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What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in our nation's capital!

We've planned our 2010 National Convention program to end on the evening of July 3rd which gives you all day on the Fourth to enjoy the sights and sounds of one the country's best celebrations.

So, make your travel plans now and join us in Washington, DC!

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Update on Updating the DSM-IV

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), known as the "ultimate guide to mental disorders," is an essential tool in diagnosing mental illness and determining potential treatments.

The APA is doing a major update of the DSM for the first time since 1994 and is seeking input from people with mental illness and others affected by these disorders.

William Carpenter, M.D., a member of the APA task force, will present a special ask-the-doctor about it at the 2010 NAMI National Convention.

Dr. Carpenter—winner of NAMI's 2009 Research Award and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland—will give a brief presentation on the current status of the DSM-IV update and then solicit input from convention attendees.

For more about DSM-V, due to be released in May of 2012, click here.

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Ross Greene

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School and originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach, will present a special session at the 2010 NAMI National Convention on the evening of July 2.

CPS is an evidence-based, proven approach to understanding and helping kids whose challenging behavior—screaming, swearing, biting, spitting, hitting, kicking, destroying property or worse—is set in motion by lagging cognitive skills, especially in the domains of flexibility, frustration, tolerance and problem solving.

CPS is a process by which adults and kids resolve problems together, working toward solutions that are mutually satisfactory--thereby reducing challenging episodes.

It is the problem-solving method introduced in the NAMI Basics program for parents of children with mental illness.

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Spy Museum

Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage.

It is also the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on this all-but-invisible profession.

The museum features the largest collection of spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display.

The stories of individual spies, told through film, interactive displays and state-of-the-art exhibits, provide a dynamic context to foster an understanding of espionage and its impact on current and historic events.

The Spy Museum, located at 8th and F Streets NW, is open everyday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m.

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Convention presentation

Workshop Proposals Due Dec. 1

The 2010 NAMI National Convention Committee invites you to submit a proposal for consideration as a workshop at our upcoming convention.

The committed will notify applicants of their decision in mid-February.

The workshop proposal submission process is done entirely online and can be accessed by clicking here.

Register by Dec. 31 & Save

The earlier you register for the convention, the more you save.

Members who register before Dec. 31 will pay just $175 for a full convention registration ($225 for non-members).

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