Films by James Callner

Films by James Callner

Awareness Films was started by writer/director James Callner in the early eighties. Our films are educational with a dramatic edge that will make you cry-happy. We have found that the quickest way to opening your heart – to educate your mind – is through the medium of film. In addition, we take our films on the lecture circuit, showing the film followed by an educational presentation about OCD.

The American Psychiatric Association, The International Health and Medical Film Festival, The United States International Film Festival, The National Educational Film Festival and many others have honored us. We are always grateful and amazed at the recognition we receive.

Our films are distributed to schools, television, associations, therapists, health care providers, and are available to view free here.

The Touching Tree is the first film made about a child with OCD. It was produced by The International OCD Foundation and Awareness Films and Written and Directed by James Callner. Mr. Callner based the film on his own challenges with OCD. The Touching Tree has won 8 National and International film awards. It’s intent is to bring OCD awareness and education to the public.

 

In the Shoes of Christopher is a Story About a Bully and a Boy with OCD. The film was awarded best Independent Film from Kids First, The Coalition For Quality Children’s Media. Bullying around the world cannot be tolerated and those that are challenged with OCD are not immune from being bullied. This film is our attempt to give teachers, students and adults a look into what it would be like to be in the shoes of a teenager with OCD. It’s intent is to bring awareness and education.

 

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the award-winning short film about a school bully and a boy with OCD ~ In the Shoes of Christopher

 

This award winning short film explores the trails of a mother suffering from OCD and how her family copes. It reveals the presence and commonality of OCD in so many families and the need for education and compassion.

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It’s never hopelessness

OCD 101. Class one. I retired from teaching college about two years ago after 37 years. So forgive me for the 101 thing. It’s kind of a habit. I never liked complexity so I tried to teach simply - even if the subject was complex. Ok here goes. What are the basics to know about this disorder? 1. You are NOT crazy or out of touch with reality. A processing part of your brain is out of balance. The disorder is neurobiological. That means it isn’t your fault and you can do something about it. 2. We all suffer with anxiety. It is an anxiety disorder. Anxiety…well, let me put it in clinical terms - sucks! But, we can manage it with ERP, CBT, medication, meditation and/or mindfulness. 3. You and I can have a life in spite of the disorder. Truly. It takes some education and daily work but, never ever believe that it is hopeless. There’s lots of hope to be had but you have to participate. It’s called, short-term discomfort for long-term comfort. I’m not going to lie to you , it is going to be tough for awhile but never hopeless. Get help and support, even online and work at not being afraid of facing fears, we all do it daily it’s part of the job of getting better. There are no tests in my class OCD 101 - only compassion. JC <3
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It’s never hopelessness

OCD 101. Class one. I retired from teaching college about two years ago after 37 years. So forgive me for the 101 thing. It’s kind of a habit. I never liked complexity so I tried to teach simply - even if the subject was complex. Ok here goes. What are the basics to know about this disorder? 1. You are NOT crazy or out of touch with reality. A processing part of your brain is out of balance. The disorder is neurobiological. That means it isn’t your fault and you can do something about it. 2. We all suffer with anxiety. It is an anxiety disorder. Anxiety…well, let me put it in clinical terms - sucks! But, we can manage it with ERP, CBT, medication, meditation and/or mindfulness. 3. You and I can have a life in spite of the disorder. Truly. It takes some education and daily work but, never ever believe that it is hopeless. There’s lots of hope to be had but you have to participate. It’s called, short-term discomfort for long-term comfort. I’m not going to lie to you , it is going to be tough for awhile but never hopeless. Get help and support, even online and work at not being afraid of facing fears, we all do it daily it’s part of the job of getting better. There are no tests in my class OCD 101 - only compassion. JC
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OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos. .