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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Systemic advocacy is a core pursuit of the NAMI Massachusetts. Each year NAMI Mass gathers mental health advocates from across the Commonwealth at the State House to lobby lawmakers on key legislative priorities.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental illness. This yearly event is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

NAMI Mass Convention

Our Annual state Convention brings together over 350 NAMI members and allies for a day of learning and networking. The Convention features workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, and art marketplace, as well as our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features NAMI Mass events, as well as presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other happenings from local NAMI affiliates and other organizations.

Treating Mental Illness: Let’s Get It Right!

January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cambridge Health Alliance – Cambridge Hospital
Macht Auditorium, 1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Meet the new Chief of Psychiatry, Philip Wang, MD DRPH, of Cambridge Health Alliance and hear about new opportunities to detect and intervene earlier, as well as prevent mental health conditions in the community.

Dr. Wang will address how this can be achieved by transforming CHA into a learning healthcare system and Boston Metro North into a learning healthcare community.

For more information https://nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org/event-detail/?regevent_action=register&event_id=2707  (opens in new window)

Bathroom Habits

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Perinatal and Postpartum OCD: Diagnosis and Treatment

January 9, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Promoting Recovery in Adult Community Clinical Services:
A Community Conversation

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1 – 3pm

Alternatives’ Whitin Mill at Open Sky Community Services
50 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588

Promoting recovery in Adult Community Clinical Services requires all staff to work within their areas of expertise, toward a common goal. While this is likely understood, the reality is that the disciplines of Peer/Family Partner/Recovery Coach and Clinician operate within their own credentials/licensure, having experienced different professional training, often speaking different “languages”, and occupying very differing roles within the contracted service. MassPRC applauds the Department of Mental Health for requiring both peers and licensed clinicians to work side by side in this service, but providers are likely to benefit from efforts to share experience about how these orientations are learning to work together to enhance the recovery of people served within the model. Please join MassPRC for a Community Conversation and share your perspective.

Register here for this free event at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WGZS5G
(opens in new window). Registration is required and limited to 75 people.

Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (MassPRC)
www.massprc.org
info@massprc.org

COMPASS Volunteer Information Session

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Thinking about volunteering with the COMPASS Resource Helpline? Join us for an upcoming volunteer information session to learn more!

Volunteer information sessions are coming up on the following dates:

· Tuesday, January 14th

· Wednesday, February 19th

All sessions will take place in the NAMI Mass office in Charlestown (the office is a short walk from Sullivan Square on the Orange Line, and free parking is available).

Email Jill at jgichuhi@namimass.org for more information.

BBRF Webinar: Using Tools of Neuroscience to Make Personalized Care a Reality in Schizophrenia

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Dr. Light will describe precision medicine trials his team has conducted which significantly reduced symptoms and improved cognitive and daily functioning in patients with chronic psychosis in a “real-world” setting: a long-term community inpatient facility. They also found that reliable, easy-to-obtain signatures of brain-wave activity recorded at the outset of treatment can be used to identify which patients are most likely to benefit (or not) from treatments. This work ultimately aims to develop personalized biomarker assessment tools to deliver the “right treatment” to the “right person” at the “right time,” to improve outcomes among the millions of people with psychotic disorders, most notably schizophrenia.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/676624464236701451 (opens in a new window)

NAMI Greater Boston Meeting, Speaker Garrett DiCarlo of Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Thursday, January 16 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm and the meeting is is FREE and open to the public and scheduled to end at 8:30 pm. If attending for the first time, please email me hdt@nami.org or call 781 642 0368

Garrett will be speaking on Overcoming Hardships and Maintaining Hope

Learning through patience and hopefulness can make the most difficult life events less defeating. I have experienced a lot of highs and lows in my life, from being at a high point in school and then experiencingsigns and symptoms of mental illness while living in New York City at a time in my life when I was “supposed” to be feeling like a million bucks. After battling through my diagnosis and carving out a life I wanted my Dad passed away unexpectedly. This led to a lot of soul searching. How would I not let this defeat me psychologically? With the help of family and friends and keeping my Dad’s spirit with me through memories, I stand here today feeling like a success.

