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Visions for Tomorrow. Presented by: Dr. Marcela Garces, PhD. Stephanie Contreras Pennie Hall. Visions for Tomorrow. NAMI Texas wishes to thank and acknowledge the Eli Lilly Foundation for their generous support and underwriting of Visions for Tomorrow. Dr. Marcela Garces, PhD.

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visions for tomorrow

Visions for Tomorrow

Presented by:

Dr. Marcela Garces, PhD.

Stephanie Contreras

Pennie Hall

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Visions for Tomorrow

NAMI Texas wishes to thank and acknowledge the Eli Lilly Foundation for their generous support and underwriting of Visions for Tomorrow

dr marcela garces phd
Dr. Marcela Garces, PhD.
  • Qualifications
  • Research Consultant (2002-present)
  • Social Science Human Research Associate IV, The Texas Center for Disabilities, Univ. of Texas at Austin (2002-2004)
  • Adjunct Professor/Social Science/Humanities Research Associate, UT Austin ( 2000-2002)
  • Research Consultant, Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor College of Medicine ( 1999-2000)
  • Research Assistant, UT Austin and University of Wisconsin at Madison (1994-1995)
  • Lecturer and Conference Presenter
qualifications cont
Qualifications, cont.
  • Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (2002-2004). Principal Investigator. Understanding High Risks Factors for Multiple Hospitalizations: Consumer Voice andPerceptions. This multi-site qualitative research project focused on multiple hospitalizations of individuals with severe mental illness, in response to the Olmstead decision. Components of this project also focused on family members, and cultural differences of the Latino culture on the phenomena of repeated hospitalizations.
  • PhD, Special Education; University of Texas at Austin; Emphasis: Rehabilitative Counseling
  • M.A.H.S., Psychology; St. Edwards University, Austin
  • B.A., Psychology; St. Edward’s University
  • English; University of Texas at Austin
  • Early Childhood Education; Universidad Cedan, Cali Columbia
  • Electronic Engineering; Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin Columbia
description of updated curriculum

Description of Updated Curriculum

The Visions for Tomorrow rewrite project will:

Accommodate the Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines

Be grounded in the most current research and best practices

Be presented in three major sections

Be presented in an organized, easy to understand format with interactive components

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Description of Updated Curriculum

Include all themes of the current curriculum

Address the major areas of interest in the field of mental illness

Provide basic information about the nature of mental illness followed by a comprehensive description of major illnesses.

Each illness will be introduced with a vignette or case study followed by

answers to nine questions:
  • 1. What is this disorder?
  • 2. What causes this disorder?
  • 3. How do you feel if you have this disorder?
  • 4. What are the most common symptoms of this disorder?
  • 5. What are the different types of this disorder?
  • 6. What is the course and prognosis of this disorder?
  • 7. How common is this disorder?
  • 8. What are the most common treatments for this this disorder?
  • 9. What can families and friends do to help?
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Description of Updated Curriculum

The following are some of the topics that have been added:

  • Expanding to age 22 (IDEA and Special Education services continue through 22)
  • Teenage Driving
  • Adoption of children with mental illnesses.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
benefits of the curriculum

Benefits of the Curriculum

The new Visions for Tomorrow Curriculum is intended to be used by caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness as a teaching tool and as a reference aid.

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Benefits of the Curriculum

As a teaching tool, caregivers can use the curriculum as a comprehensive educational course in mental illness, or use some of the sections independently to meet the needs of a particular audience.

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Benefits of the Curriculum

In addition, this curriculum can be utilized by caregivers as a reference aid to answer general questions when a professional is not available.

tentative curriculum outline
Tentative Curriculum Outline

The new format of the curriculum is divided into three major sections.

  • I. Nature of Mental Illness

A. Introduction

B. Explanation of brain function


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Tentative Curriculum Outline

II. Mental Illnesses

A. Disorders Usually First diagnosed in Infancy, childhood, or Adolescence

B. Adult Disorders That May Begin in Childhood or Adolescence

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Tentative Curriculum Outline
  • III. Practical Information for Families and Caregivers

A. Transition Issues

B. Legislative and Legal issues

C. Special Education

D. Psycho-social Treatments

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Tentative Curriculum Outline
  • Vignettes (real stories from NAMI families)
  • Let Us Think About This Information (specific questions about the information presented to encourage comprehension and discussion)
  • Reference list of resources
  • Books
  • Scientific journals
  • Organizations
  • Websites