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NAMI 2009 National Convention: "Creating a Healthy Future For Us All"

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Monday, July 6

8:30 am – 5:30 pm Convention Registration Open
9:00am – 12:00pm Council Meetings
  • National Consumer Council
  • State Presidents Council
  • National Veterans Council
  • Executive Directors Group
9:00am – 12:00pm Affiliate Leaders Networking
9:00am – 12:00pm Family-to-Family and NAMI Basics Program Directors Meeting
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30pm – 5:00pm

The NAMI Leadership Institute

(The NAMI Leadership Institute offers leadership and organizational development opportunities to assist leaders of NAMI state organizations and local affiliates to manage, govern, teach, and advocate.  Leaders may choose to attend either a 3.5 hour intensive training session or a series of 60 minute workshops)

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Leadership Institute Intensive Training Sessions (4 concurrent sessions)

Board Transformation: From Launch to Leadership
Benjamin Staples, NAMI Regional Leadership Consultant

To proficiently grow your NAMI organization for impact, you will need a broad and deep range of skills. This session will assist leaders in making their boards more successful by identifying and applying the best practices and strategies for building a strong board, grooming volunteers for leadership, developing

Increasing Revenues: From Struggle to Stability
Beth Bowsky, NAMI Regional Leadership Consultant

Going beyond the basic overview provided in many shorter trainings, this workshop will focus on the how to of a variety of methods for generating funds for your organization.  Once you decide how—the who, what, where and when for each method must be brought together in a coordinated comprehensive annual plan designed to ensure you meet your budgeted revenue goals.  Using these methods, participants will create a coordinated plan that will be ready for implementation upon returning home

About Us: Tools for Advocating Change—A Hands-On Course for Inspired Legislative Advocacy
 Angela Kimball, NAMI Director of State Policy

Though passionate and devoted to the mission, NAMI members don’t always know the most effective way to tell their stories and present the facts so that leaders will listen and act. In this interactive training, whether you’re new to advocacy or a seasoned pro, you will learn to use the power of story and clear messaging to inspire legislators (and funders, donors, community partners, program leaders and the media) to listen and act.  Using adult learning techniques, this course will leave you inspired, confident and with the ability to be more compelling and effective in making your “ask” in today’s challenging environment. 

Bonus Workshop!If you take the workshop “About Us” on Monday, you can join us for a workshop on the next day if you’re interested.

Note: pre-registration for the Intensive Training Sessions is required.  Click here to download a registration form.

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Leadership Institute Workshops – Group One (6 concurrent workshops)

  • Grading the States;  Crafting Your Message and Maximizing Impact
  • NAMI Kern County’s Front Line Program for Outreach to Veterans and Their Families – One Year Later!
  • The Importance of a NAMI Consumer Council
  • Reaching Out to the GLBT Community
  • Update and Video on NAMI’s In Our Own Voice Program
  • Comoatraer y retener a la communidad Latina estrategias con sabor
    (Outreach and Engagement to Latino Communities:  Strategies with Flavor)
  • 2:40pm – 3:40pm

Leadership Institute Workshops – Group Two (6 concurrent workshops)

  • Free Software Tools to Raise Money, Operate Efficiently and Create Visibility
  • Asset Building in a Challenging Economic Climate
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About NAMIWalks But Were Too Busy to Ask
  • Growing New Leaders through NAMI Consumer Programs
  • Membership Development for the 21st Century
  • Consejos para implementer y mantener un programa educativo
    (Advice to Implement and Maintain an Education Program)
  • 3:50pm – 4:50pm

Leadership Institute Workshops – Group Three (7 concurrent workshops)

  • Making NAMI a Household Name – Marketing and NAMI’s PSA Initiative for 2009
  • Growing Your Affiliates through Diversity Outreach:  Faith, Multicultural, and Socioeconomic Diversity
  • Reinvesting in the Community:  Families Advocating to Expand Home and Community-based Mental Health Services and Supports
  • A Discussion of Peer-to-Peer Third Edition Curriculum
  • Meeting the Challenges of Expanding NAMI Signature Education Programs: Let's Talk!
  • Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Social Inclusion: Finding Out if the Right People Are "At the Table" Using the NAMI STAR Center Organizational Self-Assessment Tool 
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week:  Partnering with Public Television
2:45pm – 5:45pm

GLBT Mental Health Seminar
(This special seminar will focus on recovery and community integration for GLBT consumers.)

Caitlyn Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., director, Adolescent Health Initiatives, César E. Chavez Institute, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Stephen Kiosk, director, STAR Center, NAMI National, Arlington, VA

Robert Paul Cabej, M.D., director, San Francisco City and County Community Behavioral Health Services and past president, Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, San Francisco, CA

Moderator:  Marin Swesey, coordinator, Multicultural Action Center, NAMI National, Arlington, VA

4:15pm – 4:45pm Convention Orientation

(This Orientation Session will explain the overall design of the convention schedule, discuss special events, answer questions, and help attendees plan their time at the convention.  This session is especially recommended for people attending their first NAMI convention.)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Open Mic with NAMI Board of Directors
7:00pm – 8:30pm NAMI Connection Support Group
7:30pm – 9:00pm Talent Showcase

(You are invited to a special evening of entertainment.  Bring your talents: music, dance, poetry, and comedy.  Everyone is invited!)
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Special Session

Prevention, Not Execution: Eliminating the Death Penalty for People with Severe Mental Illnesses

In recent years, a number of people with severe mental illnesses have been executed and there are presently a number of such individuals on death row.  NAMI, in collaboration with Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is releasing a report which tells the stories of these individuals, their families, and the families of victims.  NAMI and MVFHR are also working to promote legislation to eliminate the death penalty as an option in cases involving individuals with severe mental illnesses and to advocate for better mental health treatment and services before criminal justice involvement occurs.  This symposium will feature families of persons with severe mental illnesses who have been executed, families of victims, and leading experts on the death penalty as it applies to people living with severe mental illnesses.  Come learn how you can work on this important issue in your state.

Ron Honberg, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, NAMI

8:00pm – 9:30pm Veterans Council Networking Get-together


contact Connie Schantz or (703) 524-7600

Related Files

Leadership Conference Intensive Workshop Registration Form (Word Document)