November 15, 2013


It’s not too early to start planning for NAMI’s next national convention, which will be held Sept. 3-6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The theme will be Advocates for Change:  From Dialogue to Action.

One reason for starting early is that the deadline for submitting workshop proposals is Dec. 15, 2013.  Notification of decisions will be made by Feb. 15, 2014.

Workshops are a popular part of every convention, where people find practical information and develop new skills for education, support, advocacy and learning about paths to recovery. They provide lively personal exchanges, involving both national and grassroots experts and innovators.

Workshops are scheduled for 75 minutes, focused on a specific topic. They may involve a single presenter, or more often a panel of two to three persons.

At NAMI’s last national convention in San Antonio, some workshops included:

  • Medications and Adolescents
  • Using Web Technology for Supported Employment
  • Faith Communities: Help or Hindrance
  • Ask a Cop
  • How to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling
  • Addressing Barriers to Recovery for Ethnic Minorities
  • Roadmap for Empowering Families to Collaborate with Professionals

Only one proposal per person can be submitted. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

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