Keynote Presentations

The State of Systemic Family Therapy and the World 

Thursday, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

In a year filled with unprecedented challenges, MFTs have been an integral part of our society’s coping and healing efforts. From facing a global pandemic to the call for correcting systemic oppression, racism, and injustice, our members have been on the front lines of the pain being felt by others.  This keynote will feature members from across the country as they discuss how they’ve adapted to this changing environment, reflect on pitfalls and success and how we can all continue to move forward with resolve and hope for the future.

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction 

Friday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. And ever since passing the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act--and after the death of his father, leaving Congress--he has been changing the dialogue that surrounds all brain diseases. During this intense keynote presentation Patrick will weave together private and professional narratives, focusing on the years from his 'coming out' about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, his journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans' propensity to treat mental illnesses as "family secrets." Kennedy creates a roadmap for equality in the mental health community, and outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health policy.