​10th Annual Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Training Conference

Putting People First: 
Focusing on Strengths, Building Recovery

Mark Your Calendars-Now two full days!

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 & 29, 2014

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI 

Download the full conference brochure from the cover image above.

Full conference early registration fee:  $180
Single day early registration fee:         $125 

Due to overwhelming interest and a record audience, we are no longer able to take registrations for the conference as we have reached the maximum for a comfortable and enjoyable conference experience.  We will not take on-site registrations as well.  Those who were hoping to attend are encouraged to register early for next year's conference scheduled for October 21-22, 2015.

Session 5, The Brain, Behavior and Addiction, Part 1 from 10:30 a.m. - noon on October 28 is full and is now closed.  Please select a different session during that time.





​Conference Objectives

For Wisconsin Mental Health and Substance Abuse Community of Services and Supports:

  • Increase knowledge and skills to promote wellness, prevention, treatment, recovery, best practice, holistic care, and continuous quality improvement with the use of evidence-based practices across the lifespan.
  • Promote meaningful involvement in MH/SA Services in person and family-centered planning, services, supports, and system change.
  • Increase knowledge of peer supports, peer-run programs, and topics related to Certified Peer Specialists in Wisconsin.
  • Increase knowledge and skills regarding special topics in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Integrated Treatment.

​Who Should Attend

  • Professionals, consumers, and families in the areas of substance abuse and mental health
  • Clinicians in the criminal and juvenile justice systems
  • Domestic violence service providers
  • Adolescent treatment professionals and educators
  • Interested others

​2014 Schedule Highlights


Recovery in Co-Occurring Disorders:  What Does it Mean?  Walking the Talk About Recovery
David Mee-Lee, M.D., Senior Vice President, The Change Companies, Davis, Cal. 
A Family's Journey from Addiction to Recovery
Sandi Lybert, Rick Lybert, Tyler Lybert, and Ashleigh Nowakowski, Your Choice to Live, Inc., Hartland, Wis. 

Session Topics

  • Special Six Hour Clinical Supervision Training-This session is covered over two days. Single day   registration is not available for this session
  •  Four hour Ethics and Boundaries Workshop
  •  Learning Motivational Interviewing
  •  Substance Abuse Basics
  •  Working with Severe Trauma Symptoms in Adults
  •  Brainspotting
  •  Working with Diverse Populations Workshops
  •  Peer-run Respite
  •  Motivational Interviewing
  •  New ASAM Criteria


The scholarship application process is closed.  Awards have been made and all applicants will be notified of their status by Oct. 9.  Non-recipeints will receive a letter with their returned scholarship application fee.

Scholarships for Consumers
are available for the conference. Please follow the application steps below.  The scholarship registration deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014. Scholarship awards will begin on Monday, October 6, 2014.  We will notify you about your scholarship status at that time.  If you do not receive a scholarship, your $10 application fee will be returned.

There is a change to the scholarship application process for 2014.  Please do the following:

 1. Print and complete the scholarship application form found HERE.
 2. Include a check or cash payment of $10.00 with the application.
 3. Mail the completed application and the $10.00 application fee to the address below. 

Applicants should not submit a conference registration form with their application.  Recipients will be sent an email with specific scholarship registration information beginning October 6.

    UWSP Continuing Education
    2100 Main Street, 032 Main Building
    Stevens Point, WI 54481.

    Checks should be made payable to UW-Stevens Point and mailed to the above address. 
*Please note scholarship recipients are asked to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the conference. Conference planning members do not make those arrangements. If you have difficulty arranging transportation, we encourage you to talk to your clubhouse or contact your agency about arranging transportation. You can also post a request to United We Stand Wisconsin (united-we-stand-wi@googlegroups.com) or the Wisconsin Association of Peer Providers (wisconsin-association-of-peer-providers@googlegroups.com). Both public consumer forums won't arrange rides, but you can post a request and see if anyone answers.

​Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Department of Sociology will be applied for, with the anticipated hours for each day listed below.  A CEU certificate will be  provided for registrants to record hours at the conference.  Additional accreditation may be sought, but please consult with your professional association or licensing board regarding the applicability of the conference for your profession. 
Tuesday = 6 contact hours (.6 CEUs)
Wednesday = 6 contact hours (.6 CEUs)
Entire Conference = 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) 

​Lodging-The Kalahari Resort is sold out on Tuesday, October 28.

A block of rooms is available at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center. Lodging rates will be $70.00 for single occupancy and $129.00 for double through quadruple occupancy. The rooms will be held until September 27, 2014. Please make your own reservations directly with the Kalahari by calling 877-253-5466. Be sure to mention the Annual Substance Abuse Statewide Meeting room block to get a room within the conference lodging block.

​Interested in Exhibiting

Learn more about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities.  Contact Wayne Sorenson at wsorenso@uwsp.edu or at 800-898-9472 with questions.

​Earn UWSP Credit

A one-credit UWSP undergraduate and graduate course is be available in conjunction with the 10th Annual Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Conference. Full tuition must be paid at the time of course registration and is in addition to the workshop registration fee. You can access the course syllabus HERE.  The registration deadline for this course is Monday, November 3, 2014.


For questions about conference or registration please contact:
UWSP Continuing Education