Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference
August 18-20, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings

2021 Virtual WI Peer Recovery Conference
August 18-20, 2021


​Conference Objectives 

Demonstrate aspects of effective peer support within community services mental health and substance use recovery, enhance individual skills to provide more effective personal support, and explore innovative applications of peer support in communities 

Who Should Attend

Advocates, individuals interested in supporting others more effectively, Mental Health Professionals, and Peer Specialists

Registration Information 

2021 Registration Fee: $75

Registration opens June 2021.

Scholarship Application Now Available!

Scholarships are available for Wisconsin peers, or their allies, who require financial assistance to attend the Virtual WI Peer Recovery Conference August 18-20, 2021.  Scholarships are available for the full amount of conference registration ($75).

Complete the Scholarship Application Form by July 7, 2021 if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.  Please note that there may be a limited number fo scholarships.  Please only seek a scholarship if you require financial assistance.

DO NOT REGISTER for the conference if you are submitting a scholarship application!  If you are awarded a scholarship, instructions will be sent by email with specific registration information no later than July 15, 2021.  

If you have any questions, please email Chelsey.MyhreFoster@ilresources.org or call 608-787-1111.

Call for Proposals

The 2021 Virtual WI Peer Recovery Conference will take place August 18-20, 2021.

The WI Peer Recovery Conference Steering Committee, in conjunction with Independent Living Resources, made possible by the WI Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services is now accepting proposals for interactive 60 minute workshops!

What are we looking for?
Proposals that align with our track objectives and demonstrate evidenced-based practices, support various pathways of recovery, 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.

NEW This year are the 2021 Tracks:

  1. Social Equity and Justice-Presentations highlighting historically marginalized and oppressed communities and identities, relating to social equity, justice, and peer work.
  2. Required Continuing Education for Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists-Cultural Humility, Ethics and Boundaries, Substance Use Specific, Mental Health Specific, Trauma-Informed Care, CPS/CPPS specific, or Child/adolescent development or parenting) see: https://www.wicps.org/continuing-education/
  3. The Human Experience-Using the lens of diverse lived experience to better understand mental health, substance use, recovery, resiliency, and wellness.
  4. Peers Pushing the Limits-Advanced training for Peers, Certified Peer Specialists/ Parent Peer Specialists and others looking to sharpen skills, mobilize efforts, and expand understanding in advocacy or entrepreneurial efforts.
  5. Alternative Paths to Wellness-Alternative therapies, wellness techniques or practices, rest & relaxation strategies, or self-care for peers and recovery professionals.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Speaker Qualifications- including lived experience
  2. Session Topic/Category
  3. Inclusion of resilience principles and practices
  4. Promotes evidence-based information and best practices
  5. Demonstrates aspects of effective peer support within community services of mental health and substance use recovery.
  6. Enhance individual skills to provide more effective personal support.
  7. Explore innovative applications of peer support.
  8. Integration of experiences of under-served, marginalized and/or at-risk populations and communities.

Please note: The 2021 WI Peer Recovery Conference will be virtual, and all presentations or workshops will be delivered remotely. Presenters are responsible for obtaining the necessary technology to present which may include but is not limited to a webcam and microphone. Due to the Virtual Platform the Conference Steering Committee is requesting an uploaded or linked 3-5 minute recording of Presenter(s) delivering part of their proposal or workshop (can include slides) as part of this proposal. A full-length workshop or presentation on YouTube or another website may also be linked. To submit a proposal, complete the form "2021 Virtual Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference- Call for Proposals!" Found here: http://bit.ly/call4proposals21

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Proposal Deadline has been extended!  Proposals are due by 11:59 PM CST Friday, March 12, 2021.
Incomplete or late applications may not be considered. The Conference Steering Committee will review all proposals. Those who apply will be notified via email no later than March 26, 2021. The Conference Steering Committee thanks you for your willingness to submit a proposal and your patience during our approval process.

If you have questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Chelsey Myhre Foster, via phone at 608-787-1111 or email Chelsey.MyhreFoster@ilresources.org

Review our 2020 Keynote Speaker

Tonier Cain

Tonier works tirelessly to raise the awareness about trauma informed care around the world. She has trained providers in all fifty states. Tonier is an advocate and educator, speaking all over the world on trauma, addiction, incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health. Her work has been used as a model in other countries for the establishment of their trauma informed care protocols.

