Convention Program Schedule

Attend the 2019 NAMI National Convention and discover all NAMI has to offer. Review the Agenda Overview to get a sense of what our annual gathering is about. For more details about educational sessions, tracks, and events, please click here for the full agenda.

Agenda Overview

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Registration & Information Desk Open
9:00 a.m.  12:30 p.m. The NAMI Leadership Summit: Forging Our Future
2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. NAMI Council Business Meetings
2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Education Program Directors/Coordinator Meeting
5:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Board Candidate Speeches and Meet and Greet
5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception Sponsored by Neurocrine
Thursday, June 20, 2019
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7:00 a.m. 7:45 a.m. Sunrise Walks with NAMIWalks
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Registration & Information Desk Open
9:00 a.m.  10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary
10:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.  Employment Opportunities for All Abilities 
12:00 noon 12:30 p.m. Leveraging the Power of Growing Corporate Activism to Accelerate Stigma Reduction 
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Life Changer: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story 
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. The Power of Employment
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. NAMI Ending the Silence for Families
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. A New Approach to Communicating and Breaking Barriers to Mental Health in Black Communities
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Disparities Faced by Individuals with Mental Health Problems: Tools to Forge Pathways for Change 
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. The Evolution of a DBT-Informed Parenting Skills Group for Caregivers of Youth  
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. The Military Culture: Checking our Culture Competence 
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Expand NAMI Programs: Online Program Leader Training 
12:15 p.m.  1:30 p.m. Lunch Break 
12:30 p.m.  1:30 p.m. Ice Cream Break in Exhibit Hall 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  The Kids We Lose: Partial Screening and Discussion  
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Engaging Communities of Color with NAMI Affiliates
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Family Inclusion in a Recovery Oriented System of Care
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Narrowing the Net: Reducing the Role of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System in Mental Health Care  
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Solving the Competency Dilemma - Reducing Inappropriate Incarceration of People with Mental Illness
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Integrating NAMI Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group into a State Prison System: How Iowa Did It 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Leading Your Organization: How the Standards of Excellence Maps the Way 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Measuring Impact: Begin at the Beginning
2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.  Community Response Team: Community-Oriented Program Designed to Address Mental Wellness
3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.  The SBIRT Evolution for Adolescents: A Recipe to Drive Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care
3:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. State Caucuses
4:00 p.m. 4:45 p.m. State Caucuses
4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Family Support Group
4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Board Roundtable on Diversity and Inclusion
5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Service Members, Veterans and Their Families Council Candlelight Vigil
5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. CIT Networking Session 
6:00 p.m.  7:30 p.m. I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help
6:00 p.m.  7:30 p.m. Movie Screening: Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller  
Friday, June 21, 2019
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7:00 a.m. 7:45 a.m. Sunrise Walks with NAMIWalks
7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Registration & Information Desk Open
9:00 a.m.  10:30 a.m. Research Plenary
10:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Successful Outcomes of an Integrated Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Program
11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. How to Successfully Challenge an Insurance Company's Denial of Mental Health Benefits
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. A Mother's Journey: Accepting Your "New Normal" and Finding Unexpected Gifts
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Whole Health Coaching: A New Approach for Promoting Psychosocial Recovery  
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Game Changer: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mission
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. NAMI Family & Friends Presentation
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Intercept Zero: Successfully Implement Prevention Within Your Community  
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. WRAP®: Advancing the Holistic Synergy Between the Medical and the Recovery Models of Treatment
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. The Destructive Impact of Imprisonment: Solitary Confinement of Prisoners With Mental Illness  
11:00 a.m.  12:15 p.m. Leveraging NAMI’s Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement Program for Systems Change
12:15 p.m.  1:30 p.m. Lunch Break 
12:30 p.m.  1:30 p.m. Ice Cream Break in Exhibit Hall 
12:30 p.m.  1:00 p.m. Desi and Depressed: Mental Illness in the South Asian-American Community 
1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  NAMI On Campus
2:30 p.m.  3:00 p.m. Implementing an Integrated Behavioral Health Model in an FQHC  
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Bipolar Disorder: A Lifetime of Passion, an Unpredictable Journey
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Digital Mental Health: Recent Findings and New Directions  
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Combining Cognitive Training and Brain Stimulation: A Feasibility Study 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Person-Centered Approaches to Inpatient Care and Assertive Community Treatment
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Friend or Foe: How Relationships Influence our Mental Health 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  African American Church Business: What Every Organization and Mental Health Provider Needs to Know
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Navigating the Justice System with Mental Illness
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. National Partnership on Behavioral Health and Tobacco Use 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.  Cultural Awareness: The History of Mental Health  
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. DBT: The State of the Science & Clinical Implications 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.  Substance Use Disorders and Medication Assisted Therapy 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Writing from the Heart: Using Poetry as a Healing Response to Mental Illness 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. One Family's Journey Down the Bumpy Road to Recovery and Transition to Young Adulthood
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Is Anyone Listening? The Silencing of African American Women and Girls with Mental Health Issues 
4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Family Support Group
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. State Advocacy Leaders Networking Session 
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. FaithNet Networking 
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. African American Networking
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Latino American Networking 
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Asian and Pacific Islander American Networking  
5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Celebrating Advancements: When the Judiciary Become Mental Health Advocates
6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Celebrate NAMI Washington’s 40th Anniversary with The Brain Power Chronicles: Mental Health Stories
Ticket Required
Saturday, June 22, 2019 
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7:00 a.m. 7:45 a.m. Sunrise Walks with NAMIWalks
7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Interfaith Prayer and Share Services 
9:00 a.m.  10:30 a.m. Research Plenary
10:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. NAMI Annual Business Meeting 
12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: What It Is, What It Does, and How You Can Help 
Ticket Required  
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Engaging Young Adults: How to Get Younger Populations Invested in NAMI
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  NAMI Connects: How to Implement and Secure Funding for The Next Level of Care in a Hospital Setting
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Federal Legislative Briefing and NAMI Policy Priorities 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Salesforce 101: NAMI 360 Training for States and Affiliates 
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  Rule Changers: Your Event as an Advocacy Tool 
3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.  LGBTQ Networking
6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. NAMI Celebration and Awards Banquet 

All events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Seattle unless otherwise noted. And Attendees must always wear their convention credentials.