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We are currently recruiting Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LCSW, LMFT, and Ph.D. Psychologists) for our NAMI Provider Teacher Training.  Candidates must be Licensed Mental Health Professionals AND have a family member who lives with a mental illness or have a mental illness themselves.
The training is on Saturday, March 28, 2015 and
Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Please refer to the flyer and application for further information.
David Cook Rich
10/14/72 - 1/10/15
Memorial Fund
Celebrating His Life & Family's Love
Donations to the memorial fund
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NAMI Orange County
1810 E. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Gregory “James” Mech II
Memorial Fund
Celebrating His Love and Life
12/23/87 – 12/21/14
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NAMI Orange County
1810 E. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

12-Class course for family members who have an adult relative living with mental illness.  Upcoming classes will begin as follows:
City Day Start Date Language
Placentia Tuesday evenings Feb. 24 English
Santa Ana Wednesday evenings March 11 English
Laguna Beach Thursday Evenings March 12 English
Lake Forest Saturday mornings April 11 English
Click Here for online application
We are now enrolling for our Family to Family Classes in SPANISH (Español), VIETNAMESE (VIET) and KOREAN (한국의)
NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family,caregivers and friends of 
individuals living with mental illness. Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you 
can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope 
for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group 
experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and 
positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate 
to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others 
grow! Come and join us.
For more information about the program please click here for Español, VIET and 한국의.
Next Familiy to Familiy (in all languages) and Mano a Mano (Spanish) classes are set for January 2015. We are accepting Applications Now!
Contact Multicultural Program Coordinator TO APPLY:
Melissa Garzén
714-544-8488 ext 110
The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Orange County
Invites you to attend a FREE Provider Education Course 
 15 CE Credits will be awarded if all 5 classes are attended
 The following professionals may earn CE Credits:
Licensed Clinical Social Workers,  
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, & Registered Nurses. 
The teaching team consists of a Mental Health Professional,
two family members, and two clients with mental health diagnoses.
Participants will gain empathy & insight into the perspectives of clients and
family members who live with mental illness. 
 This five week course begins: 
 Saturday, January 31, 2015 and ends on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Classes are held weekly on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.  –   4:00  p.m. 
 The class meets:  1/31/15,  2/7/15,  2/14/15,  2/21/15  and 2/28/15 
 University of Southern California 
Orange County Academic Center, School of Social Work 2300 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA  92612
Classroom # C
On 2/21/15 only,  we will meet in Classroom # B. 
 Near the 405 Freeway, MacArthur and Von Karman Avenue.
There is no charge for parking.
Registration is required!  Space is limited, so please register soon. 
You may register online at: or call
Kristen Pankratz, Program Coordinator
at the NAMI-Orange County Office:  (714) 836-4176 or  (714) 544-8488
The County of Orange Health Care Agency is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider no. PCE389).  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. CEP 15019 for 15 contact hours.  The Orange County Health Care Agency maintains responsibility for this program and its content. These Continuing Education Hours comply with section §13055 of Chapter 8, Division 4, Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations concerning renewal of an Alcohol or Other Drug (AOD) Counselor Certification. OCHCA is approved by Community Care Licensing as a vendor of RCFE and ARF CE credits
Thank you for your interest in our Provider Education Program!



9:00 -11:45 AM

USC School of Social Work Orange County Academic Center, #C

2300 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

NAMI’s “Parents & Teachers as Allies” program is a two hour presentation that helps school professionals, (educators, social workers, school nurses, and administrators) and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children & adolescents.  It helps to understand how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services. 

A trained team of panelists will follow a structured format, covering issues frequently faced by school professionals, social workers, & parents.  A parent and an individual living with Schizoaffective Disorder will also share their lived experiences. 

RSVP to:     Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, or 949-437-0003  

NASW Orange County Unit Chair

"Ending the Silence" is a high school education program that educates Freshman about the symptoms and behaviors of the major mental illnesses.  
We are currently recruiting candidates to present the PowerPoint of the symptoms and behaviors of the major mental illnesses and clients to share their stories of hope & recovery in living with a psychiatric diagnoses.
Please contact Kristen Pankratz to apply and interview.
Trained speakers earn $30 for each presentation they conduct.
A Special Needs Trust A Workshop Series
(Specific to Mental Health Areas)
The following dates are the remaining segments of “one” workshop
The January 10th meeting will be part 2 of 3 of the workshops
Questions will be answered throughout the lectures.
You should attend this workshop even if you missed the first part
Saturday Mornings Workshops
January 10th, 2015
From 9am until 12pm
St. Joseph Hospital
1100 W Stewart Dr 
Orange, CA 92868
Presentations By
Lee Ann Hitchman will explain her duties as a trustee to implement a SNT
Hitchman Fiduciaries
Licensed Trustees, Conservators, Estate Administrators
Melinda Hunsaker
Melinda Hunsaker is a Managing Partner at McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP. Her practice includes Medi-Cal Planning, Applications, and Appeals, Estate Planning and Trust Administration, including Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other Elder Law related matters. Ms. Hunsaker received her law degree from Western State University, College of Law, graduating cum laude in December of 2005, and was admitted to the California State Bar in May of 2006.Ms. Hunsaker is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Trust & Estates section and the OCBA Elder Law section, as well as a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Brought to you by
Orange County LPS Conservatorship Assistance Group
Registration and directions for this event from



NAMI-OC has been dedicated to continually building our programs, outreach and advocacy efforts and working to discover innovative new ways to serve all persons affected by mental illness. NAMI-OC is YOU ... our members, who are truly responsible for making our growth possible.
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join. Just download the membership form below and return it to NAMI Orange County. Be sure to complete all of your contact information so we can include you in our community events invitation lists and e-newsletter.


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The Volunteer Orientation days have been cancelled. However, applications are still being accepted. Please email, snail mail, or drop off application at the NAMI-OC Office.