Call for Proposals – OCD SoCal 3rd Annual Conference

OCD Southern California 3rd Annual Conference
March 24, 2018
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mariners Church, Irvine, CA

OCD SoCal is now accepting proposals for break out sessions for our third annual OCD Southern California Conference. This conference is an opportunity to learn more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its treatment, provide support for individuals with OCD and their families, and gain practical knowledge about a variety of issues that may arise with OCD and related disorders.

Who attends this conference?

This event is particularly designed for individuals affected by OCD and related disorders as well as their families, however we encourage clinicians, researchers, and students interested in learning more about OCD to attend. Conference attendees often include individuals with a great deal of experience with OCD as well as individuals and family members who may just be learning about the disorder and its treatment.

How many attendees will be at the conference?

Last year we had over 200 attendees! We are aiming for five to six breakout sessions, so presenters should expect around 40 people will attend each breakout session.

Who should submit a proposal?

We are looking for presenters with a breadth of personal and professional experiences with OCD and related disorders. Last year our speakers included OCD therapists, psychiatrists, individuals affected by OCD and related disorders, as well as family members.

What topics are appropriate for break out sessions?

While we do not have specific requirements for the break out sessions, suggestions may include: overview of OCD, OCD and families, kid-friendly activities room, OCD related disorders, recovery from OCD, medications, ERP experiential workshop. You are also welcome to propose your own topic that you feel will be of interest to attendees.

Below are the titles of break out sessions from last year’s conference:
Ask the Psychiatrist: An Interactive Discussion on Medications for OCD
Children’s OCD Activities and Crafting
Exposure and Response Prevention Workshop
Family Contracting
How We Did It: Tips and Tools For Successful OCD Treatment
Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders Didactic and Discussion

What is the format for break out sessions?

Break out sessions will be held in the afternoon following a keynote presentation and lunch. There will be two breakout sessions following lunch, each 50 minutes in length. If selected for a breakout session, you will be asked to repeat your session twice (i.e., during both of the break out time slots). Hence, attendees will have the opportunity to select two out of six breakout sessions.

When is the deadline to submit my proposal?

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 14, 2018.

When will I hear if my proposal was accepted?

Presenters will be notified regarding whether their proposal was accepted by January 31, 2018.

What submission materials are required?

  1. Abstract: Please submit a brief abstract describing your presentation as well as intended audience (maximum 150 words).
  2. Bio: Please submit a brief (2-3 sentences) biography describing your background and experience with OCD and/or OCD-Related disorders.
  3. CV* (professionals only)

How do I submit my proposal?

Proposals should be emailed to Subject line: OCD SoCal 2017 Conference Submission.

We look forward to receiving your submission! Please contact us at with any questions regarding your submission. You can also visit our website ( or facebook page ( for more information about our organization.