Garrett’s DiCarlo’s bio:
I grew up in Saugus and have spent many happy years in the area. I was a hard working student athlete that played football in college and got a try out with the NFL. After college I worked at an investment bank in New York City and then the American Stock Exchange. I came home to stay for good in 2007. Since that time I have worked in several capacities including coaching football, working with teens at EMARC, working in an after school program at the Y and becoming a certified peer specialist. Before and after being certified as a peer specialist I worked as a peer specialist in a community based flexible support team at Riverside Community Care for 5 ½ years. During this time I was introduced to Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation through a Photovoice project entitled Anti-Stigma Photovoice. I am working at BU’s Center for Psych Rehab as a Photovoice Instructor and in the Recovery Education Center as a teacher. I teach a number of classes and enjoy also being a student in classes. I am learning Dragon Tiger Qi Gong and will be taking a Reiki course as well to learn Reiki.

MILTON COMMUNITY CONCERTS presents ROCKIN’ WITH RENAISSANCE MEN New England’s Professional Male Vocal Ensemble

A Free Benefit Concert for the National Alliance for Mental Illness of Massachusetts

Special appearance by Ensemble Lyrae

Saturday, January 18 at 7pm

Snow date: February 1st at 7pm

First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue

Free Admission, Donations accepted

www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com (opens in a new window)

Mad in America Webinar: What real world experience has taught about making system changes at local, regional and state levels. A description of how partnerships, program ideas, budget development, legislation and advocacy come together.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

Learning Objectives for this Webinar:

Participants will be able to:

1) Identify “secrets” to systems change

2) Discuss ways to act strategically

3) List four essential “catalytic” tasks

4) Assess the ways in which media can be used to promote systems change

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Buried in Treasures

January 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Bridges to Hope: A Free Mental Health Training for Faith Community Leaders

January 21, 2020, 9:00 AM – noon

First Parish Church
75 Great Rd, Bedford, MA 01730

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

If your community is ready to build bridges to hope for families and individuals living with mental illness, this is a perfect introductory 3-hour training, which features:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • First steps to comprehensive Action plans for building “bridges to hope” with your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources

Who should attend?

Rabbis, imams, clergy, priests, pastors, deacons, elders, and lay leaders.

Please see the flyer (opens in a new window) for more information.

Please contact Judith McKendry at jdmckendry@verizon.net with any questions or concerns.

For more information http://namicentralmiddlesex.org/bridges-to-hope/ (opens in new window)

Enhancing Employment Opportunities for People with Mental Health Conditions 
4th Department of Mental Health Plymouth Site Community Conversation Event

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.
Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., Plymouth, 02360

Keynote Speaker: Dori Hutchinson, ScD, Director of Services
Center for Psychiatric Services, Boston University

Other Activities: Panel Conversation and Table Discussions regarding Employment
and Recovery

Lunch will be served.

Sponsors: Department of Mental Health, Plymouth Site Board, NAMI, Plymouth Bay
House, Mass Rehabilitation Commission, Vinfen

Ticket-to-Work WISE Webinar: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 3 – 4:30 pm

Get the facts about Social Security disability benefits and work! We’re debunking myths and sharing important information to help you as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to work.

Join the webinar to find answers to questions like:

  1. Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?
  2. What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals?
  3. How can I connect with a Ticket program service provider?

Register Online: choosework.ssa.gov/wise (opens in a new window)

By Phone: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

SAMHSA Webinar – Recovery at Work: Workplace Policies and Practices that Support Employees with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recovery-live-recovery-at-work-workplace-policies-and-practices-that-support-employees-with-mental-tickets-74686301739 (opens in a new window/tab)

The webinar will present strategies for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees in recovery. Presenters will offer their expertise in human resource policies and practices, and in encouraging a recovery-oriented workplace culture.

NAMI Greater North Shore presents an In Our Own Voice presentation

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10 am – 12 noon

Emerson Center, 9 East Common St., Topsfield

Two NAMI members with lived experience with mental health conditions openly talk about them and how they found paths to hope and healing…via personal testimony,
video, and discussion with audience participation. This IOOV event is suitable for students and adults in any walk of life interested in understanding how real and disabling symptoms can be AND that recovery is possible.

Co-sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield
namigreaternorthshore.org 617-984-0504 or 978-887-2101 ext. 11

Copeland Center Webinar: Crisis Engagement Strategies

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 2 – 3 pm

Engage, empower, support, and advocate for peers in acute and crisis settings while maintaining your wellness. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2493797227173689859 (opens in a new window)

Me2/Boston Flute Choir performance

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:30 PM

Lindemann Mental Health Center (map)
25 Staniford St, Boston MA
Free & open to the general public
We are looking forward to the very first performance by our new Flute Choir, led by conductor Eileen Yarrison! Join us for great music performed in a stigma-free zone.

