Five Reasons to Attend the NAMI National Convention

  1. Learn exciting research, tools, treatment options and recovery strategies directly from experts
  2. Discover how to lead effective mental health advocacy efforts
  3. Hear relatable stories and make personal connections with powerful impact
  4. Find day-to-day support through coping strategies, health and wellness activities, and legal services
  5. Earn continuing education credits as a licensed counselor, social worker or registered nurse

The NAMI National Convention connects and inspires people with or affected by a mental illness who are looking for resources, research, support services and recovery strategies. Join this diverse, action-driven gathering of individuals with mental health conditions, family members and caregivers, policymakers, educators, researchers, clinicians, providers, exhibitors, sponsors and press this year in Washington, D.C.

The 
First-on-Board member rate of just $195 is only available until January 31.

To learn more about program offerings, CLICK HERE.

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Upcoming NAMI California Training Opportunities

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Below is the schedule for NAMI California Education and Support Group Programs. Trainings are announced in the Upcoming Trainings page of the NAMI California website.

Applications are now being received for the following Family Program Education Trainings:

  • March 4-6: Family-to-Family – Ventura
  • April 1-3: Basics and Family-to-Family – Ontario
Applications are now being accepted for the following Peer Program Trainings*:
  • March 4-6: Peer-to-Peer – Ventura
No IOOV trainings are scheduled by NAMI California at this time

*Important Note:  There will be additional trainings offered for all the programs above. These workshops will be hosted by affiliates and sponsored by NAMI California in the form of small grants. Interested affiliates should contact lynn@namica.org for details on how to apply for a grant.

NAMI support group trainings are for NAMI members to become facilitators of a support group. The education trainings are for members desiring to become teachers or mentors of an education program. Upon graduation, the affiliate makes arrangements with the graduate to teach the class.
Qualifications for training: Interested parties should be NAMI members in good standing and ideally have graduated from the same education program they intend to teach. A participant also needs to be recommended by their local NAMI chapter. Additional qualifications will apply. Please ask your NAMI affiliate to contact Family and Peer Programs Supervisor Lynn Cathy at lynn@namica.org to receive an application via email. Prospective teachers/facilitators should return their applications in a timely manner as these workshops fill quickly.
Send inquiries to:
NAMI California Office:  (916) 567-0163 

eLearning Available for Ending the Silence

Ending-the-Silence-jpgFrom NAMI California: Ending the Silence, one of NAMI California’s most widely used programs, now has a new training format available for affiliates. Affiliates already running the program can offer new presenters training through an e-learning program developed by NAMI. The program is to allow on-demand training to meet the needs of busy schedules and will record when the training program is completed and a presenter is ready for the next phase of training.

You may review the process for obtaining e-learning in California. If your affiliate has presenters ready for training, please follow the process outlined in the guide (link below). If you have questions, please contact Erik Villalobos at erik@namica.org.

For affiliates that do not already offer the program, NAMI California will be hosting in-person ETS trainings this spring.

Click here to download the ETS E-Learning Guide

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Training Illustration Dollarphotoclub_97425553Below is the schedule for NAMI California Education and Support Group Programs. Interested parties should be NAMI members in good standing and ideally have graduated from the same education program they intend to teach. See additional qualifications below.

Training programs can also be found at the namica.org website.

Applications are now being received for the following Family Program Education Trainings:

  • January 29-31: Family-to-Family – Stockton
    (Note: This particular training requires the affiliate to pay for trainee’s hotel cost)
  • February 20-22:  Family Support Group – Modesto
  • March: Family-to-Family – Ventura
  • April: Basics and Family-to-Family – Ontario

Applications are now being received for the following Peer Program Trainings*:

  • January 29-31: Peer-to-Peer – Stockton
  • February: Connection – Southern California, location to be announced soon
  • March: Peer-to-Peer – Ventura
  • No IOOV trainings are scheduled by NAMI California at this time

*Important Note:  There will be additional trainings offered for all the programs above. These workshops will be hosted by affiliates and sponsored by NAMI California in the form of small grants. Interested affiliates should contact lynn@namica.org for details on how to apply for a grant. Training opportunities are announced by region as they become available.

Qualifications for training: Interested parties should be NAMI members in good standing and ideally have graduated from the same education program they intend to teach. A participant also needs to be recommended by their local NAMI chapter. Additional qualifications will apply. Please ask your NAMI affiliate to contact Family and Peer Programs Supervisor, Lynn Cathy at lynn@namica.org  or Erik Villalobos, Family and Peer Program Coordinator at erik@namica.org to receive an application via email. Prospective teachers/facilitators should return their applications in a timely manner as these workshops fill quickly.

