Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 P.M., Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden Street

Free – Open to Public.  Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 P.M.; Program at 7:00

Topic: Integrated Physical and Mental Health Care Coming to Santa Barbara

Speaker:  Charles Fenzi, M.D., CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics provide medical care across the South County, serving patients with private insurance, MediCal insurance, and no insurance.  Recently SBNC has begun efforts to expand its services in the area of mental health, using an approach known as “Integrated Care” in which both physical and mental health problems are addressed in the same clinic, often by a single treatment team.  Dr. Fenzi will discuss the current status of integrated care at SBNC as well as future plans. This presentation should be of particular interest to those experiencing difficulty finding providers who accept their insurance or who don’t currently have insurance.   A question and answer session will follow Dr. Fenzi’s talk.

            For more information:  contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext. 3206;     rwinner@mentalwellnesscenter.org

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Understand and Handle HIPAA when Communicating with a Mental Health Professional

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Decide Whether an Ill Relative Should Live in Your Home

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Promote Treatment Complilance by an Ill Relative

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Deal with Lack of Insight (Anosognosia) in an ill Relative

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Know What to Do When Mental Illness

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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May
24
6:30 PM18:30

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Topic: How Alternative Treatments Can Compliment Traditional Medicine in Treating and Supporting Persons with Mental Health Disorders

Speakers:

Clark Elliott, Ph.D., M.F.T.; Elizabeth Kelleher, M.A., - Santa Barbara Neurofeedback Center

Kathleen Boisen, O.M.D., L.A.c., C.H., - Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncturist, Certified Hypnotherapist

Dr. Elliott and Ms. Kelleher will introduce Neurofeedback Therapy, also called EEG Biofeedback, a state of the art non-invasive and drug less method for teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way.  They will explain the therapy with a live demonstration.

Dr. Boisen’s specialty is integration of Western medical protocol with alternative medicine, and knowing which approach is most effective in a given clinical situation.  She will speak on use of acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, herbs and the brain’s ability to change.  She will engage the audience with role playing communication and life skills. 
A question and answer period will follow.

The speaker will discuss Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office services with specific information about how they work with criminal justice involved clients who also live with mental health disorders.  They will also address concerns these clients’ families may have.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session during which the audience can get all their questions about Public Defender services addressed.                           
Location: Fellowship Club
Cost: Free
Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 p.m. with program at 7:00.
For more information: contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext 3206; winner@mentalwellnesscenter.org

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Be a More Effectie Advocate for Your Ill Relative

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Help Your Ill Relative Overcome Isolation

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Manage Violent or Disruptive Behavior

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Understand the Basics of Federal and State Benefits

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Topic: Public Defender's Office=What individuals with mental health conditions and their families need to know
Speakers: Tracy Macuga, Public Defender of Santa Barbara County

The speaker will discuss Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office services with specific information about how they work with criminal justice involved clients who also live with mental health disorders.  They will also address concerns these clients’ families may have.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session during which the audience can get all their questions about Public Defender services addressed.                            


Location: Fellowship Club
Cost: Free
Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 p.m. with program at 7:00.
For more information: contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext 3206; winner@mentalwellnesscenter.org

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Know What to Do When Your Loved One Is Too Depressed to Get Out of Bed

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Understand the Basics of Federal and State Benefits

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Respond to a Loved One's Mental Health Crisis

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Disuccsion Group

Topic: Understand and Be Vigilant for Suicide

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Discussion Group

Topic: Devise, Plan and Initiate Activities You Can Do with Your Ill Family Member

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Topic: Outreach Efforts to Build Trust & Cooperation with Persons Living with Mental Illness-What Families Can Learn from Outreach Workers and What More Is Needed.
Speakers: Bernard Hicks, Assisted Outpatient Treatment Outreach, Dept. of Behavioral Wellness
Sara Grasso, Homeless Outreach Worker, Dept. of Behavioral Wellness
Wayne Mellinger, PhD, Santa Barbara Peer Advocate/Outreach Worker
Officer Keld Hove, Santa Barbara Police Dept. Restorative Policing Program
Outreach Worker and Staff worker, Home 4 Good/AmeriCorps
Each Panelist will briefly comment on what works and doesn't work when engaging people who are in need of mental health and/or housing services but reluctant to accept them. They will also discuss what more can be done to effectively engage homeless people living with mental illness in our community. A question and answer period will follow in which panelists respond to audience questions.
Location: Fellowship Club
Cost: Free
Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 p.m. with program at 7:00.
For more information: contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext 3206; winner@mentalwellnesscenter.org

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Discussion Group

Topic: Practice Self Care in the Face of Mental Health Issues in Your Family

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Discussion Group

Topic: Elicit Cooperation from an Ill Relative

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.  

For more information, contact Tom Franklin: tefrfc@gmail.com

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