Hope and Understanding are powerful medicines. AFOCD is about bringing that hope and understanding to you. Our mission is to educate the public and individuals about OCD and related disorders through Lectures, Emails, Consulting and our Films and Books. A little bit of hope goes along way in helping people challenged with OCD. Our support, compassion, spirit and resources are available to you. We are just an Email or phone call away.
Awareness Foundation for OCD, AFOCD, is a 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Charitable Foundation founded in 1997 by James Callner MA, a teacher and filmmaker who is challenged by OCD. James found many modalities of treatment to bring him to a functioning level of wellness. Besides ERPT and medication, James found spiritual treatment and hope to be a major part of his healing path. In his quest to help others, Mr Callner collaborated with Gail Adams Ed.D, Kimberly Schwartz BA, A.J. Allen M.D, Ph.D, and Paula Sneddon M.S.W., A.C.S.W. to establish AFOCD.
AFOCD is dedicated to helping others understand OCD and related disorders though public speaking, private coaching , and creating emotionally charged films and books to educate the public. Current AFOCD Volunteers include:
James Callner, MA, AFOCD President: Mr. Callner started his teaching and professional filmmaking career in his early twenties. He has earned over 35 national and international awards and critical acclaim for writing and directing films about physically and emotionally challenged individuals.
In 1982, Mr. Callner himself was afflicted with the devastating anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). After over two decades of cognitive, behavioral, spiritual, medical and alternative therapies and treatments, James Callner has emerged as a personal coach, public speaker and educator on moving though the fears and anxieties of life and into self confidence, self esteem and hope.
Paula Sneddon, M.S.W., A.C.S.W. Ms. Sneddon received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Boston University, and her Masters Degree in Social Work in 1973 from the Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA. Her background includes being a Clinical Social Worker at Good Samaritan Hospice as well as at Brookline, Beverly, Danvers Visiting Nurse Association. She has worked with individuals, families and couples of all ages in short and long term therapy and crisis intervention. Ms. Sneddon has offered services including evaluation, treatment & referral of clients and addressing problems of depression, anxiety, separation, loss, illness and grief. Most recently, Ms. Sneddon was the Lead producer, Awareness Films, "In the Shoes of Christopher". She has a child with OCD, and offers understanding and compassion for families living with OCD.
Gail Adams, E.d.D. Dr. Adams holds a master's degree in Special Education and a doctorate in Educational Psychology. She has worked extensively in the area of childhood OCD and speaks about the impact of OCD on children and adolescents in the school setting, as well as the role of school personnel in an OCD intervention. Currently, Dr. Adams has an adjunct position as Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Adams enables her audiences to learn in a simple, constructive way what OCD is and how educators, health care workers, students, and the general public can gain practical understanding of OCD and related disorders. She has published several articles on OCD and related disorders including her booklet: School Personnel: A Critical Link in the Indentification and Treatment and Management of OCD .
James Berkheimer, B.A. Mr. Berkheimer spent many years as a paramedic dealing with people in crisis. He received his BA in Psychology at UC Berkeley, and has done graduate studies in counseling at California State University East Bay. For ten years, Mr. Berkheimer was a crisis intervention counselor to emergency services personnel as a peer counselor. Mr. Berkheimer teaches Aikido (the Art of Peace) and is a Master Reiki practitioner.
The Awareness Foundation Board of Directors:
President: James Callner, MA
Secretary: Michael Morris
Treasurer: Renee Fuqua
The Awareness Foundation for OCD Advisory Board:
A.J. Allen M.D., Ph.D.: Chair of Advisory Board
Judith Rapoport, M.D.: National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD
John H. Griest, M.D.: Madison Institute of Medicine. WI
John March, M.D. M.P.H.: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Margo Thienemann, M.D.: Stanford University and Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA.
Philip Kavanaugh M.D.: Author, ‘Magnificent Addiction’ and ‘Hope for Healing’
Ronald W. Wiebe M.S.W., B.C.D.: Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, San Jose, CA
D. Jeffery Duckham M.D.: Diplomat, American Board of Board of Family Practice, Los Gatos, CA
Michael T. Morris: Film Producer/ Awareness Films
Christian R. Komor, Psy. D.: The OCD Recovery Center
Kimberly Schwartz: AFOCD Original Co-Founder
Cheryl and Sean Smith: Sean Smith Electric Inc.