OCD Louisiana

Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation

Initial steps are currently being taken to formally create a Louisiana affiliate of the International OCD Foundation by Kristin Fitch, PhD and Suzanne Chabaud, PhD, Leslie Higgins, PsyD, Gail Pesses, LCSW, Melissa Dufrene, PsyD, and Michele Carroll, PsyD. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please read the message below and complete the survey (https://goo.gl/forms/YGbvIAtX6DiXzlrr2). Also, please like the OCD Louisiana Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OCDLouisiana/).

The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to provide assistance to those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. With the creation of the Louisiana affiliate, OCD Louisiana, we aim to provide education, resources, and support to the local community to increase access to effective treatment and promote awareness about OCD and related disorders. We hope to develop a community for those affected by OCD and related disorders and the professionals who treat them. Like our parent organization, OCD Louisiana will be a donor-supported nonprofit organization run by volunteers. Our organization will be open to anyone impacted by or interested in OCD, Hoarding Disorder, Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder), Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder, and other related disorders. We welcome individuals who suffer from one of these conditions, their family members and friends, mental health professionals, researchers, educators, religious leaders, and/or other interested community members.

Below is a description of the various levels of involvement that are available to the community.

1. Board member – a potential board member is someone who is willing to commit to the aid of the organization for a minimum of two years. This commitment requires regular attendance at board meetings, and assistance with the immediate and long-term goals of the organization. At this time the immediate goals are to meet the state and federal requirements as a non-profit organization, meet the guidelines of the IOCDF, and develop plans related to funds and fundraising.

2. Supportive volunteer – a supportive volunteer is someone who is interested in any of the duties described above, but does not feel comfortable making a formal commitment at this time. For instance, this might be someone with experience developing a new 501(c)(3), would like to help with future fundraising efforts, would like to spearhead the coordination of a community event, or potential committee members. This would also include professionals who are interested in giving lectures to the community or other professionals, or moderating support groups.

3. Professional resource – this is someone who can help spread the word about OCD Louisiana through communication with their clients or professional contacts, or would like more information on how to become listed on the mental health provider referral list.

4. OCD sufferer and those who care about them – these are people who are interested in receiving future communications from OCD Louisiana about programming, information, or other relevant information.

If you are interested please respond to the brief survey (https://goo.gl/forms/YGbvIAtX6DiXzlrr2) or to our email (OCDLouisiana@gmail.com).