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"UNSTUCK" Film Screening & Panel Discussion at Therapy West

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About UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie

Kids, teens and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are trapped in a vicious cycle of worries, intrusive thoughts and rituals. While loved ones are desperate to help them, defeating OCD takes time and specialized therapy. To uncover what OCD is, and what it isn’t, filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Chris Baier focus on an unlikely group of experts: kids!

UNSTUCK is an award-winning short film that explains OCD through the eyes of young people. It avoids sensationalizing compulsions and obsessions, and instead reveals the complexity of a disorder that affects the brain and behavior. As the group of resilient kids and teens roadmap their process of recovery, the film inspires viewers to believe it is possible to fight their worst fears and beat back OCD.

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PANELISTS:

Dr. Jeffrey Kassinove

Clinical Director/Co- Founder, Therapy West

Dr. Kassinove is an expert in the treatment of child, adolescent and young adult problems. He specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) and behavior modification to improve functioning and help families achieve positive goals. He is actively involved in research and the dissemination of psychological knowledge to students. During the early part of his career, he was a full-time faculty member, where he taught and conducted research. At present, he serves on the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he teaches cognitive behavioral therapy to psychiatry residents. Dr. Kassinove holds a license in the State of New York as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and mental health counselor. In addition, he is certified as a school psychologist in New York State. He spends the majority of his time collaborating with parents, families and other professionals to improve the lives of his patients. He is well-known for handling challenging cases and creating positive changes in the individual’s life.


Dr. Steven Poskar

Director, OCD NYC

Dr. Poskar is one of the nation's leading experts on the treatment of OCD and Related Disorders. He is a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. He also serves on the faculty of the IOCDF Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Poskar co-founded OCD New York, a charity whose mission is to help all those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Related Disorders to live full and productive lives.


Dr. Carly Bosacker

Director of Therapeutic Services, Therapy West

​Dr. Bosacker provides therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults using evidence-based, cognitive behavioral therapies. She received extensive training in treating those who suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, conduct problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and complex trauma. Dr. Bosacker uses a genuine, collaborative approach to establish trust and build a foundation of strength and hope. She is committed to providing children, adolescents, and families with the knowledge and tools they need for growth and recovery. At the University of Minnesota, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and obtained her Master’s from The New School for Social Research. Dr. Bosacker received her Psy.D. from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her pre-doctoral fieldwork was at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and at the Anxiety and Mood Disorders center at the Child Mind Institute. Finally, her internship was at MercyFirst, a residential treatment center for adolescents where she provided evidence-based treatment and conducted evaluations. Dr. Bosacker has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings including schools, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, and residential treatment facilities.


Dr. Owen Muir

Medical Director, Brooklyn Minds

Dr. Muir is the Medical Director at Brooklyn Minds. Dr. Muir also oversees our cutting-edge deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) program. He is a graduate of Amherst College and received his Medical Degree from The University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is board-certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at the Hosftra-Northwell School of Medicine at the Zucker Hillside Hospital and completed his child psychiatry fellowship at NYU School of Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and is on the faculty at Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center. He is a visiting lecturer at the Pratt School of Design. He has a prior appointment of Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Hofstra-Northwell SOM.

Dr.Muir is one of the few official supervisors in North America in a modality called Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for adults. He has additional training in utilizing MBT with adolescents, families and even teams and systems.
​As Medical Director, Dr. Owen Muir oversees Brooklyn Minds' position as the only site in America offering full, on-model MBT services for adolescents in the outpatient setting. It is one of the largest outpatient MBT practices for adults, children, and families in the country.

Dr. Muir specialties include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance disorders and personality disorders. He has broad addiction treatment experience as part of a comprehensive approach to wellness. This includes having a full buprenorphine waiver and ability to provide suboxone case management. Additionally, Dr.Muir is a Trainer in Good Psychiatric Management of Borderline Personality disorder. He is trained in Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) for bipolar disorder, psychodynamic psychotherapy and in CBT for both OCD and PTSD. ​

Feeling at ease with a psychiatrist is not something that comes naturally for most people. Dr. Muir utilizes humor and empathy to help open doors for people to feel more comfortable. Dr.Muir is interactive and asks a lot of questions to ensure that he is getting the clearest picture possible of what is going on for the people he is working with.


