Patient and Practitioner Wellness

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Patient and Practitioner Wellness


Event Info
Category Date and Time
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Topic and Speaker
  • "Patient and Practitioner Wellness"
  • Alexa H. James MS LCSW
    • Executive Director, NAMI Chicago
    Alexa H. James

  • Online - via Zoom
Video Recording
Event Details
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A link to access CME evaluations will be sent to attendees after the presentation.

Alexa James assumed the role of Executive Director ofNAMI Chicago in 2014. In her time as Executive Director, Alexa has made NAMI Chicago a leading voice in the conversation around mental wellness, challenges of the mental health system, and mental health education in Chicago and beyond. Under Alexa's leadership, NAMI Chicago has built partnerships extending throughout Chicago and Illinois that strengthen our community's response to mental health- including by emerging as a trusted partner and expert with Chicago's first responder agencies, the Office of the Mayor, mental health providers, and community stakeholders. 

Alexa has represented NAMI Chicago on the Police Accountability Task Force under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Health & Human Services Transition Committee under Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, and on several appearances on local media, including "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW and multiple pieces in the Chicago Tribune. Alexa has grown NAMI Chicago's presence in the community, not only in media and partnerships, but by building a foundation for organizational growth that has particularly expanded NAMI Chicago's Helpline services and community outreach capacity. 

NAMI Chicago's message is at the heart of Alexa's leadership: that with courage and hope, we can bring healing to those who are overlooked in our mental health system, and in our society. In the 10 years prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Alexa worked with children and adults living with mental health conditions as well as those impacted by poverty and trauma. Alexa earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, as well as a Master's Degree in Child Development from Erickson Institute. 


Psychiatrists, Neurologists, and other affiliated professionals interested in mental health


To provide current information on research, treatment, and policy issues relating to psychiatry and its adjunct fields

Instructional level:



  1. Describe the four components of the U.S. SAMHSA Recovery Model
  2. Identify mental health symptoms that may constitute warning signs in patients and practitioners
  3. Explain the utility of the NAMI Chicago Helpline and provide a referral

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1credit AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units (1) will be available for Social Workers and affiliated reciprocal agencies. Illinois Board License number 159-000112.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This event is 1 credit hour continuing education.

No member of the planning committee for this activity have reported a relevant relationship with a commercial interest.  There is no conflict of interest and nothing to disclose.

Alexa James has no relevant financial relationship with commercial interests related to this CME activity.