OCD Action's Focus Day - guest speakers announced!

Our annual stakeholder event, OCD Action’s Focus Day, is now less than one month away!  Our Focus Day is a FREE event, and is open to all OCD Action members, volunteers, donors and fundraisers, and to anyone interested in OCD Action and the work that we do. The event gives us an opportunity to discuss our work, and to get input on our future plans. It is an opportunity to have your say.

The event will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018, from 1.00pm – 5.00pm at Novotel Bristol Centre, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6HY. You will hear from OCD Action trustees, staff and volunteers about the charity's roots and achievements as well as our aims looking forward to the future. There will also be a number of break-out discussion groups focusing on our future plans, allowing you to have your say and shape our work.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be joined on the day by Professor Paul Salkovskis, currently Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, Director of Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, and an expert in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in general, and particularly OCD. Professor Salkovskis will be giving a talk on OCD treatment, past present and future, and it promises to be an unmissable presentation!

Professor Salkovskis will also be accompanied by Josie Millar, a Clinical Psychologist and researcher from the University of Bath, who is conducting a vital piece of research with Paul entitled 'Understanding what makes CBT for OCD successful and what factors might be involved in relapse'. Also attending our Focus Day from the University of Bath, is Clinical Psychologist in training, Shemariah Hillman, who will be sharing information about her study 'What are the psychological factors that influence hoarding?'. We are also really excited to be joined by Elvis Coimbra Gomes, a PhD student in linguistics at Queen Mary University of London who is conducting an online study about the types of OCD that are related to sexuality, gender and relationships. Josie, Sarah and Elvis will be around throughout the day to chat to delegates about the important work they are carrying out and how people can get involved.

We will also be joined by Dr Tim Marsh who is set to deliver an exciting, interactive talk entitled 'Mental health in the Workplace: Past, present and future'. Tim's talk was a real highlight at our Stakeholder event last year, so he has been invited back due to popular demand!

Click here to see the full programme for the day.

Download our Focus Day flyer!

For anyone who is staying over in Bristol the night before, or who plans to arrive earlier in the day, two of the facilitators from the Norwich OCD Support group will be running a support group from 11.30am-12.30pm at the Novotel Bristol Centre, and everyone is welcome to attend. Alternatively, you can come along to the venue from 11.30am to speak with our experienced Advocacy team, if you would like to ask them any questions about accessing treatment, issues with housing, work or education.

So please do come along to the Stakeholder Day if you’d like to:

  • Find out about OCD Action’s origins and development over the years.
  • Find out about our current work and plans for the year ahead.
  • Have you say on our future plans.
  • Hear from a leading expert in the understanding and treatment of OCD

Book your free place at our Focus Day now!

Alternatively, email us at info@ocdaction.org.uk letting us know that you’d like to book a place or phone us on 020 7253 5272.

We look forward to seeing you in Bristol on 17 November!