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    Sponsors Schedule of Events Friday, October 23rd 7:00 a.m. Registration Opens

    7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. WELCOME

    Lincoln East Ballrooom John Dornheim, NAMI Texas Board President Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner Holly Doggett, NAMI Texas Executive Director Elise Banks, 2015 Miss International and NAMI Texas Ambassador

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Hopeless No More” Pete Earley

    Author, 2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, mental health advocate, and NAMI member Pete Earley talks about successful recovery programs that he has visited during his travels, including, Housing First, ACT teams, Crisis Intervention Training, Mental Health Courts and Peer-to-Peer support in this follow-up to his amazing book, “CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.”

    Earley speaks candidly about the good, the bad, and the ugly of mental health care in the United States, sparing no one from the blame they deserve while he advocates for mental health reform. Pete’s six years as a reporter for The Washington Post as an investigative reporter gave him the insight to dive into our mental health system --- and decide even he didn’t have the skills needed to sort out a system that often is devoid of common sense, humanity and safety. Earley has visited 48 states and many countries to deliver speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems, and for people with mental illness.

    10:15 a.m. 1st Breakout Session

    Washington/Adams A “Family Engagement: Excellence in Caregiving Outcomes After Mental Illness Diagnosis” Linda Denke, PhD, RN, CCRC Vising Professor of Nursing at Texas’s Women’s University Denton, TX CEUs Available

    Family engagement is one of the most under

    recognized resources that, if harnessed, positively affect patient health outcomes. Caregivers are uniquely positioned and possess the desire, but often lack the knowledge and understanding for moving forward once a mental illness is diagnosed. This presentation will define family engagement and equip the family caregiver in assisting their loved ones toward high functioning outcomes. It will define and offer an outline on the many caregivers’ strengths. Also, a myriad of strategies and a toolkit will be presented that include examples of the relationship of communication, the role of spirituality, art, massage, essential oils and music.

    Jackson/Adams B “Peers Supporting Peers on their Pathways to Wellness” Sarah Grant Reid National Trainer, Recovery International Dallas, TX CEUs Available

    The mission of Recovery International (RI) is to use the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self- help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives. In the last 76 years RI has equipped over 1 million people with tools to control behavior and change attitudes. This presentation will give participants an understanding of the meeting structure, expectations, and a demonstration of what goes on at an RI meeting.

    Madison “Integration of Mental Health Clinicians in Law Enforcement CIT Programs” Nicole Bowers, MSW, LCSW Mental Health Coordinator, Plano Police Dept. and Sgt. A. D. Paul CIT Program Coordinator, Plano Police Dept. CEUs Available

    In hearing about the Plano Police Department’s addition of a licensed clinician to their Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, attendees will learn how mid-size or smaller cities can

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    incorporate a mental health professional into their CIT program. Presenters will discuss the role a clinician can play in conducting follow-up with individuals who present with a high utilization of police services as well as complex cases and will detail how a clinician acts as a resource for families, providing education on resources to utilize before a loved one enters into a state of crisis. A clinician supports CIT as an officer safety program in providing opportunities for earlier intervention as a person’s symptoms increase, thereby potentially reducing the need for physical intervention by officers. Time will be allotted for attendees to discuss how this process might look in their own cities.

    Hamilton “ASK To Save A Life” Phyllis Finley, B.A., QMHP-CS, QIDP Certified ASK Trainer and Mobile Crisis Outreach Team Community Liaison, Denton County MHMRA Denton, TX

    ASK is a one-hour, non-proprietary suicide prevention gatekeeper training that was designed to help participants learn how to ask about suicide, seek more information, and know where and how to help those who are at risk for suicidal behavior. During this presentation participants will learn: 1) Statistics, risk factors, and warning signs of suicide in order to better identify a person at risk 2) How to respond to persons with suicidal thoughts, behavior, intent, or who may be experiencing some other type of crisis and in need of intervention. 3) How to effectively connect/refer a person at risk to professional assistance in the community.

    Jefferson “Exploring Art, Expression & Creativity” Veronique Hahn artist, author & illustrator, and art teacher San Marcos, TX

    Learn how I use the creative process and explore themes through art. Distinct from art therapy, I will share my personal experience in creating and exploring expression through different media such as painting, children’s books, sculpture, and jewelry making.

    11:15 a.m. Lunch and Networking on your own

    11:30 a.m. NAMI Texas Consumer Council Lunch and Business Meeting

    12:30 p.m. 2nd Break-out Session

    Washington/Adams A “From the Couch to the Bus to the Mall to Work: The Milestones of Adjustment Post-Psychosis (MAPP) Recovery” Mary Moller, PhD(h), DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN Associate Professor of Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA CEUs Available

    The onset of psychosis is an overwhelming and frightening experience for the patient and family members alike. The potential for relapse is unpredictable and can create uncertainty regarding how to proceed with life. This uncertainty and the absence of an identified psychological recovery trajectory create frustration for the person, family, and providers. This 1-hour workshop will present the Milestones of Adjustment Post-Psychosis (MAPP) Recovery Model, a dynamic four-phase process occurring over 3-5 years post-psychotic episode to complete. These phases include 50 identifiable recovery milestones comprised of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, and physiological characteristics that can be used as markers of treatment progress.

    Jackson/Adams B “Ten Great Apps for Mental Health” Jaime Hartpence, MS Learning Technologies Carrolton, TX CEUs Available

    Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you still know what an app is – even if you don’t know how to use them or how they can make your life a little easier. There are many ways that technology can help an individual with a mental health condition and caregivers manage important information, seek help, find resources, and track activities, appointments, and even medication. Join us for an overview of 10 useful apps that can help you organize those mountains of post-it notes

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    and find the information you need when you need it the most.

    Madison “Assisting Responders During a Crisis” Ted Isensee, CIT advocate Houston, TX and Steve Hobart, CIT advocate Stafford, TX CEUs Available

    When a psychiatric crisis occurs, caregivers may call for the assistance of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) or an equivalent response. This is a time of stress not only for the consumer and caregiver, but also for the CIT responders who have little specific knowledge of the tense situation they are stepping into. As the crisis evolves, caregivers can take actions that will facilitate an effective crisis response or hinder it. To improve the odds of a safe, appropriate resolution to the CIT response, caregivers need the proper preparation and attitude. This presentation provides do’s and don’ts for caregivers for the six stages of a crisis: 1) before calling for assistance, 2) while talking with the call- taker/dispatcher, 3) before the responders arrive, 4) when the responders initially arrive, 5) while the responder is engaged with the consumer, and 6) when the response reaches a resolution.

    Hamilton “Mental Health First Aid’s Benefits to Affiliates” Jody Schulz , BA Criminal Justice, NAMI Brazos Valley Executive Director and Kimberly Mallet Brenham. TX

    Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how offer help to a person who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This help is given until the appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. It is not a substitute for counseling, medical care, peer support, or treatment.

    Additionally, presenters will share their experiences as instructors of both the Adult and the Youth versions of this evidenced based curriculum with teachers and law enforcement officers attending the classes. The presentation includes

    examples of the interaction, reactions, reception, and final evaluations of those attending as provided to the instructors.


    1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Jefferson “Artful Expressions” – an exhibition Leah Thedford, me