Friday, May 24, 2024

My Private Invitation to You


My identify is Jeff Bell, and I’d like to ask you to my upcoming household reunion.

Okay, it’s probably not my gathering. And technically, I suppose, it’s probably not a household reunion. However that is how I’ve come to think about the IOCDF’s annual conferences—as yearly alternatives to get along with fellow members of a really exceptional, all the time empowering “OCD household” that continues to develop 12 months after 12 months.

Earlier than I let you know extra about this huge occasion and why I believe it’s best to be part of me there, enable me to share a bit in regards to the numerous group of relations it can deliver collectively.

A few of us are people dwelling with OCD and associated problems. Others are family members of individuals with these challenges. Nonetheless others are therapists, researchers, educators, and advocates. We come from cities, huge and small, throughout the U.S. and, more and more, from nations around the globe. A few of us have recognized one another for many years; others are model new to our circle. On the floor, it would seem that we have now little in frequent.

However every summer time—aside from these throughout the worst of a pandemic!—we come collectively for a number of life-changing days with one frequent agenda: OCD training and assist.

The psychological well being professionals in our household are a powerful bunch, to make sure. They embody among the world’s main OCD researchers and clinicians; and, after all, their shows are a giant a part of the tutorial choices at our annual get-togethers.

However right here’s the factor about an IOCDF convention: The professionals usually are not the one presenters sharing insights and details about OCD and associated problems. People with lived expertise and their households additionally lead every kind of shows, imparting invaluable classes from their tales and educating even established specialists who wish to study.

As for the private assist you’ll discover at these gatherings, it too flows in all instructions and is extensively accessible. Whether or not via workshops, in assist teams, and even on the convention dance occasion, alternatives to make significant, supportive connections are all over the place, and as soon as made, these connections bind with the energy of, properly, household ties!

Why This Issues to Me

If I sound somewhat biased in relation to the IOCDF and its annual conferences, I confess I’m.

Many years in the past, this group saved me from the depths of untreated OCD and helped me flip my life round. Later, I had the privilege of serving as a board member and nationwide spokesperson for the IOCDF and obtained to see firsthand simply what number of lives it helps rescue 12 months after 12 months.  For all of this, I’m eternally grateful.

As for the IOCDF’s annual conferences, I’ve been to 14 now, and every one has enhanced my life—and ongoing restoration—in highly effective methods. The friendships I’ve made via them are among the many most significant and enduring I’ve ever recognized.

So, it’s from this place of conviction and gratitude that I need to invite you to hitch me in San Francisco, the best metropolis on the earth—one other bias; I’m a local!—for the twenty eighth Annual OCD Convention, July 7-9.

This household reunion simply gained’t be full with out you!


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