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Southern Wisconsin Conference on Mental Health

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

2018 Southern Wisconsin Conference on Mental Health

Join us for an event focused on mental health

On September 24th, 2018, HealthNet is hosted the 3rd Annual Southern Wisconsin Conference on Mental Health.

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. is a free medical, dental, and vision clinic providing services to low-income, uninsured Rock County residents since 1994. In response to our region’s mental health crisis, we are hosting our third annual conference that provides education and resources to health care providers, caregivers, and stakeholders.

View the presenters’ slide decks

Race-Based Stress & Trauma - Chad T. Wetterneck, PhD - 2018 SWCMH


Culture, Corporal Punishment, Criminal Justice - Paula Graves - 2018 SWCMH


Quieting Our Brains Down - Lyle Wildes - 2018 SWCMH


Women and Substance Use - Christine Ullstrup - 2018 SWCMH


Featured Guest Speaker for 2018 Conference: Alisa Roth

Alisa Roth

Alisa Roth (Photo by Matthew Septimus)

Alisa Roth is a print & radio reporter. Her book about mental illness & and the criminal justice system, “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness,” is out now from Basic Books.

Her work has been broadcast on Marketplace, NPR, and The World; her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Gastronomica, among other publications.

As a 2014-2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Alisa spent a year investigating the growing role of jails and prisons as our de facto mental healthcare system. She has visited the country’s three largest psychiatric care providers, Rikers Island in New York City, the Cook County Jail in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Jail in LA, and her research has included dozens of interviews with prisoners and their families, psychiatrists, lawyers, wardens, corrections officers and others.


Conference Program

8:00 am – 8:05 am – Welcome & Introduction from HealthNet CEO, Ian Hedges

8:05 am – 8:55 am – Breakfast keynote presentation on “Collaboration” from Jessie Benash, MSW, LCSW / author of #LimbLaughLove

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Breakout Session 1 offering 2 options

  1. Women and Addiction
  2. Faith Based Panel

10:45 am – 12:15 pm – Breakout Session 2 offering 2 options

  1. Anger/Aggression/Violence
  2. Trauma (Immigration/Deportation)

12:30pm-1:30 pm – Boxed Lunch & Keynote Presentation

Alisa Roth, author of “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness”

1:45 pm-3:15 pm – Closing Breakout Session 3

Lyle Wildes:  Professional Brain Coach and author of “Brain Change” discusses how to change the neuro landscape and change outcomes for the better.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Surveys, CE form submissions, and dismissal

Thank you to this year’s sponsors

Mercyhealth Behavioral Health Services
Crossroads Counseling
UW Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter & Quartz
Rogers Memorial Hospital
Beloit Health
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville

Stateline Mental Health Services
Hope Counseling

Conference Registration 

** This program is pending approval for 4.5 CEH credits by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter **


September 24, 2018
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Pontiac Convention Center
2809 N Pontiac Dr
Janesville, WI 53545 United States


HealthNet of Rock County