Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference

"Building Diverse Relationships"

Wednesday and Thursday, December 6-7, 2017 
Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI

Registration is open! Please see below for registration link
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Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available for this conference. Please fill out the application and follow instructions given on the first page.

Applications need to be received by October 20, 2017. Those awarded will be notified no later than October 30, 2017.

Scholarships are on a first come, first served basis if all criteria is met. Do not register for the conference if you are submitting an application. Instructions will be sent to you if you are approved as a recipient.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Kress at Katie.Kress@ilresources.org or via phone at 608-787-1111

​Who should attend?

  • Peer Specialists
  • Advocates
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Individuals interested in supporting others more effectively


  1. Demonstrate aspects of effective peer support within community services of mental health and substance use recovery.
  2. Enhance individual skills to provide more effective personal support.
  3. Explore innovative applications of peer support in communities.

Registration Information

Registration is now closed.

Registration fee: $50

Click here to view the 2017 breakout session descriptions

If you are mailing a check, please make it payable to UW-Stevens Point and send to:

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

If you need an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations, please contact Katie Kress at 608-787-1111 prior to November 9, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request received by November 25, 2017 to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. Refunds after November 25, 2017 will be assessed a $15 processing fee. No refunds will be given after December 1, 2017. Substitutions can be made at any time, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee. Last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed meals or materials.

Lodging Information

A room block has been reserved at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center. November 5, 2017 is the deadline for reserving rooms at the rate of $82 per night (single) or $109 per night (double). Please call the Holiday Inn at 715-344-0200 and mention the "Peer Recovery Conference" for reservations.


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​"Love Drives - Hope Wins!"

Tamra Oman, SU Counselor, Recovery Specialist


​"Healing Voices" Film Screening

The film debriefing from director/producer, PJ Moynihan. A social action documentary that is changing the conversation about mental health.


​"The Anonymous People" Film Screening

A feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is a great way to catalyze a dialogue on addiction awareness and recovery advocacy.


Agenda for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

​7:30 - 9 a.m.​Registration/Breakfast/Explore ILC Booth
​9 - 9:15 a.m.​Opening Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Presentation
Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations
​9:15 - 10:45 a.m.​Keynote Presentation: Healing Voices Screening
PJ Moynihan, Director/Producer, Healing Voices
​10:45 - 11 a.m.​Break
​11:00 a.m. - noon​Film Debriefing Panel Facilitated by PJ Moynihan, Director/Producer
​noon - 12:45 p.m.​Lunch
​1 - 2:30 p.m.​1. Re-Visioning Mental Health Through Media - PJ Moynihan
​2. Mindful Drumming for Mental Health - Taku Ronsman
​3. DBT and Peer Support: Building Hope and Skillful Means! - Tamara Ender and Julia McDermid
​4. Ethics and Boundaries in Peer Support - Sara Eckland
​5. Providing Trauma-Informed Care to the Homeless and Mental Health Populations - Kristina Bechtel
​2:30 - 2:45 p.m.​Break
​2:45 - 4:15 p.m.​6. The Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Employment Initiative - Alice Pauser
​7. W(right) to Heal: Sharing Our Stories to Heal Together - Karen Iverson Riggers
​8. Coping Continuum: A Model for Helping Consumers - Michael Sersch
​9. Nourishing the Brain and Body: Eating Well for Mental Health - Laura Poe
​10. Effective Peer Support with the Youth Population - Sara Honadel and Jennifer Kinserdahl, Independent Living Resourcces
​4:15 - 6:00 p.m.​Break
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.​Dinner
​7 p.m.​Karaoke - Bobbie Joy Amann in Stevens Point

Agenda for Thursday, December 7, 2017

​7:30 - 8:50 a.m.​Breakfast
​8:50 - 9 a.m.Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Presentation
Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations
​9 - 10:30 a.m.​Keynote Presentation: The Anonymous People Screening
​10:30 - 10:45 a.m.​Break
​10:45 - 11:45 a.m.​Film Debriefing Panel Facilitated by Caroline Miller, WI Voices for Recovery & Jessica Geschke, Stop Heroin Now
Panel members: Anthony Alvarado, Oliver Johnson, Bill Lauer, Fred Garcia, AJ Ernst, Lynn McLaughin, Tracy Kiesler
​11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.​Lunch
​12:30 - 2 p.m.​11. Recovery Coaching in the Emergency Department (ED) Setting: ED2Recovery and WI Voices for Recovery - Caroline Miller, WI Voices for Recovery
​12. Finding Joy with Movement to Music - Taku Ronsman
​13. Crisis as Opportunity: Peer Run Respites and the Practice of Hope - Val Neff & Furman Avery
1​4. Legacy of Service: Using 12 Steps to Address Burnout - Maria Hanson
1​5. Creating a Recovery Culture - Tamra Oman
​2 - 2:15 p.m.​Break
​2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

​Closing Keynote: Love Drives - Hope Wins!
Tamra Oman, Hope Road Training and Consultants

*Ice Cream Social Provided by WI Voices for Recovery

​3:45 - 4 p.m.

​Closing Conference Remarks
Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

There will be a total of 11 hours available for attending the entire conference and 5.5 hours available per day.

Conference Questions?

Call UWSP-Continuing Education Customer Service at 715-346-3838 or email at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu