DBSA National Conference

DBSA 2015 National Conference

Several years ago, DBSA started holding our National Conference every other year. Since our last conference was in 2013, our next conference will be held in 2015. To date, no location has been determined. We always make announcements about the date and city of the conference 9-12 months in advance via our monthly eUpdate newsletter, on our website, and on our social media channels. We will have an announcement about the 2015 conference late summer or early fall.

DBSA 2014 NJ State Conference and DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum

As stated above, DBSA will not be having a national conference in 2014. If you are interested in connecting with education and peers at a conference in 2014, please consider attending the DBSA New Jersey State Conference on August 16, 2014, featuring keynote speakers Marya Hornbacher, award winning journalist and author of Madness, A Bipolar Life; and NJ State Senator Richard J. Codey, former governor and active advocate in the reform of New Jersey’s mental health care system; and mental health advocate Demi Lovato, a platinum-sellingrecording artist, songwriter, New York Times’ best-selling author,and actress*. Meet and learn from peers, as you attend expert presentations on recovery, wellness, and illness management. There is no admission charge for attendees of DBSA support groups in New Jersey (and some out-of-state chapters) and for those attending DBSA’s Chapter Leadership Forum on August 17. For more information, or to register, visit http://dbsanewjersey.org/conference/

And, if you're a DBSA support group member looking for ways to help people at their level of recovery so you can better serve all the people that come to your support groups, please consider attending the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum the day after the NJ Conference, August 17, 2014. Drawing from DBSA's nationally recognized Peer Specialist Training Curriculum, we'll be holding sessions on the Five Stages of Recovery, the dangers of each and what we, as chapter leaders, can do to help people move forward at their own pace. 

DBSA 2014 “From Surviving to Thriving” Weekend Exclusive Interview
with Demi Lovato

August 16, 2014, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM (Saturday night before CLF)

Demi Lovato As part of their registration, attendees of the DBSA 2014 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) and/or the DBSA NJ 2014 Conference are invited to an exclusive interview with Demi Lovato, hosted by DBSA President Allen Doederlein. Ms. Lovato—a platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, New York Times’ best-selling author, actress, and mental health advocate*—will share her own story of resilience and learning to live well with bipolar disorder.

Don’t miss this special weekend. Space is limited!

* Demi Lovato’s participation in the DBSA From Surviving to Thriving Weekend is part of The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour supported by SunovionPharmaceuticals Inc.