WCTC will host a movie screening and an expert panel discussion about obsessive-compulsive disorder

With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Week happening the second week of October, OCD Wisconsin, based in Oconomowoc, wants to educate people on the disorder that affects 1 in 100 adults and 1 in 200 children and teens.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, “Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie” will be screened at Waukesha County Technical College’s Richard T. Anderson Center in Pewaukee.

Additionally, a panel of experts will discuss OCD and open the floor for questions and answers. The event will conclude at 8 p.m.

OCD is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over, according to the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Dr. Bradley Riemann, who serves as chief clinical officer for Rogers Behavioral Health, will be one of the speakers at the event.

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“Dr. Riemann is a leading expert in the assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders and use of cognitive behavioral therapy treatment,” a news release stated. “At Rogers, he serves as the clinical director of the adult OCD Center, one of the leading residential treatment centers for OCD and anxiety in the country. He also directs cognitive behavioral therapy services at Rogers.”

Riemann has also authored numerous scientific papers on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety and has spoken at national and international conventions, according to the release.

Chad Wetterneck, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, will also speak.

“Dr. Wetterneck has developed training modules and interventions for application in Rogers’ residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs,” the release stated. “He supervises the behavioral specialists treating residential adult patients with dual diagnoses in the Herrington Recovery Center, and developed and oversees the PTSD partial hospital programs at Rogers’ West Allis, Brown Deer, Oconomowoc, and Appleton locations.”

Psychologist Nicholas Farrell will also speak at the event. Farrell provides clinical consultation and supervises the work of the behavioral specialists in Rogers’ Eating Disorder Center as well as in the inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.

“Dr. Farrell embraces an integrated care model that promotes collaboration between patients and the health professionals involved in their care,” the release stated.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, email Kia LaBracke at ocdwisconsin@gmail.com.

OCD Wisconsin was founded in 2013 as the Wisconsin affiliate of the International OCD Foundation with the mission to be a trusted resource and voice for those affected by OCD.

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