Children's Information Services 
January 2016 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News

When Basics class participants list AHA! moments, they frequently mention the freedom to speak openly about their child's illness. They feel less isolated. Parents appreciate the coping mechanisms taught in the program.  Help NAMINJ to spread this valuable information! Teach a Basics class this spring!

Join us on February 27, 2016, 10 am, at the NAMINJ office for a meeting of Basics teachers and affiliate leaders as we plan new programming for Children's Information Services. We are particularly excited about our new NAMINJ program for parents of transition age children and youth. RSVP to Carol McGough at

Children's Mental Health News
Family-Based Intervention May Help Prevent Anxiety Disorders in Children, Aaron Levin, Psychiatric News, October 26, 2015

In a University of Connecticut study, researchers found that a cognitive-behavioral intervention with families with at least one parent with an anxiety disorder reduced the likelihood that children developed anxiety disorders. 

As part of the intervention program, each family met individually with a trained therapist for 60 minutes a week for eight weeks. The first two sessions were for parents only, after which the children were included. As part of the program, parents learned about how to reduce modeling of anxiety, overprotection, and overall distress. The children were counseled to reduce risk factors like anxiety symptoms, social avoidance or withdrawal, or maladaptive thoughts. Families were shown how to identify signs of anxiety and strategies to cope with and reduce anxiety.

At the conclusion of the program, the children had lowered symptom scores and reductions in the parents' modeling of anxiety and their global distress were noted. These preliminary results may represent a model for early intervention for children at risk for developing anxiety disorders.

- SPANNJ (Statewide Parent Advocacy Network) offers technical assistance in many areas. They are particularly active in assisting parents to organize and run an effective SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Contact them at or 973-642-8100, x123.

- Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities ( offers a wealth of resources for inclusion in all aspects of community life. The collaborative presents informative webinars and has a section for online parenting education. 
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