OCD Action National Conference 2018

On March 3rd 2018, we will be hosting our National Conference in London, and it's set to be our biggest and best event yet! This event will see hundreds of people come together in a fun and supportive environment, to learn about OCD and related conditions from leading experts in the field, hear from inspirational speakers who have battled OCD, and get involved in fun and informative workshops. There will be lots of opportunities to speak to other people affected by OCD and related disorders, as well as meeting all of the dedicated staff, trustee, and volunteer team from OCD Action.

The Conference will be held over a full day, from 9.45 to 5.00pm (doors will open at 9am with refreshments provided), on Saturday 3rd March 2018, at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT.

This year we have a brilliant line up of speakers set to deliver a diverse range of talks, including Rose Bretecher, Professor David Veale, Dr Rob Willson, Dr Fiona Challacombe, Dr Lynne Drummond, John Davies, Dr Amita Jassi and many others. We are also thrilled to announce that our 2018 Conference will also feature a screening of the new film, "UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie" - a hopeful short film in which six resilient kids with OCD share how they learned to face their fears, stop their rituals and regain control of their lives. We will also be joined on the day by The Secret Illness, a global community that explores the realities of living with OCD through the Creative Arts. 

And that's not all! There will be three breakout sessions throughout the day, where you will have a choice of attending one out of five available workshops. This is to ensure that you get the help and support that is most relevant to you. 

Morning Workshops
Developing a different relationship with intrusive thoughts and imagesProfessor David Veale
The impact of checkingDr Rob Willson 
Perinatal OCDDr Fiona Challacombe, with Diana Wilson & Maria Bavetta
How to set up a local support groupEven Better Together Team
Exploring the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts The Secret Illness


Early Afternoon Workshops
OCD & AutismJohn Davies & Colleagues
Parenting Someone with OCDDr Amita Jassi with Sean Fletcher
Living with and challenging hair pulling disorder (Trichotillomania) & skin picking disorder (Dermatillomania)Bethany Marshall, Samantha Wake &  Liz Atkin
How to get what you want - self AdvocacyCollette Byrne
Exploring the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts Note: this session is now fullThe Secret Illness
Eating, sleeping and being active to improve your mental healthProfessor David Veale


Late Afternoon Workshops
Q&A on Effective Treatment for OCDProfessor David Veale, Dr Rob Willson, Dr Lynne Drummond, Dr Amita Jassi and expert by experience Ashley Curry
Q&A on accessing treatment and other advocacy issuesCollette Byrne with Solicitors Mel Varey & Sharney Randhawa
Mindfulness, suffering and wholenessRichard Cox & Nicole Schnackenberg 
OCD Youth workshopYouth Advisory Panel
Exploring the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts The Secret Illness

See our full Conference Programme here.

Please do book your tickets now for what promises to be an exciting, informative, inspirational and motivational day. As usual, our valued members will receive a discount on tickets. If you would like to become a member to support the Charity and receive immediate benefits, including discounted Conference tickets, then you can join us here

For full details of ticket prices, and to secure your place, please fill in the form below, or head to our eventbrite page.