NAMI Support Group Facilitator Training

Announcement from NAMI San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valley

  • DATES: June 27-28th, 2015
  • START TIME: 8:00 am. Saturday
  • END TIME: 6:00 pm Sunday
  • LOCATION: Encino, California
  • TO REGISTER: Contact your local affiliate for an application. Candidates must be referred by their affiliate education coordinator/Family to Family or Basics teacher/active Support Group facilitator or local NAMI board member. Applications are remitted to Bmedof@calottery.com
  • COST: Materials, training, and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner both days) are covered.  Transportation cost is not reimbursed.
  • SPONSORED BY: NAMI SFV-SCV

NAMI Support Group Facilitator Requirements:

  • Membership in NAMI is $35.00 annually. To find your affiliate’s website and additional contact information go to namicalifornia.org or call NAMI California at 916-567-0163.  References from your local NAMI affiliate will be requested.
  • It is important that all individuals trained in this curriculum have lived through the experience of having a first degree relative (brother, mother, spouse, etc.) with a mental illness. Caregivers of someone with mental health challenges will also be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues families face and can self-disclose about their own feelings regarding their life situation.
  • Be willing to lead a support group for at least once a month for two years. It is understood that unexpected situations may occur in which flexibility in this policy will be needed.

References from your local NAMI affiliate will be requested. Once you are accepted into the training you will receive an email acknowledgement. Emailing confirmation letters will be sent beginning June 15th.

Announcement initiated by:

Bob Medof, Support Group Facilitator Coordinator
NAMI SFV-SCV,California
NAMI California Family to Family
National Alliance On Mental Illness
1851 Heritage Ln.  Ste. 150  Sacramento, CA 95815
Tel: 916-567-0163  FAX: 916-567-1757
Email: Lynn.Cathy@namicalifornia.org

Frontiers in Addiction Treatment Series: How 12 Steps Heal PTSD

Presented by
Thelma McMillen Center and Betty Ford Center

Presenter

  • Ronald E. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
    Captain, Medical Corps US Navy (Ret)

Attendees Will:

  • Identify three symptoms of PTSD
  • Confirm and understand the 12 Steps of recovery
  • Describe how the 12 Steps relate to two or more psychological healing processes for PTSD

FREE CMEs and CEUs
FREE Continental Breakfast Provided

Thelma McMillan Center

Thelma McMillan Center

Location

  • Hoffman Health Conference Center
    3315 Medical Center Drive

Date & Time

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)

RSVP not required

Parking

FREE Parking in the MAIN HOSPITAL STRUCTURE (off Lomita on Hospital & Technology Dr.), near the Emergency area. SHUTTLE AVAILABLE.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Torrance Memorial Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Call (310)-257-5758 for further information.

Primary Care Provider Training May Improve Prescribing for Children

Researchers compared an intervention group of 176 PCPs who volunteered for PT training with a stratified random sample of 200 PCPs who did not receive PT training; Photo: Syda Productions | DPC

Researchers compared 176 PCPs volunteers for PT training with random sample of 200 PCPs; Photo: Syda Productions | DPC

FROM Psychiatric News Alert: A New York state initiative to provide psychiatric consultation to pediatric primary care providers about prescribing psychotropic medication shows promise for enhancing providers’ comfort with prescribing, according to the report “Detection and Treatment of Mental Health Issues by Pediatric PCPs in New York State: An Evaluation of Project TEACH” published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Researchers in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and colleagues at other institutions evaluated Project TEACH (PT), a statewide training and consultation program for pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) on identification and treatment of mental health conditions. The project is part of a collaboration between the REACH Institute (Resource for Advancing Children’s Health) and five academic departments of psychiatry. The curriculum consists of 15 hours of in-person training, a tool kit, and Web-based learning tools, along with a six-month distance learning program that includes 12 one-hour consultation calls with child psychiatrists.

“Our findings suggest potential benefits of training PCPs to identify and treat children’s mental health conditions. Provider training and consultation may be a meaningful way to help reduce the number of children who do not receive treatment for mental health conditions, but further research is necessary to determine whether this type of model will be useful as the responsibility for mental health care and outcomes shifts under health care reform.”

For more about this program, see the Psychiatric News article, “New York Child Psychiatry Divisions Fill Gap in Collaborative Care Model.”