This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to Houston for a conference entitled “Facing Your Fears…The Basics of ERP” sponsored by the IOCDF affiliate support group, OCD Texas. Although OCD Texas is only in its 2nd year as an affiliate support group, they have accomplished quite a lot, offering support and advocacy for the many OCD sufferers across Texas by hosting these types of events four times per year as well as regular support group meetings.
The goal of this event was to educate OCD sufferers about the only evidence based treatment for OCD called Exposure and Response Prevention. Although difficult to teach all there is to know about this treatment, the presenters did an excellent job and, I think even more importantly, were able to instill a strong sense of hope among the attending OCD sufferers and their families.
The reality is this treatment really works, and I think every professional who has utilized ERP to treat OCD can attest to that. In speaking with Dr. Irene Tobis, the President of OCD Texas and clinician from Austin, we both remarked at how crazy it is that although we have decades worth of research supporting ERP and 100’s of books touting its effectiveness, there are still so many OCD sufferers being treated with other types of approaches that are largely ineffective. We both agreed that doing this work is a really wonderful life for a psychologist or other counseling professional…being able to offer a treatment to so many in need that makes such a huge difference in their lives. What more could you ask for?
I suppose we need more training for professionals and even more education for those in need. I applaud OCD Texas for doing so much to get this much needed information out to their community.
Great job, guys!!!