training…training…training…wonderful training!

April 15, 2011

It’s nearing the end of the fiscal year and things sure are busy over here (as to be expected). We’re planning all kinds of awesome trainings to be held throughout California. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up…

In the local training arena, we’ve got…

  • NAMI SoCo will have a Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training, a Connection Facilitator Training, and an IOOV Presenter Training in May. Some of these trainings will be open to surrounding counties. If you’re interested in sending people, please contact NAMI Sonoma County for more info.
  • Inyo and Mono Counties are bringing Peer-to-Peer to their gorgeous little area of the world with their first Mentor Training in June. Since there aren’t really surrounding Counties, this training is not open.

In the State training arena, keep an eye out for…

  • TRAINING OF TRAINERS FOR P2P, IOOV, and CONNECTION! That’s right, you heard me, we are training trainers for all 3 programs!!! This training will be in San Jose on June 16-19, 2011. Space is limited in each of the 3 trainings. Applications for this training will be sent out to local affiliate leaders soon. Check your inbox or ask your local affiliate leader to check theirs and give you the info.
  • En Nuestra Propia Voz (IOOV in Spanish)! 3 trainings in late May/early June. Locations and dates are still in the works so definitely check back soon for more info. I can tell you that there will be one Southern, one Central, and one Northern training.

If you have any questions about these upcoming trainings, please feel free to email me at or you can call or text me at (916) 595-3198.

I hope you’re all out there enjoying the lovely springtime! If you’re allergic to everything like I am, give some local honey a shot at boosting your natural defenses so stopping to smell the roses doesn’t result in a fit of uncontrollable sneezes.


and so it begins…

April 6, 2011

Hey Y’all!

Welcome to my first official NAMI CA Consumer Programs blog. I’ve been working with NAMI CA for just over 4 years and I’ve done so many great things and met so many amazing people and it feels silly that I’ve waited this long to tell the world about all of the wonderful things we’re doing here. It’s clearly long past time to get with the social networking times.

This blog will be used to keep you (our members and local affiliates) informed about exciting upcoming events and updated on our Consumer Programs (Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Connection, and In Our Own Voice). For kicks, I might even tell you about some of the wild and wonderful adventures I get to have traveling the Golden State and meeting with local affiliates. This work I am blessed to do is never boring.

Please subscribe to this blog or remember to check back regularly. I’ll do my very best to make it worth you while.

I hope you’re all out there creating change and making the most beautiful waves in the world!

Until soon,


Becks Hawkins
Consumer Programs Director
NAMI California
(916) 595-3198