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!

Conference Registration Opens in 1 Week! PLUS Other Important Dates

We hope you are all getting excited for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference, to be held this year from July 31–August 2, 2015, in Boston, MA! While the Conference is still four months away, we are already hard at work here at the IOCDF office planning for what we hope to be one of our best Conferences yet.

Here is an outline of some important dates to remember in the coming months, including deadlines, hotel information, registration dates, volunteer opportunities, and more!

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our Conference News email list at here to make sure that you don’t miss any important announcements as we lead up to the Conference weekend.

Conference Registration

Registration for the Conference will begin on Monday, March 30, 2015. There will be several types of registration based on age and whether or not you are a mental health student/trainee or licensed professional, as well as varying rates based on IOCDF membership.

Like in 2015, you will be able to register for the Conference in three ways: 1) online, using our secure payment module on the Conference website, 2) over the phone, working with IOCDF office staff; or 3) submitting a hard copy of the registration form via fax or mail. Remember to register as soon as you can before prices go up after the Early Bird Deadline! Here are some important registration deadlines to be aware of:

Early Bird Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5pm ET

After the Early Bird Deadline has passed, the prices for each type of registration will increase.

Last Day to Register by Mail: Friday, July 10, 2015

Hard-copy registration forms must be postmarked by this day to be accepted.

Last Day to Cancel Registration to Receive a Refund: Friday, July 10, 2015

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked by 7/10/15 in order to receive a refund.

Last Day to Pre-Register: Monday, July 27, 2015, at 3pm ET

We will be closing our online and phone pre-registration by this deadline; however, you will still be able to register for the Conference onsite starting on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 12:00pm.

Conference Hotel Rooms

The hotel room block for the 22nd Annual OCD Conference is now open! The 2015 OCD Conference will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, located at 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210. In order to make reservations at the special discounted rate set aside for Conference attendees, go to our website here. The deadline for booking hotel rooms at the discounted Conference rate is Friday, June 26, 2015; however, we have sold out of rooms at the Conference hotel much earlier than that in recent years, so be sure to book your hotel room sooner rather than later to guarantee your reservation!

Volunteer & Scholarship Opportunities

In an effort to make the Conference more affordable and more accessible for everyone, the IOCDF offers reduced and free registration through our Conference Scholarship and Volunteer programs. Volunteers work as room monitors, assist with registration, or provide general support during the Conference, while scholarships are awarded on a needs-based scale. In 2014, we plan to offer around 30 Volunteer positions and 20 Scholarships. Volunteering at the Conference will provide free registration, while being awarded a Scholarship will provide a reduced-cost registration. Take a look at our Conference website here to find out more information on how to apply to volunteer, and here for more information on how to apply for the scholarship program.

Conference Schedule

The full conference schedule of workshops, support groups, evening activities, and professional trainings will be posted soon on the Conference website here, as well as within the mailed Conference Preview Brochure, which all IOCDF members will receive in the mail soon. If you are not a current IOCDF member and would like to request a copy of the Preview Brochure, please let us know by emailing conference@iocdf.org.

Exhibiting, Advertising, & Sponsorship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for marketing opportunities at the Conference. If you are interested in exhibiting, advertising, and/or sponsoring the Annual OCD Conference, please visit our Marketing Opportunities page of the Conference website here to view or download the 2015 Prospectus. On this page, you can learn about the various opportunities available, as well as find the applications you need to submit in order to be considered. This is a great way to support the Conference, as well as make sure your organization/clinic is highlighted throughout the OCD community!

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of these dates and deadlines. We are so excited for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference and can’t wait to see you all in Boston this summer!

Marissa Keegan, Program Director
& Stephanie Cogen, Assistant Program Director

Conference Registration Opens in 1 Week! PLUS Other Important Dates

We hope you are all getting excited for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference, to be held this year from July 31–August 2, 2015, in Boston, MA! While the Conference is still four months away, we are already hard at work here at the IOCDF office planning for what we hope to be one of our best Conferences yet. Here is an outline of some important dates to remember in the coming months, including deadlines, hotel information, registration dates, volunteer opportunities, and more! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our Conference News email list at here to make sure that you don’t miss any important announcements as we lead up to the Conference weekend. Continue reading

Proposal Deadline EXTENDED Due to Winter Storm in Boston

Good afternoon,

As many of you know, the Annual OCD Conference proposal system was scheduled to close Monday, 2/2/15 at 5pm ET. However, due to the winter storm that we are currently experiencing in Boston, the IOCDF offices are closed today, and we have decided to push the proposal deadline to tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3 at 5pm ET. We will not be accepting any more proposals after this new deadline.

UPDATE, 2/3/15: Our phone system is back up and running!. If you have been trying to call the office with questions about the Conference and/or submitting a proposal and have had difficulty doing so, please email us at conference@iocdf.org or call us at 617-973-5801.

Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to receiving your Conference proposal soon.

Proposal Deadline EXTENDED Due to Winter Storm in Boston

Good afternoon,
As many of you know, the Annual OCD Conference proposal system was scheduled to close today at 5pm ET. However, due to the winter storm that we are currently experiencing in Boston, the IOCDF offices are closed today, and we have decided to push the proposal deadline to tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3 at 5pm ET. We will not be accepting any more proposals after this new deadline.
Our phone system has been experiencing technical difficulties today due to the weather. If you have been trying to call the office with questions about the Conference and/or submitting a proposal and have had difficulty doing so, please email us at conference@iocdf.org for an immediate response. You can also email us at info@iocdf.org for any other questions.
Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to receiving your Conference proposal soon.

