2nd Thursday Seminars

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The NAMI St. Louis Brown Bag Lecture Series is held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

**Please Note New Location**
: Maryland Heights Community Center
2300 McKelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM

The Community Center is located at Doresett Road and McKelvey Hill Drive.
From Hwy. 270 take Exit 17 to Dorsett Road, go west and take a right on McKelvey Hill Road.

Bring you lunch and we will provide the drink and cookies when you RSVP using the link below or by calling our HelpLine at 314-962-4670.

Upcoming Topics:

December 13, 2018

Topic: Age with Confidence: Breaking Down the Options in Long-Term Care

Speaker: Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, Program Director, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Aging is a fact of life, one day we will all be old and gray. Living in a nursing home is not the only option for ourselves and our loved ones.

Come sit down with Chien Hung and learn about the continuum of care. There are all kinds of possibilities, from independent living to skilled nursing care. Join the discussion about services at each level and how to deal with long-term care issues.

Now is the time to get yourself prepared and informed, and ready to go with confidence!

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January 10, 2019

Topic: Financial Planning Basics, from surviving to thriving!

Speaker: John Priesmeyer, Financial Planner with Thrivent Financial

John is a fee-based planner who has been with Thrivent for over 12 years, focused on providing investment management and financial planning services in the areas of retirement and estate planning. The workshop will cover the topics of:

  • Budgeting and credit,
  • Protecting what you care about,
  • Investing in your goals, and
  • Estate planning ideas everyone needs

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February 14, 2019

Topic: Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making the Future More Secure

Speaker: Michael Chiodini, Investment Advisor Representative of SII, Chiodini Financial Group, LLC

Families with children and other dependents with special needs, no matter what the age or disability, face serious questions about how to best prepare for their future well-being. This workshop will address such critical issues as protecting government benefit eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), creating Special Needs Trusts and the importance of making a Will. Taking steps now can help arrange for a loved one’s well being today and tomorrow.

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March 14, 2019

Topic: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Families

Speaker: Vicki Atlas-Israel, CGIP, Author of Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain, so Children and Families Thrive, Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery and a Consultant at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis. 

Feel less stress and more calm, while improving your emotional resilience.  In this group presentation, you will learn ways to breathe for calm and focus like how the US Navy SEALS are trained.   We will experience mindfulness and guided imagery, while connecting to our hearts. Discover mind-body tools that will help families thrive by tapping into your inner power for more bliss and ease.

 About the Presenter:

As the Author of the upcoming book Inner Power Now, Vicki Atlas-Israel is a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner, Best Mindset Coach, and Media Producer.  Organizations hire her to help reduce anxiety and to help their teams, members, patients, and families to gain skills to improve the quality of their lives.

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April 11, 2019 

Topic: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Children, Families, and Communities

Speaker: Samantha Stangl, MSW, Programs Manager, The Clark-Fox Family Foundation; and formerly incarcerated individual who shares their real life experience in the system and their contributions since returning to the community. 

The Mass Incarceration Community Education Initiative of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation seeks to inform the public and community leadership about the hidden system of mass incarceration. Our research demonstrates that this is a system of oppression and it is negatively impacting children and their families, our region, and the nation and is one of the most critical issues of our time. Presentations include an overview of the system, impact on the community, and a discussion around reform efforts.

 Samantha Stangl has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis respectively. Samantha spent nearly a decade doing direct service work with children and families in a variety of capacities including legal advocacy and case management for survivors of intimate partner violence, college access programming and first-generation youth, and home visit services with immigrant children from Mexico and Central America. Samantha also worked at the ST. Louis County Children’s Service Fund where she helped to allocate more than $100 million in the community to a portfolio of non-profit agencies. Samantha currently serves as an Advisory Board Member with Ava’s Grace, a non-profit that provides scholarships to youth who have experienced parental incarceration. She also volunteers with YouthBridge Foundation, Kingdom House, and Good Multiplier.

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