2018.8.13.& 2018.8.14.Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Conference.Raising the Bar IV


Peers/Students/Retirees get $20 off/day or $40 off total conference other discounts may be available


The Fourth Annual

DWMHA Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Conference:

Raising the Bar

Facing the Future Together

Registration is now open


 Date: Monday, August 13 AND Tuesday, August 14, 2018                                            
 Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday & 9am-2:30pm Tuesday
 Location: COBO Center                   

Early Bird Registration Fees: (May 9 - July16) 

Total Conference                      $120 

Monday August 13, 2018                     $65

Tuesday August 14, 2018                     $55

General Registration Fees:   (July 17 - August 6)   

Total Conference                       $150 

Monday August 13, 2018                     $80

Tuesday August 14, 2018                     $70

Walk-In Registration Fees:   (Those not pre-registered)  

Total Conference                       $190

Monday August 13, 2018

Tuesday August 14, 2018                     $90








Interested in increasing your organizations exposure? We have a variety of opportunities available and can even work with you to build a customized package! Please contact Andrea Smith at asmith1@dwmha.com for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Information:

 This conference offers integrated and behavioral healthcare professionals the opportunity to: 

  • Share new clinical academic knowledge with practicing health professionals 
  • Share practice knowledge and experience addressing complex recovery challenges 
  • Provide an inter-professional educational opportunity eligible for continuing education credits 

Keynote Presentations from Lavinia Ekong, Linda Thornton & Councilman Roy McCalister Jr,

Day 1 Presentations

Mehan Perrault-Advanced Skills in Motivational Interviewing To Elicit change talk
Lavinia Ekong Soar: Transform Rage into Compassionate Connection
Dr Donna Coulter - Human Sexuality for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Dr Karla Mitchell - Holistic Healthcare 
David Clayton -  Hope Not Handcuffs
Matthew Yascolt - Marijuana in Michigan
Afternoon Session Options
Pamela Morgan - Sensitivity Training: Eliminate Desensitization & Burnout Effecting SUD Treatment & The Therapeutic Work Environment
Phillip Luttrell - Opioid Use Disorders Assessment to Treatment
Michael McClory -AOT/Kevin's Law
Steve Wiland - Treating Co-occurring Addiction and PTS/D
Dr Tina Parkman - Dating Violence 
Raynard Nelson- LGBTQ Teens

Day 2 Presentations

Linda Vanni - Revisiting Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Crisis
Pamela Morgan-Adolescent Toxic Relationships: Gateway to Substance Abuse
Jacquie Souilliere - Drumming and Mindfulness A Complimentary Method of Practice With  Evidence-Based Group Intervention
Michael McClory -AOT/Kevin's Law
Chief Dunlap - Drilling down the Data
Robert Spruce - Wanted and Unwanted Touch: Educating Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities on the Differences


  • The opportunity to browse the posters and converse with researchers studying the topic areas listed above and examine their projects and outcomes.
  • All training materials
  • Breakfastlunchlight snacks and refreshments
  • certificate of attendance documenting continuing education credits and training hours approved for this conference



Suggested Participants: Those currently working with or interested in learning more about adults and children who have a developmental disability, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders or have experienced trauma. This includes administrators, mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, general physicians, counselors, social workers, university faculty, military service members and those who work with veterans.

Registration, Fees and Cancelation Policy


Pre-registration is REQUIRED and available online only. Walk-ins (those not pre-registered) will be permitted on a first come, first serve basis based on the number of no-shows at the event. Please note the walk-in fees listed.

In order to register for this conference you must be a DWC website member. If you need to become a member it is FREE and EASY. Click HERE to become a DWC Member. To begin conference registration click the "Register Now" button located at the bottom of this page.

Please noteParticipant registration information and evaluation data will be shared with the following collaborating conference organizations: Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Michigan Area Health Education Center, Wayne State University, National Alliance on Mental Illness and University of Michigan School of Social Work.


Conference fees can be found at the top of this page. All conference fees are due in advance of the conferenceIf payment is outstanding, participants will be REQUIRED to pay in full in order to enter the conference. Participants can register online, pay by credit card, e-check or mail in check payment.

Payment Options:  

  • Credit Card or E-Check
    • Online Credit Card (VISA and MASTERCARD only) - safe and secure 
    • Online E-check - safe and secure
    • Agency Check or Money Orders (made payable to DWMHA, Attn: Andrea Smith) sent to 707 W Milwaukee, Detroit, MI 48202

You will receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail. If you do not, please contact the dwchelp@dwmha.com, or call the DWMHA DWC Help Desk phone (313) 451-3792

Cancellation Refund Policy: Substitutions are permitted at any time. No Shows will be billed at the same rate. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 7 business days prior to the training to asmith1@dwmha.com in order to obtain a full refund.  If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the training, no refund will be issued.

Photo Consent: By joining us at this event, attendees consent to Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's Detroit Wayne Connect photographing, videotaping and using your image and likeness.

Continuing Education Information

-SOCIAL WORKERS: 10.0 (5.0 each day) continuing education credits are pending for this training. 

-SUBSTANCE USE PROFESSIONALS:   10 (5.0 each day) non-specific CEC hours are approved by MCBAP for substance use professionals, such as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CAADC).

-QUALIFIED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (QMHP): These training hours meet the MDCH training requirement for QMHP staff. 
-QUALIFIED INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES PROFESSIONALS (QIDP):These training hours meet the MDCH training requirement for QIDP staff. 

-CHILDREN MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (CMHP): These training hours meet the MDCH training requirement for CMHP staff. 


-TRAINING HOURSThis training will count toward the annual training hours required by most provider agencies.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of this opportunity to get your organization exposure to hundreds of behavioral and integrated health professionals in your network! We have a variety of opportunities available and can even work with you to build a customized package! Please contact dwchelp@dwmha.com, or call the DWMHA VCE Help Desk phone (313) 451-3792 for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

ADA Accommodations

If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this training, please notify dwchelp@dwmha.com, or call the DWMHA DWC Help Desk phone (313) 451-3792. Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the training date.


If you have questions regarding the training, contact dwchelp@dwmha.com, or call the DWMHA VCE Help Desk phone (313) 451-3792