DBSA Dallas

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Speakers for DBSA Dallas Educational Meetings

January 2018 - Kathy Shannon from Recovery International

February 2018 - Speaker from Recovery International

Third Thursday Educational Meeting
Day/Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Speaker: Mr. Alfie Wishart, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Topic: Mindfulness and Meditation
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Address: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390

Meeting location: Room D1.200

April Speaker: Mr. Ricardo Aguilar
Topic: "Response-Ability"
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

We are honored to have Mr. Ricardo Aguilar, our DBSA Chapter President, to speak at our Educational Meeting.His topic for the evening will be“Response-Ability” which he definesas how skilled you are in managingyour sense of self in making carefuland thought-out choices in responseto what is happening inside you aswell as the things happening outsideof you.

Ricardo Aguilar has been a NAMIFamily-to-Family, Recovery International,and, of course, a Depressionand Bipolar Support Alliancefacilitator. He currently facilitatesWellness Recovery Action Planclasses and Mental Health First Aid atMental Health America of GreaterDallas. He presents to both inpatientfacilities and intensive outpatientprograms. He has a Bachelor ofScience in Psychology from SantaClara University, CA.

Of this presentation, Ricardo says,“Response-Ability is how you acceptand handle whatever outcomes youmay or may not have helped created.(It) is not finding “fault” or “blame.” It isnot blaming and beating yourself upfor not having the perfect life you thinkyou should have. It’s not aboutblaming others, either. It is using allyour skills and knowledge of yourselfto manage your behavior in takingcare of yourself because you justhappen to always be with you. Youare the most logical choice in yourtaking care of you. You can learn howto do this even when it’s difficult.We all can benefit from learning howto think more accurately by knowingabout and correcting or avoiding thepitfalls of inaccurate thinking, and wecan learn how to regulate our moods,emotions, and feelings by building upour natural resiliency to stress, bylearning resiliency skills to managestress as it is happening, and byconsciously making choices toindirectly influence our moods tochange in our favor.We can learn skills and continue tolearn about ourselves throughout ourlifetime. 

“Throughout our whole life wemust continue to learn how to live.“– Seneca

April Speaker: Ms. Regina Matthew, LMSW
Topic: Vulnerability

We look forward to hearing from Ms. Regina Mathew, a Master's Level Social Worker for over 12 years. For 10 of
those years, she has worked at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in the intensive outpatient program of the behavioral health and addiction recovery services department and specializes in the Faith Based Mental Health IOP (Intensive Outpatient).

Regina enjoys leading group therapy and assisting adults age 18 and above with their mental health issues. Regina will be addressing the concept of vulnerability, as noted, which makes us feel less shame and increased connectedness with others, when we share our shame with one another. This has been evident as a pivotal point in clients' recovery in the IOP. Vulnerability
requires transparency with another and a willingness to be uncomfortable. Sharing benefits of skills learned or even an admission of failure to use skills is beneficial when speaking to another person. Without willingness, progress cannot be made; but with that progress, the sky is the limit.

Previous to working in the IOP, Regina has worked as a manager of the case\ management department at Methodist
Richardson and as an inpatient psychiatric social worker. She has also worked with the antepartum substance dependent population at Parkland Hospital. She is currently working on obtaining her clinical licensure to continue in her passion of assisting those with mental health concerns. It is her desire to continue assisting those in the community through education and therapy for a more stabilized lifestyle

This meeting will take place Thursday, April 20th, 2017, at 7:00–8:30 p.m. We meet at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas in Room D1.200. 
 All our educational meetings are open to individuals who have a mood disorder, family members, friends, as well as to professionals and nursing students. Please join us at 6:30 to review our free literature table which has many helpful
articles. Please arrive by 7:00 to get your name entered into the drawing for a door prize

March Speaker: Roger Hale 

We are honored to have Roger Hale, MS, LPC, to speak at our March Educational Meeting. His topic for the evening will be “Standing Strong in the Tides and Seasons.” We will learn the importance of adopting a lifestyle to improve and maintain mental health in all aspects of life apart from just medication.

Mr. Hale currently works for Christian Counseling Associates that exists to provide Christian counseling and coaching, leading to real heart change resulting in real life change. He says he’s “a real guy with a real heart who knows what it’s like to hurt and not always be easily understood.” How does he understand? He suffered from depression for years, then late-onset bipolar disorder
when he was 40; he was diagnosed with ADD at 45, though he’d had it since childhood.

February Speaker  Dr. E. Sherwood Brown
Dr. Brown is Professor of Psychiatry with Tenure, the Vice Chairman for Faculty Research Development and is the Chief of the Division Of Bipolar Disorders at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Brown received BA and PH.D degrees in Chemistry from Texas Christian University. He received an M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He then completed his residency in Psychiatry, on the research track, at the University of Texas Medical Center at Dallas followed by a research fellowship. Dr. Brown is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He serves on several journal editorial boards including Biological Psychiatry and the Journal of Dual Diagnosis. He has had well over 100 publications. Dr. Brown is a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Brown was awarded the Gerald Klerman Award for excellence in clinical research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Dr. Brown's research focuses on the comorbidities of mood disorders including medical illness and substance abuse. He has current research funding from the NIDA, NIMH, NHLBI, NCCAM, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute.

