Schedule and Topics for 2017 Forum

Time                                    Activity                                                                  Location           

7:00 am – 7:30 am           Exhibitor/Artist Check-in & Set-up                         Student Union

8:00 am – 8:45 am           General Registration & Resource Fair                    Student Union

8:45 am – 9:15 am           Welcome & Door Prizes                                              Student Union

9:15 am – 10:00 am        Opening Keynote Address                                           Student Union

10:00 am – 10:30 am      Resource Fair                                                                 Student Union

10:30 am – 10:45 am      “Passing Period” Walk to Breakout Classrooms

10:45 am – 12:00 pm      Breakout I                                                                       Classrooms

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        Lunch, Entertainment, Resource Fair                      Student Union

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm          “Passing Period” Walk to Breakout Classrooms

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm          Breakout II                                                                      Classrooms

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm          “Passing Period” Return to the Student Union

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm          Opportunity Drawings                                                 Student Union

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm          Closing Community Keynote Address                      Student Union

 

Topics for 2017 CAHM Forum:  From Hopelessness to Hope and Healing

ASK THE DOCTOR: A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH OUR PSYCHIATRIST ABOUT CONVINCING A LOVED ONE TO GET HELP

Brainstorm with Dr. Mark Komrad, Board certified psychiatrist and author of You Need Help! A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling, on the variety of approaches to convince a troubled person in your life to have an evaluation by a mental health professional starting with supportive persuasion through therapeutic-coercion (which taps the power of family relationships), to using involuntary approaches if necessary to ensure that your loved ones get the help they need. In addition, Dr. Komrad will answer any questions about mental health and substance abuse problems, the state-of-the-art approaches to psychiatric treatment, and all the burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask a psychiatrist, but for various reasons, have not yet been able to ask.

CAREGIVER SELF-COMPASSION & MINDFULNESS

Family members who take care of a loved one with chronic physical or mental health/substance abuse issues and professional caregivers often suffer from “caregiver burnout” because they forget that in order for caregivers to take care of others, they must first take care of themselves. This workshop will help family and professional caregivers develop self-compassion through mindfulness techniques and provide them with skills that they can start using today to help them deal with stress and avoid caregiver burnout.

CO-OCCURRING ILLNESS: MANAGING MENTAL ILLNESS & SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

“Co-Occurring Illness” refers to a complex set of psychiatric conditions in which Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders present together. This presentation will help individuals and families better understand the nuances of Co-Occurring Illness and address the challenges that those with these conditions face across their lifespan. We will address the difficulties associated with diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, techniques that individuals and families may use to improve outcomes, and the importance of continuous management, even when symptoms appear to be in remission.

JOURNEY TO RECOVERY (J2R)

Journey to Recovery (J2R) is an educational presentation developed by NAMI San Diego in collaboration with the Noble Works program. In the presentation, peer and family presenters share their compelling personal stories about mental illness and their journey to recovery. NAMI-SD is dedicated to the San Diego community, family members, and those living with mental illness.

JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF: USING THE CREATIVE PROCESS TO TRANSFORM & HEAL

Dr. Colleen Moss will share her story of working through grief after the sudden death of her husband. Participants will learn about grief, and how to use the creative process to transform and heal from grief and other difficult issues. Dr. Moss has a M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Art Therapy with Special Populations and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. As an artist and therapist, Dr. Moss has a special interest in expressive and healing arts. However, it was not until her husband died suddenly from cancer that she needed to experience the healing power of art for herself. After her husband’s death, Dr. Moss began painting as a way to cope with her grief. These newer paintings share a message about hope, transformation, and the miraculous resiliency of the human spirit. This breakout session corresponds with the art exhibition Wounded Hearts: A Journey through Grief, located in the first floor foyer of the SBSB building.

PATIENT ADVOCACY: WHAT WE DO AND WHO WE SERVE

Providers, patients and family members are often in a quandary about the rights that patients have when they are in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, or residential care facilities. This workshop will introduce attendees to the Patient Advocacy Program, how to access it, and differentiate it from other programs like the Ombudsmen, Legal Aid, Disability Rights Organizations, the Regional Center, and the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy. The presentation will also answer frequently asked questions regarding patient rights including: involuntary hospitalization, involuntary medication administration, LPS conservatorship proceedings, visitors and telephone access, contraband rules, conjugal rights, and other common concerns.

QUESTION, PERSUADE & REFER (QPR) GATEKEEPER TRAINING FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

QPR is designed to give members of the general public the basic skills necessary to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. As CPR is for the heart, QPR is for the mind. We are happy to share that over 9,000 San Diego residents have been trained in QPR, and today you can join that growing number.

SURVIVING AFTER SUICIDE AND BEYOND: POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH

Suicide is a traumatic death that shatters the lives of those left behind. This workshop will provide a clear understanding of the psychological and emotional challenges faced by survivors of suicide loss, not only to survive, but move beyond the surviving stage and into a new and different life. This Trauma-Informed presentation, explains how the trauma of suicide loss impacts the complicated grief process and how that traumatic wound must be acknowledged and healed before the survivor can integrate the suicide loss and create a “new normal” life.

THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH & MENTAL HEALTH

Before the advent of mental health professionals, faith leaders were faced with the challenge of addressing mental illness in their communities. As the science of mental health and substance abuse research and practice developed, it at times drew from the wisdom of faith leaders across different denominations, and at other times rejected the role of faith altogether. Today, we recognize that mental health/substance abuse treatment and faith are not mutually exclusive, and can work together to help individuals in their communities overcome mental health/substance abuse obstacles; and this panel will address that intersection of psychological healing through both faith and treatment.

THRIVING AS A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Being a college student today is difficult; being a college student with mental illness can sometimes feel impossible. CSUSM students with lived mental illness experiences become Voices of Hope as they share their stories of trials and tribulations, as well as success with treatment and recovery.

TRY FAIL, TRY FAIL, TRY SUCCEED: SKILL BUILDING WITH RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL

Recovery International self-help groups change peoples’ lives for the better using a cognitive behavioral training method developed by the late neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Abraham A. Low. The techniques introduced help members learn to identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to emotional distress and related physical symptoms. This workshop will showcase the tools used in Recovery International to address discomfort and reactivity when people deal with events in everyday life that they experience as failures, and help these individuals turn those negative experiences into opportunities for success.