Posts Tagged recovery

FAMILY to FAMILY COURSES – 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 19 January, 2012

Join us in our life-changing FAMILY to FAMILY class.

What is Family-to-Family?

Family-to-Family is free 12-week educational course designed specifically to parents, siblings, spouses, teen-age and adult children and significant others of persons dealing with mental illness…taught by trained family members with the lived experience. Over 115,00 family members have graduated from this national program.

The 2 – 1/2 hour class meets for 12 consecutive weeks, and each week’s topic builds on the previous topics covered. Therefore, it is important that participants try to attend each class.

If family members are in crisis and feel the need for support, we would encourage them to attend one of our Family Support Groups before taking the Family-to-Family educational course.

We usually offer this course in February in Evantson, March in Northfield, June in Skokie, and September in both Park Ridge and Northfield.

This Winter-Spring we offer classes on

  • Saturday mornings from Feb 11 – Apr 28 (or May 5), 9:00 – 11:30 am, at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston.
  • Wednesday evenings from March 7 – May 30 (off Mar 28), 7:00-9:30 pm, at New Trier Northfield High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield.

IL Consumer and Family Handbook – October 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

The Illinois Mental Health Collaborative (of the Illinois Department of Human Services) has just put out a brand new updated Consumer and Family Handbook. Be sure to check it out as a handy and useful resource for Mental Health Issues:

CLICK HERE for a link to the Booklet

IL Mental Health Collaborative Booklet


SUNDAYS at ONE – NOV 20th 2011 at NORTHBROOK COURT

Posted by on Friday, 11 November, 2011

SUNDAYS at ONE – A Welcoming  Social Group for Young Adults with Mental Illness – Fun, Comfortable and Sponsored….

The next meeting is NOV 20th at Northbrook Court – 1:00 pm. See below for details….

Contact CHRIS for more information and to let the gang know you’ll be there:  847-220-0199 OR cjj312@comcast.net


NAMI CCNS WALK 2011 – A Summary

Posted by on Saturday, 29 October, 2011

THE WALK – A RECAP……

The first annual NAMI CCNS 5K walk on Sunday October 23 was a great success! More than 100 people came with their children and dogs, and we raised more than $23,000 (well in excess of our goal)! It’s great that the community is recognizing the importance of the work we do!

Kudos to Patricia Caine and the other members of her Walk Coordination team, Mary Rose Cavanaugh, Nancy Carstedt, Helene Rhodes, John Schladweiler, Adele McCarty, and Brian Rootberg. Despite the little time that they were given, they arranged for everything needed and made sure that the walk went smoothly.

The walk started at Blue Star Memorial Woods on the corner of Harms and Lake in Glenview. It was brisk at starting time, but Dunkin Donuts provided much needed coffee. Sue Roberts, President of the New Foundation Center, treated walkers with donuts.

Co-presidents Pat Rodbro and Sandra Shovers welcomed the walkers and explained what NAMI CCNS does and hopes to do. Hugh Brady, President of the Board of Directors of NAMI Illinois, was nice enough to visit and tell us about important new legislative developments affecting mental health care in Illinois

Junior and Senior Peer Leaders from Regina High School led walkers through warm-up exercises and then used their very positive energy to lead the other walkers on a path extending through Blue Star Memorial Woods, Glenview Woods, Harms Woods, and back.

The walkers, wearing free T-shirts promoting NAMI CCNS, were of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, and even some dogs sported NAMI CCNS T-shirts. Everyone was in great spirits and had a wonderful time seeing old friends and making new ones.

After the walk, there was Grecian chicken from Johnny’s Kitchen and Tap and bruschetta from Gusto Italiano Ristorants to eat on paper plates provided by Foodstuffs. Music provided by 101.9fm THE MIX heightened the festive atmosphere.

All in all, the walk lived up to its name: Raising Awareness About Mental Illness With Every Step.

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To see ALL THE PICTURES – CLICK HERE

Nancy C

Our fearless leader and friends start the walk!


NAMI CCNS WALK – SUNDAY OCT 23rd 2011 – WE’RE ON!

Posted by on Saturday, 22 October, 2011

NAMI CCNS WALK – SUNDAY OCT 23rd 2011 – WE’RE ON!
RAISING AWARENESS at EVERY STEP!

