Real Voices Real Choices Conference

2017 Real Voices Real Choices Conference

August 20, 21, 22

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Real Voices – Real Choices Conference is an exciting gathering of individuals who are 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, empowerment and finding the tools to be successful in the community. Hundreds of individuals gather for this very empowering and worthwhile conference.

Now Accepting Presentations!

The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting presentation applications for the 2017 Real Voices, Real Choices Conference held on August 20th - 22nd, 2017, 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 peopleto 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.

Please have this information ready when you begin registering for your workshop, you will have 30 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

These fields are required on the form and you will not be able to complete the presentation registration without them. Remember, you have 30 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 Presentation is Monday, March 6th!!

Follow this link to submit your presentation today:

Suggested Topics:

  • Cooking/Nutrition
  • Budgeting
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Advocacy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • How to Get a Job
  • Friendships and Relationships
  • Social Skills
  • Housing
  • Early Childhood
  • Coping Skills
  • Hiring and Firing Staff
  • Specific Disorders
  • Exercise
  • IEP process
  • Music Therapy
  • Lived Experiences
  • School and Juvenile Justice System
  • Early signs of mental health in children
  • Self-determination in Planning IEP
  • Parent Café
  • Transition age youth

Suggested Topics Cont.:

  • Organizing a Committee
  • Positive Thinking
  • Juvenile Justice System Information
  • Anger and Aggressiveness
  • Physical Disability with Mental Illness
  • Young Adult and Guardianship/consent
  • Family and youth engagement
  • Peer/family leadership within child serving agencies
  • Substance use and mental health co-occurring treatment and support for families
  • Communication between school, hospitals, CMHCS, etc.
  • Family Strength Language
  • Special Ed. IDEA- variety of topic, Evaluations, IEP, Behavior Plans, Transition from early childhood to school, from school to college or work and etc.
  • Trauma


New Information is COMING SOON!

The Real Voices - Real Choices Conference will be held on August 20 – 22, 2017, at Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center. Registration is very affordable at $95 for a single registration that includes two nights lodging, all conference materials and four conference meals for one individual; $160 for a double registration that includes two nights lodging for two individuals to share a room, plus conference materials and four meals for those two people ($80 per person); and $160 professional registration which does not include lodging, but includes all conference materials and four conference meals for one professional.


More information about the Conference:

Important Information:

The Missouri Mental Health Foundation does NOT accept Purchase Orders and does NOT invoice organizations for conference registrations.

Please process the necessary paperwork internally within your organization to generate a check PRIOR to submitting registration forms.