28th Annual Wisconsin Crisis Intervention Conference
September 19-20, 2024
Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Conferences and Training, Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings


Thursday and Friday, September 19-20, 2024
Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI                      

Details

To provide education on best practices in a culturally aware format that leads to superior quality mental healthcare services that benefits individuals, providers, and communities.

Goals and Learning Objectives 

Participants will learn ways to improve relationships between the mental health community and the community at large.

  • Increase knowledge of available resources and skill development.
  • Reduce stigma associated with mental health through education. 

Participants will enhance skills associated with improving the quality of life for people living with mental health issues.

  • Learn ways to increase service utilization. 
  • Increase awareness around issues surrounding suicide, non-suicide self-injury, substance use, homelessness, and/or violence and victimization. 
  • Expand awareness of issues surrounding communities at higher risk or with reduced access to services. 

Participants will increase overall safety during crisis situations. 
  • Improve de-escalation and crisis assessment/intervention techniques. 
  • Increase education around mobile crisis services, crisis bed options, and access to these services. 

​Who Should Attend

Consumers and family members, administrators, front-line workers, and community professionals involved in crisis intervention, including Court Personnel, Emergency Services Personnel and Faculty Personnel,  Hospital Personnel, Jail Personnel, Law Enforcement, Mental Health Professionals,  Nursing Professionals, Mental Health, Jail and School Nurses, School Administrators,  Social Workers, and Substance Abuse Professionals​.​

​Registration Information​

$275 | Individual 

$255 | ​Group Fee (6 or More)

​$125 | Virtual

If you are paying by check, please fill out the paper registration form​

Registration Deadlines:

In-Person: September 14, 2023

Virtual: September 22, 2023

Facilitating ADA supports is important to UWSP. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least four weeks in advance of the conference. Please contact UWSP Continuing Education at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.  ​

​2024 Conference​ Information​

 Become a Conference Sponsor

Get recognized as a key partner in a highly regarded training event for crisis professionals!

Your organization can be a partner in keeping this conference affordable to participants and to maintain its relevance and viability to crisis professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Your support will allow the conference to maintain its reputation for top notch keynoters and important professional training topics.

The conference offers four levels of participation. We would also be happy to consider other arrangements you may want to offer.  

 

Mail in Registration Form


 Diamond $3,500 | Platinum $2,500 | Gold $1,750 | Silver $1,000 


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*After securing sponsorship, UWSP will contact your company representative in late August or early September to identify who will use the complimentary registration(s). Sponsorships obtained on or after August 26, 2024, are not guaranteed to be included in printed materials. Sponsorships and booth spaces might still be available after this date, but exhibit space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please email uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.


The Crisis Intervention Conference reserves the right to deny sponsorship, exhibit booth content, and/or donations for any company/organization, or individual it deems unsuitable for the conference. The 28​th annual Crisis Intervention Conference and UWSP Continuing Education are not responsible for damages or loss by a vendor during the conference.

Sponsorships are non-refundable.

 Become an Exhibitor

The 28th Annual Crisis Intervention Conference features an Exhibit Hall available to participants before, during, and after the conference. We encourage all vendors to get creative. Helpful information, self-care ideas, promotional offers, etc., are all welcome!

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Booth Fee includes the following:​

  • *One complimentary registration, including conference content and meals ($275 value!)
  • One 4'x8' skirted table designed for table-top exhibits
  • Access to more than 600 consumers and family members, administrators, front-line workers, and community professionals involved in crisis intervention.

*After securing sponsorship, UWSP will contact your company representative in late August or early September to identify who will use the complimentary registration(s). Sponsorships obtained on or after August 26, 2024, are not guaranteed to be included in printed materials. Sponsorships and booth spaces might still be available after this date, but exhibit space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please email uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.

The Crisis Intervention Conference reserves the right to deny sponsorship, exhibit booth content, and/or donations for any company/organization, or individual it deems unsuitable for the conference. The 28th annual Crisis Intervention Conference and UWSP Continuing Education are not responsible for damages or loss by a vendor during the conference.


​Exhibit Booths are non-refundable. 

 2024 Consumer Scholarships

​A limited number of scholarships are available to consumers of crisis intervention services and those that are peer specialists. Scholarships are considered on a first-come, first-served basis if criteria is met. Applicants will need to describe how they will share information obtained at the conference with local and/or statewide consumer groups. Other factors taken into consideration are past conference attendance, Peer Specialist status, and/or previously awarded scholarships.​ Preference is given to those who are both a consumer and a peer specialist. 

