DBSA 2010 National Conference Special Events

TICKET PRICES for Special Events
(Vary by Date of Purchase)

Early Bird = On/Before March 14    
Advance = Between March 15 - April 14   
Late & On-site = On/After April 15





Conference Orientation
with conference registration
Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.
For 1st-time Attendees or anyone seeking tips on how to make the most of their conference experience!

Conference Meet & Greet
with conference registration
Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.
Meet other conference attendees, DBSA staff, and select conference presenters at this informal gathering. It's a great way to network in a beautiful atmosphere--mingle in the resort's Prairie River Lounge or wander out onto the terrace for some fresh air by the fire pit.

Rise & Renew: Chi Gong
with conference registration
Friday morning, 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Start your day focused on wellness with a renewing Chi Gong class.

Klerman Award Presentation
with conference registration
Friday, 3:15 p.m.
DBSA is proud to honor two leading mental health researchers (David E. Kemp, MD, and David J. Miklowitz, PhD) with the Klerman Awards at this year’s conference. Named after Gerald L. Klerman, MD, a pivotal figure in psychiatry, these are the highest honors that DBSA extends to members of the scientific community. They recognize a young and senior researcher whose work contributes to understanding the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. (read press release)

David Kemp 2010 Conference Speaker Klerman
David Kemp, MD

  The 2009 Klerman Young Investigator Award recipient is David E. Kemp, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Mood & Metabolic Clinic at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kemp’s research focuses on improving psychiatric outcomes by targeting the treatment of comorbid medical conditions, particularly obesity, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. To that end, he is a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported research project testing whether an insulin sensitizer, a treatment for type 2 diabetes, can reduce depression symptoms.
David Miklowitz 2010 Conference Speaker Klerman
David Miklowitz, PhD
  The 2009 Klerman Senior Investigator Award recipient is David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a senior clinical research fellow in Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Miklowitz’s research centers on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder. He has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Sutherland Foundation, and the Danny Alberts Foundation.

Friends Reception Benefit:
With a Little Help from My Friends

Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.
$40 / $60 / $80 
Join friends—both old and new—for an intimate evening of merriment and music! With a gracious array of refreshments and music by excellent Chicago-area artists, the Friends Reception is sure to be a memorable celebration of peer support! The evening also presents a chance to make a difference by helping educate DBSA chapter leaders: this annual fundraiser benefits the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund. The fund allows chapter leaders who would otherwise be unable to attend a DBSA conference and CLF. DBSA chapters and support groups serve more than 70,000 people annually. CLF provides these groups’ leaders with the training they need to achieve positive change in their communities through advocacy, community engagement, education, and peer support.

Rise & Renew: Nature Walk
with conference registration (limited to 20 participants)
Saturday morning, 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Join other attendees for a refreshing morning walk through a beautiful forest preserve.

President’s Lunch Fundraiser
Saturday noon
$400/ $450 / $500 per ticket
Join DBSA Interim Co-Executive Directors Allen Doederlein and Cindy Specht; DBSA Board Chair, Christy Beckmann; and other distinguished professionals to discuss ideas and offer feedback on DBSA’s important work. Ticket includes a complimentary full conference registration (Friday noon through Sunday noon) as well as a special 25th Anniversary commemorative gift. Proceeds will benefit the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund.

Stand-Up Comedy Night
Saturday evening
$5 / $10 / $15

David Granirer  

Come laugh your head off on Saturday night, May 1, with David Granirer, a stand-up comic and founder of the Stand Up For Mental Health project! David, 10 conference attendees (newly trained as stand-up comics) and comic alumni will put on a show that looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.

Stand Up For Mental Health aims to reduce public stigma around mental illness and spread a message of hope, confidence, and empowerment. Those with mental illness are always being told what they can’t do. In this show, they prove what they CAN do! Learn more.

Watch video clips of our 2008 featured comics.


Rise & Renew: Water Aerobics
with conference registration (limited to 30 participants)
Sunday morning, 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Start the last day of the conference right with a refreshing water aerobics class.


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