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The NAMI Convention is packed with information, chances to network, leadership development opportunities, and lots more. To help ensure that you get what you want from the convention, we offer this highly abbreviated version of the program indicating what areas of interest different sessions and events address.

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Use the key below to determine which programs and events best fit your areas of interest:

Becoming more familiar with NAMI's leadership
Obtaining tools to enhance my leadership skills
Learning about programs and resources for me and/or my family member (CE credits available)
Finding out about new services, research, and treatment (CE credits available)
Looking for an entertaining change of pace and/or a chance to connect with other attendees

Please use the colored shapes that correspond to the different categories as a quick guide to help you pick the days that are most beneficial to you.

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Time Program Category
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Open Mic with NAMI Board of Directors: A chance to hear from members of NAMI's Board of Directors.

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall and NAMILand Open
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Education, Training and Peer Support Institute and Workshops:  This year NAMI celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Family-to-Family and the achievement of the program's evidence-based practice designation.  The institute will focus on the impact that this ground breaking and life-changing program has had, including spurring the development of the other NAMI Signature Education and Support Programs.  The impacts of the signature programs at the national, state, local and, most importantly, the personal levels will be highlighted and celebrated.

9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Estate Planning General Session and Workshops: This special seminar will be based on specific case examples of NAMI families, and will address the set-ups that are appropriate for families living with mental illness.  The first 90 minutes (9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) will be a general session for all attendees.  The general session will be followed by break-out sessions.

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

State Caucuses (option 1)

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Convention Opening: People say again and again that the word they associate most with NAMI is "hope".  That hope derives, in large part, from our remarkable stories of individuals' recovery from mental illness, family healing, and success on many fronts.  Our convention will open with a celebration of the power of storytelling with inspirational stories of recovery.

  • Rebbie Jackson, recording artist and member, NAMI Urban Los Angeles
  • Bill Curtis, Chicago, Ill.
  • Jessie Close, NAMI Montana
  • Calen Pick, NAMI Montana
  • Mike Fitzpatrick, executive director, NAMI, Arlington, Va.
  • Pete Earley, author, Crazy: A Father's Search Through Mental Health Madness, Arlington, Va.
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall and NAMILand Open
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Special Interest Networking Meetings

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Artists as Advocates
  • CIT
  • Federal Legislative Briefing
  • NAMI FaithNet
  • Seclusion and Restraint
  • National Minority Mental Health Town Hall

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. State Caucuses (option 2)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner Break
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Homecoming Party: NAMI is so happy to be back in Chicago where we observed our 10th and 20th anniversaries.  To celebrate our return to this great city, we’re going to kick off this year’s convention with a Homecoming Party complete with dancing to a live band, games, great food (a sampling of Chicago treats), a chance to contribute to a graphic history of NAMI, a poetry slam and a photo booth—so you can have a memento of the event to take home with you!.  It’s going to be a chance to connect with old friends, make new friends, and get to know the NAMI staff in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

Related Files

Education Institute Workshops (Word Document)