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: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Community Center is located at Dorsett 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:

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: Jacob Eikenberry, MSW and PhD student in Social Work

Trauma, drug addiction, and incarceration are a part of my story. I spent approximately 3.5 years in County jails and State prisons across multiple states. Because of access to opportunities and people that could assist me, sobriety, healing and finding purpose are also a part of my story. Today, I have a MSW from the Brown School of Social Work and I am a PhD student in Social Work working towards sustainable alternatives to incarceration and improving systems that serve incarcerated populations.

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May 9, 2019

Topic: Do Not Believe Him When He Says He’s Okay, Look for Other Signs. A Mother’s Story About Her Son’s Struggle with Mental Health Suicide

Speaker: Stephanie Bettelle, Grieving Mother and Suicide Survivor

Stephanie will share her story about her son’s tragic death by suicide. She is hoping that other people will be helped by her experience with her son’s mental health issues. Please, if this is something you think might help your family, join us.

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June 13, 2019

Topic: Stopping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Speaker: Greg Rieger, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, From LifeWork, LLC

This presentation will explain the causes of intense levels of emotional dysregulation and the consequences of living with these painful emotions. Attendees will also be given an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which assists people who have difficulty controlling high levels of emotion or impulsive actions.

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July 11, 2019

Topic: Learn all about Al-Anon

Speaker: Marilyn Sue

Marilyn Sue will speak about the basics of the Al-Anon program and share her story of how the program has helped her everyday life. She will be happy to take questions from the audience after the presentation.

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