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“I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help!”  Dr. Amador trains you how to build relationships
that lead to treatment for the 6 million Seriously Mentally Ill in the US who refuse help.
Akron, OH :  The LEAP Foundation for Research to Practice- sponsored by the  Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, NAMI Summit County, County of Summit ADM Board  and  Summa Health- will host a  LEAP Regional Training event on April 2-4, 2020  at the Summa Health Professional Center South in Akron, Ohio. The LEAP ®  course teaches  family members, peer specialists, mental healthcare and criminal justice professionals   how to create alliances with people who have a serious mental illness that lead to treatment and recovery -reducing homelessness, involuntary hospitalizations, criminalization and suicide.
The LEAP ®  approach is a set of evidence-based communication tools  pioneered by Dr. Xavier Amador, internationally renowned clinical psychologist, best-selling author of  I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help , Co-founder of the LEAP Foundation, and contributing forensic expert on CNN, NBC, 60 Minutes, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He is also a family caregiver of relatives with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
Dr. Amador will help family members, peers and professionals create a relationship with people who have serious mental illness and anosognosia-a symptom that leaves a person unable to understand that s/he is ill, resulting in treatment refusal, noncompliance, and conflict with loved ones and professionals. He states that,  “Understanding why your help is pushed away, learning that it’s not denial you’re dealing with, is the key to success.”
Training Schedule : On  Thursday, April 2 ,   Professionals, Family Members, and Peer Specialists will be trained on how to use the LEAP ®  approach, including the 7 LEAP ®  Tools, anosognosia research and interactive roleplays. For those interested in becoming  Certified Trainers  to teach within their communities and organizations, a follow-up  Train-the-Trainer Trainer Certification  course will take place  Friday, April 3  for Professionals and  Saturday, April 4  for Family and Peer Specialists.
Once you learn the truth about what causes the “denial” you stop arguing, trying to convince the person of something that is impossible for them to see and start developing a trusting relationship.
REGISTER to this life-saving event at
CEU/CME available
Early-bird ends March 6, 2020
The LEAP Foundation for Research to Practice is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving family caregivers of persons with serious mental illness and addiction, mental healthcare professionals, criminal justice professionals, and others involved in the care, recovery, and safety of persons suffering from these disorders.
Contact :
LEAP Foundation for Research to Practice, Inc.
(888) 801-LEAP |
For additional information, contact
NAMI Summit County at  or 330-252-1188.




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Ending the Silence

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    • Dr. Xavier Amador Keynote Speaker
    • Journey of Hope award winner, China Darrington, NAMI Summit County Executive Directors, Ron Rett and Leslie Powlette Stoyer
    • Volunteer of the Year award winners Beth and Brian Honeck, NAMI Summit County Executive Directors, Ron Rett and Leslie Powlette Stoyer
    • Dr. Amador with NAMI Summit County Board members:
      • Steve Case, Ginger DeFilippo, Rebecca Dempster, Joseph V. Gentile, Jr., Margaret (Peggy) Jordan Halter, Emily Hionides-Horner, Danelle Hupp,  Robert L. Hunt, Sr. Rebecca Roberts-Martin, Jamie Messenger, Leslie O’Neal, Helen Reedy, Ron Rett, Michael Schmeltzer, Richard M. Schwartz, Leslie Powlette Stoyer, Steven Wagner

On May 16th, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Summit County “NAMI Summit County,” celebrated its 33rd year of service on to the Summit County community by holding a luncheon at The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  The event was sponsored by Peg’s Foundation.  During the event, the following individuals were honored with awards: Journey of Hope-China Darrington for her resilience and determination in her recovery journey; Volunteer of the Year– Beth and Brian Honeck for their exemplary service and dedication to NAMI Summit County.

Over 300 people packed the Hilton Ballroom to hear Dr. Xavier Amador speak. Dr. Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and founder of the LEAP Institute. He is also a bestselling writer, authoring numerous books including I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! During his keynote, he shared research and practical advice on how to help engage patients with mental health clients in treatment, and shared his personal experience with his brother who suffered from schizophrenia.

Dr. Amador is also the Director of the LEAP® Institute which was founded to provide education and training on anosognosia, the problem of poor adherence and provide practical communication tools (LEAP® communication program) designed to build bridges and partnerships with persons who hold views of their illness and needs that are opposite to that of their loved ones, doctors, and sometimes even law enforcement.

Dr. Amador and NAMI Summit County announced that the LEAP Institute will bring its LEAP Course and LEAP Certification to Akron during three days: April 2-4 2020.

is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of 2018 Peg’s Foundation Morgan Impact Award for Excellence in Partnering










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NAMI Summit County is participating in Change Direction

Change Direction Summit County pledges to share the five signs of emotional suffering, along with information on how to get involved with changing the direction of mental health to over 50,000 citizens. Change Direction aims to place an emphasis on this largely undiscussed topic.

Through community outreach, social media, radio, and print advertising, as well as spreading the word through community, religious, and local government leaders, Change Direction Summit County aims to educate on mental health issue as well as connect those dealing with emotional suffering to the help they need and services available.

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