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2011 National Conference Attendee Center

In the Attendee Center, you'll find helpful hints and information on how to make the most of your conference experience. Check back often for exciting updates. We're thrilled you will be joining DBSA and hundreds of peers for this incredible weekend of information, fun, and support!

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Friday Evening's Attendee Orientation and Meet & Greet
Join us for a 30 minute session on how you can get the most from your conference experience on Friday evening, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Then join your fellow peers at the Conference Meet & Greet from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Here you'll mingle with other attendees, conference presenters and DBSA staft.

Your Registration Confirmation

  • If you've registered online through our event Google Checkout, your confirmation e-mail with receipt of purchase serves as your conference confirmation. NOTE: You will not receive any additional confirmation in the mail.
  • If you've registered by phone, fax or U.S. mail, a confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your registration form and payment. Please allow three (3) weeks for your confirmation.

Checking in at the DBSA Conference Registration Desk

  • If you're registered for the Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) that takes place on Friday, you'll receive your conference materials when you check in for CLF on Friday morning.
  • If you're arriving Friday morning, you can check in between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

DBSA Registration and Information Desk Hours:
Friday, May 20  
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Getting to the Conference
Be sure to visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on things like FREE parking, Greyhound bus, and METRO and Amrak train options, airport taxi services, and much more!

Booking Your Hotel Room
DBSA has negotiated very reasonable rates for attendees at the conference hotel, the Westin Galleria Houston. Visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on booking your hotel room by phone or online.

Room Temperature
Conference meeting rooms often fluctuate in temperature. While we and the hotel do our best to stay on top of temperature concerns, it’s best to be prepared. We recommend dressing in layers and bringing a light sweater with your to sessions, just in case.

If you are taking medication, please remember to bring a few extra days’ supply to the conference, in case you decide to stay longer than anticipated. In addition, we recommend that you also bring the following with you: a list of your medication(s), your doctor’s name and emergency telephone number, the name of a friend or relative and his/her emergency telephone number, and a copy of your insurance card. If you are flying to the conference, please be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on bag and take it onboard with you in its original, labeled container. Do not pack medication in luggage that will be checked.

Dining Options

  • Lunch on Saturday is included with a FULL conference registration or Saturday ONLY registration.
  • The Westin's Daily Grill serves classic recipes from the great Grills of American history. Some of their most popular selections include the Cobb Salad from the original Brown Derby of Hollywood, and Joe’s special from the original Joe’s of San Francisco as well as steaks, seafood, salads and fresh homemade cobbler daily. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Off-site Options: There are over 35 restaurant options just steps from the Westin Galleria! Click here for a list.

Fun Stuff - Don't Miss These Fun Events!

Friday's Conference Orientation
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE with conference registration
Learn tips on making the most of your
conference experience.

Friday's Conference Meet & Greet
a great way to kick-off your conference

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FREE with conference registration
Meet new or connect with old friends

Thursday's Friends Reception Benefit
7:00 pm 9:00 pm
Tickets are $40 / $60 / $80
(price based on time of purchase)

Morning Exercise
7:30 am - 8:15 am
7:45 am - 8:30 am
FREE with conference registration

Saturday's Comedy Night
featuring conference David Granirer and other stand-ups.
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tickets are $5 / $10 / $15
(price based on time of purchase)


Attend the DBSA 2011 National Conference and Receive Continuing Education Credit!

The following workshops have been approved for continuing education credit for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed ProfessionaCounselors, and Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers: 
Receive up to 15.25 for Conference and Pre-Conference Institutes 
Living Well, Workplace, and Staying Alive pre-conference institutes on May 20, 3 CEUs per workshop
 - Each of the keynote addresses and educational breakout sessions on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 1 CEU per session 
Approval for up to 12 CEUs for the Following Post-Conference Institute
- The Mental Health First Aid Training May 23- May 24 (check or call Aimee for updates)
If you wish to register for the conference and receive CE credit, please contact Aimee Thompson-Webster at
(312) 988-1178 or for more information.

All About Houston


Suggestions from Houston

Houston Tourism

Houston City Guide

State of Texas information for visitors


METRO Houston Transportation

Houston Airports


Self parking at the Galleria Mall is free. If you plan to self park, the closest entrance to the Westin is the Macy’s Parking Lot , entrance #7. You can park here overnight. Overnight valet parking at the Westin is $27.00 per night.


Houston Restaurant Guide, Listings, and Reviews


Houston Park District


Houston Museum District


IBC Bank
3rd Level Westin Galleria
(713) 285-2296

Wachovia Bank & ATM
2800 Post Oak Blvd #3400
Houston TX 77056
On Post Oak, between intersections of Alabama and Hidalgo


Bellaire Emergency Center
6030 South Rice Ave. Suite C
Houston TX 77081
(Just south of Gulfton St.)
south of Westin Galleria

St. Luke’s Community Emergency Center San Felipe
6363 San Felipe St. (at Winrock)
Houston TX 77057
(713) 972-8300
northwest of Westin Galleria


Spectrum Care PA
6100 Richmond Ave. Suite 120
Houston TX 77057
(800) 242-7500
(between Greenridge and Fountain View)


Texas Children’s Hospital
6621 Fannin St. #A165
Houston TX 77030
Southeast of Westin Galleria


5200 Westheimer, Houston, TX
(713) 623-0643
Intersection of Sage & Westheimer
Store Hours: open 24 hours
Pharmacy Hours: open 24 hours
Clinic Hours: M-F 8:00A-7:30P   Sat-Sun 9:30A-5:00P

5402 Westheimer Rd
(713) 877-1479
Intersection of Yorktown & Westheimer
Store Hours: open 24 hours
Pharmacy Hours: M-F 8:00A-10:00P   Sat 9:00A-6:00P   Sun 10:00A-6:00p
Clinic Hours: M-F 8:30A-7:30P   Sat 9:00A-5:30P   Sun 10:00A-5:30P


Houston Chronicle

Houston Press


ABC 13

FOX 26

Houston Public Radio

Houston News Net


VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston TX 77030

US Department of Veterans Affairs Houston Regional Office
6900 Almeda Road
Houston TX 77030


Pride Houston
PO Box 66071
Houston TX 77266

Houston GLBT Community Center
1900 Kane Street
Houston TX 77007

Gay Houston Directory/Guide

Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston
24 Hour Hotline

Speaker Handouts

Stay tuned for more information!

Connect with Other Attendees

Thinking about carpooling or sharing a room to save on costs? DBSA has created a discussion board in our forum about the conference. Log on to:

  • Find others who might be looking for a ride/room.
  • Connect with others from your city/state who are also attending
  • Connect with others attending the conference who might have similar interests (GLBT, providers with a diagnosis, veterans, etc.)

NOTE: DBSA is not responsible, nor in any way liable, for ANY interactions that occur while on this discussion board, nor is it responsible or liable for ANY arrangements (ride/room sharing, e.g.) that are made as a result of these interactions. Please use caution and be safe about sharing any personal information and when considering any such arrangements. All actions and outcomes as a result of using these discussion boards are the SOLE responsibility of the individuals making the agreement.




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