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Friday November 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM EST
Sunday November 13, 2016 at 12:15 PM EST

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

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2016 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference

Building on the tremendous success of last year’s education conference which received record breaking attendance, NAMI-NYS is excited to once again take new steps and broaden our scope this year to present the biggest and most inclusive educational event in our history.

The 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment will not only detail new breakthroughs in research and treatment of various psychiatric disorders but will also explore four of the most crucial elements impacting people living with a mental illness and their families in a more in-depth manner than any previous NAMI-NYS Conference has before. These issues are:

  • Recognizing and addressing trauma.
  • Suicide prevention
  • Employment issues
  • The importance of an individual’s insight on their illness and the need to work with their family and providers as a recovery team

  • Robert K. Heinssen, PhD., ABPP, Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research, the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Donald Goff, MD, Director, Nathan Kline Institute
  • Elise Banks, MS, LPC, Miss International 2015
  • Oscar Jiménez-Solomon, MPH, Research Scientist & Coordinator, Center for Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University
  • Nina Schooler, PhD, Division Chief, Schizophrenia Research Division, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Lloyd Sederer, MD, Medical Director, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Thomas Jewell, PhD., Project Manager, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Elisa English, PhD, LCSW-R, Co-Founder/CMO, PD Consulting and Clinical Services,
  • Josepsh Benamati, MSW, EdD, National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Diane Cameron, Author, Never Leave Your Dead
  • Michael Thompson, President and CEO, National Business Coalition on Health
  • Victoria Repka-Geller, CEO LOAMLife LLC
  • Aoifa O'Donnell, LCSW SAP, CEO,  National EAP
  • Shelia Sutton, RN, NAMI Orange County
  • Bill Perun, JD, President, NAMI Rochester, Board Member, NAMI-NYS

Conference Agenda: Highlights

Friday, November 11th:

  • Veteran's Day Recognition
  • Lunch Plenary: The Importance of Recognizing and Addressing Trauma.
    Zero Suicide Initiative
  • Focus Tracks on children and adolescents, veterans and military families and criminal justice issues. 
  • New Horizons in Effective Engagement 

Saturday, November 12th:

  • New Horizons in Partnerships: The Benefits of Forming Recovery Teams
  • Enhancing Insight and Personal Perspective on Mental Illness 
  • NIMH Research Update 
  • Mental Health in the Workplace and the Corporate World
  • Working to Integrate Wellness 
  • Life in Recovery  
  • Workshop Sessions 
  • Wellness Area 
  • Young Adult Track

Sunday, November 13th

  • Town Hall on Advocacy 
  • Ask the Doctor 

Click here to view the Conference Agenda

New in 2016: Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) will be available for social workers.

Click here to learn about CEU accredited session and price for credits.

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:

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Registration Prices:

Early Bird Prices (Prices go up after Oct 23rd)

NAMI-NYS Member Rates
NAMI-NYS Member Entire Conference-3 Days (6 meals)    $215.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Saturday and Sunday Only (3 meals)    $120.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Friday Only (2 meals)    $100.00            
NAMI-NYS Member Saturday Only (2 meals)    $100.00            

Non-NAMI-NYS Member Rates
Non-Member Entire Conference (6 meals)    $300.00            
Non-Member Saturday and Sunday Only (3 meals)    $195.00            
Non-Member Friday Only (2 meals)    $175.00            
Non-Member Saturday Only (2 meals)    $175.00            

Registration DOES NOT include hotel rooms.

The NAMI-NYS Conference rate at the Desmond is $128 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.

Register Now! Click here for a downloadable paper registration


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

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