2011 National Conference Agenda

The DBSA 2011 National Conference offers consumers, family, friends, and health care providers three unforgettable, uplifting days filled with peer-centered keynote presentations and renowned mental health experts and educators, best-selling authors, and innovative advocates.

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Schedule at a Glance

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Institute
Living Well: Practical Strategies for Living Your Best Life
Presenter: TBA

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Institute
Winning at Work: Succeeding at Work in an Unstable Economic Climate
Presenter: Karen Fuqua

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Conference Check-In/Registration

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference Institute
Staying Alive from the Inside Out: Effectively Managing Suicidal Ideation
Presenter: Susan Blauner

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Conference Orientation
For 1st-time Attendees or anyone seeking tips on how to make the most of their conference experience!

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Meet & Greet
FREE with Registration.

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

7:30 PM - 8:15 AM
Morning Exercise

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conference Check-In/Registration

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Exhibits Open

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Conference Opening and Keynote Presentation
Presenter: Patty Duke

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Klermen Awards & Ask the Doctor
Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award: Mark Bauer, M.D.
Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award: Roy Perlis, M.D., M.Sc.
Q&A Moderator: Greg Simon, M.D., M.P.H. 

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Travel Break and Beverage Service

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Conference Breakouts (choose 1 of 5)
Presenters TBA

  • Educational Session (4)
  • Peer Roundtable
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Presidents Lunch Benefit with Special Guest, Patty Duke
    (Purchase ticket with registration.)

    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Conference Lunch
    FREE with Saturday only or FULL conference registration.

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
    Conference Breakouts (choose 1 of 5)
    Presenters TBA

  • Educational Session (3)
  • Relaxation Session
  • Peer Roundtable
  • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    Travel & Exhibits Break

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Conference Breakouts (choose 1 of 5)
    Presenters TBA

  • Educational Session (4)
  • Peer Roundtable
  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Travel & Exhibits Break

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Keynote and Daily Wrap-up
    Presenter: Susan Blauner

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    DBSA Support Groups (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Family, Peer Clinicians & 2nd Disability)

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Start a DBSA Support Group Workshop

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Stand-Up Comedy Show
    Hosted by: David Granirer
    (Purchase ticket with registration.)

    SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

    7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
    Morning Exercise

    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Conference Check-In/Registration

    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Exhibits Open

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Announcements & Keynote
    Presenter: Laura Burke 

    10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
    Travel Break

    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
    Conference Breakouts (choose 1 of 5)
    Presenters: TBA

  • Educational Session (3)
  • Relaxation Session
  • Peer Roundtable
  • 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    Travel Break

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Keynote and Conference Close
    Presenter: Clarence Jordan

    12:30 PM: CONFERENCE CLOSES

     

     

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    Deadline April 20, 2011

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    Deadline April 20, 2011

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