Annual Conference

On Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 from 10am-3pm

at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ

OCD New Jersey

An Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) presents our 19th Annual Luncheon & Conference…

Academic and Occupational Perfectionism:

When Striving for Just-Right is Just Wrong


Alec Pollard, Ph.D.


“Living with OCD” Panel

with those who deal with OCD every day
moderated by
Dr. Allen H. Weg  


This program is pending approved for 4 CE credits by the State Board of Psychological Examiners, by the State Board of Social Work Examiners, and for educators.
This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and OCD New Jersey upon approval. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program.
The program is intermediate level and for psychologists, social workers, and educators.


A lavish, full course luncheon will be provided during the course of this conference

Our Presenter

 C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D.

Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is a licensed psychologist who works with a range of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders, with a special interest in patients ambivalent about or resistant to treatment. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization’s Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training Institute.  Dr. Pollard also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and the Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group research collaborative. He is former chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals and conference program committees and has authored over 100 publications, including 2 books: The Agoraphobia Workbook and Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia. He is currently working on a book to help the families of OCD treatment-refusers.

Dr. Pollard received the 2017 Service Award at the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, for, among other things,  his work chairing the IOCDF Behavior Therapy Training Institute, or BTTI, which offers several 3-day OCD treatment training programs for licensed therapists every year in different parts of the country.

Our Keynote Presentation:

Academic and Occupational Perfectionism: When Striving for Just-Right is Just Wrong

Anxiety related to academic and occupational performance has been associated with an increasingly high number of clinical referrals. The impact of this condition on the lives of children and adults can be devastating, potentially resulting in academic failure, job loss, family discord, and various psychiatric complications. Although dysfunctional academic and occupational perfectionism (DAOP) can co-occur with several mental health conditions, key features like excessive checking, over-correcting, and avoidance are consistent with the symptoms of OCD.  Despite the relevance of OCD treatment models for DAOP, applicable therapeutic principles are often ignored or misapplied. The presenter will review the general features of dysfunctional perfectionism, discuss issues specifically related to perfectionism in the academic and workplace environments, and outline how OCD treatment models can be applied successfully to individuals with DAOP. The presentation will include lecture, slides, demonstrations, and case illustrations.




  • Participants will be able to identify differences between functional and dysfunctional perfectionism.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the ways in which dysfunctional perfectionism commonly affects individuals in academic and workplace environments.
  • Participants will be able to describe how the therapeutic principles used to treat OCD are applied to dysfunctional perfectionism.


Our “Living with OCD Panel”

Every year at our annual conference, we collect a handful of people who either have OCD or live with someone who does, and they each spend a little bit of time sharing their personal experiences and then take questions from the audience. This has always been a highlight of our conference, and allows participants to “see the face” of people with OCD, and gives them the opportunity to more fully understand the emotional experience of struggling with the disorder, as well as recovering and even transcending it. The Living with OCD Panel has never failed to be moving and inspirational to our conference attendees, whether they be professionals or lay people.

Our Moderator

Allen H. Weg. Ed.D.

Allen H. Weg. EdD is President of OCD New Jersey, an Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Weg is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC, an independent clinic with locations in East Brunswick and Florham Park, New Jersey. He and his associates specialize in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, PTSD,  and OCD-related spectrum disorders for children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Weg is on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), on the faculty for the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (the certification and training arm of the IOCDF), and is faculty member for the Professional Training Institute, the certification and training service of the TLC Foundation. He has authored “OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A strategy for successful therapy,” published by Oxford University Press.


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The Venue

The Westwood, 438 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ 07027
Telephone: (908) 789-0808

Take NJ Turnpike North to Exit 11. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North. Follow Directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North

Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 14. Follow signs to I-78 west towards US-22/US9/US1. Merge onto 1-78W. Take The Garden State Parkway Exit 52. Keep right at the fork, follow signs to Garden State Parkway and merge onto Garden State Parkway South. Take Exit 137 and bear right for State Highway 28 towards Cranford. The Westwood is 2.2 miles on the right side.

Parkway North to Exit 135. Bear left and proceed straight through first traffic light. Make a left at a second traffic light. Stay in right lane through tunnel, proceeding straight thru the next traffic light. You will be on Central Avenue. Follow Central Avenue for approximately 3.5 miles to North Avenue. Turn right onto North Avenue (the intersection after you’ve gone under the railroad tracks). The Westwood is approximately .5 miles on the left.

Take Parkway South to Exit 137. Bear right onto Westfield Avenue (also called route 28 West and North Avenue). The Westwood is located 2.2 miles on the right.

Take Route 22 East to Scotch Plains Fanwood Exit in Scotch Plains. You will be on Park Avenue. Follow Park Avenue to Midway Avenue. Make a left onto Midway Avenue (the name changes to North Avenue). The Westwood is 5 miles on the left.

Take Route 22 West to Union. Follow signs to Parkway South. Follow directions as in “Traveling Garden State Parkway South”

Take Outerbridge crossing to Rt. 440 South. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North and follow directions as in “Traveling Garden State Parkway North

Head Northwest on 1-278 West. Take the Exit towards Bayway Avenue US9/State Hwy 439W/US 1 N. Turn left at Cole Avenue. Slight right at Bayway Avenue. Slight right at Bayway Circle US-1/US-9. Turn right at South Elmora Avenue. Turn left at Rt 28/Westfield Avenue. The Westwood is approximately 5 miles on right.