2016 Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference
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Event Date: 4/22/2016 - 4/23/2016

Event Overview

Please join us for the 2016 Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference at the Colorado Convention Center. This event is expected to be one of the countries largest state conferences for mental health students, new, working, and retired professionals. Who better to inspire the gathering of our wonderful community than Dr. Irvin Yalom, featured keynote on the morning of April 22nd.

This conference is so much more than an educational opportunity for its attendees. It personifies the collaboration between the following professional membership associations:

  • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA)
  • National Association of Social Workers - Colorado (NASWCO)
  • Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (COAMFT)
  • Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP)
  • Colorado Psychological Association (CPA)

These associations have come together to strengthen advocacy efforts; for its members, and those we serve. Your registration directly benefits the collective resources needed to strengthen each of these associations and our combined efforts to promote the identity of the mental health profession.

Join us!

Please note our Refund/Return Policy: Refunds will be honored within 60 calendar days of the registration date and include a $25 admin fee. Please allow 12-14 business days for processing. No refunds will be given outside the 60 days or after March 31, 2016. Registrations are non-transferable. 

Hotel Group Rate: Get a standard room at the contracted group rate of $199/night at ???the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center by booking your reservation HERE. Last day to book reservation is March 31st. Hyatt's Self-Park overnight rate is $29 and Valet Park overnight rate is $39. Please ask the hotel for hourly parking rates.



Pre-Conference Trainings:

The opportunity to learn begins a day early on April 21st, 2016 with a wonderful lineup of Pre-Conference Trainings.

9:00am - 12:00pm (Sold Separately: $65 Each)

1:00pm - 4:00pm (Free for Registered Conference Attendees & Volunteers)

Conference Program:

Available via Web and Mobile Device

Conference Features:

The conference itself is going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Networking - This is such a powerful component to professional growth and connection. Engage in conversations with a diverse exhibit hall made up of 75 companies, institutions, agencies, non-profit organizations, and internship sites (more than 20 of them).

Professional Education Sessions - There will be more than 100 education sessions, delivered by the very best our field has to offer, to choose from during this two day conference. The real question is, "which ones will you choose to make up your own personalized schedule?" The official program is set to be released in January following the conclusion of the blind review process.

Featured Keynote - Join us on Friday morning for an exclusive interview with Dr. Irvin Yalom - Learn More

Additional Keynote Speakers -

Somatic Experiencing Principles in the Treatment of Trauma

April 22nd, 4:30 - 6:00pm - Mile High Ballroom

Megan Ross, LPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA

Somatic Experiencing is a form of therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). This presentation will focus on understanding the neurological implications of trauma, tracking dis-regulation, and developing your embodied professional self.

Suicide Prevention: Man Therapy

April 23rd, 10:30 - 12:30pm - Mile High Ballroom

Co-Founders of the Man Therapy Suicide Prevention Campaign

Advocacy - Perhaps one of the most important benefits of attending the conference is your direct investment in the mental health field. All proceeds raised from this event will be shared between associations involved which will directly promote our ability to build our identity and advocacy efforts, at the local, state, and federal levels.



Volunteers Opportunities:

We are happy to have more than 200 volunteers this year to support our conference.

For questions, please contact Kristyn Roe at info@ColoradoCounselingAssociation.org



Promote visibility, build brand awareness and create new leads.

Explore Exhibitor Opportunities Still Available- SOLD OUT! (Newly released opportunities on the Sponsor page)

Important Dates and Announcements

  • March 31st- deadline to submit names and emails for 2 conference registrants included in your booth
  • EXPO PACKETS- this is the detailed information packet from the general contractor

