November 1, 2018 - LGBTQ Community Families  - Luck Pecas Luckey, Independent Consultant Luckey Consulting

The LGBTQ community has a complexity of mental health needs. Luck Luckey shares the process of from coming out in a family of origin to developing and maintaining a family of his own. At each step are contexts that challenge coping and rely upon a solid mental health foundation and ongoing healthy practices to sustain. Join us as Luck shares his personal pathway to a healthy family.
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November 8, 2018 - Interpersonal Violence Prevention - Judi Klein-Prichard Director for Legal Services Center for Family Solutions

Interpersonal violence occurs when one person uses power and control over another through physical, sexual, or emotional threats or actions, economic control, isolation, or other kinds of coercive behavior. Violence is not O.K., and nobody should have to put up with it. Being angry, confused or frustrated are all normal emotions and there are non-violent ways of expression. Join Judi Klein-Prichard, Director of Legal Services for The Center for Family Solutions as we discuss the challenges of ending interpersonal violence in the Imperial Valley.
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November 15, 2018 - Differentiating Between Anxiety and Attention Deficit Disorder - Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA Special Educator, Author & Behavioral Analyst

Anxiety disorders are alarmingly prevalent among U.S. children and adolescents: 31.9% of teens have had an anxiety disorder during their school years (Merikangaset al., 2010). With other disabilities, including ADHD and autism also increasingly prevalent, student performance impairments in a classroom setting require careful assessment and treatment oriented towards the diagnostic concern.
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November 22, 2018 - Madness: A Bipolar Life - Marya Hornbacher Author, Professor and Journalist

“Madness will push you anywhere it wants. It never tells you where you’re going, or why. It tells you it doesn’t matter, It persuades you. It dangles something sparkly before you, shimmering like that water patch on the road up ahead. You will drive until you find it, the treasure, the thing you most desire.” –Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life.
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November 29, 2018 - Therapeutic Riding and Mental Health - Marsha Boutwell Owner BMB Boarding & Animal Plus

Therapeutic Riding offers physical, social and spiritual benefits to people with disabilities. For those who have cognitive and/or behavioral disabilities, communications skills may improve through interaction with the horse and instructor. Behavioral Health has an ongoing therapeutic riding program for youth and young adults; join us as we speak with instructor Marshal Boutwell about her local program.
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October 4, 2018 - Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of the LBGTQ Community - Sofia Khalo Imperial Valley LGBTQ Resource Center Board Member & Queens of the Imperial Valley Coordinator Amanda Venuti Imperial Valley LGBTQ Resource Center Volunteer& Queens of the Imperial Valley Assistant Coordinator Amanda Brooke Driscoll Imperial Valley LGBTQ Resource Center Volunteer

41% of people who identify as transgender report attempting suicide. LGBTQ People have a unique set of mental health needs as a result of prejudice, discrimination and anti-gay violence, at times beginning in their families of origin. Our guests discuss in depth the struggles of the LGTBQ Community, sharing stories of their resiliency, gaining acceptance, and finding safety. Tune in as we discuss ways to support the mental health needs of the LGBTQ Community.
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October 11, 2018 - Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health - Lynne Marsenich, LCSW Consultant and Trainer

Trauma-Informed care is a commitment that Imperial County Behavioral Health is undertaking to support the recovery of persons impacted by trauma who seek our services. Join us as we explore what trauma informed care is and how Behavioral Health is adapting in response to consumer needs.
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October 18, 2018 - Real Play: How it Promotes Intellectual, Social and Emotional Development – Peter Gray, PHD Research Professor Emeritus Boston College

In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual, but overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide and narcissism in children and adolescents.
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October 25, 2018 - The World Mental Health Day Summit: The Value of Lived Experience - A Selection of Presenters, Community Members, Interagency Partners and ICBHS experts

Imperial County annually celebrates World Mental Health Day with a series of informative workshops, recovery-based entertainment, and community-specific information during a day-long event at Imperial Valley College. Join the Let’s Talk About It Hosts as we speak to presenters, guests, and other community members about the local value of collective community behavioral health support.
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