Previous speakers and topics for the NAMI Westside Los Angeles Janis Black Warner Speaker Series. See upcoming speakers here.

February 2020

Topic: Dave Leon and The Painted Brain: Using the Arts to Change the Discussion About Mental Health Conditions
Speaker: Dave Leon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Founding Director of the Painted Brain. He has extensive social work practice experience in group homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, community mental health centers, and college counseling centers for close to 20 years. He will be joined by a panel of activists and participants from the Painted Brain. 

January 2020

Topic: Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia Without Using Anti-Psychotic Medication

Speaker: Daniel Paul, Ph.D., a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychological Association, who has a specialty in psychotherapy with schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorders, adult survivors of sexual abuse and the treatment of borderline and psychotic personalities.

November 2019
Topic: “Planning for the Future: Who Will Care When I Am Not Here?”

Speaker: Marc Shulman of the National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities

October 2019
Topic: “Overprescribing, Underprescribing, and Deprescribing in Mental Health Disorders. How Do We Get it Just Right?” 

Speaker: Paul Barkopoulos, M.D., MPh, Assistant Clinical Professor for the David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine, and a medical staff member in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA, and at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

September 2019
Topic: Using the LEAP Method of communication from Dr. Xavier Amador’s book, “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help”

Speaker: Sanjeet Sihota, a MSW, peer coach and mentor

April 2019
: “Updating the Upward Spiral: Practical Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression”

Speaker: Dr. Alex Korb, Ph.D., neuroscientist, writer, professor and coach at UCLA

May 2019
Topic: “What Happens When You are Dead to Your Relative?”
An affordable option for creating a Special Needs Trust. Free Education on Government Benefits”

Speaker: JLA Trust Executive Director Michelle Wolf

Dr. Jamie Kay, Ph.D. leads a panel discussion with: Amanda Greenberg, Sanjeet Sihota, MSW, Nicholas Maybank, Alexa Blumenstock

Hannah Liddell on Disability Rights California

DRC (Disability Rights California), an Introduction to OPRABA with Hannah Liddell supervising attorney, Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance. DRC is a nonprofit agency established by the government to protect and advocate for people
with disabilities.