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.

September Meeting – Ask the Doctor – Mental Health Services in Los Angeles County

Monday, September 20, 2021
Online Monthly Meeting
7:30 p.m.

Please join us on September 20 for an “Ask the Doctor” presentation. Dr. Todd Zorick will discuss Los Angeles County mental health services available to treat mental illness. Dr. Zorick will also give an overview of categories and criteria for the different types of mental illness via DSM, along with a brief discussion of medications used for each category, how they overlap, and how they differ. In addition, Dr. Zorick will discuss some of the current problems facing L.A. County with respect to providing access to mental health care for its residents, and will raise some innovative ideas about how to improve things going forward.

Dr. Zorick received his medical degree from the U.C. San Diego School of Medicine. He practices at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He is also an Investigator with the Lundquist Institute which conducts biomedical research.

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.

The October 18 Meeting will be Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Dorit Saberi, Ph.D.

The November 15 Meeting will be “Ask the Doctor-Older Adults and Mental Illness” with Dr. Wong, M.D., Del Amo Hospital

August 2021 Monthly Meeting

Mental Health Evaluation Teams (MET)

Monday, August 16, 2021 7:30 PM (virtual)

Presenter: Sgt. Charles Duncan,
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Community Partnerships Bureau

Please join us on August 16 for a special presentation by Sgt. Duncan on Mental Health Evaluation Teams. A MET team is a combination of a law enforcement officer and a mental health professional.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department call their teams MET. Similar teams with other law enforcement departments and units use other names, such as the MEUs and SMART teams for LAPD. The South Bay has a variety of cities and areas with MET-type teams served by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement departments.

Sgt. Duncan has had a long and extensive experience with the MET teams in the Community Partnership Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department and in a variety of other roles including crisis negotiation teams, community outreach, schools, training bureau, community policing and others. Sgt. Duncan will provide information about the role and practices of MET teams, some of the challenges and some new developments in responding to a mental health crisis. Come and learn how you can work with MET teams in your area.

Contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for attendance information.

July 2021 Monthly Meeting

Medications for Mental Illness

Monday, July 19, 2021 7:30 PM (virtual)
Presenter: Dr. Karl Burgoyne

Predicting who will respond to what medication can be difficult because different medications may work better for one person than for another. Doctors usually review clinical records to see if evidence exists for recommending one medicine over another. They also consider family history and side effects when prescribing medication. This meeting will be an opportunity to hear updates on medications and “Ask the Doctor” about medications for mental illnesses.

Our presenter, Dr. Karl Burgoyne, earned his bachelor of science at the University of Southern California where he graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering with the class of 1984. He then matriculated into medical school also at the University of Southern California and graduated with the class of 1988. His post graduate medical education was at USC’s Department of Psychiatry graduating in 1992. In July 1992, he joined the faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and was the first medical director of the first DMH operated Assertive Community treatment program, or Full Service Partnership Program, now know as the AMI ABLE Program. In 1996 he moved to become the co-medical director of the Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic for 10 years. In 2005, he became the Training Director of the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and this remains his assignment today.

Monday Meeting: Ask the Doctor about Schizophrenia

Our NAMI South Bay May Monthly Meeting will be another virtual meeting, continuing our “Ask the Doctor” series. Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM

“Ask the Doctor” About Schizophrenia

Presenter: Dr. Charles Lee, M.D.

In our “Ask the Doctor” Series, Dr. Lee will be presenting on the mental illness of schizophrenia. Dr. Lee teaches in the Psychiatry Department at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from UCLA and completed his residency in psychiatry at University of California San Francisco. He has worked in an Assertive community Treatment program at Westside Behavioral. health. He also worked for the St. Vincent Medical Center in New York before coming to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. In additional to clinical work, he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and medical students at Harbor.