There is a $10.00 non-refundable scholarship application fee. If you do not receive a scholarship you will recieve a promocode for $10.00 off your conference registration.​

Not all applicants will be guaranteed a scholarship. Please wait for UWSP to notify you of your status before registering. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship application status by July 26, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be emailed instructions with additional registration information. 

Scholarship Application Deadline: July 3, 2024​. 

​Please contact uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu​ with concerns or questions. 

 Proposals for Poster Board Presentations

The University WI-Stevens Point and the conference planning committee are accepting proposals for poster board presentations. Desired proposals include research relevant to mental health crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community mental health, emergency psychiatric practices and substance use disorders.




 ‭(Hidden)‬ Call for Proposals

This form is now closed. Proposal deadline was February 2, 2024

The 2024 Crisis Intervention Conference is scheduled for Thursday-Friday, September 19-20, 2024. It is anticipated that this event will take place in-person at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Some sessions may be available virtually.

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

Selected workshop presenters will be notified by email no later than Friday, March 15, 2024.

Email questions to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.​

 Join the Planning Committee!

We are currently looking to expand the identity of the committee, as the world around us changes and the people we serve grows. In this exploration, we have noted a need to bring more diverse voices to the table, to better meet the needs of various communities across our State. This shift involves not only aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) based on cultural identity, but also within one’s professional/vocational role.

If you feel that you are in a place to join our committee and contribute in meaningful ways as we expand our efforts in DEIB, we look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your application.​


 

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2024 Crisis Intervention Conference Call for Presenter Proposals

The 2024 Crisis Intervention Conference is scheduled for Thursday-Friday, September 19-20, 2024. It is anticipated that this event will take place in-person at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Some sessions may be available virtually.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 Crisis Intervention efforts, and energize participants are encouraged. Proposal Deadline is February 2, 2024. Please submit one form per proposal.UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach staff and the conference planning committee review all proposals. Selection criteria includes the following: • Demand for the topic. • Presenter(s) experience and qualifications. • Demonstration of diverse perspective or application. • Relevancy (new or advanced level information) and best practices. • Alignment with conference objectives. • 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. • Alignment with national best practice standards described in Crisis Now and the National Guidelines for Crisis Care – A Best Practice Toolkit.

The Conference will offer a complimentary registration and one night of lodging for up to 3 presenters. A possible small honorarium will be considered.

The Crisis Intervention Conference is committed to equity and inclusion. UWSP and the conference planning committee recognize 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 racial background, class, gender, and ability. The barriers themselves could be financial, physical, geographical, or social. Individual requests for additional compensation to alleviate financial barriers such as travel, etc. are welcomed and will be considered. Indicate your compensation need later in this proposal.​

The Call for Proposals Form asks for the following information:

  • Session Title, Description, Learning Objectives
  • ​Presenter and Co-Presenter contact information, professional credentials/title, short biography.
  • 2-3 References who have seen you present or who could speak to the content you would be presenting.
  • Optional demographic questions. 
  • Answer the question: How do your personal and professional experiences and formal education connect to this proposal and the conference?
  • Additional compensation.

Workshop Proposal Submission button.pngSelected workshop presenters will be notified by email no later than Friday, March 15, 2024.

Email questions to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.

Click on the grey drop-down menu ​below for the 2024 Conference Agenda​​​. ​​​

CONFERENCE: Thursday, September 19, 2024

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 8:30-10:00 am | Opening and Keynote

Opening Remarks 

​Presenters: ​William Hutter, PsyD, LMFT​

                     Kirsten Johnson, MPH, Secretary-Designee, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, Wis.​

Before Their Time:  Lessons in Crisis Intervention from The Great War to Coconut Grove


Presenter: ​Drew Martel, LISW, CADCChief Clinical and Training Officer with Foundation 2 Crisis Services

The essence of 'continuum of care' thrives on the understanding and application of historical lessons, on-going care methodologies, and the anticipation of future needs. "Before their time: Lessons in Crisis Intervention from The Great War to Coconut Grove" embraces this ethos, focusing on the evolution of crisis intervention strategies and how they continue to shape the crisis care continuum. The presentation will weave through a historical narrative, starting from the crisis intervention methods applied to soldiers during The Great War (WW1) and culminating at the disastrous Coconut Grove nightclub fire in 1942.

Learning Objectives:

       1. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of crisis intervention strategies, starting from The Great War up until the Coconut                Grove Fire, and how these strategies have informed present day crisis care and intervention.

       2. Participants will identify key lessons, including successful strategies and areas of improvement, that can be applied to modern crisis service provision.

        3. Participants will learn how to apply these historical insights to enhance their crisis services, primarily in the realm of crisis intervention.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 10:15-11:45 am | Breakout Sessions 1-6

​1) Substance Use in Crisis/Suicide


Presenter: William Hutter, PsyD, LMFT, Faculty at Northwestern University and private practice clinician

Learning Objectives:

2) How To Save A L.I.F.E.: In-Field Suicide Prevention for Non-Mental Health Professionals

Presenter: Jessi Beyer, MA, Crisis Co-Responder and #1 Best-Selling Author, Volunteers of America Western Washington, Marysville, WA

Even in areas with mobile crisis programs staffed with mental health professionals (MHPs), it’s usually police, fire/EMS, and jail, hospital, and school staff who make the first contact with a client in crisis. While MHPs train for years to prevent suicide, first responders often never receive enough training to successfully support clients with suicidal ideation. In this presentation, crisis co-responder Jessi Beyer will teach the suicide prevention framework usually reserved for MHPs to all first responders so they can feel confident supporting a client with suicidal ideation until they can be connected with formal mental health support.

Learning Objectives:

  1. ​Identify community resources for DV victims. Participants will be able to identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide. 

  2. ​​ Participants will be able to assess a client's safety by asking directly about suicide. 

  3. Participants will be able to create a safety plan with the client and reduce access to potential suicide methods.

3) Neurodivergency in Social Work Tools and Strategies for Neurodivergent Social Workers

​Presenter(s): Raymond Partlo BSW 

                        David Stanely CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

This session provides an opportunity for a Social Worker with severe ADHD to share some of the struggles he has encountered and ways he overcame them.
Also  there will be a peer support specialist who works with many workers who are Neurodivergent some tips, tricks and tools for Social Workers who have a Neurodivergent diagnosis. 
We will focus on ADHD, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety. It will also be an open forum for people to talk about areas of Social Work where they struggle.  Case Noting, Interviews, Deadlines, Self-care, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and More.
 

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Learn how to work with their Diagnosis (working against your diagnosis causes burnout and fatigue.

  2. Use tools, tips, strategies to help them over come hurdles that may be present due to a diagnosis. 

  3. Seeing Beyond their Diagnosis / They are not their diagnosis.

4) The Wild West Of Teen Dating Violence - And What To Do About It

Presenter: Jennifer M. Paine, Juris Doctorate, Executive Director of Horizons, Certified Trauma Coach

This session will explore the nuances of intimate partner violence for teenagers, how to approach teens who are victims, and what resources are available for them. Topics include: definitions; how teen dating violence is different from "adult violence"; methods and means of teen dating violence, such as cyber stalking, revenge porn, and social media bullying; lethality assessments; age-appropriate discussion tactics; and state and local resources.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the nuances/uniqueness of teen dating violence, compared to "adult violence".

    2. Discuss teen dating violence with a teen in an age-appropriate manner, including conducting a lethality assessment. 

    3. Identify state and local resources for further assistance.

5) Introduction to DBT's Crisis Survival Skills for Crises Driven by Emotion Dysregulation

Presenter: Leslie Chapin, Psy.D., DBT-LBC certified clinician, Vice President Pauquette Center for Psychological Services

Crises are acute periods of time causing intense escalation of emotion and often an overwhelming urge to resolve the situation quickly. These crisis situations have a high potential for really negative outcomes and creating additional problems. Individuals who are prone to emotion dysregulation tend to find themselves in crises more often and reach their skills breakdown point more readily. DBT's crisis survival skills address these types of situations in order to help individuals tolerate acutely stressful situations more effectively so as not to make the immediate problem worse. This workshop will introduce these skills and when to use them

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name at least 3 crisis survival skills.

  2. Participants will be able to describe the mammalian dive response and how to activate it..

  3. Participants will be able to demonstrate effective use of paced breathing.

6) Nurturing Safety, Dismantling Stigma, and Fostering Support in Crisis Intervention

Presenter(s): Mitchell Sherman, CPS, IPS, eCPR, Manager of Pure Support Delavan Wisconsin

                     Karen Iverson Riggers, Member/Owner, BA CPS

Embark on a transformative journey with our workshop, "Nurturing Safety, Dismantling Stigma, and Fostering Support in Crisis Intervention." Thisevidence-based session addresses core questions, providing actionable insights through discussions, exercises, and case studies. Participants willgrasp safety dynamics, stigma combat strategies, and practical methods for an inclusive crisis intervention community. Join us in navigating stigma,safety, and support to enhance your role in crisis intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore evidence-based practices that answer the fundamental question: "Who are we keeping safe through crisis?" Understand the intricate dynamics involved in safeguarding individuals in crisis, ensuring organizational well-being, and prioritizing the mental health of crisis intervention professionals.