NIH/NLM Webinar: Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about the webinar and to register please click here

To learn more about the Partnership and Center on Addiction: https://drugfree.org

Mental Health While Black PT. 1

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library
41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, 02121

Panelists: Toy Burton, Dr. Brandy Brooks, Carlos Enriguez, Christian White, Nieisha Deed, and special guest MC Robin Saunders.

RSVP for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-while-black-pt-1-tickets-87195924357 (opens in a new window).

Recovery 101

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:30 am – 4 pm

MassHire, 850 High St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Working on the intersection of community and professional supports to connect with the individual who has been separated from family, community and ultimately him/ herself is crucial. We have been connecting with individuals for years and are grateful for the opportunity to support you in understanding this crucial framework. Together we can work towards making Recovery more than a possibility. We can make Recovery THE expectation. The first step will be to spend the day with you focusing on Recovery Basics. $65

Space is Limited. Please RSVP to recovery@choicerecoverycoaching.org

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  1. Explore your presence and how to use it in support of those around you.
  2. Formulate a personal meaning of Recovery and outline potential Pathways of.
  3. Consider how to adapt to diverse populations and events in order to support recovery.
  4. Put new skills to use.

For more information Recovery 101 flyer  and CRC Recovery 101 Description (open in new window/tab)

Why Family Therapy is Important in Treating OCD

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Northeast Area

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to get through the security line.

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Southeast Area

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to get through the security line.

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC Webinar: Supported Education: Supporting Individuals to Begin or Return to Higher Education

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00 pm

Register at https://shprutgers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oceN3uC8Ro-HyZdNsES7zw (opens in new window/tab)

Recovery from SMI has been studied and documented by researchers, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience around the world and across time. Recovery is real. Recovery can be supported by practices and services that encourage participant engagement, community inclusion, valued social roles, and overall wellness. This webinar series will introduce you to recovery from SMI and many of the evidence-based and promising practices that support recovery. This session focuses on how to support individuals to begin or return to higher education.

For more information https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/northeast-caribbean-mhttc/event/webinar-supported-education-supporting-individuals-begin-or (opens in new window/tab)

Me2/Boston in Concert

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

Temple Emmanuel (map)
385 Ward St, Newton MA

Free and open to the general public
Music Director & Conductor Ronald Braunstein leads the orchestra in works by Mozart and Elgar. Don’t miss this stigma-free performance in the lovely setting at Temple Emmanuel!

NAMIWalks Massachusetts Kick-Off Rally

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Charlestown, 02129

You are NOT alone!

Help reduce the discrimination that you and others face: get involved in NAMIWalks Mass 2020!

If you are new to the Walk and would like to learn more about it join us on February 6, 2020.

Bring your family, friends and co-workers to learn about NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2020.

Dinner will be served and refreshments will be available.
RSVP: kopiela@namimass.org by Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

We are conveniently located near the Sullivan Square T stop off of the Orange Line. Free Parking is also available.

The Walkathon on Saturday, May 16th helps keep our programs free of charge for participants while simultaneously combatting stigma and educating the public on mental health.

BBRF Webinar: How Drug Dependence Impacts Decision Making

Tuesday, Feburary 11, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Decision-making is disrupted in those suffering from drug-dependence. Dr. Gremel’s Lab uses rodent models to identify how drug-dependence changes brain areas involved in decision-making, with the goal of providing much-needed data on how to improve therapeutic treatment and restore appropriate self-control. She will discuss findings suggesting that goal-directed decision-making and the controlling neural circuits are disrupted in drug dependence, and touch on whether these deficits can be treated.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3801687199027479307 (opens in a new window).

This Is My Brave – College Edition at Boston University

Wednesday, Feburary 12, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 (Directions)

This Is My Brave College Edition is our pilot university initiative aimed at creating a positive and supportive conversation around mental health through students sharing their personal stories using creative expression.

Please join us at Boston University for a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

This is a FREE event open to the community!
Please RSVP to reserve your spot, as seating is limited. Check in upon arrival.

RSVP at https://thisismybrave.z2systems.com/np/clients/thisismybrave/eventRegistration.jsp?event=56&

Work Without Limits CAREER FAIR For College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snow Date: February 20, 2020

Blue Lounge of the Student Center at Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street, Worcester

2:30 – 5 pm: Educational Sessions*
3 – 5 pm: Career Fair
Educational Sessions: Interviewing Skills, Perfecting Your Pitch and Negotiating your Future

*Times vary from 2:30 – 5 pm
Network with leading employers!

