With 40 workshops and symposia sessions today, the NAMI National Convention in Chicago continues to keep us busy and enlightened. The five NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania staff members in attendance -- pictured below (left to right): Debbie Ference, Associate Director; Darcey Garda, Manager of Marketing and Development; Christine Michaels, Executive Director; Alan Corn, Consumer Action & Response Team Program Director; and Sharon Miller, Director of Education and Community Relations -- tried to cover as many sessions as possible.
Some of the sessions were:
--Suicide Prevention and Intervention for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
--Federal Special Education Laws
--Health Care Reform: Washington Insights
--Confronting Disparities and Embracing Cultural Competence
--Employment: A Cornerstone of Recovery
--Health Care Reform: Bringing it all Back Home
--Transitioning Students Living with Mental Health Conditions to Life After High School
--Real Help for People Living with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse: An Introduction to Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT)
--Spirituality + Recovery + Cultural Competence = Endless Possibilities
There are still a series of late afternoon workshops and a series of evening programs to attend. Yes, it is a very busy and educational day at the NAMI National Convention! Tomorrow we say farewell... stay tuned.