2012 National OCD Conference - Cardiff

Our annual conference takes place in Cardiff on 10th November

Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2012 we will be visiting Wales and to host the first ever OCD conference in Wales, Cardiff to be precise, on Saturday 10th November 2012. Our conference is primarily aimed at those with OCD, along with their family and friends, but we also welcome health professionals or anybody else that may also be interested in learning more about OCD.

Our conferences are a great way to listen to, learn from and even ask questions of some of the leading OCD experts here in the UK, but also to meet others with OCD and share coping experiences, and for some, to make new friends too.

If it's your first time at an OCD conference, then we understand you are likely to be feeling incredibly nervous and wondering whether you should come, even more so if you're traveling alone.  We can assure you that you won't be the only one coming for the first time, and everyone there will be friendly, and understand exactly what you go through with OCD on a daily basis. We will do our very best to make everyone feel welcomed and relaxed, including an area for those travelling alone to meet others on their own, so please don't be afraid, we will do all we can to make you feel welcomed on the day. You can always pop by the Conference thread on our discussion board and get to know some of the other people planning to come along to Cardiff in November.

We have lined up a superb array of highly acclaimed health professionals and inspirational speakers covering a diverse range of OCD related topics. We are extremely excited about the programme that we have planned, and we hope that you will be too.

Conference overview

Every year our conference agenda attempts to provide a wide range of helpful and supportive presentation subjects, and following on feedback from last year's conference, again this year we have tried to provide a little something for everyone, regardless of OCD type, we believe all will benefit throughout the day. This year we have presentations on the following OCD related subjects:

  • OCD and Hoarding
  • Intrusive thoughts with focus on Homosexual OCD fears
  • OCD and checking with focus on driving OCD problems
  • Contamination OCD
  • For family members, when the OCD becomes too much and what should family members do when sufferer seeks reassurance
  • OCD and medication
  • What to do when you know what to do CBT wise, but can't face the fear
  • Question Time - An opportunity to question OCD experts

Again, our annual conference is fortunate to have the support of some of the leading OCD specialists, who year-on-year continue to support our charity. This year we have presentations from the following experts, and we remain indebted and grateful that they have chosen to freely give up their time to support our conference.

  • Professor Paul Salkovskis - University of Bath
  • Dr Elizabeth Forrester - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice based in London & South East
  • Dr Victoria Bream-Oldfield - Institute of Psychiatry
  • Ian Puleston Davies - Writer, and actor, star of Coronation Street
  • Dr Anne Perry  - The Priory Ticehurst
  • Karen Robinson - Ex-OCD sufferer, and researcher from the University of Bath
  • CBT Cymru
  • Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald - Clinical Psychologist within Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust
  • Dr Lauren Callaghan - Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU)

We hope that we have assembled a conference agenda that you will find interesting, informative and helpful, but these are just a few of the benefits you might gain from attending the OCD-UK National Conference in Cardiff.

  • Audience with leading OCD experts
  • Education and increased knowledge about OCD and CBT
  • The unique chance to have your questions answered
  • Opportunity to meet the OCD-UK team in person
  • Listen to first hand experiences of others with OCD
  • Meet others that share your problems, and an opportunity to make new supportive contacts


Our venue

Our venue is the fantastic modern and spacious Julian Hodge Building, part of Cardiff University.

Sir Julian Hodge was a London-born entrepreneur and banker who lived in Wales for most of his life. He is alleged to have supported the 'Just Say No' campaign against devolution ahead of a referendum for the Welsh Assembly, and we hope that by the end of our conference, those attending will be a little more inspired and determined to 'Just Say No' to their OCD!

The Julian Hodge Building is just five minutes' walk from Cathays railway station which is served by regular shuttle trains to the main Cardiff Central station every 10-15 minutes, or alternatively the conference venue is approximately 30 minutes' walk from Cardiff Central station, which if time allows and the weather is nice will offer splendid views of Cardiff Castle.

With direct trains from many parts of the country, attending our conference should be commutable on the day for many people with direct trains from London (Paddington), Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Crewe, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, Rhyl, Southampton and Swansea. The introductions by Ashley and Kylie will begin at 9:45am. We recommend booking train tickets in advance once they become available due to the Wales v Argentina rugby game being hosted in Cardiff on the same day.

Cardiff is a city proud of its culture, history and language which has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2000 years. Cardiff, Wales' capital is situated in South Wales, and is easy to reach from anywhere in the UK or overseas.

If you prefer good old-fashioned sight-seeing, you won't be disappointed. From the magnificent Edwardian civic buildings and historic Cardiff Castle, to the imposing Millennium Stadium, architecture fans are spoilt for choice. The National Museum Cardiff is home to one of the finest impressionist galleries outside Paris, and features works by Monet, Picasso and Rodin.

In Cardiff Bay the Wales Millennium Centre stands next to the Grade 1 listed Pierhead building, the Norwegian Church, where children's author Roald Dahl was christened, is now an arts centre and cafe with a Nordic flavour.


The Visit Cardiff website may help those needing accommodation, however, for those wishing to book accommodation we recommend early booking due to the aforementioned Wales v Argentina rugby game being hosted in Cardiff on the same day. The Park Inn By Radisson hotel have supported the charity.

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