Changing Minds Conference 2018 - Best Practices in Treatment for OCD

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Join Us for Our First Annual Conference

This full day event brings together individuals living with OCD, their supporters, and mental health professionals in a supportive, collaborative, and interactive environment.


Saturday, November 3
*lunch is included


Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
*free on-site parking

PLENARY SESSION: Advances in the Treatment of OCD Across the Lifespan

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Peggy Richter, Psychiatrist and Head of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, Sunnybrook,Toronto, location of the only intensive residential treatment program for severe OCD in Canada. This session will include a review of the latest research on evidence-based treatments for OCD, their effectiveness and limitations, as well as the need for intensive treatment for patients who do not benefit from standard pharmacotherapy or weekly CBT.


Mark Freeman, author and mental health coach with lived experience with OCD, will be our lunchtime speaker. His talk will focus on the practicalities of applying Exposure and Response Prevention along with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques to work on reducing compulsions.


Two streams, one for professionals and one for individuals living with OCD and their family members. Participation in either stream is open to all attendees. Sessions will be led by clinical psychologists with expertise in evidence-based treatments for OCD, and a mental health coach.

  • Decreasing Accommodation in the Family

  • The Path to Change

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing ERP with clients

  • Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of OCD

  • A Family Affair: Treatment of Children and Youth with OCD

  • Values-Based Approaches: How to build motivation for change in the treatment of OCD


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Changing Minds: Promoting Excellence in Mental Health Practice is a non-profit dedicated to developing support and resources needed by individuals and supporters affected by mental health disorders and the health care professionals treating them. We are working to increase knowledge of best practice treatment models and access to specialty treatment programs.