November Speaker Dr. Sejal  Mehta
Dr. Mehta’s topic is the prevalence of Bipolar and Depression Disorders and the pharmacological effects of existing medications. She will discuss the indications of existing medications, new approaches in upcoming treatments and the importance of research participation for advancing treatment options for these conditions. Sejal Mehta, M.D., MBA provides a comprehensive range of psychiatric services to adults and children through her practice, Psychiatric Medical Associates. She serves as the Director of Psychiatric Research for Research Across America’s (RAA’s) CNS / Psychiatry clinical studies. Dr. Mehta is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Being a partner in one of the largest, state-of-the-art psychiatric practices in the Dallas metropolitan area, she works with inpatient as well as outpatient settings while also coordinating care with other providers and/or therapists. Dr. Mehta’s expertise includes, but is not limited to the following areas: •Child-Adolescent-Adult Services (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Chemical Dependency, Schizophrenia, Alzhheimer’s, etc.) • Alternative Medical Supports for Stress Management, Depression, and Anxiety • Medication Evaluations and Management for Adults, Children, Adolescent, and Geriatrics. •Adult, Marital, and Family Services Group Programs and Workshops. The educational meeting will take place on November 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr., 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Room D1.200 Visit dbsadallas.org or see page 8 for detailed directions 

October Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Husain

Dr. Husain is a Vice Chair of Faculty & Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology & Neuroscience, and the Director of the Neuromodulation Research and Therapeutic Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He received his initial training in the United States at Stanford University, California. He completed his residency at USC and continued with research and geriatric fellowships at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Dr. Husain is involved in training, education and research in general psychiatry, aging and geriatric issues, new applications of lead placement in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and novel treatments of Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Repetitive Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), Deep Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), EEG Synchronized Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS), and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST). 

August Speaker: Robert Schwartz M.D.

Topic: Open Forum

Dr. Schwartz is a frequent speaker, long-time friend and Professional Member of DBSA-Dallas. Following a time of opening comments, Dr. Schwartz will pre­sent an “Open Forum” in which you will have the opportunity to “ASK THE DOCTOR.” He will take questions from the floor and there will be plenty of opportunities for audience interaction.

July Speaker: Jodi Paul (Family Member)

DBSA Dallas is pleased to present “Bipolar Disorder - One Family’s Experience.” Jodi Paul is the mother of a 24 year old son with a dual diagnosis of Bipolar and Addiction. She will speak about the role of the family in creating an environment where your loved one feels safe, loved and supported.  

"I believe that the role of the family member is equally as important as the proper physician and medication" she offered.

When a loved one is initially diagnosed it typically follows one or more episodes of trauma for the family. The family is overwhelmed and afraid of what the diagnosis means.  Some family members may want to distance themselves from their loved one.

It is her hope that sharing her family’s experience will offer hope to other families during and after the initial diagnosis.

June Speaker: Recovery International

Recovery International (RI) is a 78-year-old, professionally-recognized, donor-funded and peerled,

self-help mental health organization that offers structured cognitive behavioral training.

Its proven method teaches adults of all ages to identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings,

beliefs and behaviors that cause them emotional distress and related physical symptoms.

It holds convenient local weekly, one and a half to two-hour, sessions in a supportive and

confidential atmosphere where participants practice a four-step process dealing with actual examples

from everyday life. Recovery International groups can add to and complement many other types of

mental health treatments.

At the DBSA Dallas educational meeting on Thursday, June 18th, an RI representative will give an

introduction and then there will be a demonstration of a typical Recovery International Meeting. Come

early to browse our literature table.

March Speaker: Carrollton Springs

Topic: Levels of Psychiatric Care

Carrollton Springs is a 45-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital located in Carrollton, Texas that provides inpatient and outpatient treatment services to adults suffering from the devastating effects of mental illness and/or addiction.

Carrollton Springs seeks to provide an effective treatment experience and make a difference in the lives of those who seek sobriety and mental wellness. It offers various levels of service, including inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient. The presentation will include a discussion on different levels of psychiatric care.

February Speaker: Mr. Ricardo Aguilar

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy 

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), previously called rational therapy and rational emotive therapy, is a comprehensive, active-directive, philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy which focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems and disturbances and enabling people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

REBT was created and developed by the American psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis who was inspired by many of the teachings of Asian, Greek, Roman and modern philosophers. REBT is one form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and was first expounded by Ellis in the mid-1950s; development continued until his death in 2007(Excerpt from Wikipedia).

January Speaker: Ms. Janie Metzinger from MHA

We had Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Dallas speak about boarding homes and other legislative issues. 

You can learn more about this issue at boardinghome.org. 

December Speaker : Dr. Dan Steinfink

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

November Speaker: Sr. Corporal Herbert Cotner from the Dallas Police Department


He discussed Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) what to expect when the Mobile Crisis Number is called and what to do in case a mental health crisis occurs and the police are called. He also demonstrated what the police do to talk someone down from a crisis.

October Speaker: Dr. Sherwood Brown

Brown to speak at our October Educational meeting. Dr. Brown has been a longtime friend of DBSA-Dallas. He has served as a medical adviser and has been a professional contributor to our organization. His topic for the evening will be

“Update on Bipolar Disorder Research at U. T. Southwestern.

September Speaker: Mrs. Julie Hersh

Her topic will be “Resilience by Design: Inspiration for charting your own path for long-term mental health."
She is a mother, corporate wife survivor, advocate for mental health awareness and author of the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope.  Struck by Living is already in reprint and was just released in Spanish as Decidi Vivir. Julie's approachable style makes the difficult topics of suicide and mental illness easier to discuss.

Click below for her book's facebook page.