NAMI Westside LA
Sponsored by Janice Black Warner
(Please scroll down for the particular speaker or month you’re interested in)
At 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.
Other Community Events
Wednesday – April 5th – 7pm
Dr. Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA, will be speaking on: “The Impact of Psychiatric Disorders and their Treatments on Sexual Function: Solutions to the Problems.”
Sexual dysfunction plays a large role in mental health. Mental health diagnoses include a number of sexual components. Medication side effects also often include sexual issues. In recent years, the treatment of sexual dysfunction has shifted from mostly psychosocial interventions, such as sex therapy, to the use of recently developed biochemical interventions, such as the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. However, the increased focus on the medical treatment of erectile problems has been accompanied by a neglect of the biopsychosocial factors that affect individuals and couples. Dr. IsHak will address a number of these issues.
Dr. Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA
Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Vice Chairman for Education and Research at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. At Cedars-Sinai, Dr. IsHak directed the Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Service and is serving as Consultant Psychiatrist, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service. He has lectured and published on clinical and research areas, which include quality of life as a critical outcome measure of healthcare interventions, mood disorders especially depression, sexual medicine, outcome measurement in psychiatry, and computer applications in psychiatry. His articles have appeared in many prestigious journals, such as JAMA Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Graduate Medical Education, and Quality of Life Research. Dr. IsHak is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Wednesday – March 1st – 7pm
Dr. Susan Smiley, Ed.M., will be speaking on: “The Healing Power of Neurofeedback”
Neurofeedback is quite simply the most braineffective and affordable treatment available for an array of psychological, cognitive and neurological conditions. The innate adaptability of the human brain – it’s neuroplasticity – makes healing from many conditions possible. Unlike medications, neurofeedback is not a band-aid, simply masking a wide range of ailments like Depression or Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, OCD, Borderline, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, and PTSD.
Dr. Susan Smiley, Ed.M.
Susan Smiley, Ed.M. is a Los Angeles based neurofeedback practitioner, successfully treating children and adults with a variety of mental health and cognitive issues. Neurofeedback was the most effective modality she found that significantly helped her own chronic depression and trauma history. Susan was also the filmmaker of the acclaimed documentary Out of the Shadow about her family’s experience of her mother Millie’s schizophrenia and life in the public mental health system. She can be found on the Web at Smiley Neurofeedback.
Wednesday – February 1st – 7pm
NAMI Consumer Panel Presentation Individuals with mental illness share their stories of their illness and their individual pathways to recovery.
The presentation is a brief yet comprehensive presentation about mental health conditions–Individuals; clients and consumers with different mental health conditions, personal testimony, and discussion. This presentation enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.
Wednesday – January 4th – 7pm
Dr. Jamie Feusner will be speaking on: “Effective treatments for OCD and body dysmorphic disorder, and how you can change your brain by changing your behaviors.”
An update on medication, brain stimulation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for OCD (and medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy for BDD), and a little bit about our recent brain imaging research showing how the brain changes in OCD with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Jamie Feusner, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr Feusner is Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, where he is Director of the Adult OCD Program and Director of the Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program. Dr. Feusner has conducted brain imaging research on the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy in OCD, as well as the first functional brain imaging studies in BDD and the first studies to directly compare the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa and BDD. He teaches cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychopharmacology in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic.
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.
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!
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!