2020 Pathways to Wellness Conference
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
8:00 am – 4:15 pm
at Lake Morey Resort, 82 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT

Join us for this annual educational and informative event. Peers, families, advocates, and mental health professionals gather together to network, learn about the latest in mental health research, best practices and treatment options, and raise awareness in an effort to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness!

Registration is now open! 

Registration fees, which include lunch, are:

  • NAMI Member registration rate: $50 for each attendee
  • Regular (non-member) registration rate: $90 for each attendee
  • Group registration rate: $75 per attendee in groups of 10 or more from the same organization.
  • CEUs: Add $15 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 2020 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 Friday, May 1, 2020.  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

2020 Conference Agenda

Our day starts with registration, which opens at 8 am, and ends by 4:15 pm. We will have a morning keynote speaker, followed by morning workshops. After lunch (which is provided), we will have our afternoon keynote speaker, raffle prize drawing and afternoon workshops.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Presentation:
Novel Approaches to Suicide Prevention Across Vulnerable Care Transitions

Lauren Weinstock, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, where she is Associate Director of the Consortium for Research Innovation in Suicide Prevention. She has authored over 60 research publications on topics related to bipolar disorders treatment and suicide prevention, particularly around vulnerable care transitions (e.g., from inpatient to outpatient treatment, across the perinatal period, and from criminal justice to community settings). Dr. Weinstock serves on the AFSP Scientific Advisory, and has provided consultation to numerous federal workgroups focused on best practices in bipolar disorders and suicide prevention research and treatment.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation:
A Somatic Approach to Self-Regulation: Perspective and Outcomes from a Clinical Trial

Mardi Crane-Godreau, PhD, SEP, earned her Ph.D. at Dartmouth. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and is trained in the Qigong Sensory Training method for treating children on the autism spectrum. At the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, she leads a team dedicated to building bridges between Asian and Western health and wellness practices. This has included conducting a national clinical trial to study the impact of meditative movement on the health of the respiratory and nervous systems. She and Peter Payne work together to publish outcomes of their research and cutting-edge topics related to stress and trauma.

Peter Payne, SEP, studied psychology at Harvard before devoting himself to learning, practicing and teaching a broad range of Somatic (mind-body) practices. He is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy. He has also researched the neuroscience behind these practices, and with his colleague Mardi Crane-Godreau has published several academic papers, including reports of clinical trials of a novel Somatic training method. He is currently developing a training protocol for the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Workshops and Presenters

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

  • NAMI In Our Voice Presentation – presented by Mitzi Bockmann and Kristy Kleinfelder, NAMI In Our Own Voice Trainers and Presenters
  • Scaffolding Hope: Frameworks for Flourishing – presented by Kari White, BA, Director of Quality Initiatives/Compliance and Privacy Officer, Northern Counties Health Care, Inc.
  • Inspiring Hope Through Shared Artistic Creation – presented by Jodi Girouard, BA, author and poet.

The afternoon workshops include:

  • A Somatic Approach to Self-Regulation: Basic Practices for Personal and Professional Empowerment – presented by Mardi Crane-Godreau, PhD, SEP and Peter Payne, SEP, Research Scientists, Bodymind Science, LLC & Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
  • Suicide Prevention in Real Life: Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Protective Factors – facilitated by JoEllen Tarallo, EdD, MCHES, FASHA, Executive Director, Center for Health and Learning, and Director, Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, with Richard Fales, Peer Support Specialist, Rutland Mental Health Services and NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter, and Judy Pidgeon, Rutland community member and mother of Richard Fales.
  • Veterans Supporting Veterans (Panel Discussion) – facilitated by Laura Gibson, PhD, Associate Chief of Mental Health, White River Junction VA Medical Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Larner College of Medicine at UVM. Panel includes Morgan Langlois, Vermont Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Allston (Joe) Gilmond, Veterans Outreach Specialist, Veterans Center, Joshua Gerasimof, Veteran Peer Support Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Ret. SSG. Misha Pemble-Belkin, Veteran Ventures Programs.

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event could not happen without the support of our sponsoring organizations. With their support we are able to provide scholarships for those who need financial help to attend the conference, help bring informative and compelling speakers to Vermont, and provide enriching workshops.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Would you like to host an exhibit table? Please fill out our online registration form or contact or call 876-7949.

Photos from the 2019 Conference

Check out these photos from last year’s conference! To view the whole gallery, visit our NAMI Vermont Facebook photo album.