Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference
October 28-30, 2020
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings

"Thriving in Recovery: Supporting Ourselves and Others in the Journey"

October 28-30, 2020
Virtual Conference via Zoom


16th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference

Conference Objectives

  • Increase knowledge and skills to promote wellness, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, holistic care, and continuous quality improvement with the use of best practices for their community across the lifespan.
  • Promote meaningful involvement 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 Use Disorder and Integrated Treatment.
  • Acknowledgement of the role that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, equity, social determinants of health, and intersecting levels of oppression play in substance use and mental health so that these factors can be considered and incorporated into the work that the previous objectives seek to address

Who Should Attend

  • Behavioral health professionals
  • People in recovery and family members 
  • Clinicians in the criminal and juvenile justice system 
  • Adolescent treatment professionals and educators 
  • Others interested in the topics discussed
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Registration Information

$135 Early Bird Registration ends Friday, October 2, 2020.

$175 on or after Saturday, October 3, 2020.  Registration will open August 2020.

If you need special accommodations, please register by Friday, October 2, 2020 so we can best meet your needs.

2020 ​Keynote Speakers 

Gina Calhoun

"To Be, Belong, and Become in Times of Change"

Certified Peer Support Specialist, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, 
Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery
Waynesboro, PA
Life is a series of changes.  We do not always step through changes with grace and each step in the process is not always forward; yet when we rise to the challenge of change, growth occurs. 

In this keynote, Gina will share her story of recovery and the change that occurred through hope inspiring relationships.  She will also share the new challenges and opportunities she is experiencing today as the world is practicing physical distancing. 

Honorable Rev. Everett Mitchell

"Disrupting Pipelines Through Trauma, Trust, and Transformational Courtroom Practices"

M.Div., Th.M., J.D.
Madison, WI

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As a Dane County Circuit Court Judge, Everett Mitchell has heard stories from young people whose lives are filled with trauma, abuse, abandonment, mental health, anxiety and depression. These stories led him to conclude there is an active "child welfare to adult prison pipeline" in Dane County, and that the court process can reinforce trauma. Judge Mitchell's court room demonstrates compassion, patience and belief in transformation.

 Consumer Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships for consumers of mental health and substance use recovery services will be available for the 16th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference. Priority will be given to Certified Peer Specialists.  Other factors taken into consideration are past conference attendance and/or previously awarded scholarships.

Scholarship Applications are due no later than Friday, September 11, 2020.  Applicants should not register for the conference until after they have been notified of their award status.  Scholarship applications will be available in late spring.

Applicants will be notified of their award status by email by Monday, September 21, 2020.  Scholarship recipients will be emailed instructions with additional registration information.  Applicants that have been denied scholarships will still have time to register for the conference at the Early Bird rate.

Scholarship applicants submitting their registration forms in advance will not receive special considerations.

 Sponsorship Opportunities

GET RECOGNIZED as a key partner in a highly regarded training event for Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery professionals!

Your organization can be a partner in keeping this conference affordable to participants and to maintain its relevance and viability to mental health and substance use recovery professionals throughout the state. Your support will also allow the conference to maintain its reputation for top notch keynoters and relevant professional training topics.

The conference offers four levels of participation for your consideration, and we would be happy to consider other arrangements that you may offer.

Interact LIVE with Conference Attendees in Virtual Exhibit Hall
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Logo/Name on Day-Of Virtual Conference Website
Virtual Exhibit Booth
($350 value)
*​Include Materials in Virtual Goodie Bag
Verbal recognition during Conference
​Conference Registration(s)

($175 value)

Logo/Name on Conference Website

​Recognition on Social Media (Facebook  LinkedIn)

Slide Show Recognition at Event


(Via Zoom)
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​Friend of Recovery

$175 Scholarship








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All Scholarship Sponsors
1 Slide 

All Scholarship Sponsors

To become a vital contributor to this important conference, contact Susan Barrett at

*Virtual exhibit booth content and Virtual Goodie Bag content due no later than Friday, October 9, 2020. No exceptions will be made. For additional information, please contact  

The 16th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference reserves the right to deny sponsorship, exhibit booth content, Virtual Goodie Bag content, and/or donations for any company, organization, or individual it deems unsuitable for the conference.

 Exhibitor Opportunities

​The 16th annual conference will feature a VIRTUAL exhibit hall available to conference participants before, during, and after the conference!   

2020 Exhibit Fees:  $350 Featured Vendor // $225 Traditional Exhibitor

  • $350 Featured Vendor includes the following:
    • Prominent Booth that is larger in size and near the top of the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
    • Conference Slide Show Recognition 
  • All exhibitors will receive the following:
    • 1 Complimentary Conference Registration
    • The chance to design your exhibit booth with your choice of graphics, videos, promotional links, etc.
    • The opportunity to contribute to the "Virtual Goodie Bag" distributed exclusively to conference participants. We encourage vendors to get creative! Helpful information, self-care ideas, promotional offers, etc. are all welcome!

Exhibit space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibitor Registration closes Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Virtual exhibit booth content and Virtual Goodie Bag content due no later than Friday, October 9, 2020. No exceptions will be made. For additional information, please contact  

​2020 Agenda

 Wednesday, October 28

7:30-7:50 a.m.
​Day 1 Welcome and Announcements
8-9:30 a.m.
​Breakout Sessions 1-8
​9:30-10 a.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​10-11:30 a.m
​Breakout Sessions 9-16
​11:30 a.m.-Noon
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​Noon-1 p.m.
Opening Keynote

 Thursday, October 29

7:40-7:50 a.m.
​Day 2 Welcome and Announcements
8-9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 17-24
​9:30-10 a.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​10-11:30 a.m
Breakout Sessions 25-32
​11:30 a.m.-Noon
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​Noon-1 p.m.
Networking Opportunity

 Friday, October 30

​7:30-7:30 a.m.
​Day 3 Welcome and Announcements
​8-9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 33-40
​9:30-10 a.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​10-11:30 a.m
Breakout Sessions 41-48
​11:30 a.m.-Noon
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​Noon-1:15 p.m.
​Closing Keynote

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

The conference will be seeking approval for 11.5 contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter.

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Zoom Tutorial

Need help using Zoom? Click here for our Zoom Tutorial Help page! 

Minimum Computer Standards

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum computer standards for participating in the virtual conference via Zoom.  Zoom works best with Chrome or Firefox. UWSP is not responsible for participant technological issues, including, but not limited to, inadequate bandwidth and/or registrant equipment malfunction.  Click here to down Zoom Client for Meetings.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we encourage you to attend a practice session to get yourself familiar with the technology. The first practice session will be offered on Thursday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. Another practice session will be offered on Wednesday, October 21 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Information about these practice sessions will be emailed to conference registrants.  

2020 Conference Sponsors


Contact Information

Call UWSP Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or email at

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request received by October 26, 2020 to No refunds will be given on or after October 26, 2020.  

Substitutions can be made at anytime, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 
Please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or