Thank you for being a part of the 25th CCF Conference!


We hope you enjoyed the conference just as much as we did!  As a case-coordinator for youth & families reported, "The Children Come First Conference was one of the best conferences I've attended this year.  The information provided on resiliency will be so beneficial for my work with youth and families, and I'm excited to share the information with my co-workers."

Here is where you can download handouts from the conference. Click on the files below to download. 

Keynote addresses

Certificate of Attendance

Session A workshops

Trauma-Free Crisis Intervention

Wisconsin Family Ties Staff

My Home: Housing Options for People with Disabilities Howard Mandeville, Executive Director of Movin’ Out Inc.


Building Bridges Across Systems that Work with Children and Families

Jim Moeser, Deputy Director of Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

& Mark Mertens, M.S.W., Manager Youth and Family Services, Outagamie County

Current Happenings in Federal Public Policy

Joanne Juhnke, Policy Director, Wisconsin Family Ties

Session B workshops

Building Resilence: How We can Cope

(and Thrive) when Facing Adversity

 Jennifer Jones, Interim Executive Director, Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund

& Elizabeth Hudson, LCSW, Director, Office of Children’s Mental Health

Helping Youth Become Resilient in the Face of Trauma, Challenges & Everyday Life

 Elizabeth Van Abel, Prevention Educator, Reach Counseling

School-Based Mental Health: Doing it Right 

 Sara Daniel, Director of Clinical Services, Saint A

& Carey Jacobsen, School-Based Services Coordinator, Saint A

Effectively Addressing Behaviors that Interfere with Learning in Inclusive Settings

 Daniel Parker, Autism and Family Engagement Consultant, Special Education Team,

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Session C workshops

Creating a Recovery Culture: What You Do Matters!

Tamra Oman

Current Happenings in State Public Policy  Elizabeth Hudson, Shel Gross, Joanne Juhnke

Understanding & Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Traumatized Learners Using Brain-Based Interventions

Dr. Nomsa Gwalla-Ogisi, Professor, U.W.-Whitewater

10 Strategies Proven to Inspire Even the Most Difficult Students

 Christian Moore

Six Questions Worth Asking about a Child's Point of View

 Mark Sweet, PhD

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in a Complex Organization

Renee Krueger, B.S.W., Corrections Unit Supervisor, Lincoln Hills School

Stigma & Self-Disclosure:

Frameworks that Work!

Sue McKenzie, Director, Rogers InHealth

Social Security and SSI: Entitlement, Transition and Work

 Connie DaValt, Social Security Administration Area Work

Incentive Coordinator, WI PASS Specialist

Session D workshops

Session E workshops

The New 3 Rs

 Christian Moore

Using Our Stories to Change the World: Lived Experience and Public Policy

 Joanne Juhnke

Adolescents with Self-Injury: A Resilience Model

 Dr. Jennifer Meuhlenkamp, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist,

associate professor of psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Sensory Regulation & Brain Research  Deb Buchanan, MS, OTR



From In Trouble to In Charge: A Success Story of a Youth Guided Coordinated Services Team

 Bryan Waldroff,

Kendra Waldroff, Dawn Campbell, Lisa Thibodeau

Making Sense of the Mental Health System Alphabet Soup

Joyce Allen, Director of WI DHS Bureau of Prevention,

Treatment and Recovery