Previous speakers and topics for the NAMI Westside Los Angeles Janis Black Warner Speaker Series. See upcoming speakers here.

May 2021

Dr. Stephen R. Marder of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA, an Attending Psychiatrist at UCLA’s Psychosis Clinic; one of Dr. Marder’s patients, Garrett Shaw; and Garrett’s mother, Cynthia.

April 2021

Hannah Liddell from the Office of Payee Review & Beneficiary Assistance (OPRABA).

March 2021

Panel of five peer speakers who will share their experiences living with mental health conditions.

February 2021

Baron L. Miller, author of “Laws We Need to Know: Understanding Rules and Programs for Persons with Mental Illness.”

January 2021

Kartar Diamond, author of “Noah’s Schizophrenia: A Mother’s Search for Truth.”

December 2020

“Navigating New Medications in the Treatment of Mental Illness” with Pargol Khorsandi Nazarian, Pharm.D., a Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. She received her Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Southern California before completing two years of residency in the field of acute care & psychiatric pharmacy.

November 2020

“New insights into the neurobiology of schizophrenia” with Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, Medical Director of the Psychotic Disorders Service and the Inpatient Clinical Research Unit for the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Intramural Research Program (NIMH IRP).

October 2020

Sanjeet Sihota, MSW, on how loved ones can communicate with their mentally ill family members using the LEAP method.

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September 2020

Miriam Feldman, NAMI member and author of “He Came with It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness.”

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August 2020

Roger S. Nolan, “Managing Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness: The Science and Practice of Meditation.”

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June 2020

Young individuals from the Life Adjustment Team shared their stories of recovery.

May 2020

Speaker: Dr. Eric Levander: “How to Cope with Your Emotions and What You Can Expect From Yourself” during this unprecedented time of isolation and separation. Dr. Levander is an esteemed psychiatrist serving West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills and has been on staff at UCLA.

April 2020

Two speakers with borderline personality disorder shared their stories of struggle and recovery and the mental health services they received through Clearview Treatment Programs, a co-presenter of this event.

March 2020

Dr. Bruce L. Kagan of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the he VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, will discuss “Trauma, PTSD and Mental Health.”

February 2020

Dave Leon and The Painted Brain: Using the Arts to Change the Discussion About Mental Health Conditions


January 2020

Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia Without Using Anti-Psychotic Medication with Daniel Paul, Ph.D., a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychological Association, who has a specialty in psychotherapy with schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorders, adult survivors of sexual abuse and the treatment of borderline and psychotic personalities.

November 2019
“Planning for the Future: Who Will Care When I Am Not Here?” with Marc Shulman of the National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities

October 2019
“Overprescribing, Underprescribing, and Deprescribing in Mental Health Disorders. How Do We Get it Just Right?”  with Paul Barkopoulos, M.D., MPh, Assistant Clinical Professor for the David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine, and a medical staff member in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA, and at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

September 2019
Using the LEAP Method of communication from Dr. Xavier Amador’s book, “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” with Sanjeet Sihota, a MSW, peer coach and mentor.

April 2019
“Updating the Upward Spiral: Practical Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression” with Dr. Alex Korb, Ph.D., neuroscientist, writer, professor and coach at UCLA

May 2019
“What Happens When You are Dead to Your Relative?” An affordable option for creating a Special Needs Trust. Free Education on Government Benefits” with JLA Trust Executive Director Michelle Wolf