Adult OCD Family Support Group

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder not only impacts the individual that holds this diagnosis, but their loved ones as well. Family members often report feeling confused, frustrated, or angry as their loved one’s symptoms of OCD begin to infiltrate different areas of their life (socially, educationally, interpersonally, vocationally, financially). To reduce their loved one’s distress, loved ones may start engaging in accommodating behaviors. Greater levels of family accommodation have been linked to poorer treatment outcomes for a loved one who is currently engaged in exposure and response prevention treatment. Research studies has shown that educating loved ones about obsessive-compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention treatment and differentiating support from accommodating behaviors has a direct correlation to better treatment outcomes.

The Adult OCD Family Support Group creates a safe environment for adult family members, who are trying to cope with their loved ones OCD diagnosis, an opportunity to connect with other significant others, siblings, adult parents who are seeking the same. In addition, the group leaders aim to provide educational materials on obsessive-compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention treatment, practical strategies for helping their loved one, OCD resources, and a list of ways they can become involved in the OCD community (OCD support groups, etc.).

This 8-week support group was created for the significant others, adult parents, or siblings (ages: 18 plus) of an adult family member who has been formerly diagnosed with OCD and is currently engaged in Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment (ERP or EX-RP). The group provides an opportunity to support and connect with others as we discuss symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention treatment, and practical strategies for supporting their loved one while they’re in treatment. We will identify several different resources for learning more about OCD and ways to stay connected to the OCD community. The group will be led by CBI Clinicians Nicole Gibson, LPC and Samantha Motto, Professional Counselor; it is scheduled to begin Monday, October 3rd, 2022 (11am-12pm EST) and will run for 8 consecutive weeks.

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