All in the Family at the OCD Institute

March 28, 2016

The OCD Institute (OCDI) is pleased to announce the commencement of a family support group for all family members of current OCDI patients. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6pm and is led by family therapist, Thea Cawley, LICSW.

Clinicians at the OCDI know from their experience that when someone is diagnosed with OCD, the entire family system is impacted. This can be a challenging and isolating experience for family members. In addition to weekly individual family meetings, the support group provides a forum to receive peer support, education about OCD, guidance on how to effectively support a loved one through treatment, and an opportunity to share one’s own experience. As evidenced from the group therapy program offered for OCDI residential and partial hospital patients, being in a supportive group with others who are struggling with similar situations can be a profoundly moving and helpful experience.

Thea Cawley, LICSW
Thea Cawley, LICSW

“It is very exciting to be putting this idea into practice,” said Cawley. “We know that family involvement in treatment is critical to the long-term health and success of our patients. We see this as another way of supporting patients and families in the process.”

In addition to the family support group, the program has also initiated a family therapy evaluation, which is sent to the family members of patients who participated in their loved ones’ treatment. This is a way for us to get direct feedback about the experience, and to learn where improvements can be made. The data so far have provided very useful information and suggestions.

Since opening its doors in 1997 as the country’s first residential treatment program for this condition, the OCD Institute has served as a renowned leader in the advancement of clinical care and research for obsessive compulsive and related disorders in children and adults. For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.2776 (adults) or 774.419.1182 (children).


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