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The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville is a not-for-profit agency. Our mission is to help you and your family find effective treatment and support. As a public service organization, we seek to educate and inform mental health professionals and Jacksonville community about OCD and its related disorders. We serve the communities located in North and Central Florida as well as South Georgia.

The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville is an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. You can access their website at: www.ocfoundation.org.
If you are a professionally trained therapist and you would like our Board to provide information to persons or families of individuals with OCD about your practice, please complete the form available via the Professionals link to the left and mail it to us.

(Please note our new support group meeting location!)

Announcement: Save The Date
The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville (OCD Jax), in cooperation with the Psychology Department of UNF, will host the 2014 OCD Symposium at the Grand Banquet Hall of the Adam Herbert University Center on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 2014 OCD Symposium will bring together 300 college students and faculty, lay people, nurses, mental health professionals, and those affected by OCD for a panel discussion with our experts from the world of academia, research and clinical practice. The goal for this symposium is to demonstrate best evidence practice. Our topic this year is OCD Related Disorders. We are proud to announce the following experts:

Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor at Harvard Medical School, the Director of the OCD and Related Disorders Program and the Director of the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research focuses on the development, testing, and dissemination of treatments for OC-spectrum disorders. She has over 150 publications on the cognitive functioning, prevalence, and treatment outcome of these disorders. Dr. Wilhelm has also authored or co-authored 6 books. Dr. Wilhelm is the Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and she serves on the Scientific Council for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Wilhelm will lecture on Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Dr. Bruce Hyman is well known nationally and internationally for his published works and lectures. He is the co-author (with Cherry Pedrick, RN) of the best-selling and award winning self-help book: “The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” first published in 1999 by New Harbinger Publications. It is now in its 3rd edition and has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. In 1996 Dr. Hyman was chosen among a panel of national experts on OCD to participate in the “Expert Consensus Guidelines” – a national project to develop effective treatment guidelines for psychiatric disorders, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Hyman served on the scientific advisory board of the International OCD Foundation from 2009-2013. In 2013, he received the “Heart Award” from Sierra Tucson Hospital for his contribution to OCD education and treatment in the south Florida community. Dr. Hyman will lecture on Hypochondriasis and Health Related OCD.

Please consider joining us. Registration will begin in September. The cost is $30 for mental health and health care professionals and $15 for the general public. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to support programming for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville. See you there!

OCD Jacksonville Officers

Frank Morelli, MA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
President

Brian Fisak, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Vice President

Michael Bennett, MBA CAP CPP ICADC CCCJS CCFC
Certified Addictions Professional & Consultant
Treasurer
Ashley Beech-Mavrantzas, MSW
Social Work Intern
Secretary

Martha Lupo McPheeters
Board Member at Large