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Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 12:05 PM EDT

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The Albany Marriott 
189 Wolf Rd
Albany, NY 12205

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2018 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference

NAMI-NYS is excited to share with you the details of our 2018 Education Conference -Moving Forward: Identifying and Advocating for the Latest Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment of Mental Health Issues and Neurobiological Disorders. 

The conference will feature national leaders in mental health research, treatment, service delivery and advocacy who will provide attendees with the tools needed to understand how the treatment of psychiatric disorders is moving  forward. Key topics disseminated at the conference will include identifying various types of community-based mental health services, the importance of family engagement in recovery, how to communicate the need for treatment to people who refuse treatment or don't recognize their illness, suicide prevention strategies, how NAMI-NYS can serve as community partners as well explore key advocacy issues such as mental health housing and insurance parity.

This year's agenda features several new elements, increased sessions, new special focus sessions and will provide attendees more options than ever before. 

We look forward to seeing you and learning together at the conference!!!  

Conference Agenda

Click here to read the full conference agenda.

Click here to learn more about our 2018 honorees.      


Click here to learn more about the Featured Author Sessions

We are thriled to include a special performance of Every Brilliant Thing. The one person play strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter as the protagonist recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide. The play will be performed by Lori Schneider, Executive Director of NAMI Sullivan County, who performed the show throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill region during Mental Health Awareness Month.

A review in the Middletown Times Herald Record states: "Everything about this production, directed and starring Lori Schneider, is indeed brilliant...Schneider knows her subject well, and she offers it in a manner that is both engaging and witty." 

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) Available 

CEU’s available for both social workers (LCSW/LMSW) and mental health counselors (LMHC). There will be a total of 16 credits available throughout the weekend.

Click here for more information. 


The young adult focus track features workshop sessions curated and led by members of our Young Adult Network. Scholarships will be available for young adults (18-30). Details of the track and scholarship applications will be available shortly. 

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.

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 8th)

NAMI-NYS Member Rates:

  • Full Conference-$250
  • Friday & Saturday-$225
  • Saturday & Sunday-$160
  • Friday All Day-$125
  • Friday Lunch Only-$75
  • Friday Dinner Only-$100
  • Saturday All Day-$130
  • Saturday  Lunch Only-$75
  • Saturday Dinner Only-$75

Non-Member Rates:

  • Full Conference-$325.00
  • Friday & Saturday-$275.00
  • Saturday & Sunday-$200.00
  • Friday All Day-$175.00
  • Friday Lunch Only-$125.00
  • Friday Dinner Only-$125.00
  • Saturday All Day-$175.00
  • Saturday  Lunch Only-$100.00
  • Saturday Dinner Only-$100.00

       Registration DOES NOT include hotel rooms. Contact the hotel at 1-800-228-9290 or 518-458-8444 and mention that you are registering as part of the NAMI conference.  The NAMI rate will be $116 for a room with a king size bed or a room with two queen size beds. 

REFUND POLICY: An 85% refund will be given for all cancellations before October 18th, 2018. No refunds will be given for cancellations made on/after October 19th. You would also have to call the Marriott to cancel a reserved room. 


Scholarship Applications

A limited number of both partial and full scholarships are available for people living with a mental illness and family members of people living with a mental illness.  Scholarships are only available to NAMI-NYS members.  Scholarships include conference registration and meals.  Full scholarships also include a shared hotel room for two nights. 

Travel expenses will not be reimbursed. An application does not guarentee a registration. 

Click here to obtain an application.



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Conference Sponsors (as of 9/28) 

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


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