Saturday, October 17, 2015

Long Beach, California

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.: opportunity to meet the speakers and ask questions

All day opportunity to enroll in the USC OCD genetic study!


Jim Hatton, PhD                                                                     Karen Pickett, LMFT

          Arie Winograd, LMFT                                                             Chris Trondsen

          Barbara Van Noppen, PhD                                                   Wendy Mueller

Jim Sterner, LMFT

The conference is open to the general public

Registration will open September 14, 2015

Donation:  $10 individual / $20 family

Cash or Check Only at the Door

No one turned away for lack of funds 

Free lunch guaranteed for those who RSVP online by October 10th

OCD Southern California is proud to present our First Annual Fall Speakers Series. Seven experts in the field of OCD will speak about OCD and related disorders.  Topics to be covered include: OCD, Dealing with Anger, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Skin Picking, Family Dynamics, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hoarding, PANDAS, Generalized Anxiety, online support groups and OCD resources                                                                          


Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach

5450 East Atherton Street

Long Beach, CA 90815

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The Southern California OCD Affiliate have joined forces to walk in support of reducing the stigma associated with OCD, increasing community support, and breaking down the barriers to getting treatment.

Please join us in spreading OCD awareness at this year’s NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 5K Walk in Irvine on October 10, 2015.

We’re hoping to get as many team members as possible; feel free to invite your friends, family, and loved ones to participating towards this cause.

We ask that all individuals planning to participate please register with the link below. Please note, it is customary of the NAMI Walk teams to wear a t-shirt representing their team. We’re having OCD Buster shirts made per your request. The t-shirt price is $14 per shirt, and all proceeds will be dedicated to the event.

Please join us in helping individuals with OCD know that they’re not alone. We look forward to walking with you!

The Southern California OCD Affiliate

For more information click here.

Join us in Boston, Massachusetts,  for the 22nd Annual IOCDF Conference on July 31st-August 2nd, 2015. We look forward to seeing our fellow Southern Californians in attendance! It’s not too late to register, just check out IOCDF’s registration page to sign up.


On Saturday, June 14, 2014, The Gateway Institute is hosting an Open House Mixer for the Southern California Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in our newly expanded offices in Costa Mesa, California. Please join us for this exciting event!

Jim Sterner, Director of Gateway Institute and President of the Southern California Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is committed to the mission of increasing awareness and understanding of OCD throughout Southern California by sponsoring this event and other educational programs offering support and a sense of community with other OCD sufferers and their families.

We are pleased to welcome to our mixer, guest speaker, Sarosh J. Motivala, Ph.D., Director of Training for UCLA’s OCD Treatment Program. Dr. Motivala will address details of Exposure Therapy and its importance in the treatment protocol of managing OCD. In addition, Chris Trondsen, distinguished speaker on OCD, will join us to share his personal journey and miraculous recovery from OCD. We will also hear from Chris’ mother as she shares her first-hand account from a family member’s perspective.

We encourage you to attend with friends and family who are interested in learning more about OCD, the IOCDF Southern California Affiliate and the International OCD Foundation conference in Los Angeles July 16-18, 2014. You will also have the opportunity to meet others with OCD and their families, as well as local doctors and therapists.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. Please RSVP by June 10th to

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Sarosh Motivala, Director of Training at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program,  will present an overview of OCD and its treatment as part of NAMI’s lecture series. The presentation will from 7-8:30 pm at the Westside Mental Health Center.  Contact NAMI at 310-889-7200 or email them at for more info.