  2. Investigate the impact of societal stigma on crisis intervention. Uncover the ways stigma hinders effective mental health support and crisis intervention. Through interactive discussions and case studies, gain practical strategies to dismantle stigmatizing attitudes and cultivate a stigma-free environment within crisis settings.

  3.  Delve into strategies that enhance collaboration and support across diverse demographics within the crisis intervention community. Learn to navigate and address unique challenges faced by individuals from various backgrounds. Gain practical tools to foster inclusivity and understanding, promoting a unified approach to crisis intervention goals.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 12:30-2:00 pm | Breakout Session 7-13

7) Ethics and Boundaries Part 1

Presenter: Drew Martel, LISW, CADC, Chief Clinical and Training Officer with Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Learning Objectives:

8) Crisis Intervention and the Law: Requirements, Tips, and Best Practices

​Presenter(s): Zachary Bosch,  J.D., Senior Attorney, Waukesha County Corporation Counsel, Waukesha, WI

                       Jonathan Martin, J.D., Attorney, Waukesha County Corporation Counsel, Waukesha, WI

Attorneys Zach Bosch and Jon Martin from Waukesha County Corporation Counsel will provide insight into the legal requirements and best practices for emergency detentions (Ch. 51), protective placements (Ch.55), and protective services (Ch.55), when to use each, and other considerations that should be contemplated. We will provide overviews of Chapters 51, 54, and 55 of the Wisconsin Statutes and provide in depth details on the expectations of county attorneys and the court. We will also provide a detailed explanation on how to determine the county of responsibility and ways counties may work more collaboratively with one another.  

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Participants will be able to understand the intricate legal differences between Chapters 51, 54, and 55.

  2. Participants will be able to better serve their respective clients by knowing which legal intervention is best for different situations. 

  3. Participants will be able to identify legal problems more quickly and be able to problem solve with the appropriate personnel.

9) How to Build and Operate a Co-Responder Model: System Breakdowns and Successes

​​Presenters: Sunny Schneider, Specialist Crisis Response Unit Police Officer, Waukesha Police Department, WI

                     Jason Fink, Patrol Specialist Crisis Response Unit and Neighborhood Engagement Unit, Waukesha Police Department, WI

                     Anna Diaz, Waukesha Crisis Response Unit Clinical Therapits, LPC

Co-responder models between law enforcement and crisis clinicians are on the rise throughout the country. Here we will discuss how to begin building your own co-responder model from the law enforcement perspective. We will examine ways to relationship build and collaborate with major community partners such as hospitals, shelters, ADRC, and more. We will explore how a co-responder response approaches memory care, group home, autism, mental health, and other police originating calls for service. We will address ways to "think outside the box" on repeat citizen contacts, exit strategies, 51.15 law, and more. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to make connections with local community partners for positive outcomes.

  2.  Understand more about the law enforcement perspective and response to crisis incidents. 

  3. Help develop a flow chart to use as a resource for families in crisisGain a better understanding of the system breakdowns and successes occurring in other jurisdictions..​

10) Crisis and Neurodiversity 101

​Presenter: Cheyenne Ver Voort, BS, MEd, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor, Services Coordinator, Agape of Appleton, Appleton, WI

 What is neurodiversity?

What happens when a neurodivergent person is in crisis?
How can I help more than I hurt?

This workshop will examine the intersection of crisis intervention and neurodiversity by exploring unique considerations for neurodivergent clients in crisis, with a special focus on autism and related disorders. This workshop aims to improve crisis intervention services for neurodivergent people by growing professional knowledge of neurodiversity, sharing resources, and providing education on best practices while centering the voices of people with lived experience. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the framework of neurodiversity..

  2. Participants will be able to identify potential differences in neurodivergent clients experiencing a mental health crisis.

  3. Participants will be able to use awareness of potential differences to better assess, support, and assist during crisis situations.

