Past Workshops

2018 Workshops

Advocating for Better Crisis Care – As a result of several serious incidents (including two fatal incidents) at the local 16 bed acute-care locked crisis facility, NAMI Santa Cruz members created an Investigative Task Force on Crisis Care. The resulting Task Force Report and subsequent collaboration and improvements will be presented.

Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges – Parents and caregivers are the best resource to identify strengths and needs of California’s families impacted by mental illness. This workshop will provide some analyses of the perceptions of parents and caregivers that have been gathered through surveys and focus groups. The presenters will provide areas of focus for outreach, training, and advocacy based on the information gathered at both the state and local level.

Mindful Advocacy: How Parents and Caregivers Can Find Answers, Get Services, and Help Set a Collaborative Mental Health Agenda – Our “Mindful Advocacy” workshop will help parents and caregivers, educators, clinicians, advocates, and other “trusted adults” in a child’s life to: 1) find answers; 2) get services and supports; and 3) team up around a collaborative mental health agenda in the state of California.

Using Laughter Therapy to Reclaim One’s Self – Teena Miller developed her program titled A.S.T.E.P. A session of A.S.T.E.P uses laughter yoga exercises coupled with laughter wellness deep-breathing to tone the cardiovascular system by exercising the lungs and releasing muscle tension. It also helps consumers to find stressful events less disturbing and easier to manage. Teena brings A.S.T.E.P. to a minimum of 15 different clients throughout the Bay area in 5 different counties.

Special Needs Planning: From Estate Plans and Special Needs Trusts to Personal Support Services – Learn how a Special Needs Estate Plan can protect a disabled loved one’s “means tested” public benefits, such as Social Security Insurance (SSI) or Medi-Cal, and also provide personal support. Advance planning can ensure support both now and after you are gone.

Law Enforcement Building Relationships with Communities, Consumers, and Families – The Los Angeles Police Department, Mental Evaluation Unit/ System wide Mental Assessment Response Team recognized a need for additional support and assistance for the various community stakeholders and implemented the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) unit acting as a liaison between officers, consumers, and countywide resources to managing mental health related issues or concerns.

* Tactical De-Escalation – The goal of this training is to provide a framework for the Police response to high-risk incidents involving people in mental health crisis and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The focus is on suspects armed with edged weapons, impact weapons, or those who are unarmed but non-compliant. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)

Strategies for Improving Health and Behavioral Health Care for Prison and Jail Inmates Returning to the Community – New strategies are needed to address the health and behavioral needs of prison and jail inmates who are re-entering the community after being incarcerated. The Affordable Care Act has extended Medi-Cal to many in the justice-involved population who were previously uninsured. This panel will explore best practices and policies that can improve coordination, health care outcomes, and reduce recidivism.

Beyond Safe Spaces: Addressing LGBTQ Trauma and Providing Solutions – The presentation will provide understanding of societal and cultural factors that allow trauma to persist in the LGBTQ community and provide recommendations for addressing those factors. We will elaborate on culturally specific definitions regarding LGBTQ identities and gender-identity, and attempt to breakdown the roles that stigma and prejudice play in preventing individuals from receiving or seeking services.

Combat to Community: Veterans and Mental Health – Participants will learn about commonly shared attitudes and values that characterize military service; how all aspects of military experience, service related injuries, and mental health issues effect veterans’ lives; how veteran status can inform interactions and services; and potential resources.

* Outcomes Based Care in Mental Health Treatment: Keeping the Patient Voice at the Center of Care – Research shows that providing clinicians with feedback from clients throughout treatment improves outcomes. A simple model that includes implementation of trans diagnostic tools and development of clinical workflows that use the tool in creating and adjusting treatment can lead to improved patient outcomes and a more efficient allocation of resources. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)

* California Pediatricians’ Perspectives on Behavioral and Mental Health Access for Children and Teens – This workshop will build skills for patients, providers, and advocates to partner with CA pediatricians on improving behavioral and mental health access. Recent legislation regarding pediatric mental health referrals will be highlighted, along with evidence and pediatrician surveys regarding gaps in care. Participants will comment on a proposed improvement action plan. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)

* Treating Depression Using Collaborative Care Models in Primary Care – Collaborative care models in primary care are vital tools for serving minority and indigent populations where rates of mental health disorders are highly prevalent, which place these individuals at higher risk for adverse health outcomes. Using this model, Kaiser Permanente is focused on improving accessibility and addressing mental health stigma within primary care modules. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)

* Pláticas and Atención Plena in Central California Schools: Understanding the Use of Alternative Methods to Help At-Risk Latino Students – Latino values embedded in the family system are at odds with the mainstream culture. Latino youth experience depression, anxiety, and trauma. They are concerned about their families which impacts their mental health and undermines their performance in school. This workshop will present culturally competent interventions such as pláticas and atención plena, and hip-hop therapy. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)

Campus Mental Health and Disability Rights Laws – Students with mental health conditions are protected from discrimination and have the right to reasonable accommodations, just like students with physical and learning disabilities. This workshop will include an overview of disability rights laws and how they apply to students and universities, to inform educators and empower students and families.

Sibling Support and Advocacy – Highlights the experiences of siblings coping with the mental illness of a brother or sister. We can often feel forgotten or invisible inside a family as our sibling’s needs become the priority. We will share our stories, provide resources and coping mechanisms such as self-care for our own mental wellness.

On Campus, We Rise: How Youth Advocates Can Lift Up College Mental Health – Join No Stigma No Barriers (NSNB) for a discussion on: college student mental health; barriers to care, including stigma and a lack of culturally responsive care; advocacy strategies from Youth based on their experiences; and ways to get involved in NSNB activities such as trainings, events, and writing/blogging for change.

Career Summer Institute in Mental Health – Through Partnerships with Mission College, the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, and Andrew Hill High School’s Medical Magnet Program, this program connects students to mental health organizations and careers. Students engage in experiential learning opportunities such as mental health first aid certification and networking with various mental healthcare professionals.



NAMI’s Federal Policy Agenda to Improve the Lives of People Living with Mental Illness and their Families

Siblings – The Forgotten Survivors

Together We Can: Reducing Criminal Justice Involvement for People with Mental Illness

Training and Technical Assistance in Evidence Based Practice Builds Community Capacity to Treat the Unique Needs of Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental Illness

Findings in Collaborative Care

Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness Strategy: Using Patient Reported Outcomes to Promote Shared Decision Making, Privilege the Patient Voice, and Deliver Exceptional Care

Best Practices: Career Summer Institute in Mental Health

The CBHDA Public Policy Priorities and Opportunities for Partnership

2017 Workshops

Advocacy Track

Consumer & Family Engagement

Criminal Justice

Engaging Diverse Communities

Strengthening NAMI

Young Adults

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