OCD Basics and Beyond – Effective Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Friday, October 16, 8:00am–3:00pm

Cleveland Racquet Club
29825 Chagrin Blvd
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Phone: (216) 831-2155

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OCD Midwest, an affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation is excited to present this unique training opportunity for clinicians seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and treat individuals suffering with OCD.

The workshop will feature a presentation covering the fundamentals of diagnosing and treating individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder, including making an appropriate diagnosis, reviewing common co-morbidities, and understanding of the biological and psychological models of OCD. Attendees will develop skills on presenting effective psycho-educational information, creating practical fear hierarchies, and implementing ritual weakening and exposure techniques for a variety of types of OCD (e.g., contamination obsessions, safety/loss obsession, violent obsessions etc ….).The presentation will also provide an overview of the pharmacological and surgical treatments available for treating OCD. In addition, a special presentation on Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) will address both the neurological basis for these disorders and present the expert consensus on treatment of PANS/PANDAS.


8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Welcome
8:30 – 10:00 CBT for OCD (I)
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 CBT for OCD (II)
12:00 – 1:00 On-site lunch provided
12:30 – 1:00 Breakout session for networking and planning
1:00 – 2:00 Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder and OCD
2:15 – 3:00 Medical Interventions for OCD

5.0 CEU credits have been applied for through the Ohio Psychological Association and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.


Patrick B. McGrath, PhD

Dr. McGrath is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of IOCDF, as well as the President of OCD Midwest. He is the author of a stress management workbook called “Don’t Try Harder, Try Different,” as well as “The OCD Answer Book,” and has been featured on radio and TV stations across the country, including National Public Radio and PBS.

Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Brady directs the Lindner Center of HOPE’s OCD and Anxiety treatment program and is vice-president of OCD Midwest. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has made numerous presentations at national conferences and in the media and has published scholarly articles about the diagnosis and treatment of OCD.

Chris Bedosky, PhD

Dr. Bedosky is the clinical director of the Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic, University Hospitals/Case Medical Center Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has specialized CBT training and experience in adult and pediatric OCD, trichotillomania, and Tourette’s disorder. He has been an invited speaker locally, regionally and nationally.

Molly McVoy, MD

Dr. McVoy is an assistant professor at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the director of the psychiatry fellowship program and has authored numerous scholarly publications and made multiple national presentations regarding the diagnosis and pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Workshop Bonus

Workshop attendees are invited to stay for the free consumer and family oriented presentations:

3:30- 5:00 Don’t Try Harder Try Different
5:00 – 5:30 Panel Q & A