11) Connection is Prevention

Presenter(s): Lynn McLaughlin, Member/Owner, BA CPS

                        Karen Iver Riggers, Member/Owner, BA CPS

Our world is not comfortable with the expression of emotion. It is engrained in our social conditioning, and it results in the creation of a low tolerance for anything outside of a happy place. In this workshop, participants will learn how emotional expression and emotional wellness are the key components missing in suicide prevention, mental health and wellness programs. They will deepen their understanding on why all emotions are important to our human experience, and the many ways that we avoid being with our emotions. Explore the science and practice of connection, both for yourself and supporting others. 


Learning Objecives:

  1. Participants will learn the fundamentals of connecting with others, especially people in distress or crisis.

  2.  Participants will learn how to connect with their own emotions to enhance connection.

  3. Participants will learn how connection is a fundamental of healing. 

12) The Right Kind of Support in the Hardest Times of Life; Parents Supporting Parents

Presenters: Jill Clopper, Certified Parent Peer Support

                     Beth Trejo, Certified Parent Peer Support

Supporting a youth in crisis should involve supporting the parents or caregivers as well. A Certified Parent Peer Support can meet a parent’s needs in a unique way, unlike any other in a system of care. Two Certified Parent Peer Supports will share about how they work within care teams to address the unique needs of each family with empathy, advocacy, education and more.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the role of a Certified Parent Peer Support beyond the job description.

  2. Consider what healing looks like and how thinking holistically can help to understand this in a different way.

  3. Learn how to integrate CPPSs in order to overcome barriers with families and increase engagement with care services.

13) Validation Strategies as a Tool for Managing Conflict

Presenter: Leslie Chapin, Psy.D., DBT-LBC certified clinician, Vice President Pauquette Center for Psychological Services

The natural response to invalidation is defensiveness and further emotional escalation. During periods of crisis, this can inadvertently increase tension and polarization, making it more difficult to resolve problems and stabilize the situation. Validation strategies are one of the best tools we have for managing situations where emotions run high. Validation can help to soothe, re-regulate, and engage in interactions more effectively. In this session, participants will learn about what validation is, the many different ways to validate (even when it's difficult), and what NOT to validate. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define validation..

  2. Participants will be able to identify the six levels of validation.

  3. Participants will be able to identify common "validation traps".​​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 2:15-3:45 pm | Breakout Session 14-20

14) Ethics and Boundaries Part 2

Presenter: Drew Martel,  LISW, CADC, Chief Clinical and Training Officer with Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Learning Objectives: 

​15) Partnerships for Better Outcomes in Crisis: Adult Protective Services and Crisis Programs​​

Presenter(s): Brianne Zaborowske, LCSW​ 

                        Laurie Kohler, MSW, LCSW

Given the complexity of concerns facing adults at risk in crisis, there is often a need for Crisis and APS to work together for the best possible outcome. This session will explore the intersection between Adult Protective Services and Crisis response systems and ways in which a collaborative approach can be beneficial to support individuals at risk in crisis, their families, and care providers. Understanding the roles and resources of the two systems will prepare participants to understand how and when to engage a collaborative approach and the benefits of approach for supporting individuals at risk in crisis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to overview of the roles, responsibilities, resources, and guiding principles of both the Crisis and Adult Protective Services Systems.

  2. Participants will be able to explore how a teaming approach between Crisis and Adult Protective Services can lead to more comprehensive assessments and better client outcomes.

  3. Participants will be able to discuss best practices for collaborative initiatives including how to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones to improve collaboration between Crisis and Adult Protective Services. ​

16) Suicide Intervention by the Co Responder Team

Presenter: Phillip Antony, Deputy Sheriff, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Crisis Assessment Response Team, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In This session I will discuss principles of negotiations, how to negotiate as a team with suicidal individuals, effective communication skills in negotiations, how to employment negotiation strategies to build rapport and influence behavior, and provide real world examples of my own experiences working within Milwaukee county for the Crisis Assessment Response Team.  

Learning Objective:

  1. Identify the types of roles within the negotiation team and discuss strategies on how to work together.

  2. Identify Active listening skills (ALS) and the role the play in influencing behavior.

  3. Identify strategies to incorporate when responding to a person in a suicidal crisis

17) No, Really....How Are You?

Presenter: Chuck Price, MS  Owner/Consultant, Blue Collar Consulting, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 

A trauma-informed approach to Human Services, and other systems, is certainly a great foundation, but what if being "informed" is still not good enough? As a system and as leaders, we know so much more, we know so much better.  When we know better, it is time to do better. Chuck will talk about bringing "humanness" into the work and the importance of creating a trauma-informed environment/culture. Chuck will discuss how the organization can intentionally focus on a culture that is healthy, safe, and thriving. Chuck will also talk about the implications, but more importantly the benefits, of a healthy regulated workforce.

