2018 IOCDF Conference: Power Up Your OCD Recovery!

Presented by Reid Wilson, PhD; Jon Hershfield, MFT; Shala Nicely, LPC; and Jeff Bell

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to power up your OCD recovery with four key skills designed to keep you, not your OCD, in the driver’s seat. Foil your OCD’s attempts to sabotage your recovery by adopting a game-changing, paradoxical attitude. Experience fully living in the now instead of the past or future with OCD-specific mindfulness exercises. Stop beating yourself up and discover how empowering self-kindness can be by crafting your own self-compassion statement. Motivate yourself to do your maintenance exposures with joy (yes, joy!) by applying the Greater Good Perspective Shift in the heat of the OCD moment. You’ll gain practical tools you can immediately apply to strengthen your recovery and keep your life your own!


  1. Attendees will be able to how explain how embracing a paradoxical attitude empowers them and disempowers OCD, forming a solid foundation for a strong recovery.
  2. Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to use mindfulness and self-compassion to strengthen their OCD recoveries.
  3. Attendees will be able to apply the Greater Good Perspective Shift to motivate themselves to participate in maintenance ERP on an ongoing basis.

Power Up Your OCD Recovery! Slides (quote on slide 46 is from “The Man in the Arena” passage of Teddy Roosevelt’s Citizenship in a Republic speech).

Power Up Self-Compassion Worksheet