June Meeting — Community-Based Case Management 

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Life Adjustment Team Presentation
7:30 PM — Monday, June 20, 2022

Presenters:

Ms. Coulam, MA, LMFT, joined the Life Adjustment Team in 2007 as a Clinical Case Manager. As the Clinical Director, she is responsible for supervising all clinical case managers and the clients they oversee, providing direct clinical services and developing relationships with other clinicians and families.

Mr. Carlson, MA, LMFT, has been with the Life Adjustment Team since August 2014 and started as a Clinical Case Manager in the community-based program, and then in 2018 became the Clinical Director of LAT’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

At our June meeting, Ms. Coulam and Mr. Carlson from the Life Adjustment Team will discuss how Community-Based Case Management helps individuals with mental illness thrive independently in the community. They will also discuss the different levels of treatment in mental health and where Community-Based Case Management and Intensive Outpatient  (IOP) fit into those levels. Their stated mission is provide intensive outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation using a community outreach model that brings supportive, evidence-based treatment practices to clients at home and in the community. The Life Adjustment Team understands that families find the mental-health system difficult to navigate when first starting out–it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what level of care you need, who to call, who does what, what places do what–the Life Adjustment Team works to help navigate the system. Ms. Coulam and Mr. Carlson will also give a brief overview of our mental-health-based IOP program.


The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

April Meeting: Navigating the Department of Mental Health System

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
7:30 PM
Monday, April 18, 2022
Presenter: Jennifer Nguyen, PsyD, LMFT, MA

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, will be speaking about Navigating the Department of Mental Health System. Dr. Nguyen is the adult navigator for Service Area 8 of the Los Angeles County which includes the South Bay. She will provide information on the navigator system in the Department of Mental Health, how to navigate, and how to learn about resources available.

Navigators seek to engage with people and families to identify resources, including support and services tailored to the particular cultural, ethnic, age and gender identity of those persons seeking help. Dr. Nguyen will address information about other age groups such as elderly adults, transitional-age youth, and children. We will also learn how families and persons with a mental illness can work with the system and become advocates for themselves and for loved ones.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

March Meeting – NAMI Greater Los Angeles County

7:30 PM, Monday, March 21, 2022
Presenter: Traute Winters
Executive Director
NAMi Greater Los Angeles County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has officially formed a merger between six chapters in Los Angeles County, and is part of a greater effort to promote advocacy and grants to implement free mental health programs in the county. The organization, now known as NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC), will include six chapters and represent approximately 70 percent of the county, including the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Pomona Valley, and Long Beach areas.

NAMI South Bay will continue to operate very similarly to its current operations but will have the benefit of more effective advocacy and economies of scale.

“By unifying the affiliated chapters under one umbrella, we can ensure that our service areas are receiving the support they need, and focus our attention on building and strengthening our programs in the county,” recently stated by Traute Winters, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County. Ms. Winters was appointed Executive Director last summer and was previously a regional director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles area. Please come to the meeting and welcome Ms. Winters and have a discussion about reasons for the merger and plans for the future.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

February Meeting – Peer Resources Center and Peer Work Readiness

7:30 PM, Monday, February 28, 2022
Presenter: Lori Kerr, OWDS, GCDF
Peer Resource Center – Mental Health Advocate

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has established Peer Resource Centers with a variety of services and resources available for persons with a mental illness. The first Peer Resource Center was co-located with the Department of Mental Health headquarters; now some centers are being established in service areas. At the Peer Resource Centers there are support groups and resource information. One of the current groups addresses preparation for work by persons with a mental illness. Lori Kerr will provide information about the Peer Resource Centers and the work readiness groups.

Lori Kerr’s passion is to teach individuals to transition “job ready” from Social Service to Business Service by providing career pathways, guidance, and training to learn or improve upon basic job seeking skills, to understand employer expectations, and to learn life skills needed to move toward self-sufficiency. She has over 20 years’ experience in Career and Workforce Development with Regional Centers, Dept. of Rehabilitation and Social security Administration assisting individuals with disabilities and multiple barriers in returning to the workforce. Please come hear Ms. Kerr share information about Peer Resource Centers and the Work Readiness Support groups for persons with a mental illness.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

January Meeting – Early Schizophrenia Treatment

Treatment Approaches That Help Improve Outcomes in Individuals in the Early Phase of Schizophrenia

Presenter: Joseph Ventura, Ph.D.
Research Psychologist with the Aftercare Program, Director of Cognitive Training, and Director of Assessment and Functional Outcome
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Monday, January 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The early phase of schizophrenia is thought to be a critical period for providing treatments that have been proven helpful in promoting recovery. Several studies show that in the early phase of schizophrenia, various forms of psychosocial treatments are associated with achieving desired outcomes.

This talk will focus on several of these key treatments. Several scientific and accepted statistical methods were used to compare the success of these treatments by examining subsequent levels of cognitive performance, daily functioning, and changes in symptoms. The findings from these studies demonstrate the success of several types of psychosocial treatment approaches provided to individuals in the early phase of schizophrenia. All of these early interventions, especially when there is active involvement in the treatment, showed great promise for promoting recovery during the early course.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

 

November Meeting – Mental Illness and Older Adults

Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Matthew Wong

Life’s big transitions can be challenging, and older adults can be affected by this in many different ways – especially when it comes to their mental health.

Mental illness in older adults is actually quite common. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 15% of the people in the world over age 60 are affected by mental disorders. That is a much higher risk than the population at large and it is important to be alert for warning signs in yourself and your loved one.

Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older-adult mental-health disorders are only increasing. In fact, the number of older adults is expected to double by 2050, making elderly mental health services and senior behavioral health immediately critical to stem a looming mental health crisis.

Our presenter, Dr. Matthew Wong, is the Medical Director at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, which has a program for older adults. He was trained at the Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Wong has been practicing for over 21 years since obtaining his license to practice in California.

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.

Please come to this virtual presentation in our ongoing series of “Ask the Doctor” in which there will be a presentation and opportunity to ask questions.

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.