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NAMI Utah State Conference 2018

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Registration (Deadline 10/22/18) for Students, NAMI Members, General, and Professionals (CEUs)

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Scholarship Application:

If you would benefit from this exciting and educational conference and cannot meet the full expense of the registration fee, please complete this scholarship application and submit NO LATER THAN October 19, 2018. The scholarship application form is in pdf format. Please print the form and fill it out by hand. Please fax to NAMI Utah, Attn: Sue Weaver, 801 323-9799, or you can scan and email the completed form to suew@namiut.org.  To finalize the scholarship registration, you must make arrangements to pay over the phone with a credit card or make a $5 donation online at https://www.namiut.org/take-action/donate-online with a note in the comments section that this is for the conference.

The Scholarship Application Form (deadline 10/19/2018) can be found here.

Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus

9750 S 300 W, Sandy, UT 84070 (Driving Direction can be found here.)

A printable .pdf of the 2018 Utah State Conference schedule can be found here.

Check-in and Registration: 8 am

Continental Breakfast: 8 - 9 am

Keynote: 9 - 10 am

Morning Break-outs: 10:15 - 12:30 pm

Lunch: 12:30 - 12:50 pm

Awards Ceremony & Annual Meeting: 12:50 - 2:00

Afternoon Break-outs: 2:15 - 4:30 pm

Schedule subject to change

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?" 

Break-out Speakers include:

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


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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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