Wednesday, May 15, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ocean Center | Daytona Beach, Florida


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Registration Fees:
Early Registration Rate – $55  (extended through 5:00 p.m. on April 26th)
Regular  Registration Rate – $65
Students:  $24
NAMI Members:  Free (subject to verification)

Registration includes the full day of speakers and presentations, parking at the Ocean Center (Garage only), morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch.

CEUs Available:  If you are licensed under the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Mental Health Counseling CEUs may be available (currently available for all breakout sessions – keynotes pending). You must sign in and provide your license number at each session in order to receive credit. Certificate of attendance available upon request.

The event features keynote presentations by Gaelin Elmore (keynote speaker, trainer and belonging advocate) and Mark Henick (suicide attempt survivor, mental health advocate, and Principal and CEO of Strategic Mental Health Solutions).  Bios are included below.

Breakout Topics & Presenters:

  • Erasing the Belonging Gap: Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth You Serve – presented by Gaelin Elmore (this is an in-depth workshop expanding on his keynote presentation)
  • The Art of War – Understanding Military Culture and Working With Veterans and Their Families – presented by Dr. J. Salvatore Alberico (Army Veteran, mental health professional serving Veterans and their families at a VA clinic in Florida – Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a Military Emphasis)
  • Human ‘Nature: The Search for Meaning and Wholeness in Relationship to All Other Living Things – presented by Dr. Carlene Taylor, LMHC, ESMHL, ERYT (Clinical Assistant Professor & Director, Integrative Behavioral Health Clinical Training Center, Dept. of Public Health, Brooks College of Health, UNF)
  • Using Neuroscience to Identify and Treat Mental Health Challenges – presented by Dr. Emily Kalambaheti (Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Rehabilitation at Genesis Brain Institute, clinical neuroscientist and healthcare professional) and Martha Rhodes (Author of 3,000 Pulses Later, patient and patient advocate)
  • Help For the Helpers: Strategies to Combat Burnout –presented by Samantha Sciarrillo, PsyD (Licensed Psychologist & Owner of Dr. Samantha Rae PLLC)
  • The Tale of Two Silos: Connecting Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders – presented by Kelly D’Elia, APRN, SMA Healthcare, FACT

Presentation titles/descriptions subject to change.


If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Cyndi Hines, PR & Events Manager, at

Keynote Bios:

Gaelin Elmore – Gaelin is a dynamic and nationally sought-after keynote speaker, trainer, and thought leader. He works with organizations and people to become belonging-informed in order to help children overcome trauma and unleash their potential.

Gaelin’s passion and energy for his work stems from his heart for justice and his own lived experience. His own belonging journey has led Gaelin to the National Football League, and now stages, board rooms, and organizations, all across the country, aiming to inspire, encourage, and equip others to think differently about their work and its long-term impact on others.

Gaelin now lives in Eden Prairie, MN, where he gets to experience the purest form of belonging as a husband to his wife, Micaela, and dad to their two daughters, Laniah and Tatum.

Mark Henick – Mark is a broadcaster, bestselling author and mental health advocate who dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

As the Nationally Syndicated Mental Health Columnist for CBC Radio, he’s participated in more than a thousand interviews about mental health to date.

Over the last 20 years, Mark has appeared in hundreds of other media features about mental health around the world. His bylines include CNN, CNBC, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He’s appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and more. PEOPLE Magazine called Mark “one of Canada’s most prominent mental health advocates”.

Mark’s hit viral TEDx talk about the stranger who saved his life has been viewed millions of times. And his first book, So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression, and Resilience, was described by Rosie O’Donnell as “beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and hopeful.”

Mark’s lived experience is complimented by his work in community mental health – as well as his studies in psychology and philosophy at St. Thomas University, child development at the Erikson Institute, neuroscience at King’s College London, and cognitive psychology at the University of Cambridge.