310.889.7200 (Click the link on your mobile to call)

Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services

3200 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Near the 10 Freeway and National Blvd – South of Pico in West LA

Parking on campus: When you enter the gate off of Motor Ave, drive forward and turn left at the cross street for parking near the Board Room where the meetings will be held.


Wednesday – December 7th – 7pm

Dr. Eric Levander, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.P.A will be speaking on:
Current treatments for persistent mental illness. Ask the Doctor.” 

Dr. Levander will be presenting an update on medications for bipolar disorder and depression. Bring your questions, it’s Ask The Doctor.


Dr. Eric Levander, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.P.A. is a board certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Levander trains residents in psychiatry at the Mood Disorders Clinic at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.  In private practice Dr. Levander is experienced in the evaluation and treatment of many areas of adult psychiatric problems such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency.







Wednesday – November 2nd – 7pm

Dr. Eda Gorbis PhD, LMFT will be speaking on “Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” 

Fear of germs, extreme cleanliness, compulsive organizing, counting, hoarding, hand washing, demanding behaviors, and aggressive or harmful behavior to self or others.



Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD., LMFT (Dr. G, as she is affectionately called) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles. The Institute is often called a center of ‘last resort’ for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and other anxiety & spectrum disorders. For 17 years Dr. Gorbis has also been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, and currently holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the USC Keck School of Medicine. By discovering new treatment methods, Dr. G. brought hundreds of people with prior treatment failures to normal functioning.





Wednesday – October 5th – 7pm

Sanjeet Sihota, MSW will speak on Dr Xavier Amador’s book: ‘I’m not sick, I don’t Need Help

Mr. Sihota  will be teaching Dr Amador communication tool called LEAP. These tools help promote improved relationships and medication and treatment compliance with your relative.

SANJEET SIHOTA, MSW completed his Master’s in Social Work and started his own company PeerCoach in 2006 after recovering from three psychiatric hospitalizations. He works with many of the top psychiatrists throughout Los Angeles providing evidence based psychosocial rehabilitation. Sanjeet was personally trained by Dr. Amador in the LEAP method and is a faculty member at the LEAP institute.



Wednesday – September 7th – 7pm

“What is Borderline Personality Disorder and What is the Best Treatment?”

If you are a family member struggling with a relative with the possibility of a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis or who has already been diagnosed, come and learn best options for you.

CHARLOTTE WICKHAM, MSW, is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist at Clearview Treatment Programs who will be discussing treatment options. Charlotte has years of experience with DBT groups and practicing individual DBT with clients.

APRIL 2016

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Wednesday April 6th – 7 PM

“Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)”

This program is a part of the Department of Mental Health.  Malik Tate LCSW, a clinical supervisor of the Department of Mental Health, will present a talk about ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT and the opportunities your loved one with the Department of Mental Health.  This is a necessity!



Wednesday April 20th 7 PM

“Mindfulness, Living in the Present, Seeing the Visitor of Mental Illness as a Spiritual Journey”

DR MICHAEL DIPAOLO is a psychologist who specializes in treating those impacted by mental illness and their families.  His 7-week course, “How to Survive and Thrive with Mental Illness”, is available on YouTube and has been viewed 75,000 times.  A great opportunity!

MARCH 2016

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WednesdayMarch 2nd – 7 PM
“Is there such a thing as too much personality: Narcissism, Borderline, Histrionic, Sociopathy”

DR PHLIP COGEN is a psychiatrist from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.  He specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy using Kleinian object-relations.  he works with disorders of personality.  Don’t miss it!


Wednesday March 16th 7 PM
“Everything you need to know to prepare for your relatives financial future”

MARCH SHULMAN will teach you to make sure your loved one has the financial resources for their future.  His company SrCHLAP has been doing financial planning for special needs since 1989.  Very useful for every family!



Wednesday February 3rd – 7 PM
“How to Use Humor to Reframe What’s Depressing Us”

JOHN SHUCHART, successful entrepreneur and NAMI advocate, discusses growing up in an emotionally abusive home, an addiction to painkillers and an eventual plan to commit suicide.  Through it all, humor has helped him deal with these serious difficulties.  Prepare to laugh away your problems!

Wednesday February 17th – 7 PM
“Reclaim Your Brain:  Enhance Mind, Mood, Energy &  Memory”

DR. HYLA CASS is a nationally acclaimed innovator, speaker and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry and addiction recovery.  She is an author in the field and has appeared on such TV shows as Dr. Oz, The View and E! Entertainment!  Don’t miss her!