Conferences, and who are happy to help you make the most of your conference experience.

If you have specific questions about the IOCDF, membership, or our programs, we encourage you to visit our membership coordinator, Tiia Groden, at the IOCDF Info Table in the Exhibit Hall (Booth #8). Tiia will be joined by several special guests throughout the Conference as well, including two furry therapy dog friends set to hold “Pawffice Hours” throughout the Conference, and all four IOCDF spokespeople. Specific hours when everyone will be at the IOCDF table in the Exhibit Hall are listed on page 21 of this year’s Program Guide. Everyone at the table will be happy to chat with you as well!

And finally, don’t forget to share your Conference experience with us! Tag us in any posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and use the hashtag #OCDcon to share your Conference highlights. Most importantly, have an incredible weekend, and do everything you can take advantage of the amazing opportunity that is the Annual OCD Conference!

7 Boston Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss!

It’s not every year that we get to host the OCD Conference in our hometown! As we finalize all Conference details and you finalize your travel plans, the IOCDF staff pulled together a list of some of our favorite local attractions, as well as a list of discounted and free things to do in and around Boston, to help make your visit to Boston even more fun. Here are just a few of our favorite sights and destinations to see during your stay in Boston. Make sure to check out the full lists for even more fun ideas!

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Conference attendees looking for some evening entertainment won’t have to go any further than the Westin hotel lobby, home of Laugh Boston, a comedy club with some great discounts for Conference attendees. Laugh Boston is offering discounts of 20-25% off for the stand-up comedy shows on Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31st, featuring Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor and comedian, Judah Friedlander. Judah may be most recognizable as his character Frank Rossitano on NBC’s long-running, hit comedy 30 Rock. In addition, Judah is set to star in the highly anticipated Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer. Judah has made multiple hilarious appearances on many late night shows, including Conan, The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show. Click here for discount details. Discount and ticket availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

The “Hahvahd” Tour

Current current Harvard undergraduate students, graduate students and Harvard alumni lead this entertaining, theatrical tour in and around many of Harvard’s iconic buildings and nearby hangouts. Tours focus on the history and culture of Harvard, as well as some of the more famous Ivy Leaguers who have called Cambridge their home over the years.

Use promo code IOCDF when booking online for 50% off tickets. When booking, select the tour date of your choice, then submit the promo code in the “coupons” field.

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According to Jeff Smith, the IOCDF’s director of development, there’s no better way to see the city than from the water.

“The view of the city from the water is amazing!” he says. “There are so many different types of cruises, from whale watching to touring the Boston Harbor Islands. When you’re back on land, it’s always fun to go to Legal Seafood on Boston Harbor Wharf for quintessential Boston Clam Chowdah!”

OCD Conference attendees can use customer ID# 7134 over the phone (617-227-4321 x9) to receive a discount off of ticket purchases. (Note: Reservations must be made in advance by calling and paying with a credit card. Guests that arrive at the ticket office without a reservation will not be eligible for the discount and will also run the risk of not getting a ticket, which frequently sell out on weekends).

Boston Common and Public Garden

This gorgeous green space is a favorite of IOCDF Assistant Program Director Stephanie Cogen. Stephanie says the Common and the Garden, located near downtown Boston, are great places to enjoy a nice walk, stop for a rest or a picnic in the grass, while away the hours watching (or riding!) the iconic Swan Boats, and pose for pictures with famous statues like the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue located in the Public Garden.

The Boston Common is also the first stop of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile trail that leads walkers past 16 of Boston’s most influential historic sites, many of which played significant roles in the Revolutionary War. Maps and guides of the Freedom Trail are available here. 

Institute of Contemporary Art

Less than a 15 minute walk from the Conference hotel, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is home to some of the most significant national and international works of contemporary art, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance. A list and descriptions of current exhibitions is available here, as well as information about hours and admission.

The ICA is offering FREE admission on Friday, July 31 to all visitors. Activities for the whole family—including art making, performances, conversations on art, and more—will take place throughout the day.

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Another IOCDF staff favorite, and a great indoor attraction to check out on a rainy, hot, or humid day. Pam Lowy, the IOCDF’s director of operations, lists octopi, jellyfish, penguins, and seals as just some of the creatures that call the Aquarium their home. A new exhibit opened recently highlights the Aquarium’s expertise in saving endangered sea turtles, and provides visitors with a hands-on experience with diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating sea turtles. Hours and admissions information is available here.

Lawn on D

Located right in the Conference hotel’s backyard is the Lawn on D, a unique event space designed to encourage public engagement and foster creativity. Aside from the coolest swings you’ll ever see, the space also hosts art installations, music, games, food & beverage vendors, and other fun programming, most of which is free! Find out what’s happening during the Conference weekend by visiting the Lawn’s homepage.

Click here to see more discounted and free attractions in and around the OCD Conference location.

 

Advanced Online Registration is Now Sold Out*

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will still be available at the Conference Hotel beginning at noon on Thursday, July 30th. And starting at 7am on Friday and Saturday mornings.

If you have any questions, please email conference@iocdf.org.

See you in Boston!

*Don’t worry! There will still be onsite registrations available for the Pre-Conference Training Sessions, 1-day Registrations for Friday and Saturday, and Full Conference Badges.

3rd Annual Hoarding Meeting Offers Resources, Support in Boston This Summer

Hoarding disorder (HD) presents a unique challenge because of how it impacts such a wide variety of individuals, agencies, and groups. As such, our goal at the IOCDF has been to continue to design and develop comprehensive resources that help support individuals with hoarding disorder while also addressing the family, community, and public impacts of HD. Continue reading

The Annual OCD Conference – Fun for All Ages!

