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As one of the largest community-driven gatherings of mental health advocates in the U.S., NAMI’s annual national convention connects and inspires people looking for resources, research, support and programming. For more information on NAMI’s goals, see the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.
We are pleased to once again present NAMICon virtually in 2021 and are working to solidify the event dates for next summer.
NAMI is currently seeking proposals for Virtual NAMICon 2021 that encourage mental health education and innovation and are informed by theory, research and practice. As a completely virtual event, this is an opportunity to showcase your research to a global audience in a convenient, travel-free format.
The Call for Proposals form can only be completed and submitted online. The form should be completed in one sitting and may take up to 45 minutes to complete. You MUST submit by January 29, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 26, 2021.
Review and Selection
Accepted Proposals and Registrations
NAMI strives to offer an inclusive and well-balanced program to appeal to a diverse audience. We seek to provide an excellent experience for each convention attendee.
Attendees of NAMICon are wide-ranging and include individuals with mental illness, caregivers and family members, mental health providers and NAMI grassroots leaders.
NAMI strives to include and thread diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout all the programs, services and presentations of the organization. Your proposal should consider and explain how DEI and/or cultural competence will be addressed or demonstrated in your presentation and be explicitly stated in the workshop description, objectives and recommendations. Additionally, NAMI is seeking workshop proposals from subject matter experts experienced in matters of social justice, racial and ethnic identity, and equity-minded practice.
Please consider whether your subject matter addresses the varied experiences, backgrounds, cultures and identities of our convention attendees.
NAMI looks for dynamic presentations in the following tracks:
Within each track, we expect presenters to focus on one of the following areas:
A 60-minute presentation delivered by one or more individuals, but not more than three people. Your session is required to be 45 minutes long with 15 minutes of Q&A and must be accompanied by PowerPoint aid.
A Flash Session provides a streamlined format for highlighting how-tos, innovations or new practices in mental health. Your session is required to be 25 minutes long with no Q&A portion.
A short pre-recorded video that offers a quick take on a story, case study, idea or technique. A presenter is welcome to interpret this format traditionally or creatively and may either record a talk or edit together a video. If accepted, presenters will be required to submit the video prior to NAMICon 2021. Videos should be open licensed and no more than 10 minutes in length.
All submissions must be made using the online webform. Applicants must submit all required information for each speaker on the proposal. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Use inclusive and respectful language in workshop descriptions and presentations. Ensure diversity and representative points of view among co-presenters and throughout workshop content. Presenters may not use a workshop as an opportunity to spotlight a company, product or service.* NAMI reserves the right to edit or modify all session descriptions for inclusion in convention materials.
If selected, all speakers must be available to speak during any timeframe of the convention and must not request a change of the workshop date assigned.
*Proposals that discuss the use of a proprietary product or service must have learning outcomes that are applicable outside the context of that product or service.
Successful submissions must:
Submission of a proposal does not infer automatic inclusion in the convention. The proposal review process will be conducted by NAMI content experts. Members of the Workshop Program Committee will review the submitted proposals and make final decisions based on the available time slots. NAMI receives many excellent proposals, but not all can be accepted due to time and space restraints.
NAMI staff will not provide guidance or suggestions to individual submitters during the submission period. Plenary sessions and Research Updates will be determined solely by NAMI and are not part of the Call for Proposals process.
Presenters will be asked to upload related resources (documents or links) prior to their presentation. These resources provide support for the presentation and then become a part of the conference proceedings so that valuable information is accessible beyond the session. If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with instructions on uploading your presentation materials.
All submitters will be notified about the status of their submission by March 26, 2021.
All accepted Workshops, Flash Sessions and Express Talks presenters are entitled to an exclusive speaker registration rate. All accepted workshop presenters are responsible for registering for the convention by the early-bird date and paying the convention registration fee. Please plan and budget accordingly before submitting your proposal. NAMI does not reimburse any speaker-related expenses, online tools, assessments, books or other presentation materials.
The NAMICon Call for Proposals deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.
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