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2021 NAMI Minnesota State Conference: Hope and Healing

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The 2021 NAMI Minnesota State Conference: Hope and Healing will be held virtually on November 13.

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The 2021 NAMI Minnesota State Conference: Hope and Healing will be held virtually on Saturday, November 13.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Elyn Saks and Dr. Damien Fair. The conference is sponsored in part by Takeda, Lou and Allan Burdick, Medica, Janssen, St. David's Center for Child & Family Development, ZinPro, the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychiatry, Securian, Northwood Children’s Services, Vail Place, Minnesota Psychiatric Society(MPS), and Fast Tracker .

CEUs: The 2021 NAMI Minnesota State Conference has been approved for 5 CEU hours for social workers by the Minnesota Board of Social Work, 5 CEU hours for LPC and LPCC from the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and 5 CEU hours for LMFTs by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. It is the individual licensee's responsibility to ensure that this event meets their continuing education requirements.

Cost: Registration is $10 and an additional $20 for CEUs. Limited partial scholarships for youth and adults are available - contact Christine at publicawareness@namimn.org for more information.

Online Conference Agenda

8:30 am Registration Opens

9:00 am Opening Remarks

9:15 am Opening Keynote by Dr. Elyn Saks

10:15 am Break or Chat with an Exhibitor

10:30 am Breakout Session 1

  • Intensive Services: Youth ACT and PRTFs
  • Health Care Directives
  • Positive Living Intervention for Caregivers
  • Protective Arrangements
  • The Impact of Systemic Cisgenderism on the Mental Health of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Communities

11:30 am Awards Celebration

1:00 pm Breakout Session 2

  • The Traumas of 2020 and their Impact on Youth
  • Grief and Loss During the Time of Covid
  • 988 and Minnesota’s Mental Health Crisis System
  • Changes in Housing Options
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

2:00 pm Break or Chat with an Exhibitor

2:10 pm Breakout Session 3

  • Youth Voices
  • 2021 Legislative Session
  • Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Trauma & Toxic Stress on the Nervous System
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Affiliate Breakout Session

3:15 pm Closing Keynote by Dr. Damien Fair

Breakout Sessions

This year's conference will feature 15 breakout sessions, with sessions for professionals, individuals living with mental illnesses, family members, advocates, and students.


Intensive Services Youth ACT and PRTFs (Presented by Dick Wolleat of Northwood Children's Services, Kirsten Anderson of AspireMN, and Tou Yang of the Guild Youth ACT Team): Children are boarding in the ERs, families are desperately seeking help. Learn more about intensive community-based, person-centered treatment options.

Health Care Directives (Presented by Eren E. Sutherland of Disability Law Center): Health care directives can be used in Minnesota to direct how you want to be treated during a mental health crisis. Learn more about the directives and how to fill them out.

Positive Living Intervention for Caregivers (Presented by Nancy Howe of NAMI Minnesota and Melissa Dalhoe of University of Minnesota Physicians): In this break-out session we will discuss the study of positive emotions and developing positive character traits for caregivers. This is accomplished through focusing on building strengths, as well as remediating weaknesses, finding greater meaning and purpose in life, and caregiver well-being.

Protective Arrangements (Presented by Lori Guzman of Guzman Law Firm): Guardianship is hard to get and does not always address the issues of concern. There is another option, called protective arrangements, that could offer a way for families to step in and help when a loved one is struggling with their mental illness.

The Impact of Systemic Cisgenderism on the Mental Health of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Communities (Presented by Dr. Alex Iantaffi of Edges Wellness Center): Dr. Iantaffi will discuss the cultural, political, and social landscapes impacting the mental health of transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive people, and invite participants to reflect on what can be done to support trans, non-binary, and gender expansive communities in our everyday lives.


The Traumas of 2020 (Presented by Sandy Lewandowski of Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, George Dubie of Greater Minnesota Family Services, and Lisa Xiong of Change Inc.): A World Wide pandemic, distance learning, high stress in families, the killing of George Floyd, have all impacted children and youth. Learn what you can do to help the children and youth in your life.

Grief and Loss During the Time of Covid (Presented by Dr. Marc Markell of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and St. Cloud State University): The pandemic has left many people experiencing grief and ambiguous loss. People who have had a friend or family member die due to COVID, suicide or other health condition may be struggling. Learn more about how the pandemic has impacted grief and how to be helpful and supportive to yourself and others.

988 and Minnesota’s Mental Health Crisis System (Presented by Jin Lee Palen of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs, Dominique Jones of DHS, and Emily Yang of the Minnesota Department of Health): Next summer, 988 will be the new nationwide number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. What is Minnesota doing to prepare for this and how are we moving forward in developing a mental health crisis system.

Changes in Housing Options (Presented by Brooke Schultz of RADIAS Health and Michelle Wincell O'Leary of Touchstone Mental Health): Housing is a huge issue in the mental health community. Without stable housing it is difficult to recover. Increase your awareness of some of the options that are available.

Question, Persuade, Refer (Presented by Sailaja Varma of NAMI Minnesota): Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention.


Affiliate Breakout Session (Presented by Dana Malan of NAMI Minnesota): Calling all affiliate leaders! This session is an opportunity for you to connect with other leaders from across Minnesota, share ideas, and troubleshoot challenges. We will discuss best practices and learn from the wisdom of affiliate leaders. All affiliate members and leaders are welcome, whether you’ve been involved with NAMI for 1 month or 10 years.

Youth Voices: What is on the mind of youth in terms of addressing their mental health? Hear from a panel of young people about their thoughts and dreams.

2021 Legislative Session (Presented by Sue Abderholden, Sam Smith, and Elliot Butay of NAMI Minnesota): Hear from NAMI Minnesota’s legislative advocates about what happened during the 2021 legislative session and what issues will be before the 2022 legislative session. Learn what you can do to advocate for people living with mental illnesses and their families at the legislature.

Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Trauma & Toxic Stress on the Nervous System (Presented by Susan Beaulieu of the University of Minnesota Extension): This interactive session will overview the impact of trauma and toxic stress on the nervous system and introduce practices, such as simple breathing techniques and the power of supportive relationships, for regulating the nervous system to improve health and strengthen wellbeing.

Person-Centered Planning (Presented by Mimi Choy-Brown of University of Minnesota): More info to come!

We at NAMI Minnesota seek to make our events as accessible as possible - if you require accommodations due to a disability, contact Christine at publicawareness@namimn.org to arrange them. Accommodation requests must be made by Friday, October 25th.

Sponsorships: Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available at several different levels. To become a sponsor please contact Christine at publicawareness@namimn.org or (651) 645-2948 ext 128.

Photo Permission Policy: Professional photographs and/or videoing may occur at an event, conference, or class. Your image may be used in NAMI Minnesota printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes and may be made available to the media and other third parties or published on the internet.

Cancellation Policy: We understand that unforeseen situations arise and you may need to cancel your registration. If you are unable to attend, a substitute individual is welcome to attend in your place, but NAMI Minnesota must be notified in writing (email is acceptable) with the name and contact information for the person who will be attending. Refunds for paid events are issued per the following:

  • A full refund of 100% will be issued if you cancel more than 14 calendar days prior to the start date.
  • A partial refund of 50% will be issued if you cancel 7-14 calendar days prior to the start date.
  • No refund or credit will be given if you cancel less than 7 calendar days prior to the start date.

NAMI Minnesota reserves the right to cancel any event, conference, or class due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. If there is a cancellation, participants will be notified by telephone and/or email as soon as possible. NAMI Minnesota will make reasonable efforts to reschedule.

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What We Do

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For over 40 years, NAMI Minnesota has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery.  NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to effect positive changes in the mental health system and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses. Visit our website at www.namimn.org.

Did you know?  NAMI Minnesota offers over 300 free classes and 60 support groups each year, and was recently recognized with prestigious national and state awards for its advocacy successes!

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