Tonier was the former team leader for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director. Currently she works to create international leaders in the field of Trauma Informed Care. She hosts an annual national conference to update and enlighten providers on current best practices. Tonier’s methods have proven to be effective, resulting in numerous awards for her work. She has been honored by two governors, a mayor and a state attorney with proclamations naming days after her, because of her help to transform their city and state.

Tonier is the C.E.O. and Founder of Tonier Cain International, Founder and President of Neen Cares, Inc. A 501 C 3, Founder and Co-C.E.O. of M.E.T.-R Integrated Health, Global, as well as the Founder and C.E.O. of Purposeful Entertainment Production Company.

She is an award-winning Film Producer that is the Creator and Producer of the Upcoming TV Show “Restoration”, Executive Producer of the Film “Walking Thru Bullets”, subject and Co-Producer of the Award-Winning Film “Healing Neen”, along with being featured in the Documentary “Behind Closed Doors: Trauma Survivors in the Psychiatric System” and advising on the film “Like Any Other Kid”.

Tonier is an author and serves as a Citygate Network Board Member. Her commitment to advocating for those who are often forgotten hasn’t gone without recognition. She has been featured in many articles including December’s 2014 Ebony Magazine and appeared on over seventeen talks shows. Tonier Cain uses her life experiences to make a difference for trauma survivors.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 2020 Scholarship Information


There will be a limited number of scholarships available for self-advocates, peers, or their family members who require financial assistance to attend the Virtual WI Peer Recovery Conference August 13 and 14, 2020.

Scholarships are available for both the full amount of conference registration ($50) and half the cost of registration ($25). Complete the Scholarship Application Form by Friday, July 3, 2020 if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

Please remember that there are a limited number of scholarships - only seek a scholarship if you require financial assistance.

Important Note: DO NOT REGISTER for the conference if you are submitting a scholarship application. If you are awarded a scholarship, instructions will be sent by email with specific scholarship registration information no later than July 9, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email Chelsey.MyhreFoster@ilresources.org or call at 608-787-1111.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2020 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference will feature a VIRTUAL exhibit hall available to conference participants before, during, and after the conference!   

2020 Exhibit Fees:
  • $100 Non-Profit Agencies
  • $125 For-Profit Agencies
All exhibitors will receive the following:
  • 1 Complementary Conference Registration ($50 value!)
  • A virtual exhibit booth designed by your agency with your choice of graphics, videos, promotional links, etc.
Exhibit space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Exhibitor Registration closes Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Virtual exhibit booth content due no later than Friday, July 24, 2020.  No exceptions will be made. 

For additional information, please contact conference coordinator ​Chelsey Myhre Foster at Chelsey.MyhreFoster@ilresources.org or 608-878-1111.

2020 Agenda - Review last year's breakout sessions!

 Thursday, August 13, 2020

​8:45-9 a.m.
​Log onto Zoom
​9-9:30 am.
​Welcome/Opening - Prize Giveaway
​9:30-10:30 a.m.
​Keynote Speaker
​10:30-11 a.m.
​11 a.m.-Noon
Breakout Session "A"
​Noon-1 p.m.
​Lunch Break
​1-2 p.m.
Breakout Session "B"
​2-2:30 p.m.
​2:30-3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session "C"

 Friday, August 14, 2020

​8:45-9 a.m.
​Log onto Zoom
​9-9:30 a.m.
​Virtual Coffee, Social Time, Prize Giveaway
​9:30-10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session "D"
​10:30-11 a.m.
​11 a.m.-Noon
Breakout Session "E"

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Zoom Tutorial

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

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. 

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)​

Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. UWSP will send you a certificate of completion after the conference that will serve as 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 2020 conference will be seeking approval for the following:

Thursday = 4.5 contact hours 
Friday = 2 contact hours 

Total = 6.5 contact hours 

The conference will be seeking approval for 6.5 Continuing Education Hours by the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Department of Sociology. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the conference coordinator:

​Chelsey Myhre Foster 
Independent Living Resources

If you have any questions about conference registration, please email uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu or call 715-346-3838. 

2020 Cancellation Policy 

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.eduRequest must be received by August 11, 2020.  No refunds will be given on or after August 12, 2020.

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. 

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 uwspceweb@uwsp.edu.