Previous speakers and topics for the NAMI Westside Los Angeles Janis Black Warner Speaker Series. See upcoming speakers here.
Panel of five peer speakers who will share their experiences living with mental health conditions.
Baron L. Miller, author of “Laws We Need to Know: Understanding Rules and Programs for Persons with Mental Illness.”
Kartar Diamond, author of “Noah’s Schizophrenia: A Mother’s Search for Truth.”
“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.
“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).
Sanjeet Sihota, MSW, on how loved ones can communicate with their mentally ill family members using the LEAP method.
Miriam Feldman, NAMI member and author of “He Came with It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness.”
Roger S. Nolan, “Managing Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness: The Science and Practice of Meditation.”
Young individuals from the Life Adjustment Team shared their stories of recovery.
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.
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.
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.”
Topic: Dave Leon and The Painted Brain: Using the Arts to Change the Discussion About Mental Health Conditions
Speaker: Dave Leon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Founding Director of the Painted Brain. He has extensive social work practice experience in group homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, community mental health centers, and college counseling centers for close to 20 years. He will be joined by a panel of activists and participants from the Painted Brain.
Topic: Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia Without Using Anti-Psychotic Medication
Speaker: 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.
Topic: “Planning for the Future: Who Will Care When I Am Not Here?”
Speaker: Marc Shulman of the National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities
Topic: “Overprescribing, Underprescribing, and Deprescribing in Mental Health Disorders. How Do We Get it Just Right?”
Speaker: 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.
Topic: Using the LEAP Method of communication from Dr. Xavier Amador’s book, “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help”
Speaker: Sanjeet Sihota, a MSW, peer coach and mentor
Topic: “Updating the Upward Spiral: Practical Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression”
Speaker: Dr. Alex Korb, Ph.D., neuroscientist, writer, professor and coach at UCLA
Topic: “What Happens When You are Dead to Your Relative?”
An affordable option for creating a Special Needs Trust. Free Education on Government Benefits”
Speaker: JLA Trust Executive Director Michelle Wolf
Dr. Jamie Kay, Ph.D. leads a panel discussion with: Amanda Greenberg, Sanjeet Sihota, MSW, Nicholas Maybank, Alexa Blumenstock
Hannah Liddell on Disability Rights California
DRC (Disability Rights California), an Introduction to OPRABA with Hannah Liddell supervising attorney, Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance. DRC is a nonprofit agency established by the government to protect and advocate for people