For our Janis Black Warner Speaker series, we invite mental health professionals and others with lived experience with mental health conditions to share information and insights. See upcoming speakers here and our archive of past events below.

September 2021

Our speaker: Dr. Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA. Professor and Clinical Chief of Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Editor, The Handbook of Wellness Medicine. The topic: How to develop your own personalized wellness plan. 

May 2021

Our speakers: Dr. Stephen R. Marder, The Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA and attending Psychiatrist at UCLA’s Psychosis Clinic; one of Dr. Marder’s patients, Garrett Shaw; and Garrett’s mother, Cynthia.

April 2021

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

March 2021

Our speakers: Panel of five peers who shared their experiences living with mental health conditions.

February 2021

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

January 2021

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

December 2020

Our speaker: Pargol Khorsandi Nazarian, Pharm.D., Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist who 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. The topic: “Navigating New Medications in the Treatment of Mental Illness.”

November 2020

Our speaker: 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). The topic: “New insights into the neurobiology of schizophrenia.”

October 2020

Our speaker: Sanjeet Sihota, MSW. The topic: how loved ones can communicate with their mentally ill family members using the LEAP method.

September 2020

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

August 2020

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

June 2020

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

May 2020

Our speaker: Dr. Eric Levander. The topic: “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

Our speakers live with borderline personality disorder. The topic: stories of struggle and recovery and the mental health services they received through Clearview Treatment Programs, a co-presenter of this event.

March 2020

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

February 2020

Our speaker: Dave Leon. The topic: “The Painted Brain: Using the Arts to Change the Discussion About Mental Health Conditions.”


January 2020

Our 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. The topic: Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia Without Using Anti-Psychotic Medication.

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

October 2019
Our 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. The topic: “Overprescribing, Underprescribing, and Deprescribing in Mental Health Disorders. How Do We Get it Just Right?”

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

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

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