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Dazed, but not confused -- National Council Conference Highlights

April 18, 2012
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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So much to see, so little time. But a familiar spirit and purpose among the participants--and some interesting findings

Hats off to the National Council for pulling off another information-packed meeting, though this time, they may have gone too far—at least for me.  The conference featured a number of very interesting plenary speakers—Tom Insel, Daniel Pink, Pamela Hyde, Tom Daschle— but what I couldn’t get over was the fact that the workshop segments featured up to a dozen different consecutive presentations—more presentations that any staff at any magazine could possibly reach.  Torn by the attraction of so many options, the motion of so many moving parts, I left the floor every day worn out by the choices, the impossibility of touching it all . . . 

So, you get now why I’m a bit dazed?

The reason I’m not confused is that there was a level of clarity and commitment of those involved—a sense of determination in the face of onrushing change—a sense that “we’ve figured this out before and we’ll do so again.”  No money, little political support, difficult problems?  No matter-- I saw people interested, involved, and energetic.  See overview of Behavioral Healthcare National Council Conference coverage

Highlights—from my perspective:



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