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NAMI Utah State Conference 2018


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NAMI Utah Awards Presented:

NAMI National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award (Utah):

Dr. Kent Roundy, Utah State Hospital

Elizabeth Later, Chief Nursing Officer with Ogden Regional Medical Center, nominated Dr. Roundy for his exemplary care and compassion shown toward her son Joshua at Utah State Hospital. She writes, “Dr. Roundy collaborates with NAMI members at Utah State Hospital and in community agencies to advance NAMI’s priority of improving the lives of people with mental illness. He actively promotes the principle of recovery, particularly for those with treatment resistant mental illness, and leads by example to reject the status quo. A passionate advocate against stigma, he has worked with his hospital team to develop and maintain a caring environment where all patients are treated with consideration, kindness, and respect.

“Dr. Roundy’s straightforward leadership style and bold advocacy has fostered a progressive and humane treatment environment at Utah State Hospital where patients are treated as individuals of worth, families are welcomed as partners, and those most in need of a friend can find one. 

“Through his mastery of the healer’s art, he has advanced and enriched the lives of people most devastated by mental illness, and the lives of those who love them. In fact, individuals who have the most challenging illnesses are often placed in his care, because he and his team have a reputation for being able to help those who are most ill. Because he is unwavering and outspoken in his conviction that even those who may seem untreatable deserve a chance at recovery, many have been given the gift of improved quality of life.”

2018 Vicki Cottrell Award:

Wayne Connors, NAMI Utah Southwest Affiliate

Wayne has worked tirelessly over the past 8 years in NAMI Utah Southwest in many capacities. He has served as the Affiliate steering committee chair for 8 years, and other leadership roles overseeing all affiliate operations, events, advocacy, and classes. Wayne ensures that all local handouts, brochures and resources, are printed and ready for class and outreach events (approximately, 35,000 prints to date). 

Wayne has compiled an email list of 400 past participants, donors, and supporters, which he uses to educate on mental health issues. He also ensures that the NAMI local and State information, research, and legislation updates are current, as well as communication about class dates, times, and locations. Wayne also serves as the liaison for NAMI Utah Southwest, Dixie State University, NAMI on Campus and Applied Sociology student internship promotion.

Wayne advocates publicly by being involved in many public health expos, on Dixie State Campus and the Intermountain Regional Hospital, handing out brochures and talking to people about who and what NAMI can do for families and individuals in recovery.  He has gone above and beyond, writing several grants to ensure a thriving and ongoing Affiliate, as well as funding to support advocates travelling to Salt Lake City for teacher/facilitator training and State Conferences.

2018 Outstanding Individual Advocate of the Year Award:

The Honorable Glen R. Dawson

Leslie Richards of the NAMI Utah Weber-Davis Affiliate
nominated Judge Glen Dawson for this Award. Judge Dawson has been the Judge for the Davis County Mental Health Court since it's beginning in 2010 and will be retiring at the end of this year. His kind and gentle manner shows each participant of his genuine desire for their success. He eagerly gives the individuals encouragement when they have struggled and hearty pats on the back when they are doing well. As a team member, Leslie can see his sincere desire to create a program where participants can succeed. He has a delightful sense of humor, and at one graduation, he gave each graduate a personalized Beatles "theme" song. It was humorous and endearing as he spoke of the success each graduate accomplished. He is strict when he needs to be, but it breaks his heart when he has to sanction someone. He is always asking the team if he did the right thing. Leslie can see in his eyes that he truly cares and that this is more than just a job. Mental Health Court participants love him (quite an accomplishment for a Judge!!). Every graduate comments how much Judge Dawson's approval has meant to them. Judge Dawson is an extraordinary advocate for those who have a mental illness and a very deserving candidate for this award.

