Come to our education meetings! Our education meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month with the exceptions of April and December. All of our meetings are provided at no charge (no reservations required), open to the public and begin at 7:00 PM at our NAMI offices located in the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board building, 5963 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014. (Off of Route 4, south of Jungle Jim’s, in same parking lot as Receptions Conference Center.)

July 20, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) Therapy

Michelle Jenkins, LPCC

Michelle Jenkins, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from Compass Point Counseling, will share with us about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, more commonly referred to as EMDR. She will help give a general understanding of what EMDR therapy is about and how it can differ from traditional “talk therapy.” While EMDR is mostly known for the treatment of PTSD, Michelle will expand upon the wide variety of emotional issues that can be addressed for children, teenagers, and adults. Michelle will also provide information about what to expect in a typical session during the different phases of EMDR. Michelle Jenkins has been a therapist for eight years, working in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and adults, both males and females. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

A Mother’s Journey

Maxine Seelenbinder-Apke, Artist

“A Mother’s Journey” is an artistic display chronicling a mother’s experience with a child diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and her own bouts of debilitating depression. The goal in the completion of this artwork was two-fold. The first was to continue using the talents given to her. The second, to let others know that it’s okay to talk about, acknowledge, and share their own experiences with mental illness. For Maxine, every work holds a special connection, for each has its own story.

Maxine Seelenbinder-Apke completed her academic education at Capital University and The Ohio State University. She was a Visual Arts educator at both the high school and university levels, and continues her art interests in her retirement. She serves as a volunteer and NAMI Butler County board member. “A Mother’s Journey” has been shown at Clifton Cultural Art Center and UC Clermont.


September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders

Paula Bruner, President Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team

The Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team is a group of Tri-State Area volunteers dedicated to promote healthy body image and positive self-esteem in our community and beyond. Our hope is to eliminate common misconceptions about eating disorders and serve as a source of support and guidance for eating disorder treatment options. Eating disorders are serious problems in our culture today. Join us to learn about the latest research about eating disorders.

Paula Bruner is the President of the Tri-State Eating Disorders Resource Team. She studied Accounting and Business Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her daughter, Katie, struggled with an eating disorder for about ten years and passed away at the age of 26. TSEDRT was founded in 2011 with Katie’s mission – to raise awareness and promote positive body image.