The largest children and adolescent mental health conference in the state!
November 11-12, 2019
Glacier Canyon Lodge at Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
CHILDREN COME FIRST
Online Registration has Closed.
Registration for the 2019 Children Come First conference closed at noon on Friday, November 8. See you at the conference!
Who Should Come?
The Children Come First Conference is for those caring for, working with, or concerned with the well being of children and young adults with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Our 2019 Keynote Speakers
Wisconsin Family Ties is delighted to present our keynote speakers for the 2019 CCF conference!
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., clinicial psychologist and author of Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges. Check out her blog at Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
David Romano, social worker, mental health advocate, speaker with Active Minds, with lived experience of depression since middle school. Learn more about his story at the Active Minds site. David will also be offering a workshop with the youth.
Workshops & Sessions
6 Sessions - 4 on Monday; 2 on Tuesday
9 Workshops offered per Session
54 Unique Workshops!
See a complete listing of the workshops, including the time they are offered and the description.
Graphic Recording by Sue Keely
This year's keynote presentations will transformed into art in-the-moment by graphic recorder Sue Keely, https://www.suekeely.com/. Sue will be working with the youth during several youth track sessions as well. Take a look at an example of her art in the image below!
Included in Your Registration
Each day registrants will enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast (with scrambled eggs), plated lunch and a snack.
Book Signing - Mona Delahooke
We will host a book signing for Mona Delahooke on Monday, November 11 from 11:45am-12:15pm. Her books will be available for purchase: Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention ($24) and her brand new book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behaviors ($30). Cash, check or major credit cards accepted.
Youth (ages 12-26) who have a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health or substance use challenge have a designated Youth Track at the 2019 conference. Youth are invited to attend the keynote speaker presentations, and then enjoy special youth-only sessions during workshop breakout times. Visit the Youth Track page for more details.
Thanks to all the families who have registered their youth for the conference! Youth Track registration is now at capacity and has been closed.
Conference attendees are responsible for making hotel reservations. Call Glacier Canyon Lodge, 1-800-867-9453, and tell them you are part of the Children Come First Conference, Room Block # 634761. We have discounted rooms: $82.00 per room, per night (single occupancy) or $99.99 per room, per night (2-4 per occupancy). The conference rate for the two-bedroom deluxe room is $144.99 per night. Book as soon as you can to be in the Lodge part of The Wilderness Resort, where rooms are closer to the conference center. Once those are full, reservations will be made in the hotel part of the Resort and you will have to walk a distance or take a shuttle to the conference center.
Continuing Education (CEUs)
Continuing Education Hours/Credits will be available this year through UW-LaCrosse for a fee of $20.
This year credit can again be awarded three different ways:
attending both days of the conference (10 contact hours)
attending the first day of the conference only (6.25 contact hours) or
attending the last day of the conference only (3.75 contact hours)
November 11 – 6.25 contact hours or .625 CEUs
November 12 – 3.75 contact hours or .375 CEUs
Conference Total = 10 contact hours or 1 CEUs
Use the link below to register and pay for CEUs
($20 charge payable directly to UW-LaCrosse):
If possible, please register for CEUs ahead of time. Registration will stay open until Saturday, November 30. After November 30 we will not be able to award any CEUs for the conference.
Note: UWL CEUs fulfill continuing education requirements for many professionals, agencies and organizations. Professional associations may have specific licensing requirements. Individuals should contact their licensing association before assuming UWL CEUs will fulfill all requirements.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Organizations are cordially invited to partner with Wisconsin Family Ties through sponsorship. Some examples would be sponsoring a meal, or our Graphic Recorder, Sue Keely or sponsoring families to attend via a scholarship. Exhibitors are also welcome at the Children Come First conference! Exhibitor prices for 2019 remain at $425 for-profit, $275 not-for-profit. See our 2019 Sponsor and Exhibitor Guide for details; contact AmyA@wifamilyties.org with any questions.
Youth Track - Registration Closed
From an attendee at the 2018 CCF conference:
"I had the best time at the Conference! I met great people and learned so much helping me to see underneath the surface of my son. Living in an area where resources are slim to none, makes it a challenge to support his education and believe he had a future. Every session was awesome; filled with information to help me navigate thru the system and contacts willingly offering support and understanding. Not enough words to express how enlightening and special this conference meant to me!!! Thank you to every person involved! From the planning and organizing to the speakers and resource booths. Everyone was wonderful!!!"