We invite you to join us for our annual Pathways to Wellness Conference

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
8:00 am to 4:15 pm
at Champlain College Conference and Event Center
375 Maple Street, Burlington, VT

This annual educational conference offers the opportunity for peers, family members and mental health professionals to gather together to network, to discuss resources and services available, and to help fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Registration is now open! 

Registration fees, which include lunch, are:

  • NAMI Member registration rate: $45 for each attendee
  • Regular (non-member) registration rate: $80 for each attendee
  • Group registration rate: $60 per attendee in groups of 10 or more from the same organization.
  • CEUs: Add $10 to each registration counted toward CEU hours
  • Scholarships will be available for individuals with limited income.

If you are interested in becoming a NAMI member, click the button below to fill out our online membership form. Once you are registered, you can sign up for the Conference at the NAMI member rate.

To register yourself or a group, to become an exhibitor or to register for a scholarship for the 2019 Conference, please click the appropriate button below:

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Please Note: If you need to cancel for any reason, please let us know immediately. We will refund at any point on or before Tuesday, May 1, 2019.  After May 1, we will not be able to grant a refund. However, you may substitute someone in your place. Please contact Margie Lemay at

2019 Keynote Speakers

We will feature two thought-provoking keynote presenters:

Martha B. Straus, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. In her presentation, “Living and Working With Challenging Teens: Weathering Your Own Triggers,” Martha will discuss how to recognize and be aware of your own triggers  and how to get unhooked from them using the Four M’s – mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation –  so that you can respond to extreme reactions at a moment’s notice. Martha is also an adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, has a small private practice in Brattleboro, VT, is an international trainer and speaker, and is the author of numerous articles and books including Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment and the Therapeutic Relationship.

Dr. Steve Taubman, President of Powertrack Presentations, will present “Mindfulness, Magic, and Mental Health: Tips for Caring for Yourself and Others.” This is a high-energy, engaging, funny and smart discussion about using mindfulness to stay positive during challenging situations. Steve is a physician, magician, hypnotist, mindfulness coach and bestselling author. Both his bestselling book UnHypnosis and his newest book, Buddha in the Trenches, teach tools based on ancient wisdom, positive psychology and the neuroscience of happiness.

Workshops and Presenters

Our conference also features two sessions of workshops. The morning workshops include:

  • Collaborative Networks Approach: Vermont’s Journey with Open Dialogue Informed Approaches – a panel discussion led by Sandra Steingard, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Howard Center, and Zelda Alpern, LICSW, Open Dialogue Coordinator at Counseling Service of Addison County.
  • Building Flourishing Communities: Understanding the Impacts of Trauma, N.E.A.R. Science, and Vermont’s Resiliency Movement – presented by Matt Wolf, Building Flourishing Communities Master Trainer and Youth in Transition (YIT) Program Director at the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (VFFCMH)
  • Empowering Empathy – presented by Sarah Lipton, Founder and Leadership Mentor, The Presence Point, LLC.

The afternoon workshops include:

  • Mindfulness Meditation for High-Stress Situations – presented by Dr. Steve Taubman
  • Zero Suicide: Lamoille County Mental Health’s Journey in Suicide Prevention – presented by Michael Hartman, MSW, Behavioral Health Director, and Monique Reil, BA, Mobile Crisis Team Manager, both of Lamoille County Mental Health Services
  • Metabolizing Trauma, Panel by Panel: Reconciling Mental Illness and Reclaiming Personal Narrative Via the Comics Form – presented by Rachel Lindsay, Author/Cartoonist of “RX: A Graphic Memoir.”

Click here to read full descriptions and bios of our workshop presenters.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our conference would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. As a sponsor, your organization is featured in all marketing and communication materials before, during and after our conference. You are also given an exhibit table at the event and complimentary registrations. At the $1,000 and above levels, you also have the opportunity to sponsor a specific speaker/workshop. There are also additional benefits for higher-level sponsors.

Want to become a sponsor for Pathways to Wellness Conference?
Click here to view the sponsor levels/benefits and download a pdf registration form.

(If you are interested in being an exhibitor, which includes an exhibit table and one complimentary registration, click on the purple Exhibitor Registration button at the top of the page to fill out an online form.)

If you have any questions, please contact

Check back soon for more information about hotel reservations, parking, raffle prizes and more!