DBSA 2012 Events Update
Many of you have been inquiring into plans for DBSA's 2012 National Conference. Thanks to all for your patience as we've solidified plans for DBSA events in 2012 and 2013.
This past year, we've worked hard via focus groups, surveys, and conference calls with the DBSA community to learn more about your needs. We've learned a great deal—thank you all for your candid feedback and input—and we're ready to start acting on those lessons. In January, DBSA President Allen Doederlein will share with you DBSA's strategic goals and initiatives for 2012, and our events will play a prominent role.
We're excited to share a new direction for our national events. Starting in 2012, we will begin alternating the focus of our events to be on chapter-focused, regional events in the even years, and our national conference in the odd years. Here are some of the ways we hope to connect with you at events in 2012:
DBSA "Partners in Mission" Regional Presentations & Listening Sessions
DBSA will work with a local chapter to host "Partners in Mission" presentations in 6-8 regions throughout the country in 2012. Dates and host chapters are being finalized, but currently, presentations are planned in the following states: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon, New York, and Pennsylvania. During these events, DBSA management will outline DBSA's current and future initiatives and, equally important, learn about issues important to, and initiatives led by, chapters within the region. Together we can have the biggest impact!
DBSA Consumer-Clinician Consensus Conference
Plans are underway to host a consensus conference in Chicago, IL, on April 13, 2012, that will engage members of the consumer, clinical, and provider communities in a dialogue about critical issues facing the mental health community. More details coming soon! (Date subject to change)
DBSA 2012 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF)
Save the date for Wednesday, October 10, 2012, to be part of the DBSA 2012 Chapter Leadership Forum. As a benefit of chapter affiliation, five members of any DBSA chapter can apply for free attendance. Join us in Portland, Oregon, as we learn from each others' successes!
And, don't forget to mark your calendars now for the DBSA 2013 National Conference and Chapter Leadership Forum in Miami, Florida!
Save the Dates:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012: DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum
Friday, June 14, 2013: DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum
Saturday, June 15, 2013 through Monday, June 17, 2013: DBSA 2103 National Conference