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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.

View schedule for: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


Time Program Category
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating 20 Years of Family-to-Family: In its 20 years, NAMI's Family-to-Family program has helped literally tens of thousands of people understand and cope with a loved one's mental illness.  Our Research Plenary this year will focus on this unique and life-changing program, including its recent establishment as a certified evidence-based practice, its utility as an outreach tool to veterans and minorities, and its many uses beyond education.

Lisa Dixon, M.D., director, Division of Services Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

Steven Colton, NAMI Cook County North Suburban, Deerfield, Ill.

Susan McCutcheon, R.N., Ed.D., Director of Family Services, Women's Mental Health & Military Sexual Trauma, Office of Mental Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Norma Bangs, national trainer, De Familia a Familia, Austin, Texas

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration Open
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Special Programming in Spanish
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Annual Business Meeting
There's more to "business" of NAMI than meets the eye! NAMI has set its own course for recovery and reform--whether we're celebrating recovery through our programs, the remarkable efforts of our honored NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates fighting for system reform or focusing on our own path to greater strength as an organization.  Enjoy this celebration of all things NAMI.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Arts at Lunchtime
Reading:  stigMAAAA!! The Play
The author will read this heartwarming, dark comedy about the journey of a mother and her five-year-old daughter through the mental health system.  We follow this woman as she fights for services for her child and against stigma.  Their journey spans over 12 years, as mom comes to grips with the fact that she has just come up against the greatest challenge in fighting her daughter's illness...her daughter.

Nancy Parker, playwright, New York, NY

Performance: Stars of Light Theatre Troupe
This unique traveling theatre troupe is comprised mostly of people with mental illness, along with family members and professionals.  They have been performing since 1995.  Their original productions are written by troupe members and feature vignettes about mental health, personal stories and music.

Performance: Thatís Edutainment!
Itís time for you to be in the spotlight! Come and enjoy this performance of a collection of skits on mental health awareness. Youíll be able to see how drama can be a form of recovery.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Group One Ask-the-Doctor Sessions

  • Schizophrenia
    • Peter Weiden, M.D., director, Psychotic Disorders Program, Center for Cognitive Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
    • Moderator: Ralph Nelson, Jr., M.D., member, NAMI Board of Directors, Visalia, Calif.
  • Bipolar Disorder
    • Ken Duckworth, M.D., medical director, NAMI, Arlington, Va.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Kenneth Silk, M.D., professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.
    • Freda Friedman, Ph.D., faculty, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, Ill.
    • Susanne Streicker, Ph.D., counselor, Evanston, Ill.
    • Moderator; Jim Payne, member, NAMI Board of Directors, Falls Church, Va.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Chirag Raval, M.D., medical director, Trauma Services Program, Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center, Hines, Ill
    • Moderator; Moe Armstrong, M.B.A., M.A., C.P.S., ember, NAMI Board of Directors, West Haven, Conn.
  • Ask the Nurse
    • Mary Moller, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and associate professor, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn.
    • Patsy Burnett, APRN-NP, MSN, family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, Scie Care, Broken Bow, Neb.
    • Moderator: Linda Jensen, R.N., M.N., Ph.D., member, NAMI Board of Directors, Papillion, Neb.
  • Recovery and Neuroscience
    • Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author, My Stroke of Insight, and spokesperson, Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, Bloomington, Ind.
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Group Two Ask-the-Doctor Sessions

  • Schizoaffective Disorder
    • Will Cronenwett, M.D., instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
    • Moderator: Lynda Cuttrell, M.B.A., member, NAMI Board of Directors, Marblehead, Mass.
  • Depression
    • William A. Scheftner, M.D., chair, department of psychiatry , Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
    • Moderator: David Lushbaugh, member, NAMI Board of Directors, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • John Calimari, Ph.D., director, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Treatment and Research Program, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Ill.
    • Moderator: Clarice Raichel, member, NAMI Board of Directors, Lake Charles, La.
  • Children and Adolescents
    • Mani Pavuluri, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Institute of Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
    • Moderator: Carol Caruso, member, NAMI Board of Directors, Collegeville, Pa.
  • Improving Adherence to Medications
    • Daniel Yohanna, M.D., vice chair and adult section chief, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
    • Moderator: Keris Myrick, Ph.Dc., member, NAMI Board of Directors, Pasadena, Calif.
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Talent Showcase: A long and much-loved tradition at the NAMI convention. Bring your talents--music, poetry, dance, drama--to share or come just to enjoy the show!
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