TOMORROW – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23rd, Blue Star Memorial Woods Park at the corner of Lake Ave and Harms in Glenview – ENTRANCE off LAKE AVE ONLY.

8:00 am – CHECK- IN
9:00 am – WE WALK!

FOR MORE INFORMATION – Please see our website at www.namiccns.org or click below!

Please support us! Please join us! It’s not too late!

WALK PITCH


NAMI CCNS WALK – OCT 23rd – REMINDER!

Posted by on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Please be a part of this great event: RAISE AWARENESS! RAISE HOPE! REDUCE STIGMA! RAISE FUNDS!

You can really make a difference for hundreds and hundreds of people.

Please join us on this walk or support a walker/team as generously as you can. NAMI changes lives. You can too!

PRINT THIS FLYER TO POST OR FOR REFERENCE! Please share it generously! CLICK HERE!

NAMI CCNS WALK Flyer for oct 23 2011


Family to Family Courses – Fall 2011

Posted by on Monday, 18 July, 2011

Join us in our life-changing FAMILY to FAMILY class.

This is specifically for adults who take care of family members who have a Mental Illness or Brain Disorder: perhaps your young adult child, or your sibling, or your parent, or any other relative who is a dear and important part of your life.

Family to Family course - Fall 2011


IN OUR OWN VOICE – Public Presentation June 18th 2011

Posted by on Friday, 17 June, 2011

YOU ARE INVITED to a PUBLIC

IN OUR OWN VOICE” PRESENTATION – Saturday June 18th

See hope and recovery in action!


SociAbility Social Thinking Groups Begin – Week of January 16th 2011

Posted by on Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Dr. Genevieve Thornton and Dr. Miri Arie again present their groups. Both doctors have spoken to a NAMI CCNS group in the past. Some of our members have greatly appreciated their skills. (They have no affiliation with our organization.)

January 16: New SociAbility Social Thinking Groups Begin

SociAbility: Developing Social-Emotional Competence and Confidence in Children

Our mission is to help children and young adults gain the necessary life-long social skills to succeed in school and beyond. We are offering winter semester groups to facilitate social and emotional competence and confidence. The groups are for children and teens with social cognitive challenges.

The curriculum is based on Michelle Winner’s Social Thinking (www.socialthinking.com) and also incorporates video modeling so group members can observe their interactions and see first hand how they come across in a group setting.  This allows them the opportunity to make adjustments in their interaction styles and make improvements in their social skills.

Winter Social Thinking Groups Begin week of January 16, 2011

Boys and Girls groups meet weekly after school and on Saturdays

  • High School Boys Group- 10:30 am January 22 – May 21
  • 12 & 13 Years old Girls Group – 7:00 pm Thursday, January 20 – May 19,
  • 11 thru13 Years old Boys Group- 8:30 am Saturday, January 21- May 21
  • 12 & 14 Years old Girls Group- 6:00 pm Thursday, January 20 – May 21
  • Young Adults (co-ed) Group- 11:30 am Saturday, January 22- May 21

SociAbility Curriculum:

  1. Nonverbal communication awareness
  2. Perspective taking – thinking about others and their feelings
  3. Flexibility and behavior regulation
  4. Conversational skills, exploring emotions of ourselves and others
  5. Social problem solving
  6. Cooperative and group activities, building on your strengths
  7. Improving social skills (especially for the bright but socially clueless)

The groups meet for an hour throughout the fall semester. Two experienced therapists for each group meeting (prices range between $100 – $120 per session commitment for the entire semester is required). Meetings will take place at the Northbrook office 899 Skokie Boulevard # 204 each week for the semester starting the week of January 16, 2011.

For more details or to sign-up:

Call Genevieve Thornton, Psy.D., Miri Arie, Psy.D.,

at 847 559-3240 or email at genevievethornton@yahoo.com


VSA Playwright Discovery Program Call for Scripts – About Disabilities

Posted by on Saturday, 11 December, 2010

Do you know some young creative playwrights?  This could be an amazing opportunity:

Announcing the 2011 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Call for Scripts

Image of playwright Discovery Call for Scripts

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting.
Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students.

The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to view his or her work on stage. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2011, for consideration.

Download the official rules and procedures here.
Download the official application here.


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