Learn about available internship and job opportunities!

Hone your career development skills!
Resume reviews and practice interviews!
Opportunity: Advance Resume Review:

When you submit your resume during registration, you can opt for a resume review. Written feedback will be provided by business and college representatives prior to the Career Fair.

Participating Employers:

American Tower Company, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brandeis University,
Brown Brothers Harriman, Citizens Bank, Dell, Eversource, John Hancock, Middlesex Savings Bank , Raytheon, Spaulding Rehabilitation/Partners Healthcare, State Street, UHealthSolutions, UMass Medical School. Check our website for additional employers: http://workwithoutlimits.org/event/career-fair-february/ (opens in a new window)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Click Here to Register (opens in a new window) or visit: http://cwm.umassmed.edu/careerfair2020 (opens in a new window)

Additional information will be provided after registration. If you need an ASL interpreter, contact Nicole Henry at nicole.henry@umassmed.edu or 508-856-3934 by January 21, 2020.

ACT for Emotion Regulation of OCD

Thursday, Feburary 13, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Mad in America Webinar: How to use research and a data driven approach to support and guide system change based on decades of the Human Services Research Institute’s experience studying behavioral health systems.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

OCD in the School

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

COMPASS Volunteer Information Session

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thinking about volunteering with the COMPASS Resource Helpline? Join us for an upcoming volunteer information session to learn more!

All sessions will take place in the NAMI Mass office in Charlestown (the office is a short walk from Sullivan Square on the Orange Line, and free parking is available).

Email Jill at jgichuhi@namimass.org for more information.

Pacific Southwest MHTTC Webinar – Take Action: Implement Workforce Diversity Strategies to Effectively Address Disparities in Mental Health

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6-7 p.m

Register at https://events-na6.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1417634307/en/events/event/shared/1804416089/event_registration.html?connect-session=na6breez6rcgb9mfzd6hzim3&sco-id=2013632367&_charset_=utf-8 (opens in a new window/tab)

s our population becomes increasingly diverse, mental health organizations and providers see the value of employing diverse staff that reflect the people they serve. The Pacific Southwest MHTTC has developed a self-assessment instrument to help mental health organizations identify and implement workforce diversity strategies in six critical areas.

This webinar will highlight the importance of increasing workforce diversity for achieving health equity. Presenters will briefly outline the purpose of the six areas in strengthening workforce diversity. Then participants will have the opportunity to complete the tool and explore the different aspects of each area. This session is geared towards those in mental health organizations who are interested in assessing the importance of a culturally responsive workforce and taking action.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore the importance and benefits of a diverse workforce in effectively addressing mental health disparities for community populations.
  2. Describe the critical components needed to assess the successes and challenges for mental health organizations in building a diverse workforce.
  3. Identify how your organization is doing in each area and overall to identify areas of focus.
  4. dentify action steps to address areas where organizations are more limited and incorporate these action steps into an existing organizational plan (e.g., strategic, cultural competency, or diversity plan).

For more information please visit https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/pacific-southwest-mhttc/event/take-action-implement-workforce-diversity-strategies

Vinfen’s13th Annual Moving Images Film Festival

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Directions and Parking: https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/directions-and-parking/

The event is free and open to the public, but a donation of $10 is suggested and appreciated. CART Interpreter Services will be provided for panel discussions. Lunch will be served and parking at the venue is complimentary.

Register online at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/register/

Learn about the Films and Panels at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/films-and-panels/

Schedule of Events is at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/schedule-of-events/

Using Inhibitory Learning Strategies to Improve the Efficacy of ERP

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Western Mass Area

Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 am
(Registration is 9 -9:45)

Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square, Springfield, 01102 (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to park etc.

The breakfast is free and open to the public; however, this event typically reaches capacity and is standing room only. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by email or by phone at (413) 587-6446 by Friday, February 28th and note any accommodations you might require. We will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information https://www.mass.gov/service-details/western-massachusetts-area-legislative-breakfast (opens in new window)

BBRF Webinar: Brain and Behavior Based Strategies in the Treatment of OCD

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 1 person in 40, but is often undiagnosed or improperly treated. Even with optimal treatment, a third of OCD sufferers do not improve significantly; remission of moderate to severe disease is uncommon. Dr. Pittenger will discuss two new investigational approaches: one using low-voltage non-invasive brain stimulation and the other harnessing the exciting new strategy of fMRI-driven neurofeedback.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8692907556142542347 (opens in a new window).