2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award:

Norman Warren, NAMI Utah, Utah County

Norm and his wife initially took the Family-to-Family class in Dallas, Texas in 2002 and were trained as Family-to-Family teachers again in Salt Lake City in 2014.  Norm understands the need for this class in the community because of the pain and suffering endured by many caregivers, and decided to try to teach 3 courses per year instead of the 2 requested as a newly qualified teacher. Norm understands the importance of establishing a personal relationship with each participant in his class. He greets everyone with a handshake a moment of personal greeting and conversation. He further uses humor in his teaching because of the “heavy” and potentially depressing material that is presented. Norm has been instrumental in developing a teacher cadre by selecting outstanding students, and now has three additional teachers who are not only great teachers, but outstanding individuals with captivating personal stories. He understands the trauma and difficult time that course participants may be going through. He makes sure he talks with them on the phone, listens, listens, and listens as he develops a rapport with them. Norm serves as an excellent example as a peer and has taught with this extremely valuable personal trait and emphasizes its importance in the teaching environment.

If you attended and would like to comment or make suggestions for 2019, please email Sue Weaver.


2018 Conference Sponsors:
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Dr. Brian C. Miller, Keynote Speaker. "Stronger in the Broken Places: Foundations of Wellness 

"Whether you are experiencing a serious mental illness, or are a family member of someone who is; the foundation of wellness is realizing that it is possible even with symptoms, even with problems, even with an uncertain course.   Everyone, as Hemingway said, is broken.  But some of us get stronger in the broken places. This presentation will focus on what we know about the foundations for living well with a serious mental illness.  Everything changes when we realize that what makes a life of wellness for a person with a mental illness is no different than what makes anyone's life whole.  The key is to avoid becoming hypnotized into focusing exclusively on the illness.  And isn't that what recovery is all about?" 

Personalized Medicine in Depression: Can Brain Research Get Us There? Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah

Be Informed About the Forensic System: Dallas Earnshaw, CEO, Utah State Hospital

Learn More about the Brain, Learn More about Yourself Through a Story About Electroconvulsive Therapy: Caitlin Polansky, Research Lab Technician, U of U

Introduction to LEAP (Listen, Empathise, Agree, Partner), developed by Dr Xavier Amador: Wendy Mair, NAMI Utah (For Families)

Making the Most of Being a Senior: Pat Wilson, Retired and Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) Advisory Council, Salt Lake County

Improved Health Outcomes through Movement: Eric Oba,  Laura Joesten and Jill Comarell, Recreation Therapists, Intermountain Healthcare; Rachel Kimball, Dance Specialist and Director of Arts in Education, U of U Virginia Tanner Dance.

What's New in Your Brain? NIH/NIMH Research Update: Jackie Rendo, Mentoring Program Director, Criminal Justice Advocate, NAMI Utah

Expressive Therapies within Mental Health: Tony Ollerton, Board Certified Music Therapist

Creating Safety -- Suicide Prevention for Peer Support and Para Professionals: Benèe Larsen, Prevention Specialist, NAMI Utah; Shauna Morgan, NUHOPE/McKay-Dee Hospital

NAMI Utah Progression and Basics: Robin Holcomb, Programs Director, NAMI Utah

Ready to Vote/Voting Jeopardy Game: Sheri Newton, Disability Law Center

Navigating the Social Security and SSI Disability Process: Marva Match, Attorney at Law, Match and Farnsworth

Fighting Stigma Panel, moderated by Ashley Weitz, Trauma Resiliency Collaborative

Peer Panel, moderated by Robin Holcomb, NAMI Utah

Family Members Panel, moderated by Jackie Rendo, NAMI Utah


2018 Conference Sponsored By:
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For more information contact Sue Weaver, Development and Marketing Director, at suew@namiut.org or 801.869.2883.


* Disclaimer

The information available through the NAMI Utah Conference and on NAMIUT.org website is presented in summary form as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the knowledge, skill, and judgment of qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and health care professionals. This information has been obtained from sources believed to be accurate and reliable. However, NAMI Utah makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of this information. Should you have any health, medical or disability questions or concerns, please consult a physician or other health care professional. This information is neither complete nor exhaustive and does not cover all disabilities, diseases, illnesses and physical conditions or their management or treatment.

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