On Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 10am-3pm
at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ
OCD New Jersey
An Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
presents our 17th Annual Luncheon & Conference...
"Killing your mom, going to hell, sex with a camel, and more: Treating OCD obsessions that generate guilt, shame and disgust."
by Dr. Carol Hevia
"Living with OCD" Panel
with those who deal with OCD every day
Dr. Allen H. Weg
A lavish, full course luncheon will be provided during the course of this conference.
Our Keynote Speaker
Carol Hevia, Psy.D.
Carol Hevia, Psy.D has been working for 20 years with children, teens and adults who suffer from OCD. She received her first Master's degree from the counseling psychology department at UW-Madison. She then did a post-graduate one year training certification program at the Boston Institute of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies. Her second Master's degree, in psychology, and her Doctorate in Psychology were both from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She did her Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, Florida, and Arizona.
Dr. Hevia had previously held the positions of post-doctoral Fellow at the State of New Hampshire Department of Youth Development Services, and also at the Riverbend Community Mental Health Center, both in Concord, New Hampshire, as well as at the Strafford Guidance Center (CMHC) in Dover, New Hampshire. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at both the University of LaVerne, in LaVerne, California, and at Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Since 2005 Dr. Hevia has served as an Assistant Psychologist on the clinical staff of the OCD Institute at Mclean Hospital, part of Massachusetts General Hospital, considered by many to be one of the top inpatient OCD treatment centers in the world. She has made dozens of presentations over the years specifically on the topic which she will be covering at our annual conference.
Our Keynote Presentation
Harm and sexual obsessions are difficult to treat due to the extreme shame and disgust that sufferers feel about merely having these thoughts. It is challenging to get patients to even disclose the details of their obsessions, let alone get them to engage in the aversive ERPs. This talk will give strategies to decrease shame and increase self-disclosure, motivational strategies to get patients willing to take necessary risks to improve, cover psycho-educational talking points to move the patient through treatment, imaginal script writing, integrating "in vivo" components with imaginal consequences, cognitive strategies and experiential exercises to help address pathological guilt, obsessions about malevolent intent, "the evil meter", possibilities versus probabilities, and "killing off the therapist". Other related issues include; behavioral urges and sexual responsiveness in intrusive thoughts, moral disgust, the effect on relationships, and interruption of developmental tasks in OCD.
Our "Living with OCD Panel"
Every year at our annual conference, we collect a handful of people who either have OCD or live with someone who does, and they each spend a little bit of time sharing their personal experiences and then take questions from the audience. This has always been a highlight of our conference, and allows participants to "see the face" of people with OCD, and gives them the opportunity to more fully understand the emotional experience of struggling with the disorder, as well as recovering and even transcending it. The Living with OCD Panel has never failed to be moving and inspirational to our conference attendees, whether they be professionals or lay people.
Allen H. Weg. Ed.D. - President
Allen H. Weg. EdD is President of OCD New Jersey, an Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Weg is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC, an independent clinic with locations in East Brunswick and Springfield, New Jersey. He and his associates specialize in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD-related spectrum disorders for children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Weg is on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), on the faculty for the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (the certification and training arm of the IOCDF), and is faculty member for the Professional Training Institute, the certification and training service of the Trichotillomania Learning Center. He has authored "OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A strategy for successful therapy," published by Oxford University Press.
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The Westwood, 438 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ 07027
Telephone: (908) 789-0808
TRAVELING NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE NORTH:
Take NJ Turnpike North to Exit 11. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North. Follow
Directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North
TRAVELING NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE SOUTH:
Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 14. Follow
signs to I-78 west towards US-22/US9/US1.
Merge onto 1-78W. Take The Garden State
Parkway Exit 52. Keep right at the fork, follow
signs to Garden State Parkway and merge
onto Garden State Parkway South. Take Exit
137 and bear right for State Highway 28
towards Cranford. The Westwood is 2.2 miles
on the right side.
TRAVELING GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTH:
Parkway North to Exit 135. Bear left and
proceed straight through first traffic light.
Make a left at a second traffic light. Stay in
right lane through tunnel, proceeding straight
thru the next traffic light. You will be on
Central Avenue. Follow Central Avenue for
approximately 3.5 miles to North Avenue. Turn
right onto North Avenue (the intersection after
you've gone under the railroad tracks). The
Westwood is approximately .5 miles on the left.
TRAVELING GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTH:
Take Parkway South to Exit 137. Bear right
onto Westfield Avenue (also called route 28
West and North Avenue). The Westwood is
located 2.2 miles on the right.
TRAVELING ROUTE 22 EAST:
Take Route 22 East to Scotch Plains Fanwood
Exit in Scotch Plains. You will be on Park
Avenue. Follow Park Avenue to Midway
Avenue. Make a left onto Midway Avenue
(the name changes to North Avenue). The
Westwood is 5 miles on the left.
TRAVELING ROUTE 22 WEST:
Take Route 22 West to Union. Follow signs to
Parkway South. Follow directions as in "Traveling Garden State Parkway South"
TRAVELING THE OUTERBRIDGE CROSSING:
Take Outerbridge crossing to Rt. 440 South.
Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North
and follow directions as in "Traveling Garden
State Parkway North
TRAVELING THE GOETHALS BRIDGE:
Head Northwest on 1-278 West. Take the
Exit towards Bayway Avenue US9/State
Hwy 439W/US 1 N. Turn left at Cole Avenue.
Slight right at Bayway Avenue. Slight right at
Bayway Circle US-1/US-9. Turn right at South
Elmora Avenue. Turn left at Rt 28/Westfield
Avenue. The Westwood is approximately 5
miles on right.
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