October Meeting – Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Monday, October 18, 2021, 7:30 PM Virtual
Presenter: Dr. Dorit Saberi

Dialectical Behavior Therapy-
Treating Emotion Dysregulation & Trauma.
A Program Adapted for Friends and Families.

This presentation will highlight the theory and practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a treatment originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help people who were suicidal and struggling with self-harm urges. The workshop will address the application of this modality to friends and family of individuals who currently struggle with intense emotional and behavioral dyscontrol. The workshop will include a panel of friends and family members of consumers who will talk about their personal struggles with a family member diagnosed with BPD or other disorders marked with emotion dysregulation. They will also share the application of the skills with their family members, the obstacles and challenges and the advantages and impact of DBT on their lives.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, see our Monthly email Newsletter for login information or contact Paul Stansbury for information and access. pstans5@aol.com.

Dorit Saberi, Ph.D is a Supervising Psychologist at AMI/ABLE Integrated Services/Wellness at Harbor UCLA, and Co-Founder/Clinical Director of the Safe Harbor- Trauma Recovery Center at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – David Geffen School of Medicine and a part-time faculty member at California State University, Long Beach- Psychology Department. She is an investigator at the Lundquist Institute, Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She conducts research, provides direct services, supervision teaching and consultations in Evidence Based Practices adapted for diverse populations and children, adolescents and adult survivors of interpersonal violence such as gang related violence, human-trafficking, and immigration/refugee trauma.

Dr. Saberi is an author of several grants, educational curricula, and best practice parameters related to the development and implementation of trauma-informed/trauma-specific care. She serves as a Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for Fostering Unity- a nonprofit 510c3 organization focused on providing care to resource parents and foster children to preserve and stabilize family connection and prevent the trauma of displacement and frequent transitions. She also serves as a consultant and trainer for various Harbor UCLA and community organizations. Dr. Saberi is certified as a Prolonged Exposure for PTSD therapist, supervisor and trainer through Edna Foa’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA). She is also a certified Cognitive Behavior therapist and a diplomate of Aaron Beck Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a Certified Teacher of Community Resiliency Model (CRM®). She is also a certified NEABPD Family Connections teacher.

Dr. Saberi is the founder of the DBT Friends and Family program at Harbor UCLA, which began in October 2009. This program has been instrumental in providing education and support to NAMI families and community members wishing to improve relationships with their loved ones who are diagnosed with mental illness.

April Meeting – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

21st Century Interventions for Mental Illness:
rTMS, MeRT and IV Ketamine

Presenter: Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D.
Monday, April 19 | 7:30 PM (virtual meeting)

Dr. Koo is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo is the founder and CEO of Neuro Wellness Spa, where she offers TMS, Magnetic E-Resonance therapy, IV ketamine, IV nutrition, and photobiomodulation as novel interventions for treatment-resistant mental illness. She is also the Medical Director at Clear Recovery Center and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society and the Beach Cities Health District.

NAMI South Bay Educational Programs

Family to Family Program
12 Week Program for family members and caregivers meeting once a week covering all different aspects of mental illness. The next Family to Family class will be starting on Tuesday May 14 in Westchester and another one on Wednesday, June 12 in Torrance. Please contact the NAMI South Bay Office at 310-533-0705 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information.

Peer to Peer Program
A 8 Week program for persons with a mental illness meeting once a week for 8 weeks. A Peer to Peer will be starting on June 11 at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Facility. Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information on next class.

Basics
A program for families with children having a mental illness. Please contact Paul Stansbury to register and for more information.

Basicos
Program in Spanish for families with children with a mental illness. Please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Familia de Familia
For information on the Familia de Familia Program in Spanish please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Connections
A support group for persons with a mental illness meets every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 PM in AMI/ABLE Program Facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Chicken Maison Restaurant in the Vermont Village II Shopping Center across Vermont from the Harbor UCLA Medical Center and another groups meets at 10 AM in Conference Room B-2 of the Kaiser Lomita facility 2081 Palos Verdes Drive North, Lomita, CA. There is also a Connections group at 6 PM prior ot the monthly meeting usually on the third Monday of the month at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to register or for more information.

NAMI California 2019 Conference

The annual NAMI California Conference will be in Southern California in late spring with many informative workshops and resources. The conference will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2019.

The 2019 NAMI California Conference introduces tracks that represent key topic areas and critical information: Young Adults; Criminal Justice; Providers; Consumers & Families; Advocacy; Engaging in Diverse Communities.

Mark your calendar and plan on attending. Super Early Bird Registration ends January 7, 2019.

Meeting Tonight – Special Needs Trusts and ABLE accounts

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church. 2900 Carson Street, Torrance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 p.m.in the room off of Faith Hall.

Our guests will be Karen Holt, an estate attorney presenting information on Special Needs Trusts, and Marc Ang, Financial Advisor, joining her to discuss ABLE accounts.

A special needs trust is a specialized trust that allows the disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits. Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trusts, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and assets a person can have while receiving government benefits the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be a valuable tool for family members to consider supporting their loved one.

An ABLE account (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is a relatively new type of tax-advantaged savings account available in several states that an eligible individual can use to pay for qualified disability expenses. The eligible individual is the owner and designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.

NAMI Connection Facilitator Training Opportunity

NAMI Los Angeles County Council will sponsor a Connections Facilitator Training, August 25 & 26,
2018, in Los Angeles. The Connections curriculum is designed to enable co-facilitators who are not
mental health professionals to run support groups for their peers. It is an opportunity for NAMI
members to help support other members in navigating the challenges and triumphs of living with a
mental illness. Facilitators also provide hope and remind members that they are not alone.

Requirements:

  • Graduates of a peer to peer course are preferred but not required.
  • Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues members
    face and can self-disclose about their own feelings regarding their illness and recovery.
  • Current membership in a NAMI Affiliate ( Los Angeles County Preferred )
  • Attend the entire two-day training
  • Commit to facilitate groups for at least a year
  • Facilitating experience is not needed!

After your application is reviewed and you are accepted as a participant we will then contact you with more details for this training.

  • What: Two-day NAMI Connections Facilitator Training
  • Who: Contact Zack Kendall, Coordinator for an application at Zackery.Kendall@namisfv.org
  • When: August 25 & 26, 2018; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: NAMI LACC Headquarters, Los Angeles
  • Cost: LA County NAMI affiliate members $100, waived upon participant graduation. Outside affiliates $200. Cost covers trainer fees, breakfast and lunch for both days; and training materials. [NAMI (individual) members or affiliates cover the cost of dinner and hotel accommodations for students.]
  • Deadline : Applications must be received by August 15, 2018.

If your interested, CLICK HERE to APPLY.

General Meeting July 16 – Reducing Suicidal Behavior

Our general meeting will be Monday, July 16 in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance at 7:30 PM. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

We will have a Danielle Anderson, a Certified QPR instructor and Family to Family teacher providing a workshop on QPR — a training intended to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative,practical and proven suicide prevention training.

As recently reported in the media following the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the number of suicides has been increasing alarmingly. Through education the QPR training aims to empower all people regardless of their background to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.