Book: Students with OCD

Dr. Gail Adams has been a dedicated and essential member of the AFOCD team from the beginning. She is happy to announce the publishing of her new book, Students with OCD. This book is the definitive resource developed to provide education professionals and parents the comprehensive information they need to help students with OCD receive the education they deserve.

Empowered to better recognize, understand and work with OCD, parents, school personnel, and health professionals become the critical link between obsessive-compulsive disorder and education – allowing bright and promising students to realize their full potential.

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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 .

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It’s OK to just be you.

I taught college for over thirty-six years, but I started to really understand teaching at about year twenty. I think most teachers go through the same thing. They don't teach you how to teach in graduate school. I learned that students wanted inspiration and mentoring over hard core expectations. I taught in the Fine Arts department. I taught Acting for TV and Film, Television, Screenwriting, Filmmaking, all that show biz stuff. So expectations were running high in my young students. They wanted to be fast stars.

I remember one student came into my office after a class in tears. He was in distress because he didn't know what he wanted to be or how to get there. "Jim, what am I going to be!?" I had enough years of OCD recovery and some years of mindfulness training so I offered some advice that I had been working on myself.

Essentially I told him “You don't have to ‘be’ anything. You just have to be.” He looked at me and stopped tearing up. I think he got it. None of us have to be anything other than ourselves at any given moment. The more genuine we are, the more accepting we are, the kinder we are, the more honest we are with ourselves and others, the more trusting we are that we'll be OK, helps to further strengthen our being-ness. Today, despite everything and everyone moving around so quickly, I choose to gracefully be me.
Stand strong. JC <3
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It’s OK to just be you.
 
I taught college for over thirty-six years, but I started to really understand teaching at about year twenty. I think most teachers go through the same thing. They dont teach you how to teach in graduate school. I learned that students wanted inspiration and mentoring over hard core expectations. I taught in the Fine Arts department. I taught Acting for TV and Film, Television, Screenwriting, Filmmaking, all that show biz stuff. So expectations were running high in my young students. They wanted to be fast stars. 
 
I remember one student came into my office after a class in tears. He was in distress because he didnt know what he wanted to be or how to get there. Jim, what am I going to be!? I had enough years of OCD recovery and some years of mindfulness training so I offered some advice that I had been working on myself. 
 
Essentially I told him “You dont have to ‘be’ anything. You just have to be.” He looked at me and stopped tearing up. I think he got it. None of us have to be anything other than ourselves at any given moment. The more genuine we are, the more accepting we are, the kinder we are, the more honest we are with ourselves and others, the more trusting we are that well be OK, helps to further strengthen our being-ness. Today, despite everything and everyone moving around so quickly, I choose to gracefully be me.
Stand strong. JC

 

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From a career teacher, this is a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing.

A great “I need to hear that” moment. Thanks Jim!

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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. .