In addition to Brandon Marshall, Stigma Researcher Dr. Otto Wahl and Addiction Expert Dr. Dennis Daley, the NAMI Conference offers six afternoon workshops from which to choose. See the list below to choose your workshop and REGISTER TODAY!
Workshop 1: Ask the Doctor
Individuals with mental health conditions and family members often have many questions that can’t be quickly answered in a short doctor’s visit. During this workshop, Dr. Curtis Mayernik will answer participants’ wide variety of questions concerning mental illness while discussing effective treatments and supports that promote recovery and healthier living.
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Workshop 2: Anxiety and Depression in Children
Presented by Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR, this workshop will provide an introduction to the manifestations of anxiety and depression in children, including a brief overview of their diagnostic characteristic features and various types of therapeutic interventions that can be used. A number of evidence-based practices with proven positive outcomes such as cognitive-behavioral therapy will be highlighted, in addition to other interventions – including relaxation training, development of social skills and effective medication management.
Workshop 3: NAMI Smarts
Do you know how to tell your recovery story in a way that moves policymakers? NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a popular hands-on training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. Presented by NAMI Southwestern PA’s Executive Director Chris Michaels and Associate Debbie Ference, this training helps participants understand why advocacy is so important for mental health.
Workshop 4: Two Tales of Suicide Stigma
The stigma attached to mental illness and suicide affects both those who are struggling (or have struggled) as well as those impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide death. In this session, Jennifer Sikora and Kelly Robinson from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will discuss how stigma affects these two different groups – illustrated by the speakers’ personal experiences – and will provide specific communication
recommendations for help-seeking and grief processing.
Workshop 5: Teen Social Media and Mental Health Trends
This training, presented by social media expert Ryan Klingensmith, will raise the awareness of teen culture on the Internet and how adults can communicate with and educate youth to be responsible digital citizens. The presentation will review image boards, untraceable texting/sexting, Internet predators, gossip/rumor spreading sites, video chatting, blogs, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. The most current social media sites, youth culture and mental health practices will also be discussed.
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Workshop 6: Futures Planning for Individuals with Special Needs
Families of individuals with disabilities face significant challenges in planning for their future and ongoing financial stability. The ACHIEVA Family Trust Futures Planning Project, funded through the United Way of Allegheny County, takes into consideration parents’ concerns about their children’s futures by providing an array of planning services and resources to families and caregivers. This presentation, presented by Maria Smith and Rebecca Tyers Brown of ACHIEVA, will include information about future planning, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, guardianship concerns and caregiver transitioning.