Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference
Oct. 27-29, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings

"Navigating Change with Courage, Hope, and Strength"

October 27-29, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom


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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

Registration Information

Registration is closed.

​Consumer scholarships, sponsorship opportunities, and exhibitor opportunities for the 16th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference are now closed.

Keynote Speakers

Gina Calhoun, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, Waynesboro, PA
To Be, Belong, and Become in Times of Change

Life is a series of changers. We do not always step through the 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 todays a the world is practicing physical distancing.

Honorable Rev. Everett Mitchell, M.Div., Th.M., J.D., Community Activist and Dane County Circuit Court Judge
Disrupting Pipelines Through Trauma, Trust, and Transformational Courtroom Practices

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.

​Now Accepting 2021 Workshop Proposals!

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The 2021 Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference will be October 27-29, 2021 and will be held virtually via Zoom.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and the conference planning committee are accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops.

Proposals that demonstrate evidence-based practices, promote strength-based approaches, include the voice of lived experience, address diverse populations, enhance skills, support recovery, and energize participants are encouraged. Proposals are due Friday, February 26, 2021.

UWSP Continuing Education staff and the conference planning committee review all proposals. Selection criteria includes:

  • Demand for the topic
  • Presenter(s) experience and qualifications
  • Demonstration of diverse perspective or application
  • Alignment with conference objectives as stated above
  • Achieving balanced recovery-oriented content related to mental health and/or substance use prevention, treatment, and wellness
  • History of the topic at the conference including frequency of similar offerings
  • Previous conference evaluation feedback (if applicable)

Preference may be given to proposals on topics that have not been presented at recent conferences.  Please consider how your workshop proposal will work when presented virtually.

The Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference is committed to equity and inclusion. UWSP and the planning committee recognizes that people come from different contexts and circumstances. This means that on a structural level, some individuals have fewer barriers preventing them from speaking at events like conferences—and some individuals have significantly more. These systemic barriers are often a function of geographical and racial background, class, gender, and ability. The barriers themselves could be financial, physical, geographical, or social. Each presenter is initially offered the same compensation, complimentary conference registration and one night of lodging, however individual requests for additional compensation to alleviate financial barriers are welcome. Indicate your compensation need later in this proposal.

Selected workshop presenters will be notified by email no later than Friday, April 30, 2021. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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. Other factors taken into consideration are past conference attendance and/or previously awarded scholarships.

The scholarship application deadline for the 2020 conference has passed.  Applicants were notified of their award status on Monday, September 21.  Scholarship recipients will be emailed instructions with additional registration information.  Applicants that have been denied scholarships 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.

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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
Logo/Name on Digital Conference Promotions
Logo/Name on Day-Of Virtual Conference Website
​*Virtual Exhibit Booth
($225 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


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​Friend of Recovery

$175 Scholarship








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All Scholarship Sponsors
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All Scholarship Sponsors

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

*Virtual exhibit booth content due no later than Wednesday, October 20, 2020. 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.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Exhibitor Opportunities


​The 17th annual conference will feature a VIRTUAL exhibit hall available to conference participants before, during, and after the conference!   

Exhibitor registration is now closed.

​2020 Agenda

 Wednesday, October 27, 2021

8:00-9:30 a.m.
​Day 1 Welcome and Opening Keynote
10-11:30 a.m.
​Breakout Sessions 1-6
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​12:30-2:00 p.m.
​Breakout Sessions 7-12
​2:00-2:30 p.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​2:30-4:00 p.m.
Tea Time in the Data Café! (optional)

 Thursday, October 28, 2021

8-9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 13-18
​9:30-10 a.m.
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​10-11:30 a.m
Breakout Sessions 19-24
​11:30 a.m -Noon
​Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall
​Noon-1 p.m.
Listening Session with DCTS Administration (optional)

​1:15-2:15 p.m.

Listening Session for County Staff (optional)

​7-8 p.m.
​Recovery Meeting (optional)

 Friday, October 29, 2021

​7:40-7:50 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)

Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. A link will be provided after the conference for registrants to receive a printable, personalized CEH Certificate of Completion via email.  CEHs are earned by participating in the live sessions. Attendance in the live sessions will be recorded.  You will not be able to earn CEHs by watching recorded sessions.  It is the individual's responsibility to report CEHs earned to their appropriate credential or licensing board. The conference has been approved for a total of 11 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter. 

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Zoom Tutorial

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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. UW-Stevens Point 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. 

2020 Conference Sponsors

Join us in thanking the sponsors of the 2020 Virtual MHSUR Conference!



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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 Friday, October 23, 2020 to No refunds will be given on or after Saturday, October 24, 2020.  

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


Please contact Continuing Education at