Mental Health Education 24/7- Webinar Library

NAMI CCNS Webinar Library

Check out all of our past webinars covering a wide range of topics surrounding mental health.

Understanding Trauma: From PTSD to Post-Traumatic Growth

Presented by Milica Popovic LCSW & CADC

Aired June 19, 2024

This presentation aims to educate the audience on the multifaceted nature of trauma by examining its manifestations and differentiating between stress, acute-stress disorder, PTSD, and C-PTSD. By exploring effective treatment options and highlighting the concept of post-traumatic growth, this presentation also seeks to foster a compassionate and informed approach to addressing trauma and promoting pathways to recovery and growth.

Personality Disorders: Persistently Stigmatized

Presented by Meghan Rosenzweig LCPC

Aired May 22, 2024

This webinar is designed to assist with the destigmatization of those who have been given a diagnosis of a personality disorder. We will explore how to best assist in setting boundaries, de-escalating a crisis, and providing ongoing care to reduce the need for the cyclical nature of hospitalization and refusal of care that often is associated with the diagnosis of a personality disorder. This webinar will also provide the basic information on diagnostic criteria for the primary personality disorders seen in most therapeutic settings.

Destigmatizing Schizophrenia: A Comprehensive Overview of its Diagnosis and Management

Presented by Dr. Matthew Filippo

Aired April 17, 2024

Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that impacts several aspects of an individual’s life. How do genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors contribute to the development of schizophrenia? This webinar discusses the common symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and current treatment options available for schizophrenia. How does this disorder affect a person’s quality of life and what strategies can be implemented to support patients with schizophrenia in their daily lives? Explore the impact of societal perception and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

Bipolar 101

Presented by Dr. Juliet Spelman

Aired March 13, 2024

This webinar will help anyone who is interested to know what bipolar disorder is and start to be able to recognize symptoms in themself or someone else. Recognizing the symptoms is key to intervening in a positive way for a better long-term outcome.

Depression 101

Presented by Dr. Leslie Brankin

Aired February 21, 2024

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health challenges in America today. This webinar, Depression 101, will discuss the diagnostic criteria for depression while exploring contributing factors, statistics, and treatment interventions. Additionally, the webinar will discuss practical considerations for self-care and prevention.

Anxiety 101

Presented by Renee Dominguez

Aired January 17, 2024

This webinar, Anxiety 101, frames anxiety in its evolutionarily adaptive context, breaks down its various components (i.e., physiological, cognitive, and behavioral), highlights ways in which it shows up in everyday life, and provides practical considerations for adaptively coping with it.

A LEVER – Empowering Parents to End Waitlists

Presented by Bob Anthony

Aired December 6, 2023

New interventions often take 15–20 years to become standard in medical care. BUT, there’s exciting news! In January, Boston Children’s Hospital unveiled a groundbreaking solution to provide instant treatment for mild and moderate cases of Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, and Disruptive Behavior Disorder. Parents, this is a game-changer! Pediatric providers can now prescribe Guided Self-Management Toolkits, empowering you to actively participate in your child’s immediate treatment. No more endless calls to find an available therapist or psychiatrist.

What is Neuropsychology?

Presented by Christina Blodgett

Aired November 8, 2023

Do you ever wonder how brain function is measured? Or how to determine when someone is experiencing actual memory loss vs. a brain fart? This session will introduce you to neuropsychology and the measurement of related constructs, such as memory and attention. The listener will learn when an evaluation is needed, how it is conducted, and how that will benefit the person with respect to treatment.

Treatment Resistant Neuropsychiatric Illnesses: Extent, Causes, Evaluation and Treatment

Presented by Dr. Steve Best, M.D.

Aired October 25, 2023

A prerecorded webinar followed by an interactive Q&A addressing: the extent of the problem and its documentation in literature; routine clinical practice and early death; the various causes leading to such a label; the approach to take from the time a patient comes for help; Relevant and efficient evaluation should lead to effective treatment; consequences of inadequate treatment to patient, family, society; future directions.

Medicare: It’s Not That Complicated

Presented by Ari Parker

Aired September 27, 2023

After watching this presentation, you will:
• Understand the three parts of Medicare.
• Know what Medicare pitfalls exist and how to expertly avoid them.
• Be ready to make major Medicare decisions.
• Be knowledgeable about any costly penalties and how to steer clear.

Navigating NAMI CCNS Services

Presented by Nancy Sussman and Brianna Hoekstra

Aired August 30, 2023

What is the National Alliance on Mental Illness? Who can obtain their services? What services are provided? During this informal webinar, you will hear from a former NAMI CCNS Program Director, Nancy Susman, as well as our current Program Director, Bri Hoekstra who will spend time digging into the details of the programs NAMI CCNS offers. They will provide detailed descriptions, allow you to get a feel of which programs are most beneficial for you or your loved one, and how to obtain specific services.

Social Security Disability: Change and Confusion

Presented by Jeff Rabin

Aired July 19, 2023

This non-legal talk will cover various aspects of Social Security disability law and programs. Attendees will learn how Social Security evaluates claims, and Mr. Rabin will provide practical tips on how to prepare a strong case for the Social Security Administration. The aim of the discussion is to demystify the application and appeal process, empowering individuals to protect and assert their rights under the Social Security Act. Audience participation is encouraged, and materials will be provided for note-taking and reference.

Housing – Part 2

Presented by Bonnie Lane

Aired June 14, 2023

For more than two decades, Bonnie has worked privately with families dealing with mental health issues. She has counseled individuals and families as they successfully navigate the maze of care and resources available for young and older adults. Helping families in times of crisis is her mission and her passion. Bonnie is currently a member of the NAMI CCNS legislative committee, the North and Northwest Suburban Housing Task Force and the Legislative Committee. Bonnie also sits on the Healthy Minds Healthy Lives Coalition through Thresholds and the Mental Health Summit.

Housing – Part 1

Presented by Beth Nabors

Aired May 24, 2023

The presentation includes a discussion of the housing crisis, lack of supportive and affordable housing for people with disabilities, mental health and/or substance abuse issues and how to navigate the system.

Guardianship 101

Presented by Missy Turk Firmage

Aired April 12, 2023

This presentation examines when to pursue guardianship, the various types of guardianship, who may act as a guardian, the duties of personal and estate guardians, and the limitations of guardianship. This presentation will also examine what happens when a guardianship proceeding becomes contested.

Medicaid and LTC Planning: From an Elder Law Perspective

Presented by Paige N. Fox

Aired March 29, 2023

Long-term care planning is essential for seniors and individuals who have a disability, many of whom require long term care at some point in their lives. This type of care can be expensive, and without proper planning, it can quickly deplete an individual’s savings and assets. This presentation will be a very general outline of long-term care and other Medicaid planning strategies that can help individuals protect assets for themselves and their family, while still qualifying for public benefits and assistance paying for long term.

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