Meetings/Trainings 2017-08-15T16:45:19-07:00

*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.

“NAMI PEP – Parents Empowering Parents – OUR VOICES MATTER” – MONTHLY PARENT SUPPORT & COACHING MEETING (Previously FFF – Families For Families)

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, August 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Presenter: NAMI San Diego presents 2 new Apps: AlfrED and You, and OscER Jr. Come learn about the latest e-guides for youth and families who are navigating the Educational system (IEPs and 504 Plans) as well as Mental Health Crisis and Informative guides for families with youth. The presentation takes place during the second half of the meeting.

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 Refreshments & Conversation! Opportunity drawing available!

NORTH COUNTY LOCATION:   North County Lifeline, VISTA Office, 200 Michigan Avenue, Vista, CA  92084

CENTRAL LOCATION:   NAMI San Diego, 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste 320, San Diego, CA 92123




August 24, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PMCENTRAL Location

August 26, 2017 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – EAST COUNTY Location

October 12, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PMNORTH COUNTY Location

October 26, 2017,  – TIME TBD –  SOUTH COUNTY Location

November 9, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PMEAST COUNTY Location

November 30, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PMCENTRAL Location

January 11, 2018, TIME TBD – NORTH COUNTY Location

January 25, 2018 – TIME TBD –  SOUTH COUNTY Location

February 8, 2018 – TIME TBD – EAST COUNTY Location

February 22, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 PMCENTRAL Location

May 5, 2018,  TIME TBD – NORTH COUNTY Location

May 24, 2018,  TIME TBD –  SOUTH COUNTY Location

June 7, 2018, TIME TBD – EAST COUNTY Location

June 21, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 PMCENTRAL Location

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.

Facebook LIVE is our NEW meeting platform! Join in on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM PST as we meet to discuss the system of care and what is important to you / your program. The meeting also includes a *NEW!* Hot Topic conversation prompt. This month’s focus question is:

HOT Topic prompt for September: How is marijuana reform affecting your family / clients / program?


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

August 25, 2017, Meeting Topic: QPR for Youth – Question Persuade Refer when you suspect a youth might be considering suicide

September 22, 2017, Meeting Topic: CAT – Crisis Assessment Team with SAY Social Advocates for Youth

October 27, 2017, Meeting Topic: Discussion on FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education with Local Expert

November, 2017 – DARK

December 28, 2017 – FYP Animated Video Presentation and Holiday Celebration

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. 

New Training Dates for FY 2017/18:

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017  – 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 12:30 – 4:30 PM

*To RSVP and RESERVE YOUR SPACE, or if you have additional questions, please send us an email with your name, organization, 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: