“Educate, Empower, Engage”
October 25, 26, 27, 2017
Best Western Plus Heritage Inn
Great Falls, MT
WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Conference Registration
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Lincoln Art Show and Reception
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Movie
THURSDAY, October 26, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration
9:00 AM – Silent Auction until end of banquet
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM GENERAL SESSION
9:30 AM – 10:45 GENERAL SESSION
In her high energy, compelling, inspirational speeches, Carol Kivler invites her audiences to enter the world of depression and mental illness through a patient’s perspective. She shares her lived experiences and strategies for sustained recovery.
11:00 -12:15 PM GENERAL SESSION
HANNAH WESOLOWSKI is the Director of Field Advocacy for NAMI. She will present on federal and state policy issues. She will identify issues important to families and consumers and offer NAMI’s prospective on many of the proposals for change in health care and treatment of people with mental illness.
12:15 – 1:00 PM LUNCH (included in registration)
1:00 PM -2:15 PM GENERAL SESSION
EMILY BLAIR is Manager of Military & Veterans’ Policy, NAMI. Emily will address NAMI’s new national strategy, co-led by NAMI-MT, around combating Veteran suicide and developing more effective, evidence-based treatments for veterans. She will discuss strategies to improve the diagnostic treatment system for PTSD and traumatic brain injury. She will address improving partnerships with community providers and a comprehensive National approach to end Veteran suicide.
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM GENERAL SESSION
SHEILA HOGAN is the Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, DPHHS. She will share information on the Governor’s proposed cuts and the effect they will have on services offered to Montanan’s with mental illness.
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM CONCURENT SESSION
1. NAMI MT New and Exciting Projects
2. Peer Network
3. Hannah Wesolowski
4. Creative Writing, Poetry on the Edge
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM DINNER (Included in Registration)
(Entertainment, Silent Auction results, NAMI Awards
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Conference Registration
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Pick up items from silent auction at registration desk.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Christophe Gerard Lambert, PhD “Systemic Conflicts in Bipolar Disorder Care.” In partnership with NAMI Montana, NAMI New Mexico, and NAMI Westside Los Angeles three focus groups with individuals with bipolar disorder and family members were conducted around the central theme, “What do you wish you had known in advance or over the course of treatment for Bipolar Disorder?” Dr. Lambert will present the results of this study.
10:15 AM-11:15 AM GENERAL SESSION:
Bill MacPhee, Recovery according to Bill is “When you would not want to be anyone else other than who you are today.” Bill will speak about his experience being hospitalized 6 different times, lived in 2 group homes, had a suicide attempt and spent 5 years on the couch. He will talk about Understanding Mental Illness and the 6 pillars of Recovery. He is the Author of “To Cry A Dry Tear” Bill MacPhees’s Journey of Hope and Recovery with Schizophrenia.
11:15 AM. – 12:30 PM
DAVID GRANIER “You have to be nuts” to take David’s award-winning Stand Up for Mental Health program where David teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues, but the results can be life-changing!! Come hear the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.
12:30 PM– 1:15 PM LUNCH, (included in registration) DOOR PRIZE DRAWING, MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN,
10.0 CEU CREDITS ARE AVAILABLE
Follow this link to register.