NAMI NJ Conference Workshop, "Crisis Planning for Families."

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


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Would you like to learn from a police officer, a mental health screener, and a parent who "has been there" about planning for a mental health crisis of your loved one? Come join us at the NAMI NJ Conference for the workshop, "Crisis Planning for Families."

This workshop will provide family members and caregivers with tools to help their loved one through a mental health crisis. There will be a family member to speak about the family perspective, a CIT trained police officer, and a screener from Acute Psychiatric Services to speak about their experiences in the field.

Workshop attendees will:

  • Be able to identify triggers and warning signs of a mental health crisis
  • Identify tools to help their loved one in a mental health crisis
  • Understand how to respond to law enforcement
  • Consider ways to prevent a crisis

About the Presenters:

Aaron Doherty, Patrolman, Woodbridge Police, Middlesex County CIT Task Force

Aaron joined the Woodbridge Police Department in 2016, and has continued his education around mental health and the proper techniques for assisting individuals with mental health issues. He has participated in the Middlesex County Crisis Intervention training as well as San Antonio Police Department Crisis Intervention Training hosted by the department’s Mental Health Unit. He is now an Active Listening and Role Play instructor for the Middlesex County Crisis Intervention class, and sits on the planning board. He has also participated in events as a panelist speaking about the Sequential Intercept Model. Advocating for individuals suffering from mental health issues is a personal and professional priority for Aaron, and his mission is to improve the police response.

Juliet Hyndman

Juliet Hyndman joined NAMI Warren County NJ after completing NAMI’s Family-to-Family Course in the Fall of 2013. She brings her perspective as a family member. Juliet currently serves on the Executive Committee as 1st Vice President. Her responsibilities include captain of Team Warren County for NAMI NJ Walks 2019, and liaison to county-wide mental health coalitions. Since October 2018 she has planned annual, public-interest events in Warren County to coincide with the National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Juliet is a NAMI SMARTS Advocacy Certified Teacher, and represents Warren County for the Northern Region on the NAMI NJ Family Support Act Workgroup. Juliet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Communications Studies.

Jamaal Ryan, LSW, UBHC-APS

Jamaal Ryan is a Program Coordinator at Rutgers Acute Psychiatric Services in Piscataway, New Jersey. He has been a screener for three years, working with all populations in psychiatric crisis throughout Middlesex County. Prior to working for Rutgers, he worked at Bridgeway Rehab’s RIST program as both a clinician and a Team Leader, where he treated individuals with persistent mental illnesses, and worked closely with the New Jersey’s state hospital system.

Moderator: Jennifer Hughes, LCSW, NAMI New Jersey

Jennifer is an Associate Director of Program Quality Assurance at NAMI NJ. She has an MSW from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Jennifer began her career as a social worker in 2015 working with youth and families in a school setting. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Jennifer has training in psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and program management/evaluation. She began her journey at NAMI NJ in January 2019 and she recently completed the Middlesex County Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement. She is passionate about educating and advocating for individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

Age Groups
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety

Last Updated: 11/23/19