Programa de Educación De Familia a Familia de NAMI


Gratuito para familiares, compañeros, y parejas sentimentales de individuos con:

  • Depresión Severa
  • Trastorno Bipolar (maniaco depresión)
  • Esquizofrenia y Trastorno Esquizoafectivo
  • Transtorno de la personalidad fronterizo
  • Trastorno de Pánico y Trastorno Obsesivo compulsivo
  • Trastornos Cerebrales y Trastornos de adicción simultáneos

El programa consiste en una serie de 12 clases, una clase por semana, estructuradas para ayudar a los familiares a entender y apoyar a su ser querido que sufre alguna de estas enfermedades al mismo tiempo que mantienen su propio bienestar.  Este curso lo imparte un grupo de voluntarios capacitados quienes también tienen un familiar enfermo y saben lo que es que un ser querido sufra de una enfermedad mental seria.  El Programa “De Familia a Familia” de NAMI es completamente gratuito.  Más de 150,000 personas en Los Estados Unidos, Canadá, y México han tomado este curso. Estamos seguros que quedarán satisfechos con la ayuda que le ofrece este programa.  Llame para obtener más información.  (FREE PARKING)

Las clases comienzan en Septiembre  2016    6:30PM to 9:00 PM

Ubicación del curso: LONG BEACH , Long Beach, Calif.

Horario: (12) sessiones    2 ½ horas por clase

Solamente para los familiares que califiquen de estas condiciones.
Se requiere inscripción
El cupo es limitada  de 25 personas.

El Programa de Educacion “De Familia a Famiilia”
de NAMI/LACCC está patrosinado por NAMI Long Beach,
Financiado en parte por el Departmento de Saluld
Mental del Condado de Los Angeles.  GRACIAS!

NAMI Guide: Preparing for the Unimaginable

In May 2016, NAMI released a guide for police leaders, Preparing for the Unimaginable, to prepare for mass casualty events and to support emotional resiliency for first-response personnel as well as their communities.

The guide was developed at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice and Chief of Michael Kehoe (ret.) of the Newtown, Connecticut police department during the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. Chief Kehoe states in its first pages that the guide:

…will provide chiefs and sheriffs with awareness and guidance on best practices for safeguarding mental health and wellness of first responders in the early moments of critical events and during the long aftermath.

Download the guide at

Despite recent unfortunate events, police officials and mental health professionals involved in developing the guide agree that mass casualty events are unlikely in any specific community. But preparation is essential in case the unimaginable ever does occur.

The guide has three sections and eight chapters:

Why Mental Wellness Matters

  • Understanding Trauma and Resiliency

Preparing for a Mass Casualty Event

  • Recommendations for Enhancing Resilience
  • Planning the Incident Response for a Mass Casualty Event
  • Building Your Media Team and Strategy for a Mass Casualty Event

Managing a Mass Casualty Event and its Aftermath 

  • Immediate Incident Response
  • The First Weeks: From Chaos to New Normal
  • The First Months
  • The Long Haul


Monthly Meeting June 20 with Dr. William P. Horan

This month’s speaker is William P. Horan, Ph.D., UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences. His topic is Psychological Treatments for Research in Motivation and social Cognition for Mental Illness. Dr. Horan stated “in our work, we try to understand difficulties with social cognition and motivation.”

Christen Chapman, study coordinator for the research project will be accompanying Dr. Horan. Christen will inform us about opportunities for family members to also be involved in this research project.

The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences is the home within the David Geffen School of Medicine for faculty who are expert in the origins of and treatments for disorders of complex human behavior. The Department is also an integral part of The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA which is a world leading, interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the understanding of complex human behavior and the causes and consequences of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Horan received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico, completed a clinical internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and completed a post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at UCLA.  His research investigates emotional, social cognitive, and neurocognitive processes in schizophrenia, and how disturbances in these areas impact functional outcome.

June Meeting
Monday, June 20, 2016
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 W Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Caring and Sharing will begin at 6 p.m.

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Carson Street and on Carson Street and Flower Avenue.

Different Forms of Schizophrenia Suggested by New Research

According to a new study by Theresa Wimberley, MSc, Henrik Støvring, PhD, Holger J Sørensen, PhD, Henriette T Horsdal, PhD, James H MacCabe, PhD, and Christiane Gasse, PhD, “Predictors of treatment resistance in patients with schizophrenia: a population-based cohort study,” published online February 24 in Lancet Psychiatrytreatment-resistant schizophrenia might be a distinct subtype of schizophrenia rather than merely a more severe form.

The study, funded by European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, included thousands of patients, 21% of whom were classified as “treatment resistant”–either (a) needing early therapy clozapine (commonly used when other treatments fail), or (b) hospital admission for schizophrenia after two failed treatment attempts. The study found key factors related with treatment-resistant schizophrenia that were different from known risk factors for treatment-responsive schizophrenia, signaling the potential that they are separate disorders.

“These findings are consistent with the possibility that, rather than representing a severe form of schizophrenia, the treatment-resistant subtype could have a fundamentally different cause than the treatment-responsive subtype.”

The study does not draw a definite conclusion. An accompanying editorial by Mathias Zink, MD, and Susanne Englisch, MD (Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany) acknowledges that the study identifies a possibility, but warns against jumping to conclusions.

“…more research involving comprehensive psychopathological examinations, neurogenetic profiling, and functional magnetic resonance imaging will be necessary to provide a sound basis for this hypothesis.”

Nevertheless, the study is important and sheds light on the factors associated with treatment resistance.
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