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The International OCD Foundation’s (IOCDF) Behavior Therapist Training Institute (BTTI) in Houston

For the second year in a row, OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California is excited to host the Behavior Therapy Training Institute this weekend, April 22nd-24th! This training program is designed for treatment providers who are interested in working with clients with OCD and anxiety disorders. BTTI is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and directed by C. Alec Pollard, PhD. In addition to Dr. Pollard, the other faculty delivering the training include:


Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP

Program Director, OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California


Constantina H. Boudouvas, LCSW

Private Practice in Houston, TX


Joyce Davidson, MD

Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

Psychiatrist, OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California


John Hart, PhD

Co-Director of Research, OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California

Partner, Behavior Therapy of Houston


Alec Pollard, PhD

Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

Professor Emeritus of Community and Family Medicine, Saint Louis University


Melinda Stanley, PhD

Professor and Head, Division of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine

The McIngvale Family Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research

Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Aureen Wagner, PhD

Founder, Anxiety Wellness Center, Cary, NC

Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine


Learning objectives of the BTTI include:

  • Participants will be able to accurately diagnose Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Participants will be able to design and implement Cognitive Behavioral interventions for OCD, particularly exposure and response prevention.
  • Participants will understand the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of OCD and will have knowledge of the agents used in its treatment.
  • Participants will be able to develop treatment plans for children and adolescents who have OCD.
  • Participants will understand comorbidity and the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum and treatment applications therein.
  • Participants will be able to develop a plan to aid individuals with treatment resistant OCD including the use of Motivational Interviewing techniques and other strategies for managing treatment resistant OCD and OC Spectrum Disorders.

Participants will apply knowledge gained in the educational portion of the institute during small group studies of case examples.


Date(s) - Apr 22nd, 2016 - Apr 24th, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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  • Scotty, Canada
    I was with the team when they were at Menninger and when they closed their doors. I’ve had OCD for the last 12 years of my life and before I went into treatment it had literally taken over every aspect of my life. Every move I made was consumed by OCD. The monster made me […]