18) The Role of a Peer Specialist Training for Non Peer Specialists​

Presenter: Alysha Clark, CPS, HSBCP, Jessica Perez, CPS, & Tara Wilhelmi CPS, CPS State Trainer

Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) play an integral role in behavioral health organizations. As the profession continues to grow, it is important that all behavioral health providers have a deep understanding of the role and the value of this work.

Chrysalis Inc. and EOTO LLC. invite you to join this learning sessio to strengthen your understanding of what a Certified Peer Specialist is and is not. Explore the value of mutuality, inclusion, and centering lived experience from Alysha Clark and Tara Wilhelmi, two Peer Specialist trainers with extensive experience and knowledge in the field. 

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Understand what a Peer Specialist is and is not.

  2.  Learn the Scope of Practice, Core Competencies, and Code of Ethics of a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist. 

  3.  Understand the art of self disclosure. 

19) Crisis, Criminal Justice, and Sex Education: Beyond Rolling Condoms on Bananas

Presenter: Valerie Gonsalves, PhD & Lisa Dunham, Clinical Manager

Youth suffer from depression, anxiety, isolation and increases in thoughts of self-harm and suicidality as a result of criminal justice involvement. Therefore, implementing effective means of preventing involvement with the criminal justice system is one way to help manage mental health crises. Youth who do not receive proper sex education can have criminal justice involvement, as they may not know about consent or child pornography. This talk will provide practical strategies for professionals as to how to assist the families they work with essential components of healthy sexuality.

Learning Objectives:

  1. ​Participants will be able to describe why comprehensive sexual education is essential to prevention of sex crimes

  2. Participants will be able to discuss how to assist families with essential and unfamiliar components of healthy sexuality. ​.

  3. Participants will be able to discuss how to manage youth technology and implement a technology contract.  ​

20) The Art of Connection: Community Building Skills in Uncivil Times​

Presenters: Kenneth Ryback, Program Coordinator, Community Buidling Milwaukee - a program within Wisconsin Community Services, BS in Criminal Justice 

                    Karole Kimble, CEO and Chief Communication Officer for Kimble Communications, BA in English and MBA in Business Administration

Community Building has been shown to enhance already existing programs and enhances an individua's skills in Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Emotional Intelligence.  Community Building skills and principles lead to increases in empathy, active listening, cultural competence, self-care, and patience. This proposed session provides basic information about Community Building and Community Building Milwaukee through dyad exercises and some facilitator mini-lecture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the 4 Stages of Relationships as described by Dr. M. Scott Peck.

  2. Enhance TIC, MI, and SEL skillsets and transform your ability to listen. 

  3. Experience a taste of the renewal, connection, and peace of True Community. 



​​CONFERENCE: Friday, September 20, 2024

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 8:45-15 am | Breakout Sessions 21-26

21) Cannabis Induced Psychosis: Implications for Crisis Intervention

Presenter: John Puls, LCSW, MCAP, Founder, Full Life Comprehensive Care, Boca Raton, FL

Cannabis is the most used substance nationwide after tobacco and alcohol (NIH, 2020). Approximately 16 million Americans report regularly using cannabis (NIH, 2020). The vast majority of cannabis users begin using during their teenage years (NIH). Problems have arisen with the broad legalization of cannabis, including a failure to account for increased toxicity and the dangerous effects on early teens and young adults. Rapid increases in anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis-related hospitalizations from cannabis are causing alarm. This presentation will seek to highlight the growing risk of cannabis induced psychosis and related issues. 

Learning Objectives:​

  1. Participants will be able to comprehend a basic understanding and history of cannabis policy throughout the United States. 

  2.  Participants will be able to support individuals and families in crisis from cannabis induced psychosis and related disorders.

  3.  Participants will be able to utilize evidenced best interventions when working with individuals impacted by cannabis induced psychosis.​

22) Embedding Crisis in 911 Dispatch​

Presenter: Jennifer Wrucke, Health & Human Services Coordinator - Crisis Intervention 

As much as local county crisis lines and 988 are promoted, our communities still heavily rely on 911 and local law enforcement to be the first responders to mental health crises.  Following nationwide models of 911 crisis call diversion programs, Waukesha County has embedded a crisis counselor into Waukesha County Communications, the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for most law enforcement agencies in the county.  This workshop will provide an overview of how this position expedites crisis response, inserts crisis staff in calls for service that require a mental health response, and monitors data related time spent on mental health calls

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Understand three reasons why crisis programs collaborating with dispatch centers is vital to improving the emergency mental health response system.

