Consumer Conference Information

Real Voices Real Choices Conference

Come Join us for the 2019 Real Voices Real Choices Conference

August 25 – 27, 2019

The Real Voices – Real Choices Conference is an exciting opportunity for individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and in recovery for substance use disorders. It is a gathering of consumers, family members, friends, self-advocates and persons in recovery who come together to learn about programs, service issues, opportunities and self-advocacy. It’s about fostering growth and empowerment, as well as finding the tools to be successful in the community. Annually, hundreds gather for this very empowering conference.

Now Accepting Presentations!

The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting presentation applications for the 2019 Real Voices, Real Choices Conference held on August 25th - 27th, 2019 at Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center. Self-advocates, persons in recovery, family members, and mental health professionals (who have lived experience) are encouraged to submit an application. The planning committee would like to challenge everyone to develop presentations that will empower people to take action that will improve their lives.

Please Note:

The committee strongly encourages the development and use of interactive presentations that include participation by the audience.

The 2019 conference will still have the presentation tracks that include:

  • Developmental Disability
  • Mental Illness
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Family/Youth
  • General

You will need to identify what track your presentation falls under. This will ensure that everyone understands the target audience of the presentation they have chosen to attend.

Please note: the description you choose for your bio/presentation description will be included in the program booklet.

Please have this information ready when you begin registering for your workshop, you will have 60 minutes to complete the presentation form:

  • Your personal information (name, address, phone number, email address, etc.)
  • The title of your presentation
  • The names of all the people presenting
  • Three references that have seen you present
  • A brief overview of what your presentation is about
  • Seven points that your presentation will highlight
  • The track your presentation best fits under

These fields are required on the form and you will not be able to complete the presentation registration without them. Remember, you have 60 minutes to enter all this information. Thank you very much for your participation and we look forward to hearing about your presentation!

Deadline to Submit Presentations is 5:00 pm March 5th!!

Follow this link to submit your presentation today:


  • Cooking/Nutrition
  • Budgeting
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Young Adult and Guardianship consent
  • Family and youth engagement
  • Drum Circle
  • Conservation
  • Housing
  • Specific Disorders
  • Organizational Skills
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Deaf Culture
  • How LGBTQ affects mental health
  • Schizophrenia
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Boundaries
  • Art, Music, Spirituality
  • Peer panel with FSP, CPS, etc.
  • Dealing with hotline calls as a Parent
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • How to Become a Peer Specialist
  • Pet Therapy/Service Animals
  • Puppies and Parolees
  • Leadership Skills
  • Family Interactions
  • Health/Exercise/Yoga
  • People First Language
  • How to Do a Presentation
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
  • Public Administrators
  • Assistive Technology
  • Organizing a Committee
  • Substance use and mental health co-occuring treatment and support for families
  • Communication between school, hospitals, CMHCS, etc.
  • Mood Swings, Anger and Aggressiveness
  • Addication from the Medicine Cabinet
  • Abuse (elder and child)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Employment
  • Communication skills
  • Anger Management
  • Guardianship
  • School and Mental Health
  • Hiring and Firing Staff
  • Transition age youth
  • Per Specialist Classes