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Monthly Speaker Educational Program Schedule

“Early diagnosis and intervention are key to addressing mental illness.”

We welcome anyone with a shared interest in learning more about mental health care and treatment options.

Our monthly programs are Free.


 NAMI Monthly Programs FY 17 – 18

 


December

In lieu of a monthly program we will have our annual Gifts of Hope / Pot Luck dinner

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford

 

Help us make this the best Christmas yet for everyone who will be in the hospital over the Christmas Holidays or resides in group homes provided by Rosecrance and Stepping Stones of Rockford.
Ho, ho ho. NAMI Elves do all the gift shopping. Join us and help us pack up gift bags for the hospital and wrap our gifts for the residents of the group homes.
Bring your favorite holiday dish to bring for our potluck. After all of the fun of wrapping and writing holiday cards we will sit down to share our holiday dinner.
We welcome everyone. New to NAMI, welcome. Family friendly. Lots of laughs. Our gift to you is the gift of giving.
Sponsors / Donors welcome.


January

Tuesday,  January, 9 2018,   6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford

Topic:  Understanding Self Harm

Speaker:    Theresa Mleczko, MA, LCPC, Therapist

What is self harm and why would someone hurt them self?  Our guest speaker will help inform us about why someone begins to cut them self.  She will also focus on dispelling many of the myths.

When the level of emotional pressure becomes too high it acts as a safety valve – a way of relieving the tension. Cutting makes the blood take away the bad feelings. Pain can make you feel more alive when feeling numb or dead inside. Punishing yourself in response to feelings of shame or guilt.

 

One (1) CEU is available through The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT and Psychologists.

 



February

Tuesday, February, 13 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc

Speaker:  Sherri Fowler

Topic: Connecting the dots; eating disorders are mental illnesses.

“Anorexia; My Experience”

My daughter Monica, struggled with anorexia nervosa for 15 years. I have written a power point presentation explaining our story and our journey from a Mother’s perspective. It is Monica’s story, but also has lots of fact about the illness in order to spread awareness of this very misunderstood, complex and truly insidious mental illness.


March 

Tuesday,  March 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc
Speaker:  Nikia Ware, RN BS/BSN/MBA/MSN-ED
Topic:  “The Pet Affect”

Nikia will address the positive attributes a pet offers to the mentally ill, dealing with depression, anxiety, agitation, ptsd and overall trauma.

Adding to that piece she will talk about the homelessness of mentally ill patients as well as overall homelessness and those who remain homeless related to there being no place for them to go to seek refuge or shelter if they choose to keep their animals, which in some cases are their only life line to unconditional love, affection and understanding.

One (1) CEU is available through The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT and Psychologists.



April

Tuesday,  April 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc
Speaker:  Becky Gielow, M.S. L.C.P.C.
Topic:   Trauma and it’s impact on our youth and community

Becky’s presentation will provide an introduction to trauma: what it is, what it looks like, and the impact on people and communities.  Is there a financial cost associated with trauma and who pays for it?

 

 

One (1) CEU is available through The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT and Psychologists.


May

Tuesday,  May 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc
Speaker:   Lisa Clark,  Principal Harlem High School
Annual General Meeting:  At this meeting we will introduce our FY 18-19 board of directors.  Current NAMI members will be eligible to vote.
Topic:  Addressing the mental health challenges with LGBT

Lisa will address if without mental health we cannot be healthy. We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions to specific situations. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood.

Lisa  has been working for policy changes to provide an equitable environment for ALL in our community.

One (1) CEU is available through The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT and Psychologists.

   

 



June
Tuesday,   June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc
Speaker:  Theresa Mleczko, MA, LCPC, Therapist
Topic:   Understanding anxiety and depression in youth
Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.
It is not uncommon for children to be diagnosed with both depression and an anxiety disorder, or depression and general anxiety. About half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

One (1) CEU is available through The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT and Psychologists.



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