Education Conferences

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Annual Conference

For over a decade, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania has presented an education conference every spring for mental health professionals, educators, individuals living with mental illness and family members. Each year, the topic changes based on relevant and pressing issues facing the mental health community. The conference is accredited and offers a variety of Continuing Education Credits to attendees. Download past conference brochures through the links below.

2017 NAMI Keystone PA Mental Health & Wellness Conference

Working Together to Build a Better Future
Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017. Harrisburg, PA.

Co-Sponsored by: PA Department of Human Service’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)

This inaugural conference is an opportunity for NAMI Affiliates and stakeholders to come together to energize their staff and members, focus on their goals, and take advantage of a series of workshops designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Download the conference brochure or glance at the two-day agenda.


2017 First Ever Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

Creating a Culture of Transformation for Children, Youth, and Families. Saturday, March 31, 2017. Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

On Friday, March 31, 2017, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania held its first Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference. The day-long event focused on the latest research, programs, and supports that are available to children, adolescents, and their families.

More than 200 people and a record number of exhibitors attended the conference at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. The theme of the event was “Creating a Culture of Transformation for Children, Youth and Families”. The conference featured four speakers, 12 workshops, and the presentation of the Dick Jevon Advocacy Award to Thad Kaminski, treasurer of NAMI AlleKiski. Thad’s son, Greg Kaminski, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.

NAMI Southwestern PA would like to thank everyone who attended the conference for making it such a success. We’d also thank our sponsors who helped make the event possible, and the NAMI Southwestern PA board members who have been supportive of this initiative from the very beginning.


This conference is co-sponsored by Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Offices of Behavioral Health and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.







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BRONZE SPONSORS: Achieva Family Trust and Pittsburgh Mercy

2016 Annual Education Conference

“Call to Action: Creating a Movement to Change Lives.” Saturday, April 9, 2016


This conference is co-sponsored by Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Offices of Behavioral Health and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.


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BRONZE SPONSORS: Achieva Family Trust and Pittsburgh Mercy Behavioral Health.


Game On: Tackling the Stigma of Mental Illness, Saturday, April 11, 2015

One in four Americans will experience a mental illness this year. Stigma will prevent at least half of them from seeking the treatment they need.

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania welcomed Brandon Marshall, all-pro wide receiver for the Chicago Bears and outspoken mental health advocate, to its 15th Annual Education Conference Game On: Tackling the Stigma of Mental Illness.

Brandon told his story beginning with his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) through his years of treatment and therapy and finally to the advocate he is today. Brandon also spoke about the stigma he faced, not only as a man diagnosed with BPD but a professional athlete living with a serious mental illness. He  explained where he found his inspiration to speak out and take a stand against the stigma he and many others faced.

Brandon became well known across the country for wearing green cleats at a game during Mental Health Awareness Week. He was notoriously fined $10,500 by the NFL. His reaction: matching it with a donation of his own.

This year’s conference gave NAMI members, supporters and friends a chance to meet Brandon Marshall during a rare visit to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and to hear from a stellar lineup of speakers including renowned stigma researcher Dr. Otto Wahl and addiction expert Dr. Dennis Daley.


The Power to Ignite Change: A Personal Call to Action, Friday April 23 and Saturday, April 24, 2010


Mental Illness Affects Everyday People, Saturday April 26, 2008


Destination Recovery: A Travel Log, Saturday April 22, 2006


Recipe for Recovery, Saturday, April 30, 2005

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