Upper Midwest Behavioral Health Conference

The  21st Children Come First Conference, Wisconsin’s Premiere Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Conference, was held November 8th & 9th, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells. Our 2010 theme was: “See My World: New Perspectives on Children’s Mental Health”.

THANK YOU to all who helped make the 2011 CCF conference a success! From the volunteers and staff to the Keynotes and all of the presenters and attendees - THANK YOU! We had over 420 attendees, a full Youth Track, wonderful speakers and keynotes, networking and more! And none of it could of happened without you! THANK YOU!

Please note that the 2011 CCF conference handouts we have permission to post will be available on line by December 15th. Thank you for your patience. Deenah

Who attended: Anyone caring for, working with or interested in the wellbeing of children with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders and their families.

There were two Keynote Speakers & Youth Plenary Panel:

Heather Forbes On Monday, November 8th Heather Forbes, LCSW, will gave her keynote address entitled: “Beyond Consequences Helping Children Heal”.  Click here for more information on Heather Forbes!

Flo Hilliard

On Tuesday, November 9th, we had a youth panel for our breakfast plenary.  At lunch, our keynote, given by Flo Hilliard, MWS, was titled: “Adolescent Brain Development, Emotions and Behavior”.

Both days featured over 30 breakout sessions on such topics as: Special Education, Services as Youth Transition to Adulthood, Mentoring, Respite Care, Early Childhood Interventions, Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatments, The Traumatic Impact of Bullying, Navigating the Juvenile Justice System, Sensory Processing and Self Regulation, Legislative Advocacy, and much more!

New this year – our Keynote, Heather Forbes facilitated a three-hour seminar for professionals on Monday afternoon.

Breakout Session Presenters included both of our keynoters along with clinicians, social workers, psychologists, direct-service workers and many other parents and professionals from across Wisconsin.

Youth Track: This very unique and fun-filled program was back again this year by popular demand! It ran simultaneously with the adult track and was filled with hands-on, interactive, educational and creative activities for children and youth from 6 – 19 years old. Youth got to choose from workshops like: drumming, arts and crafts, magic, drama, music-making with the Figureheads, and more!

Sponsors for this event were: Wisconsin Family Ties, Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and, Community Partnerships, Rogers Memorial Hospital, 3M Corporation, and Children’s Trust Fund, along with our Collaborative Partners: Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Juvenile Corrections, Department of Public Instruction, Disability Rights Wisconsin, National Alliance on Mental Illness and White Pine Consulting Services.

Further information and registration materials:

2010 Conference Award Winners

Register Online

Complete Program and Registration PDF Brochure

Award Nomination Form

Outline of Presenters
Registration Form in PDF format to mail in
Program Advertising Information
Exhibitor Information and Registration Form

Link to promotional videos on the Conference

Promotional Video: Wisconsin Family Ties: Children Come First, November 8-9, 2010

Financial Support: Scholarships and Financial Aid information

For more details, call Deenah or Paula at the Wisconsin Family Ties office at 1-800-422-7145.