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2019 National Convention Audio Files

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The Evolution of a DBT-Informed Parenting Skills Group for Caregivers of Youth (78 min)

The psychoeducational format of this dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)-informed parenting skills program equips parents with the necessary skills to support and manage their youth’s mental health needs, while improving communication, collaboration, and treatment outcomes. The goal of the session is to promote mental health wellness beyond youth treatment programs, thereby fostering improved youth-family engagement and family resiliency.  Lisa Azzopardi, CYW, MSW, RSW; Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Catalyst Therapy; Toronto, Ontario Elizabeth Lovrics, BFA, MSW, RSW; Private Practitioner, Sickkids Community Mental Health; Toronto, Ontario Helen Stolte, B.A., J.D.; Mental Health Consultant, Cleveland, OH

Dear Stranger: A Journey of Youth Mental Health (64 min)

Diana Chao is a 20-year-old, first-generation Chinese-American from Los Angeles, California. Diana is currently a sophomore at Princeton University studying Geosciences, History and Diplomacy. NAMI welcomes Diana Chao. Diana was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 13. To aid in her recovery, she discovered the power of sharing her feelings and thoughts on paper by writing letters to no one in particular. This led, at age 14, to her founding “Letters to Strangers” (L2S), a global youth-run mental health organization that is currently the only multilateral youth-toyouth mental health nonprofit in the world. Since its inception, L2S has impacted over 30,000 people on six continents. As a mental health advocate and artist, Diana fervently seeks to integrate socio-culturally literate art to promote mental wellness for youth. Her “Minority Mental Health Series: Thoughts” self-portrait series went viral in 2018, engaging over two million people, and her TEDxTeen, held in Times Square, has been viewed over 55K times online. Diana also serves as a crisis worker for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Crisis Text Line. She tours worldwide speaking about youth mental health and her own experience with bipolar disorder.

Engaging Young Adults: How to Get Younger Populations Invested in NAMI (77 min)

Participants will hear from a panel of young adults who volunteer with NAMI Washington Affiliates and a local NAMI leader. Panelists will share examples of why they’re involved with NAMI and how sharing their journey with young people has helped their recovery. Participants will learn how to gain interest from young adults, what benefits can come from young adult involvement, how to empower and encourage growth, and strategies for maintaining and increasing involvement.  Andrew Thomas Ayala, Young Adult Presenter, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI Thurston-Mason; Lacey, WA Katie Donohue, Volunteer Coordinator, Young Adult Presenter, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI Greater Orlando, Orlando, FL Aislin Percival, Young Adult Presenter, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI Seattle; Seattle, WA Jennifer Rothman, Senior Manager, Youth and Young Adults; NAMI; Arlington, VA Lauren Simonds, Executive Director, NAMI Washington; Seattle, WA

Is Anyone Listening? The Silencing of African American Women and Girls with Mental Health Issues (79 min)

Led by two African Americans with lived experience, this session will focus on increasing the audience’s awareness of current efforts regarding mental illness among African American women and girls, explaining the negative impact of invisibility and silencing of this population, educating the audience about social media campaigns dedicated to mental health wellness for this population, and teaching audience members how to recognize symptoms of mental illness experienced by this population.  Christie Cruise, PhD; Education Consultant, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis; Swansea, IL Shemya Vaughn, PHD, CRC, LPC; Counselor, The Sexuality & Disability Institute; St. Louis, MO

African American Church Business: What Every Organization and Mental Health Provider Needs to Know (66 min)

Pastors and faith leaders in the African American community are sought after to provide information on topics from politics to health, including mental health. This makes mental health “Church Business.” The panelists will discuss the impact of faith and spiritual beliefs on mental health concerns and describe strategies to use in addressing mental health in the African American community.  Brenda Richardson Rowe, LPCS, PhD; Minister of Counseling, Concord Church/ Harmony Counseling Center; Dallas, TX Natasha Stewart, MA; Director of Counseling, Potter’s House Church; Dallas, TX

I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help (76 min)

This session will share advances in education and training on anosognosia, the problem of poor adherence to treatment recommendations, and provide practical communication tools (LEAP® communication program) designed to build bridges and partnerships with persons who hold views of their illness and needs that are opposite to that of their loved ones, doctors, and sometimes even law enforcement.  Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and author of the International Best Seller, “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” He is also a family caregiver of two close relatives with schizophrenia and another with bipolar disorder. Xavier Amador, PhD; Co-founder, LEAP Foundation for Research to Practice; Visiting Professor, State University of New York; Author of I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help; Peconic, NY

Bipolar Disorder: A Lifetime of Passion, an Unpredictable Journey (74 min)

Bipolar disorder colors individual emotional experiences in diverse and profound ways; there are no reliable lab-based diagnostic markers to identify risks of an impending episode. The Prechter Bipolar Research Program at the University of Michigan monitors a large group of participant collaborators with bipolar disorder in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research program. This presentation will summarize the program, its findings, and the implications for understanding the biological and psychological mechanisms behind bipolar disorder and innovative methods to provide prevention oriented clinical monitoring.  Melvin McInnis, MD; Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression; Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: What It Is, What It Does, and How You Can Help (3 hr 40 min)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an evidence-based intervention that is recommended as an adjunctive treatment for psychosis. This workshop will provide an overview of this therapy approach, discuss key skills, and explore how family members may draw upon CBTp skills to support the wellbeing of their loved one.  Kate Hardy, ClinPsychD; Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, INSPIRE Clinic, Stanford University; Stanford, CA Sarah Kopelovich, PhD; Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine; Director of Training, Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center; Seattle, WA 

Navigating the Justice System with Mental Illness (77 min)

Navigating the American justice system as a person with mental health issues can be daunting, stigmatizing, and frightening. This session will address ways to improve representation for and specfic concerns of individuals with mental health conditions.  Jennifer Longtin, JD, MS; Attorney, JLongtin Law/ NAMI Colorado Board; Denver, CO

Intercept Zero: Successfully Implement Prevention Within Your Community (64 min)

Our criminal justice, mental health and medical care systems are all designed to be reactive, and too many people in mental health crisis spiral downward into incarceration, institutionalization, and suicide due to a lack of early intervention. This workshop will provide real-world tips and tools for communities to design and implement useful, proactive solutions to intervene early in the mental health crisis to prevent these devastating outcomes.  Thomas Von Hemert, BS, EMT; President, CIT International; and CIT Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson Area Crisis Intervention Team; Charlottesville, VA Rhonda Thissen, MSW; Executive Director, NAMI Virginia; Richmond, VA

How to Successfully Challenge an Insurance Company’s Denial of Mental Health Benefits (33 min)

Too many patients find themselves left in the lurch by insurance companies, and most patients do not know how to challenge the company’s denial of benefits. This session will provide a clear and practical framework for successfully challenging an insurance company’s denial of insurance benefits. We will use real life examples to explain the process, and provide a roadmap for successfully challenging a denial.  Guin Bogusz, JD; Attorney, Gordon, Tilden, Thomas & Cordell; Seattle, WA Brendan Winslow-Nason, JD, CLMP; Attorney, Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell; Seattle, WA


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