Hi Conference Buzz readers- I hope you had a great week! Today I interviewed David Gooden, LCSW about his involvement with our first-ever Spanish Language Mini-Track at this year’s Conference.
Dave- I see here that you are helping to coordinate the Spanish Language Mini-Track at this year’s Annual Conference. What kinds of workshops and support groups will be included in the Spanish Language Mini-Track?
The Spanish Language Mini-Track is called Introducción a la Ansiedad y el Trastorno Obsesivo- Compulsivo (TOC) en niños y adultos (Introduction to Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children and Adults) and will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Arthur Cantos, Ph.D., Tania Pérez Duarte, and I will be running this program. This program will feature a two-part workshop from 2:00-5:30 pm dedicated to teaching attendees about anxiety disorders and OCD in children and adults, how they are diagnosed and treated, and how to find support and resources. After these workshops, from 5:45-7:00 pm attendees are invited to our Saturday Evening Social (an event that runs during the main Conference) for some refreshments and a light dinner. Following this break, the program will conclude with a support group held entirely in Spanish for those with OCD and their loved ones from 7:30-9:00 pm.
What makes the Spanish Language Mini-Track unique?
This program is unique because they will be done in Spanish. This is the first time the conference has had Spanish language offerings, and we are so excited for this program to have its inaugural year in Chicago.
Tell us a little bit about you, what you currently do, and how you became involved in the OCD community.
I am a Clinical Social Worker who has been specializing in OCD for a little more than 10 years. I first became involved with OCD treatment when I was asked by a Child Psychiatrist if I was interested in learning the method described by John Marsh, MD in OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual. She said that if I did she had a number of referrals for me. As someone brand-new to private practice at that time, it was a very exciting opportunity, and I’m still grateful, and not just because I’ve found a niche. I’ve met so many wonderful people (young and older), people who have inspired me with their courage.
Although I have had some additional responsibilities for development and coordination of this Mini-Track, I’m only a small part of the bilingual team, with Arthur Cantos, Ph.D. and Tania Pérez Duarte, M.S. Dr. Cantos is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he is Director of Clinical Training in addition to his teaching and research responsibilities. He has made many international presentations, in Spain, Mexico, Gibraltar, and Colombia, in addition to the United States, and has authored or co-authored several publications. Ms. Pérez Duarte is a Ph.D. student (Clinical Psychology) and Psychotherapist, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is currently assisting the Mexican Consulate in Austin, Texas and OCD Texas, the local IOCDF affiliate. She has also translated several educational documents for the IOCDF office.
How many conferences have you been to and what is one memorable experience you’ve had?
I have been to 5 IOCDF Conferences, in addition to the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute in Philadelphia. I have treasured every one; I treasure being able to ask the leaders in our field knotty clinical questions and getting very helpful answers.
After taking a look at the Conference schedule, what workshops are you most excited about attending and why?
Which workshops?..Ha! I’ve circled so many workshops that I want to attend, several at the same time. “Mr. Monk vs. Mr. Spock—Distinguishing Between OCD and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder” with Robert Hudak, MD looks irresistible.
Since you are not from the local Chicago area, what are you most excited about doing in Chicago while you are there for the Conference?
My wife (Anne Haney Gooden, LCSW, also an IOCDF member) and I are from Tucson, Arizona. We are looking forward to seeing the Museum of Natural History, which we both visited in our youth. She has a lovely memory of a tea garden, which we hope is still there.
That's great- thanks so much for talking with us, Dave!
Registration for the Spanish Language Mini-Track is $50 per person (children under the age of 15 are free). To register, click here for the Spanish Language Mini-Track registration form. Registrants can complete the registration form and either email it to us as an attachment, fax it, or send it to us in the mail with payment information. You can also register on-site the day of the conference. While this program is intended primarily for those with OCD and their loved ones, professionals can attend as well.
Please forward along information about this program to anyone who you think may be interested in this opportunity. This program will not return to Chicago until at least 2015, so this is an ideal opportunity to make a positive impact on the mental health of your community.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!