Save the Date for the Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference 2016: A time to learn side by side with 400 mental health consumers, family members, professionals and leaders. 

Friday, April 29–Saturday, April 30, 2016

Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI

The conference, Connecting Heart to Heart, envelops the core principles of emotional CPR, and is meant to teach people how to form supportive connections that empower them to assume meaningful roles in their community, as well as teach people how to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life. Mental health providers, leaders, social workers, consumers and family members will learn together under one roof, side by side.

Registration is now open!  Go to our official conference page here. 


Keynote Speakers Announced!

Friday, April 29: Scott Webb, the State's Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator, is a trauma survivor who has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years. Prior to his working at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, he worked for a national employee assistance firm managing a national book of business providing as part of his duties, onsite trauma response services across the United States. He holds a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a licensed clinical social worker.

TIC: Trauma-Informed Care, Trauma-Informed Connection: Trauma-informed care is an intervention and organizational approach that focuses on how trauma may affect an individual’s life and their response to receiving behavioral health services. This presentation will explore trauma and its prevalence in society. We will review the adverse childhood experiences study and how the five values of trauma-informed care drive connection and can be applied in both mental health and substance use services.

Saturday, April 30: Alice A. Holstein, Ed.D., lost her career as an organization consultant to the ravages of bipolar mood disorder. She lived on the streets periodically and had many hospitalizations and untold losses. She holds a doctorate in Organization Development from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a United States Air Force veteran ex-Intelligence officer who was the first woman sent to run a bomb wing level intelligence shop. Later she was the first woman sent overseas as a briefing officer to B-52 pilots flying Vietnam missions. At age 65 she returned to work as a Peer Support Specialist at the La Crosse VA mental health clinic. She is the author of A TOUGH GRACE: MENTAL ILLNESS AS A SPIRITUAL PATH which proposes a revolutionary way to view the heroic battles that people with mental illness fight.

TOUGH GRACE: Mental Illness As A Spiritual Path: Tough Grace is Alice's personal story of her battle with and recovery from bipolar mood disorder plus what she did to get well and how she reframed the traumatic experiences. This redefinition included seeing suffering as a purifying experience, understanding it as the path of a hero's journey and discovering the hidden gifts beneath the trauma.


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