For Mental Health Professionals

What You Need to Know

This section contains important information about diagnosing and treating OCD in children and adolescents using the latest in evidence-based treatment methods and information about how to best incorporate families into the treatment process.

IOCDF Resources

From training and educational opportunities to networking, the IOCDF has much to offer the mental health professional community. Our professional and institutional members form a strong community of knowledgeable providers and researchers working to improve the lives of those affected by OCD across the U.S. and around the world. By becoming a member of the IOCDF, you are joining the “best of the best” in OCD treatment and research. Below is an overview of resources available through the IOCDF for mental health professionals:

Annual OCD Conference

  • The only national conference dedicated to OCD and related disorders. The Conference is a unique opportunity for mental health professionals and researchers to learn about new research and treatment strategies alongside patients (of all ages) and families.


  • Membership with the IOCDF allows you to network with other professionals, improve your training and practice, and access a wealth of patient education information and resources.

Expert Opinions

  • This section features articles on special topics related to OCD written by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board and other experts in the OCD and related disorders field.

IOCDF Training Institute

  • On average, it can take an individual with OCD up to 17 years from the onset of symptoms to receive a proper diagnosis and begin receiving effective treatment. The IOCDF is committed to changing that statistic through our flagship Behavior Therapy Training (BTTI) and other training programs for professionals. Held once a year, our Pediatric BTTI specifically focuses on the unique challenges on treating children & adolescents with OCD.

IOCDF Research Grant Program

  • The IOCDF awards grants to investigators whose research focuses on the causes and treatment of OCD and related disorders. The money to fund these awards is donated by our members and friends of the Foundation. Since 1994, over $3 million in research grants has been awarded.

IOCDF Genetics Collaborative

  • The IOCDF Genetics Collaborative is a multi-national group that encourages researchers focusing in genetics to work with one another and to share their findings and DNA samples. The goal of the Board is to identify the genetic causes of OCD.