FRIDAY, March 8, 2019

Key Note Speaker:
Paul Hutman, PhD, holds a master's degree in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University and a PhD from the Illinois institute of technology in Chicago.  He is a licensed staff psychologist in the Northern California VA health care system; Redding, California.  He was a presenter at NAMI National Convention in 2017.

Key Note: Brilliantly Battling Burnout
Burnout is distress that can arise when family, friends, or professionals are placed in a chronic caregiving role. It is commonly experienced as exhaustion, detachment, and resentment but can be lessened. In this presentation, attendees with learn about burnout, anti-burnout techniques, rousing compassion, self-care, and creating burnout-prevention plans. Attendees will also get an opportunity to assess their own level of burnout using validated measures
Break Out Description:
1.  Mediation Practices by Paul Hutman, PhD
  • Overview of the effectiveness of meditation for a wide variety of mental health and burnout issues​
  • A look at multiple traditions of mediation practices
  • Review of empirical literature on meditation
  • Practice examples and learn tools of meditation
2.  Creative Healing by Mestisa Gass, PsyD
  • Connection between art and mental health
  • Biological support for the link between creativity and mental illness
  • Art as self-expression and self-care
  • List of projects and groups using art as an intervention
  • Art interventions as part of holistic care
  • Examples of art activities that can be used with small groups or individuals
3.  Live Your Life Well, Digitally by Pedro Haro, MPH
  • Proper use of digital tools to help you to live your life well
  • Clinically-tested programs of 10 simple actions and the digital tools that can help all of us improve our mental health
  • Consequences of stress and its impact on the way we perform at work and function at home with our families
  • Tools for people to better cope with stress, improve one’s outlook on life, and have healthy relationships

Great Information for Peers in Recovery, Families, Caregivers, Providers, Youths, and Community Members.
 If you would like to attend our conference but need financial assistance, please apply for a scholarship to cover registration and breakfast.  We do not offer financial assistance for airfare for this scholarship.


NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nations largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 

NAMI Hawaii State is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by mental illnesses, through support, education, advocacy, and awareness.  We serve our community by empowering people to confront the profound injustices brought by serious mental illnesses. Through the strategic plan, we chart a course to meaningful systems change and the path to recovery.

NAMI Hawaii State provides free support, information and resources if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition. Please contact NAMI Hawaii at info@namihawaii.org or (808) 591-1297.