Motivational Interviewing: How to Create Treatment Alliance

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Mad in America Webinar: Lessons learned in making program and institutional culture changes needed to respect human rights and dignity in state hospitals.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

OCD and Eating Disorders

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

NAMI Greater Boston Meeting speakers Paul Ottenstein & Pat Pesa from Homeless Empowerment Advisory Project and Friends of Metro Boston

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm and the meeting is free, open to the public and scheduled to end at 8:30 pm

Paul Ottenstein and Pat Pesa from HEAP Homeless Empowerment Advisory Project and Friends of Metro Boston be speaking on the programs of both HEAP and the Friends of Metro Boston. HEAP has meetings at the Lindemann Inn and in connection with Friends of Metro Boston offers many activities for people with lived experience and also does advocacy work.

HEAP was modeled after The Ruby Rogers Center as a user-run program to advocate for people in DMH homeless programs. HEAP meets at the Lindeman Inn and plans activities in the community for its members. Paul Ottenstein has been the coordinator of the program since its beginning.

Pat Pesa worked for the Lindemann Inn and was the staff liason for HEAP and helped bring residents to meetings and coordinate activities with the residents of the shelter. Pat has been supporting HEAP since its inception over 25 years ago.

Transformation! Success Festival 5

Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street, Gardner, 01440
(Directions, Parking & Campus Map)

Co-Sponsored by Massachusetts DMH and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

The target audience includes all stakeholders – ANY young adult and parents of young adults (neither needs to be connected to DMH or any other services), Parent/ Peer Specialists, administrative and/or clinical providers, DMH Site and Area Offices, service providers, and the overall community.

Inspire hope among us all!
Celebrate the special-ness of the Young Adult family.
Understand HOPE involves personality, spirit, individuality, and happiness.
Highlight accomplishments of young adults and parents to inspire ongoing achievements.
Motivate our communities to continue progress in supporting success for young adults and those involved in their lives.
Promote peer roles of young adults and parents, including their role in designing effective treatment practices.
Learning how to live both together and apart as adolescents transition into young adulthood.
Emphasize HOPE is an essential component of success for Young Adults and Allies, and we each have a role and responsibility.
What defines caring for a young adult; and what defines being a young adult.
Encourage individuals to create their own definition of hope.
Provide a fun, exciting, and interactive event for everyone!

Registration information coming soon at http://success-fest.com/

NAMI Massachusetts Advocacy Day – Make Your Voice Heard!

Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston

(Directions, Parking, Map)

For more information https://namimass.org/advocacy-day/ (opens in new window)

Sleep, Arousal and Circadium Rhythms: How Body Regulations Affects Individuals with OCD

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

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Mindful Art Making for Anxiety Management

Thursday, April 12, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

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BBRF Webinar: Can Traumatic Memories Be Erased?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Re-experiencing traumatic events is a core symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive-behavioral therapies seek to eliminate traumatic memories, but these approaches are vulnerable to relapse. New advances in the neurobiology of fear memory promise novel approaches to PTSD treatment, including the erasure of traumatic memories.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4990165810165036555 (opens in a new window).

The Cancer & Mental Health Collaborative
4th Annual Bridging the Divide Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway (Kendall Square)
Cambridge, 02142

Share your unique perspective as we work together to increase access to cancer care for all people affected by mental illness and their caregivers. Together, we can build a coalition with the power to save lives and decrease suffering for people affected by mental illness and cancer. All are welcome. The symposium is free but registration is required.

Register at https://twitter.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c011947b35a6fa39a9a1d6cb4&id=3108461208 (opens in a new window).

ACT for OCD

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

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Mad in America Webinar: A description of de-prescribing psychotropic medications to children and adolescents. How to develop these approaches in a systematic way with outpatient, inpatient and child welfare settings.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Central Mass Area

Friday, May 1, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, Large Conf. Room, K2-A2
309 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01604 (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to park and get through security.

The breakfast is free and open to the public! Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

Saturday, May 16, 2020

DCR Artesani Park, Brighton

Registration starts at 9 am

Walk starts at 11 am

For more information please visit https://namimass.org/nami-walks-massachusetts/ (opens in new window)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Central Mass Area

Friday, May 20, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time get through security.

The breakfast is free and open to the public! Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

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