I've been to a Lupus symposium for Lupus patients and their families up here. It was sponsored by the local LFA chapter. I really liked it - it kept me up with new research, helped me meet others with Lupus, and helped me feel in touch with what was going on with my disease.
I really liked that the doctors talked to us like we were experts also, not patronizing, but informing.
I hope you like the seminar you attend. Good for you for reaching out!