2021 Workshops--More Information Coming Soon!

2019 Workshops!

From a 2018 CCF conference attendee: "This was the best conference I have attended. I loved the variety of speakers, how the days were broken up and the easiness of attending. The exhibitors were great and I was able to learn about many resources. I especially enjoyed that this wasn't just for professionals. It was a great touch having parents/grandparents/caregivers there in addition to a wide variety of professions."

  • 1 in 100 Students Have Tourette … 50% Remain Undiagnosed – Kathy Giordano, Tourette Association Education Specialist

  • Accessibility - School Based Mental Health – Erin Perez MA, LPC, Ozaukee Community Therapies 

  • Addressing Social Emotional Learning Competencies: Practical Methods and Strategies PreK-3 – Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP, Educational Consultant, CP Consulting

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's): Understanding the Effects as a Parent, and as an Educator – Ashlee Glowacki, CCS Service Facilitator, WI Family Ties Board Member, Parent; Amy Thompson, parent and CST Social Worker, Lafayette County

  • Beloit School District and Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT): Creative Collaboration for High-Need Students – Emma Harrell, Parent Peer Specialist, Wisconsin Family Ties; Robyn Hardt-Schultz, PhD, Program Evaluation Director, Wisconsin Family Ties; Parent from Beloit School District; Emily Pelz, former Director of Special Education, Beloit School District; Melissa Beavers, current Director of Special Education, Beloit School District; Molly Polyock, Therapist, Beloit Memorial Hospital and On-site at Beloit Schools


  • Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) - Speakers to be announced

  • Building Resilience Through the Therapeutic Lifestyle - The PassageWay – Angela Fredrickson, Clinical Director
    Northwest Passage; Ian Karl, Experiential Coordinator Northwest Passage

  • Calm, Cool & Collected: How Dogs Can Support Mental Health, Part 2 – Pat Ann St. Germain, MA, LPC; Jan Beamer, Therapy Dog Handler; Olivia Gilkey-Meisegeier, MS, LMFT

  • Catchers in the Rye: How Telepsychiatric Collaborative Consultation with Primary Care Proviers is Helping Wisconsin's Children - Gabriella Hangiandreou, MD, Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children's Hospital Wisconsin

  • Connection is the Key to Prevention – Deeatra Kajfosz, Suicide Prevention and Mental Wellness Advocate, Life of Hope Project

  • Cooperating for Calm: Working with Both Children and Parents to Heal – Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW, Certified Parent Coach, Anu Family Services; Ashley Hansen, BA, PACC, Intensive Permanence Specialist, Anu Family Services

  • E-Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Marijuana Demystified – Samantha Schams, M.S., LPC, SAC, Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Every Behavior is a Communication–What Are They Communicating to You? – Janet Duening-Macha, Educational Consultant

  • Finding the Positives in Smartphone Apps, Video Games, and Chatbots – Kay Jewell, MD

  • Gender Identity in Modern Society – James Lammers, MA, LPC, Ozaukee Community Therapies

  • Help! My Child is Out of Control: Strategies on Identifying, Coping, and Calming – Becky Payne, MAT, CCC-SLP, HPCS, Director of Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc.; Dr. Brittany Meyers, OTD, OTR, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center

  • Helping Youth with Chronic Illness: Cooperation is Key – Jacquelyn Smith, PhD, Psychologist Children’s Hospital Wisconsin; Kristi Lynn Cedars, PhD, Psychologist Children’s Hospital Wisconsin

  • Home of Our Own (HOOO): Creating an Integrated Residential Community for Adults with Developmental, Physical or Intellectual Disabilities – Mary Anne Oemichan, Lawyer and Wisconsin Family Ties Certified Parent Peer Specialist; Susan K. Wallitsch, JD

  • Hope Squad Suicide Prevention Peer Mentoring – Tanya L. Fredrich, PhD Director of Student Services Elmbrook Schools; Aimee Schneidewent, School Psychologist Brookfield East High School; Jennie Katrichis, School Psychologist Brookfield Central High School

  • IEP (Individualized Education Plan) 101 – Amy Polsin, Certified Parent Peer Specialist Supervisor, Wisconsin Family Ties; Phyllis Greenberger, Advocacy Specialist, Disability Rights Wisconsin

  • The Ingredients of Fatigue and a Recipe for a Cooperative Family Culture (Part 1) – Sue McKenzie Dicks, VP Healthy Culture, Rogers InHealth

  • Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach – Heather Reader, MSW, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer; Chanda Kulow, Ed.D, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer

  • It Takes a (Cooperative) Village—Coordination in Communities and Schools – Hollie White, Project Coordinator - Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program - Improving Children's Mental Health Through School and Community; Latanya Woods; Supervisor of Youth Outreach, PSG

  • Karlee’s Story - A Mother and Daughter Share Their Personal Story – Karlee Gross & Tricia Cull


