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CBHCARE Announces FREE Family Educational Workshops

Paramus, NJ (August 6, 2009) Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) of Bergen County, a program administered by Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CBHCare) is pleased to announce its third Family Educational Workshop Series of 2009. These workshops are for families who have a relative diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.

This 8-week program meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at BERGEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: Behavioral Health Pavilion, Room E218, 230 East Ridgewood Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652. The series is FREE and open to the public; however advance registration is required. Please call Lara Zucker, Intensive Family Support Services Coordinator, CBHCare, at (201) 646-0333 for additional information or to register.

WEEK 1: September 8, 2009
INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW OF MAJOR MENTAL ILLNESS
Discussion of Schizophrenia, Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder

WEEK 2: September 15, 2009
NEUROLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICATION EDUCATION
Discussion of Theories, Symptom Management, Medication Side-Effects

WEEK 3: September 22, 2009
DUAL DIAGNOSIS-SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL ILLNESS
Discussion of Treatment Options, How to Support Your Loved One, How to Help Yourself

WEEK 4: September 29, 2009
THE BERGEN COUNTY ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM
Discussion of Treatment Providers in the Community Mental Health System

WEEK 5: October 6, 2009
TRANSITIONING FROM THE HOSPITAL TO A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
What to Expect During/After Hospitalization; Discussion of Residential Programs, including the CHAMP and Partnership Programs

WEEK 6: October 13, 2009
CONSUMERS HELPING CONSUMERS
Discussion of Consumer Support and Social Programs in Bergen County

WEEK 7: October 20, 2009
A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO WELLNESS AND RECOVERY
A Presentation by Valerie Fox, Published Author and Founder/President of the Morris County Mental Health Coalition

WEEK 8: October 27, 2009
CROSSROADS TO WELLNESS
Discussion of an Intensive Outpatient Treatment/ Supportive Service Program Designed to Assist Adults with Acute Mental Health Needs

Intensive Family Support Services is a county-wide support program for families of relatives with mental illness. The program is based on the belief that, despite recent improvements in treatment and community services, family members often take an active role in care for a mentally ill relative. This can be an especially difficult and challenging task – IFSS provides tangible coping skills to address these challenges. IFSS is open to all Bergen County families with a mentally ill relative; the family member does not have to be in treatment for the family to receive services.

Founded in 1969 in response to the critical need for counseling services in the community, CBHCare is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality of behavioral healthcare services to the people of New Jersey. Over the past 40 years, CBHCare has expanded its services to all ages - from children to seniors.

With treatment centers in Lyndhurst, Hackensack and River Edge, CBHCare offers quality mental health services including individual and family counseling; rehabilitation; alcohol and substance abuse treatment; the Valley Brook Center for Geriatric Partial Care; residential, and preventive services - making CBHCare one of the most vital and important healthcare resources in northern New Jersey.

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Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) of Bergen County, a program administered by Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CBHCare) is pleased to announce its third Family Educational Workshop Series of 2009. These workshops are for families who have a relative diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.
Thursday, August 06, 2009