 2016 CMHP Conference Exhibitors

Acadia Healthcare
Adams State University
Advanced Recovery Systems
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado
Argosy University, Denver
Cedar Springs Hospital
Centennial Peaks Hospital
Clear View Behavioral Health
Colorado Insurance Professionals, Inc
Cordant Forensic Solutions
Denver Seminary
Department of Social Work- MSU Denver
Devereux Colorado
Divorce Matters
Dunamas Center Ministries
Eating Disorder Center of Denver
Eating Recovery Center
Elements Behavioral Health
EMDR Center of the Rockies
Enigami Health Management
Feelings Unlimited
Higher Practice
Highlands Behavioral Health System
Institute for Life and Care
Keystone Treatment Center
Louder Than a Lion, LLC
Maria Droste Counseling Center
Mental Health Center of Denver
Mental Health Partners
Mount Saint Vincent Home
NASW Assurance Services, Inc.
National Institute for Change/Change Inc.
Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute
Origins Recovery
Peak View Behavioral Health
Peaks Recovery Centers
Peer Assistance Services, Inc.
People House
Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Porter Behavioral Health
Regis University Alumni Engagement
Relationship Institute of the Rockies
ReliaTrax Practice Management System
Robert A. Lees & Associates
Sandstone Care
Second Wind Fund
Springs Recovery Connection
Tame Your Practice
Tennyson Center for Children
The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
The Eating Disorder Foundation
The Law Office of Deborah M. Henson, LLC
Timberline Knolls
University of Denver, Center for Professional Development
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work
West Pines Behavioral Health
West Springs Hospital




Increase your visibility, build brand awareness and create new leads.

Explore Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available- only a few remain!

Important Dates and Announcements

  • March 31st- deadline to submit names and emails for 2 conference registrants included in your booth
  • EXPO PACKETS- this is the detailed information packet from the general contractor

Our 2016 Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

SonderMind: Whole Person Wellness

SonderMind is a professional community made up of mental health and whole person wellness providers who own and operate their own private practice businesses. Through a $50 business membership, members gain access to business management services as well as furnished office space by the hour, bundle of hours, and unfurnished private leasing options. SonderMind is now accepting applications to join a separate provider network that contracts directly with insurance on behalf of its members. The provider network manages billing, collections, and payments. Join our community of more than 125 members by applying today! 

Gold Sponsors:

Timberline Knolls

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is located on 43 beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents help themselves in their recovery. For more information, visit www.timberlineknolls.com or call 877.257.9611

Silver Sponsors:

Mental Health Center of Denver

The Mental Health Center of Denver is a place for recovery, resilience and well-being, known locally and nationally as a model for innovative and effective community behavioral healthcare. Enriching Lives and Minds by Focusing on Strengths and Well-Being. This is our mission, and it’s founded on our philosophy that people can, and do, recover from mental illness and that treatment works.

Bronze Sponsors:

Peaks Recovery Centers

Triple Peaks Recovery and Serenity Peaks Recovery Centers are gender specific, extended care alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs for young adults, ages 18-30. Located in beautiful Colorado Springs, Peaks Recovery Centers integrate a variety of individual, group, and trauma therapies to treat both substance abuse issues and many co-occurring mental health issues. Our six-month PHP/IOP program followed by our three-month OP program setting, allows each individual within our program to incrementally move forward in their recovery. Our programs are favorably structured for young adults and specifically designed to promote long term recovery in an accountable, communal setting. 

University of Denver, Center for Professional Development

DU’s Center for Professional Development delivers the gold standard in in inter-professional education for mental health, education and health service professionals. Our programs are all fully credentialed for psychology, social work and teaching licensure credit - featuring trusted content delivered by the world-class experts in each field and across disciplines. Visit du.edu/professional today to learn about our Psychotherapy Institutes, our Certified Addiction Counseling training, and so much more.

Supporting Sponsors:

Acadia Healthcare Recovery Division

The Recovery Division of Acadia Healthcare’s national team of Treatment Placement Specialists (TPS) is comprised of incredibly compassionate professionals with a diverse collection of healthcare experience. We understand that the search for appropriate behavioral health treatment is often confusing and frustrating. Our knowledge and experience helps us identify treatment needs, assists us in determining the most appropriate treatment options, assisting healthcare professionals, families and clients towards quickly accessing their treatment needs. By working with our team, referents and clients benefit from an enhanced treatment experience. We deliver pre-treatment consultation services in an effort to improve overall treatment outcomes.  

