Courageous Campers FAQ

Courageous Campers FAQ

General Information

  1. What is Camp?
    • A week-long summer camp program aimed at developing skills to manage factors contributing to OCD and anxiety disorders. The program focuses on reducing avoidance behaviors, creating opportunities to confront fears, enhancing resilience, and offering valuable psychoeducation to campers and their families. The program utilizes cognitive behavior therapy with exposure therapy.
  2. Who is Camp for?
    • Children ages 8 to 15 years (based on the child’s age on the first day of camp), determined to have a primary diagnosis of OCD, social anxiety, specific phobia, illness anxiety, or separation anxiety. 
  3. When is Camp?
    • July 15 – July 19 (5 days; 4 hours each day) 
    • The camp day will occur from 12:30 pm until 4:30 pm. For a fee of $20/day campers will have access to before care from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm and/or after care from 4:30 pm until 6 pm.
  4. Where is Camp?
    • Camp will be located at 3500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. This secure building is the home of Rise Center for OCD and Anxiety (Rise) with a large open space for group activities, as well as smaller offices for small groups and/or individual support.
  5. How do I apply and register?
    • Apply by completing the Courageous Campers Application Form.
    • After the application is submitted you will be contacted to answer additional questions.
    • Pay the $50 registration fee.
  6. What happens after my child is registered?
    • Schedule the required intake evaluation with one of our approved therapists. This will help staff cater activities to the needs of each camper. The appointment will take approximately 1-hour and can be completed virtually or in person. 
    • If the intake assessment determines the child is not a good fit for camp the registration fee will be refunded. This is the only circumstance in which the registration fee will be refunded.
    • Pay the remaining camp balance ($300) by July 1.
  7. What is the cost of camp?
    • The total cost of camp is $350 
  8. Can I use my insurance to pay for camp?
    • Insurance is not accepted for Courageous Campers.
  9. Who is running this thing?
    • Courageous Campers is hosted by OCD Louisiana, an official affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and Rise Center for OCD and Anxiety, an independent private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the Plant a Summer Camp Program and made possible by the generous grant-funding of JACK Mental Health Advocacy (MHA) and sponsorship by Dufrene Surveying and Engineering. This program was developed with consultation of JACK MHA clinical staff and the IOCDF.
    • Rise is a private group practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. The mission of Rise is to help the people of Louisiana live their most meaningful lives by providing effective, comprehensive, and compassionate treatment for OCD and anxiety-related disorders, and offering exceptional training and support for clinicians.
    • The values and goals of OCD Louisiana are to provide education, resources, and support to the local community to increase access to effective treatment and promote awareness about OCD and related disorders.
    • A licensed psychologist (Melissa Dufrene, PsyD, ABPP or Kristin E Fitch, PhD) will be present at all times to ensure appropriate treatment and will be assisted by a pre-licensed psychologist and volunteers. All volunteers will complete background checks and complete training in safety and the treatment program.
  10.  This sounds like an amazing opportunity for Louisiana kids and adolescents! How can I contribute?
    • We really appreciate your support! Please spread the word about camp and consider making a tax-deductible donation to OCD Louisiana for Courageous Campers. Every contribution, regardless of its size, will help us provide an empowering experience for these extraordinary campers.


3500 Canal St., Suite 103
New Orleans, LA 70119

office@riseocdandanxiety.sprucecare.com
504.977.2229

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