Dr. Timothy DiGiacomo

Clinical Director, Mountain Valley Treatment Center

Dr. Timothy DiGiacomo, Mountain Valley’s Clinical Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist with comprehensive experience treating children, adolescents and adults with individual, group and family therapy, including utilizing CBT-based modalities for anxiety, depression and trauma. Tim has treated individuals with anxiety, depressed mood, motivational difficulties, stress-related problems, learning difficulties, and trauma. Tim has completed the International OCD Foundation’s Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and other evidence-based treatments. He has a particular interest in family therapy. Tim enjoys meeting clients where they are at and helping them to learn the tools that they need to resolve their difficulties. Tim takes a strengths-based and supportive approach to empower families to make positive changes that work for their family’s needs.

Dr. DiGiacomo oversees, leads and guides the clinical program and strategic development of our clinical services. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring the incorporation of the latest in Evidence Based Practices (EBP) for the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders, overseeing Performance Measures systems including Outcomes Monitoring, research, and screening approval for prospective clients. He also serves as the “Clinical Face” of Mountain Valley externally. This includes, but is not limited to, developing and delivering local, regional and national conference presentations, supporting clinical outreach activities, liaison with external organizations and entities to the benefit of Mountain Valley and in the overall treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders.

Dr. DiGiacomo provides on-site clinical supervision of staff and systems including directly supervising the Senior Clinician and at least one therapist for both administrative/performance and clinical supervision and providing clinical supervision for the Associate Clinical Director. He actively engages in and supports the marketing communications initiatives and branding to include, but not be limited to, identifying national accreditation for the Residential Exposure Specialist training, supporting the digital marketing program, and publication of the work we do.

During his time at West Central Behavioral Health in Lebanon, NH, Dr. DiGiacomo worked as a clinician, psychological assessment coordinator, Team Leader, and Acting Director of the Child Team. He served as a Clinical/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, providing therapy and assessment supervision, and teaching seminars for psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows. He has taught courses on co-parenting and alternative dispute resolution for the State of New Hampshire for families going through divorce. He has also served as adjunct faculty for New England College and Franklin Pierce University, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as a psychologist and consultant for the Plainfield, NH and Lebanon, NH school districts. Tim has worked in research at Yale University, in clinical roles at VA Medical Centers, and in various mental health facilities.

Dr. DiGiacomo graduated from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School. He earned his Master of Arts in Community and Clinical Psychology at Norfolk State University. He completed his B.A. in psychology at Fairfield University.


Jeanette Nogales, L.C.M.H.C.

Associate Clinical Director, Mountain Valley Treatment Center

Jeanette joined the Mountain Valley Clinical Team in November of 2014, bringing a wealth of clinical and leadership experience. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Jeanette’s professional history includes serving as a graduate teaching faculty, private practice clinician, hospital-based clinician and crisis counselor, and an adolescent and family therapist within a regional behavioral healthcare system. Jeanette received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S) in Clinical Mental Health and Leadership from Plymouth State University. As Associate Clinical Director, Jeanette partners with the Clinical Director to provide supervision, guidance and leadership support to Mountain Valley clinicians and the residential team, ensuring the delivery of integrated and high quality clinical care and milieu programming ands is instrumental in developing and ensuring that clinical professional development for the clinical team is in place and robust. She provides direction and support to the Residential Supervisor and is a member of Mountain Valley’s leadership team, admissions committee and is involved with external marketing and outreach initiatives.

Jeanette oversees and ensures that a compliant and timely clinical documentation process is in place. She provides clinical oversight to ERP and thematic groups, ensuring a curriculum is in place, reviewed for EBP compliance, and that clinicians are trained to deliver consistent group facilitation, and timely execution. In conjunction with the Program Director, Jeanette oversees and ensures a clinical training program/curriculum is in place for residential staff, including Awake Overnight staff, and oversees the Residential Exposure Specialist (RES) training program. She also ensures clinical integration with Nursing and Health Services staff and operation.

Jeanette enjoys living in New Hampshire and all that the outdoors has to offer including hiking, kayaking and snowboarding. Jeanette also loves being outdoors with her dog Haley, and staying fit doing CrossFit.

Jeanette is an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She has completed the International OCD Foundation’s Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and is formally trained and experienced in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

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