Adams State University

Whether you are looking for a degree to become a Professional Counselor or are an experienced counselor ready to advance into teaching and supervision, Adams State University (ASU) proudly offers both Masters and Doctorate Programs to meet your educational needs. Master of Arts students can choose from two tracks: Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling, both of which are CACREP accredited. Students may also choose the ASU Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Learn more about our online class format.


CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation) is a world-class residential addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment facility regarded for our integrated partnership within The University of Colorado Hospital, a nationally recognized academic medical center. This partnership allows our highly specialized multidisciplinary treatment team to provide comprehensive care to patients age 18 and over utilizing advanced evidenced based psychosocial, medical and psychiatric approaches. These advanced capabilities allow us to provide personalized treatment addressing specific medical, psychological, social and spiritual needs that lead many of us into addiction. Please call our Admissions at 877-999-0538.

Cedar Springs Hospital

Cedar Springs Hospital is located in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cedar Springs is dedicated to providing quality, multidisciplinary behavioral health care services to children, adolescents, adults and their families. In support of our mission, we continue to develop, coordinate and implement alternative treatment modalities that meet the evolving needs of our clients, their families, the community and our referents. For more information, visit http://www.cedarspringsbhs.com or call Jessica Church at (719)633-4114 ext 1130

Centennial Peaks Hospital

At Centennial Peaks Hospital, we provide a safe, stable place to help those in crisis take the first steps toward recovery.  We specialize in serving adolescents and adults in Colorado who are struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders offering dual diagnosis treatment.  Services include: acute inpatient stabilization, inpatient medical detoxification, intensive outpatient programs and electroconvulsive therapy.  Our staff is available 24/7 to provide a complimentary, confidential level of care assessment.  Please contact our intake department at 303.666.2088 to schedule a level of care assessment or visit our website at www.centennialpeaks.com. At Centennial Peaks Hospital, we give patients the tools they need to make a fresh start and live the lives they want.

Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center

Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center is Colorado's premier intensive outpatient treatment program for neurodiverse youth and troubled teens ages 10-18 and young adults ages 18-24.  Professionals turn to Equinox as a trusted referral partner for youth and families needing a higher level of treatment care and intensity in order to maintain home placement.   Families choose Equinox for our comprehensive treatment continuum and the individualized nature of how we help with both chronic and acute mental and behavioral health problems impacting family relationships, the home setting and social and school functioning.  Our continuum of services is inclusive of clinical treatment, wilderness and experiential therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, parent coaching, vocational and educational support, group therapy, life and social skills groups, somatic and mindfulness practices, and young adult life development.  For more information please call us at 303-861-1916 or visit us at:www.EquinoxCounseling.com


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Highlands Behavioral Health

Highlands Behavioral Health System is a fully licensed 86-bed psychiatric hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. We serve adults and adolescents ages 11 or older. We also offer day treatment programs for both adults and adolescents beginning at age 11. Our Mission is to provide excellence in behavioral healthcare treatment, promote exceptional patient experience, and deliver the right service in the right place at the right time. Once admitted to any HBHS clinical program, an interdisciplinary team creates an individualized treatment plan tailored to the needs of the patient. HBHS is located in Littleton, Colorado, accessible to families throughout the Front Range.

Metro State University of Denver- Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at MSU Denver is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education – the sole accrediting body for social work education – and offers MSW and BSSW degrees both online and on campus.  Learn from experienced faculty, apply that knowledge through professionally challenging field placements, and experience the MSU Denver difference at a fraction of the cost of other universities. The journey starts here.

