NAMI Education Series

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About the NAMI Education Series

NAMI Education Series is a program designed to better inform those who have or know someone affected by mental illness. How do we do that? By hosting and offering several presentations to our community!

Why You Should Attend

The road to recovery can sometimes be a scary one with many unknown or confusing factors. Our goal is to provide information that makes this path easier to navigate.

Past NAMI Education Series webinars

NAMI Wood County offers pre-recorded webinars on various mental health topics. To request the link for the webinar, click on the yellow button below each description.

Dakota Stone, MSSA, LSW, and Program Coordinator of the Alzheimer's Association (Northwest Ohio Chapter), discusses important information relating to Alzheimer's and Dementia. In addition, Amanda Like, MSW, will discuss self-care techniques to build resilience in individuals and their loved ones.

Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia  Webinar

Jen Emahiser, MSW, LISW-S and Leannne Eby discuss how to connect a loved one to mental health services. Specifically, they provide information about how to approach a loved one, how to respond if a loved one is resistant to getting services, as well as various resources in the community.

Connecting a Loved One to Services  Webinar

Ken Duckworth, MD, and Chief Medical Officer of NAMI National, discusses the book, "You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health -With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families."

You Are Not Alone Webinar

Derek Lee, MRC, CRC, LPCC-S, DBTC, discusses many topics related to finding a provider, including: the difference between a psychiatrist and therapist, social work vs. clinical counseling, things to consider when you start looking for a provider, where to find a provider, barriers to finding a provider, community mental health agencies vs. private practices, cultural competency, helpful steps to take after you or a loved one has received a diagnosis, and information about telehealth services. 

Finding a Provider Webinar

Maureen Viet, Adult Protective Investigator, discusses the basic principals of APS, mandated reporters, when to report, what the reporter can expect from APS after making a report,  and what services/supports Adult Protective Services can provide.

Adult Protective Services Webinar

Honorable David Woessner, Judge of the Wood County Common Pleas Court, discusses different aspects of guardianships, including: the process to get a guardianship, who qualifies for a guardianship, and the different types of guardianships.

Guardianship Webinar

Shari Schmitt, Fiscal Agent for NAMI Wood County, discusses how the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) can be utilized to improve financial wellness. She also discusses budgets and how to create one. Corey Manns, FOC Specialist from Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, discusses the Financial Opportunity Center Coaching Process and how that can be used to improve financial wellness.

Financial Wellness Webinar

Douglas Jackson, Deputy Director of STABLE Accounts, discusses ABLE accounts which are a savings and investment tool for individuals living with disabilities. Nirakar "Nic" Thakur, JD, MBA discusses trusts and how they operate.

Planning for the Future Webinar

Amanda Like, MSW, discusses common stressors associated with the holidays, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), tips to maintain mental wellness during the holidays, and community resources.

Mental Wellness During the Holidays Webinar

Schedule a presentation for your group, email or call (419) 352-0626.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free two-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment, and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources