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‘Serving Our Communities Better Together’
NAMI Georgia Annual Conference and Meeting
April 21-23, 2017 – Savannah, GA


Keynote Speaker Julie Joyce2017 NAMI Georgia Conference Keynote Speaker:  Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce is a Chicago Police Officer and the mother of an adult son who suffers from Bipolar and ADHD disorders. Over the years, Julie has been a strong advocate and volunteer with National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), The Balanced Mind Foundation (TBMF), and has assisted with the creation and implementation of the Advanced Juvenile Crisis Intervention training (CIT) for Chicago Police officers. She is certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Negotiation Team as a Crisis Negotiator, has conducted presentations on mental illness for Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office, and has had the opportunity to speak to legislatures on the need for special education funding. Julie has also conducted educational presentations for DCFS on interventions for kids with mental illness. Along with her son, she was interviewed on NPR, WBEZ for the “Out of the Shadows” series which focused on juveniles and mental illness. Currently, Julie spends her time raising awareness and advocating for people living with mental illness.

Preliminary Event Schedule

Friday and Saturday, all day
CIT, Recovery, Advocacy, and Emerging Trends tracks

Saturday Morning
Julie Joyce, Keynote Address

Saturday Evening
NAMI Georgia Awards Dinner

Sunday Morning
Affiliate Development Track

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Track

Chris Wigginton

Opening Plenary
Chris Wigginton, Director
Georgia Public Safety Training Center

Michael WoodyCIT Keynote
Lieutenant Michael S. Woody, President
CIT International

Communicating in Crisis with Hearing Impaired
Kelly Sterling and Amy Peterson

Shield to Shield: Law Enforcement Peer Support
Wes Horne and Hiram Rivera

Tiny Houses for Homeless Veterans

Panel - CIT and Me: CIT Partners Speak
Janet Robinson, Robie Cochran, Kristen Daniel, Katie MacFarland, Sue Marlowe, Mimi Marlowe

High Tech Intervention - Drones to the Rescue
Capt. Chuck Simmons, Henry County Police Department

The Tale of Two Cities: Athens and Savannah CIT 2.0

Aspire Clubhouse

Recovery Program Track

Recovery Symposium
Bill Carruthers

To Live Like I Wasn't Dying...
Kelli Dickerson
What's On My Mind? Overcoming Schizophrenia
Ashley Smith

Recovery Rocks the Family Tree
Carol Coussons de Reyes

Life After a Mental Illness Diagnosis
Kayl May
Recovery and Marriage
Tera Carter
How to Power Up!: Tactics to overcome depression and mental illnesses
Danielle Danielson

Emerging Trends Program Track

Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - UGA
Brett Clementz, Jennifer McDowell

Crisis Intervention in Maternal Mental Health
Tiffany Conyers

No Empty Casserole Dishes and Silent Suffering: A Parent's Perspective Inside the World of Childhood / Adolescent OCD
Anne McSweeney

Open Dialogue
Rob Cotes, Keith Wood

Early Psychosis Intervention Collaborative, (EPIC) team
Aaron Brinen, Cindy Edins

Suicide Prevention through crisis intervention
Megan Gleason, Reinett Arnold

Advocacy Program Track

Advocacy, health and wellness as well as measurement of patient experience
Mary Lou Pittman

The Federal Policy Agenda for People Living With Mental Illness and Their Families
Andrew Sperling

Mental Health America of Georgia
Joseph Cantrell

The Gold Standard of Mental Health in Georgia
Andrew Lord

Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education
Cheryl Benefield

From Addiction to Recovery
Kelly Michael Moselle

Reed House Clubhouse
Warren Sparrow

Affiliate Development Program Track

Measuring the Immeasurable: Understanding the Emotional Impact of Volunteering
Krystal Ladue

Strategic Planning & Marketing for NAMI Affiliates
Lindsey Trinkle

Marketing in the Digital Age: Maintaining an Online Presence
Palmer Hipp

Leadership and Affiliate Development
Robert Gray

Re-Certification for Trainers, Presenters, and Facilitators
Christina Bacopoulos

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