Peak View Behavioral Health

Peak View Behavioral Health is a 92-bed state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital built specifically with our patients needs in mind.  We are dedicated to providing excellence in behavioral health care to promote growth and structure for patients and families throughout the state of Colorado. We believe in a collaborative community approach to care.  We treat adolescents 12-17 years of age, adults, and seniors in both inpatient and outpatient settings and offer complimentary needs assessments for the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Just simply call 719-444-8484 to speak to one of our compassionate and qualified assessment clinicians.  Peak View Behavioral Health, "Helping families put their lives back together one piece at a time."

Sandstone Care

Sandstone Care is a Denver, Colorado outpatient Adolescent and Young Adult treatment program for individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of outpatient care including Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, and General Outpatient Programs for Adolescents ages 13-18 and Young Adults ages 18-26. We take a systemic approach to treatment utilizing evidenced based practices and integrative care to treat not only the substance use or underlying mental health issues of an individual, but also providing academic and vocational support, required weekly family involvement, weekly community engagement, and nutritional evaluation and support for each individual in the program.  For more information, please call 720-372-1490.

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Conference Lunch Options 

We heard you! Integrating feedback from last year's conference, we have built in a designated lunch hour into the 2016 conference schedule so that you have time to enjoy your choice of lunch options. Here are a few we suggest:

  1. No Hassle- If you feel like staying in-house at the conference to enjoy your lunch without hassle we are offering gourmet boxed lunches with a drink included for purchase. This will allow you to eat right in the Mile High Ballroom of our conference- no travel needed. Advanced ticket purchase required by April 12. Please see more information below. 
  2. Stay close- the Blue Bear Café will be open at the front of the Convention Center with their menu of lunch and drink options. This allows you to stay close within the convention center with more menu options. Please note lines may be lengthy for this option. 
  3. Go out on the town- Enjoy the many delicious options of dining in Denver. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance. Remember you have one-hour designated for lunch if you wish to attend the first afternoon session. Please inquire with your chosen restaurant to see if they can accommodate your schedule. 
  4. Eat Outside- Need some introvert time or wish to pack your own food? You are welcome to enjoy your own food with good weather outside, in the comfort of your hotel room or car. Please note the Convention Center security will not allow outside food to be brought into the Convention Center. 


Purchase a Gourmet Boxed Lunch with Drink. All Options are $28 per day and include a drink (assorted soda). You may choose to purchase a lunch for one day only or both days. 

Please see the menu, then continue to the Lunch Purchase Form to buy your ticket(s).

  • BBQ Chicken Sandwich- Sliced BBQ Chicken Breast with smoked cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, grilled red onions and baby Arugula with honey chipotle aioli on onion roll. Served with an individual bag of chips, gourmet chocolate chip cookie, whole fruit, Andes mint, PC mustard, mayo, salt & pepper.
  • California Turkey Sandwich- Shaved mesquite turkey breast with applewood smoked bacon, sliced cucumber, pickled red onion and alfalfa sprouts with avocado aioli on ciabatta roll. Served with an individual bag of chips, gourmet chocolate chip cookie, whole fruit, Andes mint, PC mustard, mayo, salt & pepper.
  • Marinated Grilled Vegetable Hoagie- Zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, and portabella mushrooms with sliced heirloom tomatoes, gouda cheese and red leaf lettuce on Asiago hoagie with smoked french dressing. Served with an individual bag of chips, gourmet chocolate chip cookie, whole fruit, Andes mint, PC mustard, mayo, salt & pepper.
  • Mexican Fajita Wrap- Marinated and grilled steak with shredded iceberg lettuce, pic de gallo, cotija cheese, roasted peppers, black beans and creame fraiche wrapped in jalapeño tortilla. Served with an individual bag of chips, gourmet chocolate chip cookie, whole fruit, Andes mint, PC mustard, mayo, salt & pepper.
  • Chicken Caesar Salad- Chopped romaine, marinated cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan, marinated grilled chicken breast, croutons and creamy Caesar dressing. Served with an individual bag of chips, gourmet chocolate chip cookie, whole fruit, Andes mint, PC mustard, mayo, salt & pepper.