The NAMI Santa Clara County Consumer Advisory Council is made up of people who have lived experience with a mental illness. We promote education and advocacy on topics of interest. Our events and presentations are normally held at the NAMI Santa Clara County office at 1150 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 24 (parking in back).

Upcoming Presentations and Discussions:

March 25, 2019 “Social Security and Work– Find out how work affects social security benefits.
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue: 1150 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 24, San Jose, CA 95128

Prior Presentations and Discussions:

March 27, 2018  SVILC (Silicon Valley Independent Living Center) presented a Housing workshop at the NAMI Santa Clara offices.  Handouts and the presentation from the workshop are posted below.  If you have any questions, you can call Silicon Valley Independent Living Center at 408-894-9041.

October 24, 2017,  Dr. Michael B. Mantz spoke on “Strategies of Mental Wellness.” Mantz has recently relocated to the Bay area. Here is a link to his web site:  https://www.mindbodyintegrationandhealing.com

March 28, 2017, WRAP® – What’s in Your Wellness Toolbox?Diana Guido and Eddy Alvarez did a presentation on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, a self-designed prevention and wellness process that someone with a mental illness can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.  WRAP® can also be used by families.

February 28, 2017, DBT Skills Training Elizabeth Bellows, M.D., presented DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills Training, and included demonstrations from 4 skills modules: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness.

November 29, 2016, Case Management ConversationsBriana Romine, Lisa Wilson and Robert Nelson, Case Managers with Momentum for Mental Health, answered questions most people have about case management.

July 26, 2016 – “The WIPA Program“: Kate Brune. M.A, with Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) talked about the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program. CID provides WIPA services for people receiving SSDI and/or disability-related SSI who are returning (or have already returned) to work, through individualized benefits counseling, providing beneficiaries with information about how their work plans will interact with their benefits.

April 26, 2016 – “Insomnia“: Rie Lebus, Ph.D., with Stanford’s Sleep Health & Insomnia Program (SHIP), discussed Sleep Education, How Sleep Works, Types of Treatment.

March 23, 2016CBT and DBT:  Kim Bullock, M.D, of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry presented a talk on CBT and DBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy).  Handouts and the presentation from the workshop are posted below.

January 26, 2016 – SVILC (Silicon Valley Independent Living Center) presented a Housing workshop at the NAMI Santa Clara offices.  Handouts and the presentation from the workshop are posted below.  If you have any questions, you can call Silicon Valley Independent Living Center at 408-894-9041.

November 24, 2015 – The Consumer Advisory Counsel hosted a panel discussion of members with lived experience with a mental illness. The Conversation was moderated by Cheryl Aronowitz and panel members consisted of Barbara Thompson, Peer to Peer Coordinator; Robin Stepto, Connections Recovery Support Group Coordinator; and Abigayil Tamara, Chair of the Consumer Advisory Council. Areas covered in the Conversation were Introductions; Health Management; Coping Skills; and Successes, Hopes and Dreams.