Meetings/Trainings 2017-06-15T17:13:50-07:00

*NEW CLASS!* NAMI Basics – Interest List Forming!

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens under the age of 18 who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already received a mental illness diagnosis. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

At NAMI Basics, you’ll find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

To be added to the NAMI Basics interest list, please send an email to us and include your Phone number to OR call (858) 987-2980. This class runs for 6 consecutive weeks and participants are asked to attend EACH class, as course material and learning builds upon each week’s lessons.

Please let us know which version of NAMI Basics you are interested in attending:

  • The Parent Course is for parents and caregivers of youth.
  • The Provider Course is for Family Youth Partners, Providers and Professionals working in the education or behavioral health field and supporting families of children with concerning behaviors or a mental health diagnosis.

“Families For Families F4F – OUR VOICES MATTER” – MONTHLY PARENT SUPPORT & COACHING MEETING (Previously Parent To Parent)

This Free, Open Monthly support meeting is for parents, caregivers and loved ones of children and youth who have historically, currently, or need to be engaged in county funded behavioral health services. No one will be turned away!  This support group and coaching meeting features one hour of Sharing and Caring, followed by an hour Coaching meeting by a guest speaker who is also a Parent of one who lives with a mental illness. This meeting takes place the THIRD Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at NAMI San Diego, 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste 320, San Diego, Ca. 92123. Parents and Caregivers ONLY.

RSVP requested: or (858) 987-2980. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: Sue Dieffenbach, RN,of PerkUp Health Center will speak about the impact diet and nutrition has on ADHD and mental health issues in youth.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: Abigail Padgett began writing as a way of coping with a son who lives with a severe behavioral health condition.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: TBD

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: TBD

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: TBD

FAMILY VOICE TOWN HALL MEETING – for Families in the NORTH Inland San Diego area.

Calling all parents, caregivers, youth and transition age youth….The Family Voice Town Hall meeting is a place and space for you to share your voice. Open to all families, engaged in the Children’s System of Care (CSOC), we want also want to hear from CSOC Family Youth Partners and Providers too! Bring your challenges, successes, barriers and positive stories to share. If your family has had experience with programs, mental health staff, therapy or psychiatrist, or peer staff, we want to hear what you have to say!

You are invited to join us for Pizza, Salad & Conversation!

Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6-7:30pm
North County Lifeline, VISTA Office, 200 Michigan Avenue, Vista, CA  92084

RSVP or call (858) 987-2980


The Family Youth Focus Group Meetings are for parents and caregivers of youth, Providers, Family Youth Partners, and anyone who supports families engaged in behavioral health services and the Children’s System of Care. Meetings are used as a Focus Group and dedicated to discussing Best Practices in the current system of care and how we all can continue to improve or develop service systems to help families thrive. We want to hear what is working, emerging practices, programs, and policies. Providers are encouraged to bring literature and program updates to share with other Providers and Family Youth Partners. These meetings are held (at least) Quarterly and vary between in-person and online format.

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM.   Meeting Takes Place ONLINE. All are welcome to attend! RSVP by visiting this link: to receive instructions on how to check in and participate in this ONLINE format meeting. For questions, email or call/text (858) 987-2980


A monthly support meeting for Family Youth Partners, and parents who wish to become Family Youth Partners, this meeting is a one hour special topic coaching meeting followed by a 1 hour support and sharing meeting. Providers and general public is invited to attend the Coaching session of the meeting, generally taking place the first hour of the meeting. Please double check the special Meeting Topic notes next to each meeting date. For more information, please email or call (858) 987-2980

May 26, 2017, Meeting Topic: Early Identification, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis, a lecture by Dr. Cadenhead of CARE San Diego. Speaker presentation from 1-2 pm.

June 23, 2017, Meeting Topic: TAY (Transitional Aged Youth) Engagement by Urban Beats. Speaker presentation from 1-2 pm.

Meeting Location: 5059 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123
RSVP or call (858) 987-2980

4-Hour Training: “WORKING TOGETHER” – In-Person & Live:

The purpose of this FREE In-Person Live 4-hour training is to help participants involved in the care and support of children, youth and families engaged in San Diego’s CYFBHSOC work efficiently together. *For additional information, PLEASE email or call (858) 987-2980. 

June 21, 2017,  12:30 – 4:30 PM

*To RSVP and RESERVE YOUR SPACE, Please send us an email with your name, phone number and preferred class date to or call (858) 987-2980 .

Meeting Location: 5059 Murphy Canyon Road, Ste 320, San Diego, CA 92123


The Pre-Recorded version is NOW AVAILABLE! To learn more about this Online Training, please visit this page. You may sign up by visiting this link: