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Presentations are from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public: donations are welcome at the door. Share Care Groups follow the talks. On Wed. nights when there are no lectures, we will have 2 hour Share Care Groups from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please arrive between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.


September 11: "Helping People Deal with the Emotional and Mental Aspects of Disease That May Be In Their Subconscious Minds," Lisa Schermerhorn Our beliefs and how we are programmed affect our everyday life. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help go back to negative events in your life and re-frame the feelings and replace them with how you want to feel. You don’t have to carry your past with you anymore. Unexpressed pain and trauma of our past is stored in the muscles and connective tissues of the bodies, creating tension, and ultimately pain and disease. Memories can be stored in internal organs as well. We can become empowered by discovering the meaning of an illness and then release it. Lisa Schermerhorn received her BA in Management from Simmons College in 1984. Lisa began studying alternative methods 13 years ago and received her Reiki Master from internationally known William Lee Rand in Glastonbury, England. She is also an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Certified Hypnotist specializing in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis, and an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. Lisa co-owned Indigo Wellness Center in Duxbury, MA, before relocating to Concord, NH, in 2009, where she is a Personal Development Coach and an award-winning professional speaker. Lisa loves to give back to the community and just completed her two-year presidency of the Woman’s Club of Concord.

September 25: "Paying for Treatment: How Can Your Entitlement to Mental Health Parity in Health Insurance Help You Obtain and Pay For Needed Treatment?" Stephen Rosen In 2008, Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. It went into effect in 2010. Insurance companies have made changes, but not enough to guarantee coverage of services you are entitled to receive. One huge gap, for example, is coverage for residential treatment when you need it. This talk will help you know your rights and how to enforce them. Stephen Rosenfeld, a retired partner who continues to practice “of counsel” at Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C., is a specialist in health access and health benefits law, including ERISA, health care consumer protection, long-term disability law and several related areas. He has litigated in all federal and state courts with jurisdiction in Massachusetts. Mr. Rosenfeld represents individuals who are denied insurance coverage for their health care. In 1996 he founded Health Law Advocates, the only nonprofit public interest law firm in the country dedicated exclusively to health access. In the past several years he has become an active volunteer with NAMI Massachusetts, and now serves as vice president of the NAMI Mass Board.

October 09: Open Exchange Panel of DBSA-Boston members "Why does he always shut me out?" "I wish she would stop asking if I took my meds!" "I wish I knew how to help." Sound familiar? DBSA members who live with mood disorders and DBSA family members and friends will share their experiences and perspectives in what promises to be a thoughtful and informative panel discussion.

October 23: "Taking Initiative in Collaborative Care: Amplify your voice and help your clinician use face time efficiently," Gary Sachs, MD Concordance and shared decision making are recognized principles of collaborative care, but can be hard to achieve within the time limitations of usual clinical practice. This presentation discusses simple treatment guidance principles, pre-assessment tools and advice that can be used to create time, improve the quality of clinical interactions, and accelerate the process of optimizing your care plan. Dr. Gary Sachs is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Founding Director of the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program. Dr. Sachs chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. As a recipient of an NIH Small Business Innovative Research Grant, he founded Concordant Rater Systems and Collaborative Care Initiative, LLC. Dr Sachs holds patents for methods to improve end point reliability in clinical trials. He currently focuses his work on clinical trial methodology, innovative approaches to clinical practice, and patient-centered research.

November 13: "Addiction: The Biology of Appetite and Binge Eating Disorder," James Greenblatt, MD Dr. Greenblatt will explain the neurochemistry of addiction and its relationship to binge eating disorder, including how neurotransmitters and neuropeptides regulate appetite, satiety, and eating patterns. These neuropeptides may be evaluated and tested for in order to help clinicians select specific medication in the treatment of binge eating disorder. This presentation will review all current medications used for binge eating disorder focusing on newer combinations in light of new research on food addiction, comorbidities, and genetic vulnerabilities. A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients with mood disorders and complex eating disorders since 1988. An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured throughout the United States on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. His books, Answers to Anorexia and The Breakthrough Depression Solution, draw on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine while treating patients with eating and mood disorders. Dr. Greenblatt currently serves as the Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA, and is also the Founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, Inc. Dr. Greenblatt will have books available for purchase.

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Last Update: September 11, 2013

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