NAMI 2016 Speaker Series

For a sixth consecutive year, NAMI Athens and the Friends of the Athens Public Library are teaming up to bring the Athens community some really super speakers. This year we are co-sponsoring three events.

 

Time:  6:30-8:00 PM, final Thursday of selected months

Location:  Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens, OH 45701.

March 24:

Topic: The Early Years of the Athens Lunatic [sic] Asylum

Speaker: Katherine Ziff

katherineziffIn spite of modern medicine, the plight of most persons with chronic mental illness in the twenty-first century is serious. Over half receive no care whatsoever on any given day. Many are homeless, and of those receiving care in Ohio’s institutions, four times as many are in our jails and prisons as in the few tiny hospitals. Remarkably, this situation is quite similar to that which Dorothea Dix campaigned against in the mid-nineteenth century. But Dix’s campaign was surprisingly successful as state governments all over the country responded to her plea by building carefully designed and beautifully landscaped mental health asylums designed to provide “moral treatment” to persons with mental illnesses – then considered morally impaired. Katherine Ziff – Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University and author of Asylum on the Hill: History of A healing Landscape – will explain. For a preview of her lecture, listen to her radio interview here.

.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers

 

April 28:

Topic: Anorexia Nervosa

Speaker: Beth Blubaugh

Beth BlubaughEating disorders – especially anorexia nervosa – are far less easy to comprehend than most other major mental illnesses. Comments such as, “Why don’t you just force yourself to eat more?” are both ill-informed and hurtful. It’s just not that simple. Beth Blubaugh, Executive Assistant at NAMI Ohio and the Ohio Adult Care Facilities Association, has suffered from anorexia for over two decades. She’ll be talking about her life with this disorder, the every-waking-hour agony it inflicts, the voice-like commands that dictate her food intake, and the extreme difficulty sufferers have in finding effective treatment. For a preview of her lecture, listen to her radio interview here .

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers

 

October 27:

Topic: Borderline Personality and Beyond

Speaker: Candace True

true_smallCandace True, DMA, MSW, CSW, is currently a Social Worker at Seven Counties Services in Louisville Kentucky where she is a therapist to adults with mental health issues. She has a passion for helping persons with mental illnesses. That life purpose is due in part to the fact that she herself is in recovery from a combination of bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and aspects of borderline personality disorder. Described by Dr. Shari Manning, CEO of the Treatment Implementation Collaborative as a sort of “poster child” of recovery through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she will be talking about her struggles with mental illness and the nature of the therapy which was so useful to her. For a preview of her lecture, listen to her radio interview here .

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers