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Behavior Therapy Training Institute

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Dr. Alec Pollard teaching at a BTTI 

What is the BTTI?

The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) is an in-depth, three-day intensive training course in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who are treating individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders. The BTTI was developed to help address the shortage of therapists properly trained in using CBT to treat OCD around the country and the world. The objective was to find a training model and format that was more intensive, comprehensive, and clinically useful than most workshops, but that was also shorter and more accessible than the few fellowships and externships offering training in the treatment of OCD.

The IOCDF Board of Directors appointed a panel to develop the training model that is used for the BTTI. The panel included Gail Steketee, Lee Baer, Fugen Neziroglu, John Greist, and Alec Pollard (Clinical Chair of the BTTI). The format has been modified somewhat over the years in response to feedback from participants, but the basic model remains intact.

For an insider's look at the BTTI, click here to read a firsthand account by Dr. Annette Perot, a recent BTTI graduate.

Who Can Attend the BTTI?

You can register for the BTTI if:
  • You are a licensed mental health professional who currently treats OCD and/or related disorders.
  • If you do not require supervision to see patients- providers who attend the BTTI must be licensed to practice psychotherapy independently. Due to the incredibly high demand for this program, we are not currently accepting registrations from providers who are not yet licensed and/or require supervision.
  • You are a current professional member of the IOCDF. You do not need to be a member to register for the BTTI; however, you do need to become a member if we offer you a spot in an upcoming training and officially register you. Professional membership is $100 per person, per year. For more information about membership with the IOCDF and to become a member/renew your expired membership prior to registering, please visit 

When and Where are the Next BTTI programs?

The 2014 BTTI locations and dates are as follows:  

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, FL
February 7th - 9th, 2014 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
April 11th - 13th, 2014  

Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc, WI
May 30th - June 1st, 2014  

General BTTI - WAITLIST ONLY (e-mail Stephanie Cogen at for more information)
Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA
September 5th - 7th, 2014


Hoarding BTTI Registration TBA in summer 2014
Boston University - Boston, MA
October 31st - November 2nd, 2014   

In order to be notified about when we will be opening registration for these trainings, as well as to receive the registration materials the day we open it so that you can secure a spot, please complete the BTTI Interest List Survey here and select the region(s) of the US and Canada where you are interested in attending a BTTI. 

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to these upcoming trainings, please call us at (617) 973-5801 or email Stephanie Cogen at

Who Makes Up the BTTI Faculty?

The faculty of each BTTI is made up of some of the most experienced and well-respected OCD therapists in North America, most of them being members of the IOCDF's Scientific Advisory Board. 

How Much Does the BTTI Cost?

The cost of registration is $385 for all three days. This fee includes the cost of continuing education credits and lunch on the third day. When you register for the BTTI, you are automatically registered for CE credits. Cancellation guidelines and restrictions vary for each specific training. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact Stephanie Cogen at the IOCDF.

How Can I Register to Attend the BTTI?

Our BTTIs usually sell out in record time (one in less than 90 minutes)! Those on our interest list get the first opportunity to register. To join our list, click here. As you complete this survey, please make sure you thoughtfully select the regions of the United States and Canada where you would like to attend trainings. This is because when we open registration for specific trainings, we notify those who have selected they want to attend a training in this particular geographic area first.

Registration for the BTTI is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you complete the BTTI Interest Survey, you can expect to receive email alerts from us when we plan to open a training in a location that you selected. Instructions for how to register, and documents needed in order to complete the registration process, will be included in these emails.

Are Continuing Education Credits Offered?

Yes. Continuing education credits are offered for psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. We do not offer continuing education credits for doctors, nurses, or nurse practitioners; however, they are still welcome to attend the BTTI. For more information about continuing education credits offered for the BTTI, please contact us at (617) 973-5801.

This program is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Inc. The IOCDF maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For continuing education certificates requested after the end of the BTTI, there will be a $25.00 processing fee.

For more information about the BTTI, as well as if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Cogen, Assistant Program Director at the IOCDF, at (617) 973-5801 or