Children's Information Services 
April 2015 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News


* Spring 2015 is a busy time for Basics NJ! Sincere thanks go out to all of our members who coordinate/promote/support and teach. It is a significant commitment, which fortunately brings significant rewards.


* JOIN our Basics team - BASICS EMPOWERS FAMILIES - as a donor and walker at the 2015 NAMIWalks NJ on Saturday, May 16!  Sylvia Axelrod, NAMI NJ Executive Director, has generously offered all of the proceeds for Basics' initiatives. Linda vanMelis ( is spearheading our efforts and looks forward to hearing from you. 




Children's Information Service
First Annual Spring Seminar



 May 30, 2015

9 am - 12 noon

Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church

 75 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ

Keynote: Dr. Debra Koss 

Breakout sessions for educators, families and professionals


A message to all NAMI Basics teachers:

HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD regarding the future of Basics in New Jersey. We will devote the last hour of our May 30th seminar to a brainstorming session for Basics teachers - past and present and interested others. The program has grown over the past few years. We will have funds to underwrite activities. Let's all plan together for the best year yet in 2015-2106.


Children's Mental Health News

Clinical Report - Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

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This clinical report focuses on the need for more reliable identification and treatment of behavioral and emotional problems in children and youth. It offers specifics about the prevalence of disorders, and barriers to screening as well as recommended means of overcoming barriers. "Highlighted and discussed are the many factors at the level of the pediatric practice, health system and society contributing to these behavioral and emotional problems."


Validity of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in Preschool-Aged Children

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The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is used widely to screen for child mental health problems in 4-16 year olds. The examiners used longitudinal date to assess the validity of a version adapted for 3-4year olds. They concluded that, "Satisfactory psychometric properties of the adapted preschool version affirm its utility as a screening tool to identify 3- to 4-year olds with emotional and behavioral difficulties." 



The Youth Consultation Service Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health provides a wide range of services related to infants, toddler, pre-school age children and their families. These services include: assessments, child play psychotherapy, infant-parent group psychotherapy, individual parent/caregiver psychotherapy and services for mothers and children affected by substance abuse.


Fourth Annual Todd Ouida Children's Foundation Conference: Meeting Infants and Children Where They Are Mental Health in Homes, Centers and Schools

Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 am ~ 4:00 pm
Montclair State University, University Hall Conference Center

Registration fee of $45.00 ($50 at the door)
Includes breakfast, lunch, parking and a resource flash drive.
For more information, call 973-655?-6685 or email 


This quarterly Children's eNewsletter facilitated by Carol McGough, Coordinator of NAMINJ Children's Information Services, include news of NAMI Basics Education Program in New Jersey , as well as information about research and services for children and their families affected by mental illness. Send comments and suggestions to Carol at .  




For more information about
NAMI Basics in NJ, contact
Carol McGough
Program Coordinator
at (973) 680-1603 or
NAMI NEW JERSEY / 1562 Route 130 / North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902 / 732-940-0991