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.

 

December Monthly Meeting TONIGHT

Navigating the Winter and Holiday Blues

Presenter: Dr. Christine Crawford
7:30 PM, Monday, December 13, 2021

NAMI National had an “Ask the Expert” webinar by Dr. Crawford on Navigating the Winter & Holiday Blues which because of its timeliness and information wanted to make sure all our members, friends and community had an opportunity to view and discuss. Dr. Christine M. Crawford, NAMI Associate Medical Director, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine.

In this webinar, Dr.Crawford discussed symptoms that people can experience secondary to Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as challenges that people can face over the course of the holiday season. Dr. Crawford also reviewed strategies that people can use as they navigate the winter months in order to mitigate their stress during this period of time. We plan on seeing video excerpts from this webinar and having a discussion among participants as it relates to our lives and the South Bay.

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.