NAMI Vermont’s annual conference is coming back in-person on November 15, 2023! NAMI Vermont members, speakers, presenters, advocates, peers, family members, and community members will join together for an inspiring day of presentations, workshops, and exhibits. The theme of the NAMI Vermont 2023 Conference is Together for Mental Health.
The last in-person annual conference took place in 2019. We are thrilled to be able to return to an in-person format this year and connect face-to-face. Dr. Xavier Amador will give a keynote address in the morning. Dr. Paul Foxman will give a keynote address in the afternoon. We have several other speakers and panelists lined up who will share their knowledge, advise, and personal experiences for a meaningful and enriching day.
Dr. Xavier Amador
Dr. Xavier Amador is a world-renowned clinical psychologist. He is a leader in his field, has written several books, and has been featured on television for his expertise. Dr. Amador’s extensive knowledge comes from his education, experience in the medical field as a psychologist, his work as a therapist, scientific research, and his personal story of being a caregiver for two family members with serious mental illness. He was the Director of NAMI’s Center on Practice & Research and previously served on the NAMI Board of Directors. In his morning keynote presentation, Dr. Amador will talk about the research on the prevalence, etiology, and clinical significance of poor insight of persons with serious mental illness. He will discuss evidence that poor insight is a symptom of these disorders rather than denial. He will also summarize strategies for helping such persons.
Dr. Paul Foxman
Paul Foxman, Ph.D., is a psychology and the founder and Director of the Vermont Center for Anxiety Care in Burlington, Vermont. Known for his knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style, he has delivered hundreds of top-rated educational programs and keynote addresses and appeared on television and radio as an expert on the topic of anxiety. In his afternoon keynote address, Dr. Foxman will explain how, why, and when anxiety develops in childhood and which children are most vulnerable. He will describe the various manifestations of anxiety and distinguish between “normal anxiety” and an anxiety disorder. In addition, he will discuss some of the strategies that can reduce and even prevent anxiety.
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