  • Lakeland STAR Girls' Empowerment Group - Claire Malchow, Special Education Teacher Lakeland Star School and Academy; Kris Webster, MS/CCC-SLP, Lakeland Star School and Academy

  • Learning About Emotions Through Children’s Literature and Storytelling: A Project in a Community Trauma Center – Angel Mak, MA, Doctoral Student Marquette University 


  • Life Tools Group: A Rural After-school Program Enhancing the Well-being of At-risk Youth – Kelsie-Marie Offenwanger, PsyD, Psychologist, Marshfield Clinic; Jennifer Smith, After School Program Manager Marshfield Clinic

  • Lived Experience Leading Systems Change – Andrea Turtenwald, Family Relations Coordinator, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health; Tracy Loken Weber, Collective Impact, Office of Children’s Mental Health

  • Looking Beyond the Surface: Assessing For Needs Not Service – Leanne Delsart, Wraparound Milwaukee Training and Crisis Coordinator; Ann Kelley-Kuehmichel, Wraparound Coach/Consultant

  • Medicaid Made Easy: Understanding Medicaid for Children with Disabilities – Brigit Frank, Community Education Coordinator, Family Voices of Wisconsin

  • The Mental Health Risks of Human Trafficked Youth – Deanna Brown, Rock County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force; and Catherine O’Krafka, MD, family medicine resident physician at Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program in Janesville, WI

  • Multi-level Systems of Support: Learner Led Community Circles – Johnna Noll, Executive Director Norris Academy; Kristofer Koneazny, Citizenship Specialist Norris Academy; Kyle Stouff, Community Coach Norris Academy

  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) - Using Brain Mapping as Clinical Problem Solving – Ted Stein, MS, LPC, BCC, BCPCC, NCTFCBT, NMT2, Stein Counseling and Consulting Services


  • Parenting Higher Needs Kids: Understanding the Differing Experiences of Moms and Dads and Finding Ways to Work Together – Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW; Jonathan Boorman, MA, LMFT

  • The Power of Shame – Tim Markle, Senior Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Waisman Center and Founder of  Forgiveness Factor

  • Providers and Teens Communicating for Health – Erica Koepsel - PATCH Program Manager, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Mental Health; Teen Educators TBA

  • Providing Effective Peer Support to Youth Living With Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges – Katie Sparks, Statewide Coordinator of Peer Run Recovery Centers, Certified Peer Support Specialist; Sara Honadel, Independent Living Specialist, Certified Peer Support Specialist

  • Relax, Refresh, Recharge - Respite Can Help! – Lisa Schneider, Executive Director, Respite Care WI; Rachel Watkins-Petersen, Project Manager, Respite Care WI

  • Secondary Trauma and How Did This Happen to Me? – Sherry Benson LCSW, LMSW, CCTP, Certified Family Mediator

  • Seeing the Unseen Child – Deborah-Jean Smith, Parent Educator/External CSEFEL Coach

  • Self-Compassion and Self-Care: The Foundation for Compassionate Parenting (Part 2) – Sue McKenzie Dicks, VP Healthy Culture, Rogers InHealth

  • She Believed She Could So She Did – Sarah Sprenger, Parent; Toni Chambers, MS, Educational Consultant, Certified Parent Peer Specialist, Wisconsin Family Ties

  • Skill Development Groups and How They Benefit Youth – Lindsay Sondelski-Mental Health Tech, North Central Health Care; Jessica Northway-Service Facilitator, North Central Health Care

  • The Social Engagement System of the Polyvagal Theory – Camille Berger, DC, Early Beginnings Chiropractic

  • Supporting Children Experiencing Community Violence – Courtney Clark, LPC, MS, Penfield Children’s Center; Meagan Langfield, LPC, MS, Penfield Children’s Center

  • Syncing Together: Using Rhythm as a Tool for Building Regulated and Positive Relationships – Cassie Wilcox, MS, OTR/L, Children’s Therapy Network; Jordan Ryan, LCSW, Children’s Therapy Network

  • A Valuable Medical Benefit for Children: Introduction to HealthCheck and HealthCheck Other Services – Pam Lano, PhD, Department of Health Services Clinical Consultant

  • What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Student Behaviors and How We Can Support Student Regulation – Julie Scott, LPC-IT, NCC, SaintA; Kristine Bune LPC, NCC, SaintA

  • Why Doesn’t My Child Want to Go to School? (Or, They Go, But It’s Not Pretty) – Erika J. Kluge; Director & Assistive Technology Special Education, THINK With Success; Toni Chambers, MS, Educational Consultant, Certified Parent Peer Specialist, Wisconsin Family Ties

  • Working in Partnership with Birth Parents – Peg Cadd, foster/adoptive mom, Coalition for Children Youth and Families

  • Would You Be Saying That About Asthma? – Nicki Van Abel, Parent, Advocate and Friend

  • Yoga for Healing – Molly Chanson, MA, RYT

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