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NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore presents free monthly informational sessions on topics related to mental health and wellness. All information sessions are free and open to the public.

April Information Sessions

Childhood Anxiety
Wednesday, April 8th, 7-9pm
Loch Raven Library - Meeting Room
1046 Taylor Avenue, Towson, MD

What is childhood anxiety and where should you go for help in providing care and treatment? Dr. Sarah Williams, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a specialist in anxiety disorders, will share useful information for parents. 

Dr. Williams coordinates the Baltimore site for the School-Based Treatment for Anxiety Research Study (STARS), which explores the applicability and effectiveness of providing cognitive-behavior therapy within a school setting.  She also provides outpatient psychotherapy to children and their families at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Tourette's Disorder
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7-9pm
Loch Raven Library - Meeting Room
1046 Taylor Avenue, Towson, MD

Matt W. Specht, Ph.D, will discuss the historical progression of Tourette's disorder and related treatments as well the current best practices for the treatment of tics and co-occurring psychiatric symptoms.  

Dr. Specht is in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He focuses on neuropsychiatric disorders, namely Tourette's disorder and OCD. Dr. Specht's current research focuses on evaluating co-occurring disorders as moderators of treatment outcome as well as developing and evaluating clinical algorithms for combining available empirically supported treatments for clinically complex patients.


Summer Information Session Legal Series

NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore is pleased to present a summer legal series of information sessions beginning in May.  Please check back for additional details on the scheduled sessions.

  • May 20th: Health Care & Other Decision-Making presented by Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum (Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP)
  • June 17th: Overview of the Law on Involuntary Committment presented by Linda Penn (State's Public Defender Office)
  • July 15th: Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income Disability presented by Sharon Christie (Sharon Christie Law)
  • August 19th: Estate & Legal Planning Issues Related to Disability (Frank, Frank & Scherr, LLC)