“How to Maintain Privacy and Confidentiality Online”
The Privacy Act protects one’s privacy when interacting with professionals. But, how much privacy do we give up through our everyday online practices? It’s a world of surveillance and mass marketing with only a snippet of our knowledge and consent. Learn about how this impacts you, the information you think is private and the footprint it can have on health records and our lives.
Sean will discuss viruses, privacy and why it matters, safe emailing with encryption and trusted networks, safe web browsing habits and how to use Tor software.For more information, Sean is offering “Online Self-Defense Classes” at the library. Come to the NAMI meeting and FIND OUT MORE!!
Mindfulness and Mental Health
She has practiced meditation for 25 years and finds that it grounds her and gives her meaning when she would otherwise be “adrift”.
Community Care Clinic
Melissa will talk about services available to people with mental health issues at CCC.
San Fransisco National Convention
Laura Anne (NAMI VP) and Caroline (NAMI Pres) went to the NAMI National Convention in San Francisco, CA from July 6-9, 2015. Come to this meeting to hear about sessions they went to and people they met. There will also be materials about programs and resources that they got at the Convention.
Monday, October 5
Community Care Clinic
Melissa became the Executive Director of the clinic in 2011. She loves the opportunity to network with others in order to educate the community about the clinic, and believes that health care should be a right for all, not a privilege. “The clinic is an amazing resource for Watauga County, and the quality of care that our patients receive is outstanding.”
Monday, September 14
Nurture Yourself on a Budget
Monday, August 3
Psychiatric Service Dogs
Board member Justin G Mikel will present a general overview of the use of psychiatric service dogs (PSD) to aid in recovery from severe mental illness. Topics will include what constitutes a PSD, various tasks PSD perform, and service dog etiquette for the public.
Monday, July 6
Open Mic Night
Monday, June 1
Essential Oils for Emotional Wellness
Marisa Cornell, EdD is a trained mediator, counselor, and educator who has a long-standing commitment to supporting emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth and wellness. She currently works as a program coordinator for a local non-profit, and her interests include expressive arts, restorative justice, natural health, and community education. Marisa can be reached at email@example.com.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, in many different cultures, and for many different reasons. This presentation will include a brief introduction to essential oils, methods of use, and discussion of oils known to support emotional health as both prevention and first aid.
Monday, May 4
Heather Thorp is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Heather provides supervision for other expressive arts therapists to become REATs. She is interested in writing, ritual, collage, connecting creativity and spirituality, and community building. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressive arts for self care and community building. Participants will receive information about expressive arts and participate in a multimodal experiential exercise. No previous art experience necessary.
Monday, April 6
Robert Hill, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology and past Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Graduate Program at Appalachian State University, in North Carolina. He is a licensed NC Psychologist and has taught graduate classes in psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and clinical diagnosis and psychopathology for the past 20 years. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He consults with several mental health agencies in the region providing clinical supervision as well as clinical services, and maintains a private practice in Boone. He serves on the NC Psychology Board since being appointed by the Governor of NC in 2011. He has presented on ethics, psychological assessment and psychotherapy topics for professional audiences regionally and nationally. He received his B.A. from Duke University, with doctoral training at Michigan State University (Ph.D.), and the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Residency training).
Monday, March 2
Suicide Safety Plans
Elisabeth Cavallaro is the Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator at Appalachian State University. Before moving to Boone, she worked for the Florida Youth Suicide Prevention Project. She is the creator of the website 100ReasonsToRecover.com.
She will be discussing safety plans. A safety plan consists of triggers, distractions/coping skills, people to contact, and places to go, all written down on a piece of paper. Having a plan before you are actually suicidal makes it so that when you have those thoughts, you already know what to do. Ms. Cavallaro will facilitate group discussion and help anyone interested devise his or her own safety plan.
Monday, January 5, 2014
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night! Be prepared to read a poem you have written or like, sing or play a song you have written or like, or anything your creativity allows. Spread the word – it’s going to be lots of fun!
Monday, February 2
CANCELLED due to weather
Monday, December 1, 2014|
Don’t miss this year’s holiday party! We will have a turkey, side dishes, and dessert for all. Bring a dish to share if you can! There will be music and a short program and lots of time to be together and enjoy the season.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Anorexia from the Inside
Monday, August 4, 2014
Music and Recovery
Come listen to local musicians/NAMI Members who have struggled with mental health challenges. Hear them play and hear how music has helped their recovery!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Coping and Spirituality
Rev. Melanie Childers is a hospital chaplain and a licensed professional counselor. She currently serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC, where she has lived for 15 years. A North Carolina native, she graduated from Mars Hill College in 1990, from Southern Seminary in 1994, and from ASU in 2009. Before entering professional chaplaincy, she worked as a writer and editor in Oklahoma and Kentucky. She became board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2000. She is passionate about spirituality, wholeness, and peace and justice efforts.
In 2002 she was named Chaplain of the Year by the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association. Melanie’s most recent article, “Holy Havoc: The Chaplain’s Unique Role in Healing Spiritual Abuse,” was published in the Autumn/Winter 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Chaplaincy Today. In June 2013, Melanie received the Outstanding Local Leadership Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Melanie’s focus as a chaplain is to meet individuals where they are on their particular spiritual path and to provide support, crisis intervention, spiritual care, and gentle challenge. She works with people of any faith as well as those who are agnostic or atheist.
Melanie has both personal and professional experience with mental illness.
Melanie and her partner live in Vilas and enjoy outdoor adventures, advocacy, and simple living.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Vanessa Brumfield works at Smoky Mountain LME-MCO as a liaison to Smoky Mountain LME-MCO’s Consumer & Family Advisory Committee and Human Rights Committee. She is part of Smoky’s Consumer Relations Team, which also includes Family Partners and Peer & Family Support Specialists. Vanessa is a certified WRAP® Facilitator. At the June 2 meeting, Vanessa will speak about Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) and how having a plan can help deal with health and life challenges. She will also give an update on Smoky Mountain’s efforts to offer WRAP classes throughout the 23 counties in its service area, and will share information about local resources for help with behavioral health crises.
Monday, October 6, 2014
East-West Approaches to Mental Healthcare
Torrey Gorla received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He continued his education and graduated from one of the most respected schools in the country, Southwest Acupuncture College, with a Masters degree in Oriental medicine (L.A.c, M.S.O.M.). This four year degree provided him with the foundation to treat patients using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Torrey completed his pose graduate work in Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) which gives him the distinction of being one of only a handful of clinicians in the Southeast region with training in both Eastern and Western medicine. He has advanced training in numerous areas of medicine, specifically, functional endocrinology, advanced blood chemistry, and nutrition. Torrey has been treating patients since 1999 and has been in private practice since 2001. He is viewed by his peers as an expert in integrated medicine and respected by patients for his dedication, knowledge, and compassion. He excels at finding and eliminating the causes of health problems, and because of his degree of training, he has many safe, effective tools to help patients achieve their health care goals.
Torrey’s lecture will focus on Eastern Medical Perspective on mental health (organ function) and western neurological perspective focusing on metabolic influences on neurons (brain cells) specifically; glucose utilization, hormones, vitamins/minerals, and neurotransmitter substances.