39th NAMI Maryland Annual Conference
The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference is about hope, ideas, and gaining new skills. Here's your chance to learn about the latest research, discover resources that you may not have known were there, develop a talent for advocacy, and foster a better understanding of issues relating to mental illness.
We invite individuals with mental illness, families, faith leaders, community members, students, health care providers and criminal justice professionals to register for the conference.
Contact NAMI Maryland at 410-884-8691 for more information.
October 15-16 2021
A two-day virtual event
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has major ramifications for global health and the economy, with growing concerns about economic implications for mental health. There is significant evidence that the economic impact of COVID-19 has negative implications for mental health and that times have been incredibly difficult for members of our community.
That is why we are offering a significant number of FREE tickets to our conference through scholarships. Click here to apply.
Schedule At a Glance
For a full description of each session, please visit our workshops page.
Friday Schedule - At a Glance
Saturday Schedule - At a Glance
Friday Schedule - At a Glance
Below are some of the confirmed presenters scheduled for the 39th NAMI Maryland Annual Conference. Sign up for our email list and check back regularly for updates!
Owner, House Calls LLC
Beth Albaneze CTRS CPRP, CLP is the Founder of the award winning company House Calls LLC. She is a Certified Recreation, Rehabilitation and Integration Counselor. She has over 40 years of expertise providing services to individuals in life transition and/or people from teens to seniors with chronic disabilities. Her many titles have included working for decades as the Montgomery County Recreation Department Director of the 'Open Door’ program, integrating individuals with chronic disabilities into the community; Founder and Director for twenty one years of the Clinical Student Department for two statewide non-profit companies; and is approaching twenty years as Adjunct Faculty teaching ‘Active Listening’ in the Mental Health program at Montgomery College. Beth has received many awards and titles over the years including "Practitioner of the Year" from the Maryland Association of Psychosocial Services, National Society on Experiential Education, Best Buddies, American Association of Therapeutic Recreation, Montgomery County Police Department, and served on the Governors Commission Maryland Service Advisory as a Trainer to Providers in the area of Experiential Learning.
State Trainer, NAMI Maryland
Andrea is a Mental Health and Wellness Advocate, Innovator, Award Winning National Speaker, National and State Trainer with NAMI, NAMI Maryland Hall of Fame inductee, contributing spokesperson within the SAMHSA National First Responder Training Video, contributing speaker in the This is My Brave Play, best-selling author and publisher. Andrea was also featured in the Baltimore Sun and the Winter 2021 edition of BP Magazine.
Andrea has a Master's Degree in Psychology and aspires to provide mental health education, resources, and Peer support to individuals who live with mental health challenges, their families, loved ones, and friends.
Continuing Education Units
Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers
The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference regularly receives Continuing Education Units for Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers. CEUs for this group are provided this year by the University of Maryland School of Medicine National Center for School Mental Health, which is authorized by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, Maryland Board Examiners of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor this conference. Between 10-12 credits are expected, for Category A (live sessions).
We sincerely thank the University of Maryland School of Medicine National Center for School Mental Health for assisting us with CEUs for professional counselors and therapists, licensed psychologists, and social workers.
Corrections and Law Enforcement
The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference regularly receives Continuing Education Unit hours for Corrections and Law Enforcement from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Individuals pursuing the criminal justice track must attend the full conference to obtain CEUs.
The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference regularly receives Continuing Education Unit (CEU) hours for Peer Specialists. A certificate for the number of CEUs earned will be provided upon the completion of the training and submission of a completed evaluation at the end of the conference.
Emergency Medical Service Professionals
The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference will receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) hours for Emergency Medical Service Professionals through the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
Our 39th Annual Conference will feature up to 40 workshops and plenary presentations covering important, relevant topics over five tracks! Please note that presentations, including titles, times, and presenters, is subject to change as workshops are added and our schedule is being finalized. For a full description of each session, please visit our Full Workshops page.
Crisis Intervention and Support:
"911 What is the Nature of Your Emergency?"
Presented by: Shawn Dundon, Harford County Office on Mental Health
Steve Thomas, Anne Arundel Police Department
Lucy Bill, Sheppard Pratt-Hagerstown
This two part panel will examine the public safety response to a behavioral health crisis. Panelists will discuss the process from 911, including police, CIT officers, Mobile Crisis Teams, and more.
Advocacy for Mental Health Professional-led Mobile Crisis Teams in Montgomery County, MD
Presented by: Marilyn Kresky-Wolff, Silver Spring Justice Coalition
A member of the Silver Spring Justice Coalition will describe on-going advocacy for adopting the CAHOOTS model of mobile crisis from Eugene, Oregon, which is a mental health professional and peer-support led model adopted for funding states in the U.S. Senate. Our efforts are centered on removing police as first responders for mental health crisis, and expanding teams to 24/7 coverage.
PLENARY: The Future of Behavioral Health Crisis Services
Presented by: Dr. Aliya Jones, Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration
Stephanie Slowly, Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
Dr. Maria Rodowski-Stanco, Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin, Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
Leadership from the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration will discuss their work to transform crisis services for children and adults in Maryland. With the implementation of 988 on the way, how is Maryland planning to connect crisis services, expand access to local crisis response, and ensure mental health crises are getting a mental health-focused response.
De-Escalation: Should I Intervene and How Can I Help?
Presented by: Steven Thomas, Anne Arundel County Police
WI will discuss why someone should intervene to de-escalate someone in crisis, as well as what is the purpose of de-escalation. Further, I will discuss the communications skills necessary to develop a relationship with the person in crisis to guide them to their pre-crisis status.
Maryland Early Intervention Program: Early Identification & Treatment for Youth and young Adults Experiencing Mental Illness with Psychosis
Presented by: Pamela Rahshan Rouhakhtar, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Keira O'Donovan, MA University of Maryland Baltimore County
Samanntha Jay, MA, University of Maryland Baltimore County
This presentation will provide a brief overview of psychosis spectrum symptoms, and highlight advances in early identification and intervention services. We will share unique considerations, challenges, and adaptations to assessment and treatment strategies for providers working with youth and families experiencing mental illness with psychosis. Information about the Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP), including the components of the EIP, services provided to the community, and how to connect with the EIP, will be reviewed.
In its 84th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit healthcare company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.5 million individuals and employers in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2020, CareFirst invested $27.8 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of healthcare throughout its market areas.
Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. For nearly three decades, Neurocrine Biosciences has specialized in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems.
As the nation’s largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, special education, developmental disability, and social services, we are here to serve every need you have. We make accessing life-changing care easy no matter where you live: whether you want to receive treatment in a hospital, in a school, in a community mental health clinic, or even in your home, we make it happen. Sheppard Pratt is the only place where you can access every service you and your family need, all under one umbrella. From traditional therapy options to early head start programs and more, it is the only place where you receive the highest quality of care and attention with dignity and the utmost respect. It is the only place with a true tradition of changing lives for the better.