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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
moderated by
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.

Dr. Carol Hevia 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"

Our 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.

Our Moderator

Allen H. Weg. Ed.D. - President

Dr. Allen Weg 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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Registration Fees

The Venue

The Westwood, 438 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ 07027
Telephone: (908) 789-0808

Take NJ Turnpike North to Exit 11. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North. Follow Directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North

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.

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.

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.

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.

Take Route 22 West to Union. Follow signs to Parkway South. Follow directions as in "Traveling Garden State Parkway South"

Take Outerbridge crossing to Rt. 440 South. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North and follow directions as in "Traveling Garden State Parkway North

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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