Matthew Shapiro 


Friday November 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM EST
Sunday November 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM EST

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The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center 
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

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2013 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference

 Working Together: Paving the Road to Recovery

This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of NAMI-NYS families working together in the cooperative relationship between a person living with a mental illness, their family members and their care providers, which is necessary to create a true team working together towards the goal of recovery from mental illness.The conference is designed to educate each member of the recovery team on their specific roles in overcoming the effects of mental illnesses.


Featured Speakers:

Click here to learn more about this year's featured speakers:

  • David Strauss, MD, Deputy Director of Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, President and CEO, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
  • Thomas Jewell, Ph.D, Director of Research and Evaluation Family Institute for Education, Practice & Research University of Rochester Medical Center 
  • David Granirer, Founder, Stand Up for Mental Health
  • Lloyd Sederer, MD, Medical Director, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Lt. Col. Paul Morrissey, MD, Chief of Psychiatric Services, Fort Drum
  • Jay Giedd, MD, Chief, Unit on Brain Imaging, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health Division of Intramural Research Programs
  • Dolores Malaspina, MD, Anita and Joseph Steckler Professor of Psychiatry, New York University, Langone Medical Center and Director of the Institute for Social & Psychiatric Initiatives (InSPIRES)
  • Carlos Zarate, MD, Chief, Section on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch (ETPB), NIMH
  • Lewis Opler, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and Retired Medical Director, New York State Office of Mental Health.
  • New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk


Conference Agenda:

The 2013 conference agenda features the broadest and most in-depth scope of any Education Conference produced in the history of NAMI-NYS. Attendees will benefit from an exceptional array of plenary sessions featuring some of the country’s leaders in shaping mental health research; new treatment options; addressing suicide; depression; children’s mental health; mental health services in the military community; ways to involve families in the recovery team; and how mental health issues are perceived by the public.

In addition to the plenary sessions, we have planned the largest number of workshops ever offered at a NAMI-NYS conference, allowing participants to create a conference experience based on their personal interests and concerns.

Click here to read the conference brochure with the full agenda.

Click here to read a description of the focus track on children and adolescents.

Click here to read a description of the focus track on veterans and military families.

Click here to read a description of the focus track on justice issues

Speaker Bios:

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Stand Up For Mental Health

Saturday evening will feature a special presentation by David Granirer, the founder of Stand Up for Mental Health. Stand Up for Mental Health is an innovative empowerment and educational program that teaches people living with a mental illness how to articulate their disease through stand-up comedy performances. Stand Up for Mental Health performances have entertained and changed people’s perception of mental illness throughout the world. Those who attended the film festival at the 2009 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will remember the screening of “Cracking Up” the documentary made about David and Stand Up for Mental Health. NAMI-NYS is delighted to welcome David, who will detail the program and how it has impacted the lives of the comedians as well as offer his own side-splitting stand-up performance.

Visit the Stand Up for Mental Health Website

Become A Sponsor, Exhibitor or Advertisor:

The NAMI-NYS Education Conference offers several affordable options to market your organization to a targeted audience of people living with a mental illness, their families, providers of mental health services and mental health advocates.

Whether it is taking advantage of all the benefits available by becoming a conference sponsor, communicating directly with conference attendees by exhibting at the conference or advertising in the conference journal, you will not want to miss the opportunity to promote your organization and your work by participating in the NAMI-NYS Educational Conference.

Click here to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here to view the FAQ sections

Registration Prices:

Early Bird Prices (Prices go up after Oct 25th)

NAMI-NYS Member Rates
NAMI-NYS Member Entire Conference-3 Days (6 meals)    $190.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Saturday and Sunday Only (4 meals)    $140.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Friday Only (2 meals)    $70.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Saturday Only (3 meals)    $90.00            

Non-NAMI-NYS Member Rates
Non-Member Entire Conference (6 meals)    $300.00            
Non-Member Saturday and Sunday Only (4 meals)    $190.00            
Non-Member Friday Only (2 meals)    $150.00            
Non-Member Saturday Only (3 meals)    $175.00            

Professional Rates That Include Discounted Business Card Ad
Professional/Provider Entire Conference (6 Meals and Business Card Ad in Program)    $350.00            
Professional/Provider Friday and Saturday (5 meals and Business Card Ad in Program)    $300.00         Professional/Provider Saturday Only (3 meals and Business Card Ad in Program)    $225.00            
Professional/Provider Friday Only (2 meals and Business Card Ad in Program)    $115.0  

Registration DOES NOT include hotel rooms.

The NAMI-NYS Conference rate at the Desmond is $121 for single or double occupancy rooms. Please call the Desmond at 1-800-448-3500 to make your reservation be sure to mention the NAMI conference


Click here to view and print the scholarship application. Please send applications to NAMI-NYS Attn: Matthew Shapiro 99 Pine St. Suite 302 Albany NY 12207.





Conference Sponsors 

NAMI-NYS thanks our generous conference sponsors. You can click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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