Holiday Get-Together!

11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Charles H. Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd,
Torrance, CA

Please plan to come to a Holiday Get-Together on Saturday, December 10 at Wilson Park. We had hoped to have our traditional holiday potluck indoors but with the recent surge in the various illnesses have decided to have an outdoor event. It will be a chance to meet and greet persons we have only seen in zoom at our monthly meetings, Family to Family, Familia de Familia, Basics, Peer to Peer, and Connections Program over almost the last three years. We hope that those who attended these program will take a little tiime out of their busy holiday schedule to stop by and say hello.

We will be giving away some copies of the NAMI You Are Not Alone book written by Dr. Ken Duckworth for which there was a recent book signing. We will do a short presentation on the book and the importance of telling our story.

Please see this map for information, location and parking where we will be at Wilson Park. Any questions, just let Nami South Bay President Paul Stansbury know: pstans5@aol.com.

The Family Support Group usually schedule before our monthly meeting will be held at the same time and day of the month 6 PM on Monday, Dec 19 . 

November Meeting will be Monday the 14th — CalABLE

Please Note: Our November meeting in 2022 with be Monday 11/14/22 (the second Monday of the month, rather than the third).

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
7:30 PM
Monday, November 14, 2022

CalABLE

Dante Allen, the Executive Director of the State of California Achieving a Better Life Experience (CalABLE) Program, will present information on the program. CalABLE is a savings and investment plan offered by the state of California to individuals who developed a disability by age 26.

Eligible individuals, family, friends, and employers can contribute up to $16,000 per year, and up to $100,000 total, without affecting eligibility for public disability benefits. CalABLE account owners who work can contribute even more to their accounts. Best of all, earnings on qualified withdrawals are federal and California state tax-free. Small amounts may still be very helpful in providing funds for persons with a mental illness and avoiding problems with government benefits.

This presentation will cover CalABLE basics and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about CalABLE. This program provides a very valuable option for families and persons with a mental illness to consider.

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.

Meeting Tonight – Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Monday, October 17, 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.

September Meeting–Making Meaning of Loss

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
7:30 PM
Monday, September 19, 2022

Making Meaning of Loss — Stories from Lived Experience

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, at our NAMI South Bay September meeting we will be viewing a webinar with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI National Medical Director, as part of the Suicide Prevention series.

Dr. Duckworth will be talking with four individuals who shared their stories of surviving suicide loss in the Chapter: Making Meaning of Loss by Suicide from the upcoming book, You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health.

At our zoom meeting we will be discussing the presentation and the efforts in the South Bay to be part of the effort to prevent suicides.

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

August Meeting – Special Needs Trusts

Monday, August 15, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Virtual

Monday evening, Karen Holt, Esq., will present on Special Needs Trust. A “special needs trust,” also know in some jurisdictions as a “supplemental 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 assistance.

Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trust, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and what support can be provided to persons with a mental illness disability, the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be an extremely valuable tool for family members to consider in supporting their loved ones.

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

July Meeting — Proxy Parent Foundation

“Who Will Care When I’m Not There?”

Proxy Parent Foundation aims to answer this question
for the parents and loved ones of persons with disabilities.

            • Monday, July 18, 2022
            • 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
            • Location Virtual

In this presentation, Proxy Parent Foundation discusses its services, special needs trusts, and the importance of planning for the care of your loved one. Bruce Levitt is currently the Managing Director of Proxy Parent Foundation and before that was its Director of Social Services. Proxy Parent Foundation was founded several years ago by NAMI families to address the issue of how to care for a loved one when you are no longer able or have passed away. Bruce Levitt will share information about its business model, how it works, and what services are provided. This presentation is part of our series on how to provide financial and services support.

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

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.