With just three weeks to go, the IOCDF staff is more excited than ever for the 22nd Annual OCD Conference later this month. We can’t wait to welcome you all to our hometown of Boston, MA, including the youngest members of our OCD community — kids and teens. You may be wondering what, if anything, children or teens can possibly get out of attending the Annual OCD Conference. Whether someone is 4 years old or 18 years old, there is something fun for everyone! Read on to get a sense of what kids and teens can expect from their time at the Conference. Continue reading

3 Reasons To Be Boston Bound This Summer

It’s about that time again! The International OCD Foundation’s Annual OCD Conference is upon us in less than a month and this year, it’s in the IOCDF’s hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. This can only mean one thing…LOTS OF CLAM CHOWDER!!! Research has shown that consuming delicious clam chowder has absolutely no effect on OCD. However, attending the Conference does. If you’re on the fence about going, here are my top 3 reasons to get on a plane, train, bus, or car and join us this summer. Continue reading

Annual OCD Conference Frequently Asked Questions — You Asked, We Answered!

With the 2015 Annual OCD Conference only 7 weeks away, the IOCDF staff is busy preparing for what we hope will be our best Conference yet. We are so excited for all of you to come to our hometown of Boston and experience the magic of the Annual OCD Conference with us. Quick Reminder: Register this week to save! Our early bird registration deadline is one week from now, on Monday, June 22nd, at 5pm ET. After that date, you will still be able to register, but prices will go up. Click here to see all registration rates. Over the last few of months, we have received some really great questions from the IOCDF community about the Annual OCD Conference. It is thank to feedback from YOU, our attendees, that the Conference gets better and better each year! Read below for a roundup of some of these questions — and please be sure to email us at conference@iocdf.org if you have any other questions that were not answered by this post. Continue reading

Research Poster Deadline is this Monday, May 18th!

Every year we invite the world’s leading researchers on OCD and related disorders to submit proposals to present their researchposters during the Researcher Meet & Greet at the Annual OCD Conference, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 1, 2015. Posters are also displayed throughout the Conference weekend.

Posters will be accepted from senior, licensed researchers as well as research trainees and students. For ALL poster submissions, at least one author must be present at the OCD Conference to represent the poster and answer questions at the Researcher Meet & Greet event.

Remember that we also have Outstanding Poster Awards for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members, offering a $1,000 travel award or free conference registration to winners.
Forward this email to students and trainees who may be interested, and don’t forget to tell them sign up for the IOCDF Student/Trainee Membership  in order to be eligible.
The deadline for submitting a research poster is this MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 at 5pm ET. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email us at conference@iocdf.org, or call us at 617-973-5801.

Conference Registration Now Open

We are so excited about this year’s conference in Boston: This is our 22nd Annual OCD Conference and will feature more than 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars, as well as 36 evening activities and support groups. Our presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as individuals with OCD and family members sharing their personal stories.

Some highlights of 2015 OCD Conference program include: 
  • The return of our popular presentation track for Young Adults (under 30) discussing issues such as navigating college, career, and social lives with OCD and related disorders.
  • The 3rd Annual Hoarding Meeting, including a 2-day presentation track dedicated to hoarding disorder information, treatment, and research; a pre-conference professional training session on community responses to hoarding disorder; as well as support groups for those with hoarding and their loved ones.
  • Specialty Presentation Sessions: the return of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) SessionPANDAS/PANS Session, and the new Perfectionism Session. All three Sessions have talks for therapists, researchers, and families.
  • Many special Evening Activities (including the NEW “Louder than OCD” Cabaret, the return of the OCD Pub Trivia Ice-Breaker, and many more!)
  • Plus, other great offerings for everyone in the OCD community, including programs for kids and teensparents and families, therapists, researchers, other professionals, students, and many more.

To learn more about this year’s schedule and program offerings and to REGISTER, please visit www.ocd2015.org.

Researchers
We are still accepting research poster submissions for this year’s conference. Click here to learn more.

Volunteering at the OCD Conference

We are now also accepting applications for volunteer opportunities at this year’s OCD Conference. Click here to learn more and/or to apply online. Note: All volunteers receive a complimentary Conference registration as a thank you!

If you have any questions at all, you can reach us by phone at 617-973-5801 or by email at conference@iocdf.org. Thank you!

Conference Registration Now Open

We are so excited about this year’s conference in Boston: This is our 22nd Annual OCD Conference and will feature more than 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars, as well as 36 evening activities and support groups. Our presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as individuals with OCD and family members sharing their personal stories.

Some highlights of 2015 OCD Conference program include: 
  • The return of our popular presentation track for Young Adults (under 30) discussing issues such as navigating college, career, and social lives with OCD and related disorders.
  • The 3rd Annual Hoarding Meeting, including a 2-day presentation track dedicated to hoarding disorder information, treatment, and research; a pre-conference professional training session on community responses to hoarding disorder; as well as support groups for those with hoarding and their loved ones.
  • Specialty Presentation Sessions: the return of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) SessionPANDAS/PANS Session, and the new Perfectionism Session. All three Sessions have talks for therapists, researchers, and families.
  • Many special Evening Activities (including the NEW “Louder than OCD” Cabaret, the return of the OCD Pub Trivia Ice-Breaker, and many more!)
  • Plus, other great offerings for everyone in the OCD community, including programs for kids and teensparents and families, therapists, researchers, other professionals, students, and many more.

To learn more about this year’s schedule and program offerings and to REGISTER, please visit www.ocd2015.org.

Researchers
We are still accepting research poster submissions for this year’s conference. Click here to learn more.

Volunteering at the OCD Conference

We are now also accepting applications for volunteer opportunities at this year’s OCD Conference. Click here to learn more and/or to apply online. Note: All volunteers receive a complimentary Conference registration as a thank you!

If you have any questions at all, you can reach us by phone at 617-973-5801 or by email at conference@iocdf.org. Thank you!