Apply to Speak at our Next OCD Conference in Boston

We are now accepting proposals for presentations, evening events, support groups, the Keynote Address, and research posters for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference to be held in Boston, MA, on July 30 – August 2, 2015.

Our speakers and support group leaders are the backbone of our Conference. Help us make this year’s Conference our best yet by adding your insight, knowledge, and experience to our program. Whether you are a professional, or someone who wants to share their own personal stories of living with OCD, we invite you to submit your proposal to speak at the next Annual OCD Conference.

Presentation Proposals

We are accepting proposals for presentations to be presented during the 3 days of our Annual OCD Conference (Friday, 7/30 thru Sunday, 8/2). We accept proposals for presentations in the following “tracks”: General Audience, Individuals with OCD, Families/Parents, Kids with OCD, Teens with OCD, Young Adults with OCD, Researchers, Therapists, Hoarding Disorder, and Spanish-Language (conducted en Español). For tips on choosing the right topic, and maximizing your chance of being selected, click here.

NEW this year, we are looking to broaden the types and varieties of presentations that are given. You will see the following new options in the presentation proposal submission system this year:

  • Talk/Lecture: These proposals typically have 1-4 presenters. A talk is usually a personal story given by an individual(s) who has struggled with OCD and/or related disorders, or been affected by OCD and/or a related disorder in some way (for example, a parent or spouse). A lecture is a presentation that emphasizes teaching attendees something new in a relatively structured manner. Lectures typically involve a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Panel Discussion: Panels are proposals that typically include 3-4 presenters. The format of these presentations can be primarily Q&A and/or each panelist sharing their unique expertise on a topic. Panel discussions usually do not include a formal and structured PowerPoint presentation.
  • Interactive Workshop: Interactive workshop proposals typically range from 1-4 presenters. The intent of these workshops is to engage the attendees through experiential exercises, completing and discussing worksheets, and/or role play demonstrations (or videotapes).
  • Research Symposium: These proposals should be considered “advanced” and for the Researcher Track. They should include 1 moderator and/or discussant(s) and 3-4 research studies to be reviewed. That said, the symposium should have a clear theme and the abstract should demonstrate how the 3-4 research projects are related to each other.

Evening Activity Proposals

Yoga for OCDWe accept proposals for activities and special events that will take place in the evenings during the Conference, after the workshops and sessions have ended for the day. These can be social or networking activities, or experiential, or anything in between. Examples of past evening activities include:

  • Ice Breaker events for adults, such as OCD Pub Trivia, 5-Mile Evening Run, Yoga for OCD, or Second City’s Improv for Anxiety.
  • Fun, family-friendly events such as Ping Pong 4 OCD; Fashion Show & Karaoke for Kids, Teens, and Parents; and OCD Storytelling.
  • Experiential events such as the popular Virtual Camping for Adults with Dr. Jon Grayson.

There is no specific time limit for these activities and special events — if your proposal is selected, we will work with you to design a program that best fits our schedule, as well as the schedule of your activity.

Support Group Proposals

We accept proposals for support groups that take place in the evenings of the Conference on Thursday, 7/29, Friday, 7/30, and Saturday, 8/1. Evening support groups can be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. We accept support group proposals for nearly everyone in the OCD community, including: Adults, Kids & Teens, and Young Adults with OCD or related disorders (such as Hoarding Disorder, BDD, and PANS/PANDAS) as well as their family members, caregivers, and supporters.

Keynote Address Proposals

Ethan-FrontpageIf you would like to be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference, we now have a separate proposal system for this presentation. The Keynote Address takes place during the Conference’s General Session on the morning of Saturday, August from 8:00-9:30am. Keynote Speakers are usually local to the area of the Conference, and have a compelling story to tell about their personal journey with OCD. Keynote Speakers must feel comfortable talking in front of a crowd of at least 800 people — speakers with a strong background in public speaking or presenting are preferred. You can view last year’s keynote address from Ethan Smith here.

Submitting a Research Poster

We will be accepting proposals for research posters to be presented at our Researcher Meet & Greet (formerly called the Research Poster Q&A Session) at 5:30pm on the evening of Saturday 8/1, after the workshops have ended for the day. For the eighth straight year, the entire Conference community is invited to attend this cornerstone event to learn more about the latest research being done about OCD and related disorders. Travel awards and Conference scholarships are also available for student/trainee presenters.

For more information about speaking at the 22nd Annual OCD Conference, including suggested topics and tips for submitting your proposal, please visit: www.ocd2015.org/submit.

Apply to Speak at our Next OCD Conference in Boston

We are now accepting proposals for presentations, evening events, support groups, the Keynote Address, and research posters for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference to be held in Boston, MA, on July 30 – August 2, 2015. Our speakers and support group leaders are the backbone of our Conference. Help us make this year’s Conference our best yet by adding your insight, knowledge, and experience to our program. Whether you are a professional, or someone who wants to share their own personal stories of living with OCD, we invite you to submit your proposal to speak at the next Annual OCD Conference. Continue reading