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IOCDF Conference – Chicago July 2016 | I’m Presenting!

Each year, the International OCD Foundation hosts their OCD conference in one of the major cities within the US. “The Conference features more than 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars as well as nearly two-dozen support groups and various evening events. Our presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as people with OCD and family members sharing their stories about life with OCD.” –

This year the conference is going to be held in Chicago from July 29th – 31st and I’m delighted to announce that I will be attending and presenting at this year’s conference!

  • Who: Ellen White, Jessica Kotnour & Neil Hemmer
  • What: Presentation – The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Being in Highschool with OCD (
  • When: Saturday, July 30th – 11:00am till 12:30pm
  • Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Il – TBD 05
  • Schedule Category: Teens, Intermediate

Everyone always says that your high school and college years are supposed to be the best years of your life, but when you’re a teenager with OCD, they can seem like the worst.  From doing exposures to fighting compulsions with a conversation, it can be hard to feel like a “normal” teenager.  Three young adults discuss the difficulties that they faced in their teenage years, from feeling isolated from their peers to not being able to be fully present in their own lives due to their OCD.  Part of being a teenager with OCD is accepting that you may not have the stereotypical teenager experience, but also remembering that you have the power to make these years into what you, not your OCD, want them to be.”  

Our Presentation Aims;

  1. Attendees will learn how to navigate social and other situations that may be more difficult for a teenager with OCD.
  2. Attendees will learn how to place their mental and physical health above other responsibilities that may seem more important.
  3. Attendees will learn how to create their own expectations, not anyone else’s or OCD’s, for what they think their teenage years should be.

It has been a dream of mine to attend one of the IOCDF conferences and the fact that I’ve been given this opportunity/platform to present and further raise awareness about OCD honestly means the world to me. I have never been to a conference of this size and scale before, so I’m quite nervous. However, I’m also beyond excited to be emersed in a world where pretty much everyone understands you and can empathise with the challenges faced by someone struggling with OCD because, as many of you know, it can be difficult for family and friends to fully understand the complexity of OCD. So to be in a place where OCD is the norm and no obsession or compulsion is seen as ‘strange’ or ‘ludicrous’, is something quite special and will be an opportunity I won’t get to experience very often.

If you are thinking of or are attending this year’s conference and feel our presentation would be of interest to you or someone you know, it would mean so much if you could attend our session. I’d also love to meet any of you that are attending this year outside the session too. I’ll be out and about the conference for the full 3 days, so I’d love to say hi at some point.

You can register for the IOCDF Chicago 2016 conference here –

You can view the full conference schedule, list of speakers and attendees here –

  • Once you are signed up to the conference, you can log in through the link above and start to piece together your own conference schedule of what sessions/presentations you would like to visit.
  • You can see my personal profile/schedule here (schedule not fully completed yet) –
  • And here’s a direct link to our presentation that I would be most grateful if you could share around! –

I never thought I’d get to announce a post like this on here in my life, so this is a huge deal to me and a massive thank you to Jessica whom without, this wouldn’t be possible. It’ll also be my first real visit to the US, so I’m very excited for that too. Goodbye lil’ UK.

I hope to see you there!


7 thoughts on “IOCDF Conference – Chicago July 2016 | I’m Presenting!

  1. Wow I really wish I could come!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and it’s been a huge source of inspiration for me in my own struggle with OCD. I wish I could meet you, but alas, I’m not too close to Chicago 😦 You’re gonna rock it 😀

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  2. That is so exciting! Best of luck with everything and I will look forward to reading more about your trip to the US and the conference. Wish I could be there with my daughter!

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