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Friday, June 30

ImageChanging Minds, Changing Lives, Keeping the Promise

On day three of the 2006 NAMI Convention in Washington, D.C., attendees were treated to a wide array of opportunities for learning, networking and training.

The day began with two groups of workshops. Many attendees had a difficult time deciding on which two of the 31 sessions they would attend. Topics ranged from criminal justice issues, youth concerns, and stigma, to recovery models, effective education programs, and the role of spirituality.

In the afternoon, the Multicultural Strategic Summit’s plenary session provided an overview of existing disparities in mental healthcare that affect communities of color, and explored ways to overcome barriers to access and quality treatment.

The afternoon also featured eight symposia, allowing attendees to explore a particular topic in-depth. The symposia featured presentations by expert presenters followed by an hour of open discussion with the presenters. This year’s topics for the 4-hour sessions included school-based mental health services, Assertive Community Treatmentcollege student activism, and enhancing services for veterans.

Another highlight of the day was a special lunchtime session with E. Fuller Torrey, the internationally-known psychiatrist, long-time supporter of NAMI, and author of the newly updated Surviving Schizophrenia.

In the evening, attendees enjoyed a private screening of the new film Canvas, starring Emmy-winner Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos) and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Hardin (Pollock). Not yet released to the general public, the film is a bittersweet story of one family’s struggle with schizophrenia. Writer and director Joseph Greco, a NAMI member, was on-hand for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

View Photos of Friday’s activities

More daily coverage and photos:  June 28 | June 29 | June 30 | July 1

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