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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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Full Convention Program (Large PDF)
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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.

View schedule for: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


Time Program Category
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Voting
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall and NAMILand Open
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open


8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Group One Symposia: During the five symposia, issues critical to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness are examined in detail.

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Group Two Symposia: During the five symposia, issues critical to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness are examined in detail.

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Excercise Class
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Drumming Circle
12:45 p.m - 1:45 p.m.

Poster Session: A visual presentation and a great opportunity to learn of projects underway in our grassroots.

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Group One Workshops: Share innovative ideas and projects underway in our grassroots.

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Group Two Workshops: Share innovative ideas and projects underway in our grassroots.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

In Our Own Voice Presentation Program
Join us for this multimedia, interactive and two individuals sharing their journey of recovery, from dark days through successes, hope and dreams.  Question-and-answer segments and a video of others sharing their stories will also be featured.

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
7:00 p.m  - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Programs: Meetings, Movies or Music

    Understanding & Dealing With Anosognosia
    Anosognosia is the inability to perceive that one is ill due to impairment to the brain's ability to see oneself accurately.  It has been identified as the single biggest reason why more than 50 percent of people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder refuse treatment and when they do accept it, often stop after days or months gone by.  This session will reveal how anosognosia and the very poor adherence it creates--to all kinds of treatment and services not just drug treatment--differs from denial or simple stubbornness.  It will provide practical communication tools to help participants lower tension with the mentally ill person they are trying to help and strategies for engaging the person in treatment.

    Xavier Amador, Ph.D., clinical professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Screening: OC87
    Mental illness interrupted Bud Clayman's dream of a Hollywood career.  Thirty years later, without waiting for his symptoms to vanish, he's making the movie of his life.  OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie is a touching (and funny) documentary about pain and vulnerability, family love and tension, empowerment, and Bud's quest for belonging.  Behind the scenes, we see a parallel story unfold as Bud grapples with making the one movie that he is certain will transform his future.  The film screening will be followed by audience discussion with Bud and his co-directors Glenn Holsten and Scott Johnston, all from Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dancing in the Park
    For 15 years, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park (right across the street from the Chicago Hilton).  The night begins with an introductory one-hour dance lesson followed by two hours or music and dancing under the stars on an open-air dance floor.  Dance lessons start at 6:00 p.m. and the dancing--swing, waltz, salsa, cha-cha, and more--gets underway about 7:00 p.m. All are invited and there is no charge. 

Related Files

Symposia Group-One (Word Document)
Symposia Group-Two (Word Document)
Workshop Group-One (Word Document)
Workshop Group-Two (Word Document)
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