(Oconomowoc, Wis.) Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., joins Rogers’ psychiatric team in Oconomowoc as cognitive behavior specialist and clinical supervisor. Dr. Wetterneck has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with PTSD care focused on victims of vehicular and industrial accidents, assaults and environmental disasters.
At Rogers, Dr. Wetterneck will develop training modules and interventions for application in partial, intensive outpatient programs and residential levels of care. He will initially supervise the behavioral specialists in the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) program for children and adolescents and work to develop a partial hospitalization PTSD program.
Although trained as a cognitive-behavioral therapist, Dr. Wetterneck has extensive experience with a number of behaviorally related treatments. He also has expertise in clinical supervision and training, performing research and writing numerous articles for a variety of professional behavioral health publications. Most recently, he served as assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Houston in Texas, where he spent five years training graduate students to become therapists.
“I am highly vested in ensuring we have quality training for our therapists,” Dr. Wetterneck said. “I want to maintain and improve the standards of excellence among our staff.”
Dr. Wetterneck is primarily interested in the study of psychotherapy, especially in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum conditions, such as OCD, Tourette’s syndrome, trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling) and skin picking disorder (SPD).
“I’m not just focused on reducing symptoms,” he said. “I’m passionate about helping patients find what’s meaningful to them. In doing that, I can help with customizing therapy that improves their quality of life. It’s really about overall life function and helping patients get engaged with something meaningful that leads to a better life.”
Dr. Wetterneck received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), with specializations in statistics and child psychopathology. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the International OCD Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of American, Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.