  2.  Learn how Waukesha County implemented the crisis counselor position into 911 dispatch center.  Lessons learned and how success is measured.

  3.  Identify three ways crisis programs and dispatch can collaborate WITHOUT an actual position to embed.

23) Be Our Guest: Discovering the Intersection of Hospitality and Crisis Services

Presenter: Travis Atkinson, MS, LPC & Tess Parker, MSW, LMSW

Hundreds of communities have taken great strides in designing and operating a behavioral health crisis system that is accessible, community-based, and person centered. So how do we take crisis services from good to great? It might boil down to one word: hospitality. From service design and delivery to workforce, crisis services must be infused with elements of hospitality to achieve their greatest purpose.
In this session, unlock the secrets of hospitality in service industries while discovering their relevance in crisis settings. Learn how to put the elements of hospitality into practice while avoiding the pitfalls of ignoring hospitality.


Learning Objectives:

  1. ​Understand the essential elements of unreasonable hospitality in workforce, service design, and service delivery. 

  2. Gain knowledge about the financial and relational cost of not infusing practices of hospitality into crisis services. 

  3. Learn three steps to infusing unreasonable hospitality into crisis settings. 

24) Veteran Suicide Prevention Through a Recovery Orientated Lens

Presenters: Josh Andreini, LCSW - Clinical Coordinator for the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program through the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs

                   Chandler MillerMSW, VORP Southern Program Supervisor

                   Todd Marks, Regional Coordinator for the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program   

The team from VORP will define who/what is a veteran, provide an overview of our program and other veteran specific resources across the state of WI. We will review suicide statistics and specific considerations to keep in mind when working with veterans and service members. Risk reduction and the Gun Shop project will be reviewed as it relates to veterans. Our program is focused around best practice approaches to prevent suicide and address veterans' whole-health recovery needs. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. ​How to identify a veteran and understanding what it means to be classified as a veteran

  2. Gaining resources and knowledge about veteran programming and services across the state of Wisconsin.

  3. Understanding risks and approaches to veteran suicide prevention.​

25) Supporting First Responders in Crisis

Presenter: Kristen Herreid, MSW, LCSW, AEMT, Mental Wellness Coordinator, Kenosha Police Department

Law enforcement professionals, firefighters, and other crisis responders are historically reluctant to seek therapy for help with their own emotional struggles. And when in crisis, are even more reluctant to have crisis care provided in the same community they serve.  This presentation highlights understanding specific cultural aspects of the first responder community and unique areas of concern when building rapport to engaging in crisis response with those who pledge to protect and serve our communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify unique cultural aspects to working with first responders in crisis.

  2. Identify obstacles to first responders seeking mental health services. 

  3. Explore the ways in which bias impacts public perception of first responders, and vice versa. 

26) Introduction to DBT's Crisis Survival Skills for Crises Driven by Emotion Dysregulation​

Presenter: Lesley Chapin, Psy.D., DBT-LBC certified clinician, Vice President Pauquette Center for Psychological Services

Crises are acute periods of time causing intense escalation of emotion and often an overwhelming urge to resolve the situation quickly. These crisis situations have a high potential for really negative outcomes and creating additional problems. Individuals who are prone to emotion dysregulation tend to find themselves in crises more often and reach their skills breakdown point more readily. DBT's crisis survival skills address these types of situations in order to help individuals tolerate acutely stressful situations more effectively so as not to make the immediate problem worse. This workshop will introduce these skills and when to use them

Learning Objectives:

  1. ​Participants will be able to name at least 3 crisis survival skills

  2. Participants will be able to describe the mammalian dive response and how to activate it.

  3.  Participants will be able to demonstrate effective use of paced breathing​

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Anatomy of a Life: A Queer Story of Living with Suicide​

 Presenter: William Hutter, PsyD, LMFT

This session is aimed at being a keynote, where the lived experience of a queer person, who grew up in rural WI, will share how suicide has impacted their life and the way in which they have learned to live with suicidal ideation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will increase cultural awareness and humility around working with the queer community. .

