Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference


Thursday and Friday, August 1-2, 2019 
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Onalaska, WI
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Call for Proposals for the 2019 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference!!

The WI Peer Recovery Conference Planning Committee, in conjunction with Independent Living Resources, made possible by the Department of Health Services (Division of Care and Treatment Services) is accepting proposals for 90 minute workshops. Proposals that align with our track objectives and demonstrate evidence-based practices, support recovery and its various pathways, as well as highlight the direct inclusion of people with lived experience following the movement of Peer Support and WI Certified Peer Specialists are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • ​Speaker Qualifications
  • Session Topic/Category
  • Inclusion of resilience principles and practices
  • Promotes evidence-based information and best practices
  • Demonstrates aspects of effective peer support within community services of mental health and substance use recovery
  • ​Enhance individual skills to provide more effective personal support
  • Explore innovative applications of peer support
  • Integration of experiences of under-served and/or at-risk populations and communities

Proposals are due by end of day, Friday, February 8, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The Conference Planning Committee will review all proposals. Those who apply will be notified via email no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. To submit a proposal, please follow the link below. You will have the opportunity to upload attachments in the proposal. If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Katie Kress via email at katie.kress@ilresources.org.

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 Please note, all information found below is for the 2018 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference. Please check back for future conference information.

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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 September 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

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).

 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. A 2-ply certificate of completion form will be in your registration folder when you arrive at the conference and will be your proof of attendance and continuing education hours. It is your responsibility to report your hours earned to your appropriate credential or licensing board.
The 2018 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference has been approved for 10.25 CEHs.

​​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 closed for the 2018 WI Peer Recovery Conference.

Registration fee: $50

Please read the breakout session descriptions prior to registering. Those descriptions can be found here.



Online registration will only be accepted with a credit card payment or purchase order. To pay by check, print a registration form and mail to:

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

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu by October 24, 2018. 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.

If you need an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations, please contact Katie Kress at 608-787-1111 prior to September 24, 2018.

 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, CPS
​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, La Crosse Health and Human Services
​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 Tom Hayes, Ph.D., Psychologist, Pauquette Centers for Psychological Services
​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, LICSW
​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, CPS and Sara Eckland, MSW, CPS
15. Fair Housing & People with Disabilities - Erika Sanders, Director of Program Services
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.​Dinner


 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 - Sara 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 and Marni Roiniotis, Certified Peer Specialist
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


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.