University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
One Plainsboro Rd
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
The program (as of May 2016) is nearly set for our Tenth Annual Conference to be held at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Please see our list of speakers and topics below. The conference is FREE for DBSA support group participants; however, we will ask for a donation, $10 is suggested, upon check-in. Your donations help defray our expenses, which include the continental breakfast and lunch we will provide. To register, use the form at the bottom of this page, or contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 888-829-2483. Please include contact information and your DBSA chapter’s name if you register by email or phone.
We are thrilled that Eric Arauz, founder and president of the Trauma Institute of New Jersey and a peer living with Bipolar 1 Disorder and PTSD, has agreed to be our Naomi Sims Keynote speaker. Eric, a disabled Navy veteran, consults on trauma-informed practice and recovery-based psychiatric treatment for multiple organizations, and is the author of An American’s Resurrection: My Pilgrimage from Child Abuse and Mental Illness to Salvation. Eric is most generous; he is providing each attendee with a copy of his book, and will do a book signing at the conclusion of the conference!
Morning sessions, all plenary
David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA, Psychiatrist, and Karen Nathan, M.Ed., Certified Health Coach. Talking to your Clinician
DBSA Staff. DBSA: We are Powerful
Naomi Sims Keynote: Eric Arauz, MLER, President of the Trauma Institute of New Jersey. A Futureless Man: The Integration of a Traumatized Life
Afternoon workshops, split sessions
Carol Rickard, LCSW, CEO of WellYOUniversity, LLC. Getting What’s Yours! An Update on Parity & Advocacy
Eric Arauz, MLER, President of the Trauma Institute of New Jersey. Trauma-Informed Storytelling: How to integrate Written and Oral Narrative Identity Reconstruction into Recovery planning in Serious Mental Illness and Persistent Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rikki Bobchin, LCSW, Director DBT Center of NJ. DBT and how it serves as a therapeutic foundation to enhance other treatments
Rob Frank, Professor of English. Journaling as a Bipolar Management Tool
The conference location, UMCPP, One Plainsboro Rd, Plainsboro NJ 08536 is shown on this Google map. Parking is in Lot V2 as shown on the map to the left.
Please use the form below to register.
The conference will start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM at which time continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch, also provided, will include salads and deli sandwiches, including vegetarian selections. If you have additional dietary restrictions, feel free to let us know in the comment field, but please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate those restrictions. We will let you know. Thank you!