  2. Attendees will becoming more acquainted with the three safety principles outlined.​

  3.  Attendees will better understand the values system discussed in the presentation.​

​2024 Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

2023 Conference Information

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Get to know​ the 2023 presenters by visiting the Speaker Page​! ​

 Whova: Conference App


​​​​We are excited to again bring you Whova! 

Whova is more than just a conference app for your phone or tablet, it also offers a desktop platform for those attendees that prefer using a laptop or desktop computer. More information will be sent t​​o conference registrants, but if you would like a sneak peek, watch the Whova How-To Guide. More information on how to download the Whova will be emailed to conference attendees. 

      The following is just a sample of what you will be able to access through Whova:                                                                                                               

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  • Session Evaluations
  • Conference Agenda ​
  • Session Locations (in-person) and Links (virtual)
  • Presenter Bios
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Exhibitor Information  

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Lodging at the Kalahari Resort

A block of rooms is available at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center. Reservations should be made online to avoid excessive wait times and resort fees. Rooms are only available at the reduced rate for Wednesday, September 20, 2023 and Thursday, September 21, 2023. Please reserve your room as soon as possible as the group rate will only be available until Monday, August 21, 2023 or the resort is sold out. 


If you are unable to book a room at the block rate before August 21, 2023, please contact us at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu​. UWSP Continuing Education, the Conference Planning Team, and WI DHS do not have control over Kalahari policies or room rates once the room block expires or fills to capacity.  

Due to waterpark maintenance, overnight guests that have an arrival or departure date that goes from September 4th to October 27th, will be provided complimentary Tom Foolery passes for all the registered guests in their room. This is in consideration of the slide tower work and all the other projects around here this fall. Day pass and voucher guests will NOT receive TF passes.​

Important Information from the Kalahari

Per their policy, the Kalahari does not accept completed Credit Card Letter of Authorization forms, Tax Exemption forms, nor Purchase Orders at hotel check-in. They have a dedicated team that pre-approves these forms to ensure validity prior to check-in.  These forms should be submitted no later than 7 days prior to check-in via email or fax 608-254-6116.

The Kalahari highly suggests attendees submit these forms at least two weeks in advance of check-in so their team can process them in a timely manner. Failure to follow this procedure may result in full room and tax charges to your personal card, since their Front Desk will not accept these forms at check-in. The Kalahari General Policy Page explains their policies in full detail. 

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 Special Dietary Requests

UWSP Continuing Education works hard to communicate all special meal requests and allergies to the conference venue. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we cannot guarantee all special dietary needs can be met. If you have dietary needs (i.e., low salt, low carb, keto, dairy-free, etc.), you may wish to make alternative meal arrangements.  

 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)


Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. Individuals should consult with their professional association and/or licensing board regarding the applicability of the conference for their profession. It is the individual's responsibility to report CEHs earned to their appropriate credential or licensing board.

The 2023 conference has been approved​ for a total of 9.5​ CEHs by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter. A link will be provided after the conference for registrants to receive a printable, personalized CEH Certificate of Completion via email.

 Conference Planning Committee


Will Hutter (Co-Chair)
Ashley Williams (Co-Chair)
Liz Bartz
Heidi Disher
Tracy Faust

Alyce Knowlton-Jablonski
Evonne Kundert
Jeff Lewis
Brad Munge
Mary Jo Oliver
Nancy Pierce
Stacy Rohleder
Leah Rolando
​Elizabeth Rudy
Jenna Suleski
Debi Trader
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Thank you for your dedication to the Crisis Intervention learning community!

 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. 

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The proposal Deadline was January 12, 2023. This form is now closed. 

​​Selected workshop presenters will be notified by email no later than Friday, March 1, 2023.

Email questions to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.

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This conference would not be possible without our generous conference sponsors! Thank you!

Covid-19 Policy 

KALAHARI COVID POLICY

At this point, to attend the conference, there is not an official mandate on masking or attendee vaccination status/proof of negative test. The situation remains very fluid and, as such, if protocols should change, we will be certain to inform all conference registrants.Please direct questions or concerns to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.

​2023 Cancellation Policy

Per the agreed to terms and conditions, full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. Request must be received by Friday, September 8, 2023. Cancelling your hotel room does not cancel your conference registration. You will need to contact UWSP Continuing Education at the above address to make the cancellation. Refunds requested between Saturday, September 9, 2023 and Friday, September 15, 2023 will be assessed a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given on or after Saturday, September 16, 2023. 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.

​​Exhibit booths and Sponsorships are non-refundable.

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