OCD Awareness Week is happening worldwide to raise much-needed awareness for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Peace of Mind Foundation is dedicated to helping those suffering from OCD and other related disorders get connected to resources and support. During #OCDWeek2018, Peace of Mind Foundation will be offering free educational webinars including advocacy, treatment, and professional training. If you are local in Houston, Texas, please join us for our local events.

2018 Schedule (CST): 


Sunday, October 7th  |  OCD & Family: McIngvale Story

2:00pm (CST) – Free Webinar: It may seem like they have it all figured out, but the struggle continues. Join us for a real authentic view into the struggles the McIngvale family faces on a daily basis around Elizabeth’s battle with OCD. Get a front row seat from the comfort of your own home as we share their story. We will hear from Linda (mother), Laura (sister), and Elizabeth for a panel discussion on family life, triggers, struggles, self-care, and giving support.

Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. Click Here to register for the OCD & Family: McIngvale Story.

2:00pm-2:10pm (CST) — Welcome Message

2:10pm-2:20pm — “Where We Have Come” panel discussion

2:20pm-2:50pm — “It’s Still a Battle” panel discussion

2:50pm-3:20pm — “Hope and Encouragement” panel discussion

3:20pm-4:00pm — Closing Remarks

Monday, October 8th  |  Kids Talk: Growing Up with OCD 

4:30pm (CST) – Free Webinar: Growing up faces challenges in and of itself, but for children and young adults suffering with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the journey is rigorous. See OCD through the eyes of Vanessa Baier and Thomas Smalley as they share their personal battle with OCD. Hear from OCD renowned OCD child expert, Dr. Aureen Wagner, as she discuss OCD treatment for children and answers your OCD questions.

Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. Click Here to register for the Kids Talk: Growing Up with OCD webinar.

4:30pm-4:35pm (CST) — Introduction, Welcome Message

4:35pm-4:55pm — “Personal Story: Growing up with OCD” by Vanessa Baier along with father, Chris Baier

4:55pm-5:15pm — “Personal Story: Learning to Share your Story” by Thomas Smalley

5:15pm-5:55pm — “OCD and OCD Treatment in Children” by Dr. Aureen Wagner

5:55pm 6:00pm– Closing Remarks

Tuesday, October 9th  |  Kendra Gives Back Party 

6pm-8pm (CST) – At Kendra Scott Rice Village (2411 Times Blvd, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77005). Join Liz and the Peace of Mind Foundation for an evening of sips, sweets, and jewels! 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Peace of Mind Foundation. Click Here to learn more.

Wednesday, October 10th  |  OCD Support Group and Expert Panel

7pm-9pm (CST) – At the Council on Recovery (303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, Texas, 77007). Join your local OCD experts in an open discussion about OCD and related disorders. This open forum allows you to ask questions and discuss OCD topics you want to learn more about. Following the panel, we will be breaking out into interactive support groups. This event is a great way to increase your knowledge about OCD and get connected with other sufferers and caregivers.

This event is free however please register to let us know you are coming. Click here for more information and details on the support groups available

Thursday, October 11th  |  Living the ERP Life

5:00pm (CST) – Free Webinar: Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) is the gold standard of treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The basic principles surrounding ERP for OCD is to face your fear without engaging in a ritual (exposure + ritual prevention). However, we know this process can be extremely challenging and sounds much simpler than it often is. Learn how to apply ERP into your daily life and how to prevent relapse from OCD advocates and experts, Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale and Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz.

Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. Click Here to register for the Living with ERP Life webinar.

5:00pm-5:10pm CST — Welcome Message

5:10pm-5:45pm — “Applying ERP Daily: Planned vs Natural Exposures” by Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale

5:45pm-6:20pm — “What if ERP Doesn’t seem to be Working” by Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz

6:20pm-6:30pm — Closing Remarks

Friday, October 12th  |  OCD 101 Training

9:00am (CST) – Free Webinar: The OCD 101 training is a 3-hour training offered to give individuals a strong overview of OCD focused on the symptomology of the disorder, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. We provide the training free of charge in order to increase education and disseminate knowledge.  The training will cover OCD Overview and related disorders, Diagnosis, OCD Treatment Options, Types of OCD, Symptoms, Stigma and OCD Cycle and Relapse Prevention. This training is intended for professionals, counselors, teachers, and all those interested in learning more about OCD.

Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. Click Here to register for OCD 101 Training webinar.

9:00am-9:05am (CST)  — Introduction
9:05am-10:35am — Introduction to OCD
10:35am-10:45am — Break
10:45am-12pm — Introduction to treatment for OCD and the Essentials

Friday, October 12th  |  OCD, Addiction, and Depression

5:00pm (CST) – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) commonly has co-occurring disorders. For some individuals, substance abuse is a way to cope with or silence their intrusive thoughts. This form of escape can lead to addiction and without treatment, the problem is likely to get worse. Join us as we hear a mother’s perspective on OCD and addiction told by Margaret Sisson, founder of Riley’s Wish Foundation and professional persepctives on treating dual diagnosis and addiction by Dr. Patrick McGrath. We will also hear about important warning signs surrounding depression and suicidal thoughts by Dr. Katrina Rufino.

Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. Click Here to register for the OCD, Addiction, and Depression webinar.

5:00pm-5:10pm (CST) — Welcome Message

5:10pm-5:40pm — “Personal Story: Riley’s Wish Foundation” by Margaret Sisson

5:40pm-6:10pm — “Treating OCD & Addiction Together” by Patrick McGrath

6:10pm-6:40pm — “Depression, Suicide and Warning Signs” by Katrina Rufino

6:40pm-6:45pm — Closing Remarks

Saturday, October 13th  |  OCD Awareness Conference: Treatment Resistant OCD

8:15am-3:45pm (CST) – At Richland College, Wichita Hall, PM WH 103 (12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243) Our goal is to provide up to date information on what OCD is and how it is treated. The program is open to anyone who has OCD, treats OCD, or wants to learn more about OCD.

Registration is free but is required to attend. Click Here to register for the in-person OCD Awareness Conference.

8:15am-9:00am (CST) — Registration

9:00am-9:30am — “Basics of OCD” by Peggy McMahon, PhD (co-author of “Handling Your OCD: Attack of the Brain Monster”

9:30am-10:30am — Keynote Speaker: “Treatment Resistant OCD” by Wayne Goodman, MD

10:30am-10:45am — Break

10:45am-11:45am — “Turning My Pain into Purpose: an Intimate Look into Elizabeth McIngvale’s Life with OCD” by Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

12:00pm-1:00pm — Lunch and Book Signing

1:00pm-2:00pm — “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Treating Complex and Refractory Cases” by Eric Storch, PhD

2:00pm-2:15pm — Break

2:15pm-3:30pm — Expert Panel Q&A with Wayne Goodman, MD, Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, and Eric Storch, PhD. Moderated by Peggy McMahon, PhD

3:30pm-3:45pm — Closing Remarks by Lisa Buchanan and Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD



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