Friday, March 11, 2011

Hofstra Happenings: Hofstra Hosts Inaugural OCD New York Conference

Hofstra University’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology and the New York Chapter of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) partnered for an October 16, 2010, conference on obsessive-compulsive disorder. This day of panels and workshops culminated with a unique evening broadcast event titled OCD Stories: An Evening of Reflection, Humor and Education, featuring doctors who treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, family members of patients with OCD, and those who suffer from OCD sharing their experiences and anecdotes relating to the illness.

This event was presented in conjunction with the second annual OCD Awareness Week, October 11 to 17, 2010. While the October 16 event was hosted by Hofstra, the evening simulcast included satellite storytelling events in cities across the country, anchored by the OCD Foundation’s Boston headquarters. Participants at the various locations watched live storytelling from each of the IOCDF affiliate sites.

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu ’74, ’76, adjunct professor of psychology at Hofstra and clinical director of Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, kicked off the evening’s national telecast by speaking live at Hofstra, sharing her story of being among the first people in the United States to help identify and treat OCD. Dr. Neziroglu and her colleague, Dr. Jose Yaryura-Tobias, started the Obsessive Compulsive Society in 1979 in order to actively de-stigmatize OCD and to bring it to the forefront of a recognizable and treatable disorder – at a time when only three pages in the most notable psychiatric texts were devoted
to the disorder. Viewers of television’s Buried Alive on TLC will recognize
Dr. Neziroglu as one of the experts who counsels people suffering from hoarding, an OCD-related illness.

Dr. Mitchell Schare, director of the Hofstra’s award-winning Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, saw the conference and telecast as a great learning opportunity for both doctoral students and the community at large. “Our doctoral students are the next generation of clinical psychologists who will work with individuals suffering from this disabling spectrum of difficulties. The program on October 16 was aimed at professionals wishing to hone their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD disorders as well as the general population trying to gain a greater understanding of these difficulties.”


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