2014 Annual Conference Registration  is Open

The Annual NAMI South Dakota Conference for 2014 will be held Oct 2nd and 3rd  at the Watertown Event Center in Watertown, SD. This years’ topic is “Across Generations: Mental Health Care for All Ages”. 

Our annual educational conference is just around the corner.  Registration is now open for the 2014 NAMI South Dakota Conference, October 2-3 in Watertown.  Please mark your calendars and register early for this event.  We have three national keynote speakers joining us this year, as well as a full schedule of 15 interesting breakout sessions.  As always, CEUs are available.  Our theme is “Across Generations:  Mental Health Care for All Ages”.  We will feature information on mental health issues of children through seniors, with a special emphasis on early intervention, family care, and mind-body practices for mental wellness.  We hope you will join us!

Please see the attached brochure and registration forms, and call or email with any questions.
To register, you can print and mail in the following forms, or you an use the following online form to register and pay with PayPal.

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Download- NAMI SD Annual Conference Brochure PDF

Download- Registration Form PDF

Download- Scholarship Application PDF

If you have any questions or suggestions for future conferenes, please contact NAMI South Dakota:

Email: namisd@midconetwork.com
Phone: 605-271-1871


Keynote Speakers:

Jason DeShaw- Award-winning singer and songwriter from Montana, brings a unique perspective of his journey with mental illness and music. Jason will inspire you with his music and story.

Kathy Brandt- NAMI Colorado member and advocate, is the co- author of “Walks on the Margins”, a memoir of her life and that of her son, Max, and their experiences with bipolar disorder.

Teri Brister- NAMI National leader and creator of the NAMI Basics program and other programs for parents and children with mental illness, will bring information and ideas for improving mental health education and support for children, youth and families.



2014 NAMI South Dakota Annual Conference Schedule
Thursday, October 2, 2014Friday, October 3, 2014
NoonRegistration7:30 amRegistration/Breakfast
1:00 pm General Session:7:45 amAnnual Members’ Meeting
“Serenity in the Storm”
- Jason DeShaw
8:30 am Breakout Sessions:
2:30 pm Breakout Sessions:“Resiliency and Mental Health”
- Dr. Bruce Fogas
“Peer Support Specialists”
- Patti Ramse MSW, CSW
“Helping Families in Crisis”
- Kathy Brandt
“ADHD Treatment and Issues”
“Stress Relief Strategies”
“Psychiatric Medications”
- Shafiqur Rahman, PhD
10:00 am Breakout Sessions:
3:45 pm Breakout Sessions:“Ask the Psychologist”
- Dr. Bruce Fogas
“NAMI for Providers”
- Teri Brister
“Crisis Intervention Training”
- Sgt. David Osterquist &
Phyllis Arends
“Building a Support Network”
- Loran Harris & Tim Flaskamp
“It’s About Respect”
“The Essential Years”
11:30 am General Session/Lunch
5:00 pmAnnual Consumer Council Meeting“Walks on the Margins”
- Kathy Brandt
5:30 pmDinner/Talent Show1:00 pm Breakout Sessions:
8:00 pmJason DeShaw concert at the Goss Opera House
(additional ticket required)
“Equine Therapy”
10:00 pmConnection Support Group“Girl Drama”
- Pat Lindemann, MS LPC
“Protocols for Senior Care”
2:30 pm General Session
“Empowering Families Through Education”
- Teri Brister, NAMI
4:00 pmConclusion/Pick up CEUs