Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference

"Discovering Pathways of Recovery"

Thursday and Friday, November 1-2, 2018 
Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI
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Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available for the Peer Recovery Conference. Click here to access the application.
Applications need to be received by Monday, August 27, 2018. Applicants will be notified no later than October 14, 2018.

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 will be open in mid-August

Registration fee: $50

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 September 924 2018.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. Cancelling your hotel room does not cancel your conference registration. No refunds will be given after October 24, 2018. 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. For reservations call 715-344-0200 and request the "UWSP Peer Recovery Conference" room block. October 3, 2018 is the deadline for reserving rooms at the rate of $82 per night (single) or $109 per night (double).

 Agenda for Thursday, November 1, 2018

​7:15 - 8:30 a.m.​Registration/Breakfast/Explore Booths
​8:30 - 8:45 a.m.​Opening Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Presentation
Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations
​8:45 - 10:00 a.m.​Keynote Presentation: Empowered Voices Save Lives!
Mettie Spiess, International Mental Health Speaker, Founder of A World Without Suicide
​10:00- 10:30 a.m.​Break/Explore Booths
​10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​1. The Prevalence of Secondary Trauma in Helping Professionals: How We Keep Ourselves Safe - Kristina Bechtel, CSW
​2. Through Dark and Light, Our Voices Together - Liz Rog, Cultural Activist and Community Songleader
​3. We are the PRO's - Susan Mader and Karen Herro, Executive Directors
​4. Veterans and Military Culture - Mark Flower, Co-Founder of Dryhootch of America, President of Grassroots Empowerment Project
5. How Addiction Works; A Modern View of Addiction as a Disease that Diminishes Self Control - John Ewing, MD, Co-Director of Addiction Medicine at Meriter Hospital and NewStart Clinic in Madison, Wis. and Dr. Tom Hayes
​12:00 - 1:00 p.m.​Lunch
​1:00 - 2:30 p.m.6. Using your Super Powers for Good; A Therapist with Depression - Christina Kress, MSW, LCSW
​7. Self-Compassion: The Hidden Gem in Peer Support - Lynn McLaughlin, Education & Development Specialist, CPS
​8. Integrating Spirituality in Strengths Based Recovery: A Developmental Approach - Michael Sersch, Psychotherapist, MS, LPC, SAC
​9. Mindfulness Theory and Practical Application - Lamont McPheron, MS, LPC
​10. Beyond the Mugshot: How Can Peer Support Help Stop Recidivism? - Aaron Rasch, Business and Community Coordinator
​2:30 - 3:00 p.m.​Break/Explore Booths
​3:00 - 4:30 p.m.11. Justice Involved Peers & Peer Support - Jason Chapman, Cognitive Behavioral Specialist, CPS
12. Recovery 101 - Maria Hanson, JD, CPS, PRC and Annie Koshar, COTA, CPS
​13. Addressing Spiritual Concerns in Peer Support Settings - Victoria Welle, Milkweed Connections
​14. IL Centers and Recovery - Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations and Sara Eckland, MSW, CPS
15. Fair Housing & People with Disabilities - Erika Sanders, Director of Program Services
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.​Social/Appetizers


 Agenda for Friday, November 2, 2018

​7:15 - 8:15 a.m. ​Breakfast
​8:15 - 8:30 a.m. ​Opening Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Presentation
Katie Kress, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Organizations
​8:30- 10:00 a.m. ​Keynote Presentation: Replacing the Negative Images
Clem Richardson, MS-LPC-IT, CSAC, MAC, CEO and Founder of Manna Behavioral Services
​10:00- 10:30 a.m. ​Break/Explore Booths
​10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 16. Creating and Sustaining and Volunteer Peer Support Groups - Susie Austin, Peer Support and Recovery Coach Coordinator

​17. WI Voices of Recovery–Addressing Barriers, Increasing Support, and Recovery Advocacy - Jessica Geschke, Statewide Program Coordinator, WI Voices for Recovery
Oliver Johnson
AJ Ernst
Tanya Kraege
Bill Lauer

​18. TRANSitioning through Recovery - Sarah Honadel, ILS, CPS, BA and Kayden Carpentier, Social Worker, BA
19. Overcome Trauma with Mindful Yoga - Jai Lynn Kellum, E-RYT, LMT
​20. Nourishing the Brain and Body: Eating Well for Mental Health - Laura Poe, Registered Dietitian
​12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ​Lunch and Closing Remarks
​1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 21. Self-Compassion and Compassion for Self Care and Recovery - Kathleen Mueska, Licensed Professional Counselor
22. Teaching DBT Skills Utilizing a Peer Support Specialist - Marjorie Thoirman, Community Support Program Supervisor
Cindy Crouse, CPS
Sarah Vincent-Dunham, Community Support Program Professional
23. Is it Hoarding or Just Clutter? Supporting Peers with Hoarding and Clutter Issues - Tracy A. Miller, Certified Peer Specialist, Independent Living Specialist (TM) and Marni Roiniotis, Certified Peer Specialist (MR)
24. The Transgender Community in a Rural Area - Hayden Mooney, Samantha Scribner, and Gabbie Allee, Peer Mentors
25. Creating Brave Spaces for LGBT-Identified Folks with Disabilities - Grant Heffelfinger, Youth Leadership Coordinator
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Keynote Presentations

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​"Empowered Voices Save Lives!"

Mettie SpiessInternational Mental Health Speaker, Founder of A World Without Suicide

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​"Replacing the Negative Images"

Clem Richardson, MS-LPC-IT, CSAC, MAC, CEO and Founder of Manna Behavioral Services


Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

Continuing Education Hours will be applied for.



For questions regarding registration, contact UWSP Continuing Education at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu or via phone at 715-346-3838.

For questions regarding the Peer Recovery Conference, contact Katie Kress at Katie.Kress@ilresources.org or via phone at 608-787-1111.