2020 Real Voices, Real Choices Consumer Conference Call for Workshop Presentations

Conference Date:  August 30 – September 1, 2020

Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri


The Conference Planning Committee is accepting workshop presentation applications for the 12th annual Real Voices Real Choices Consumer Conference.  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 have exciting, inspiring and interactive presentations that will empower attendees to take action that will improve their lives. Each year the committee receives a variety of topics and presentations. This year, the committee would especially like to see dynamic presentations that encourage active attendee participation not just listening to a presenter speak for an hour.


Please note: The conference has specific tracks that include Substance Use Disorder, Mental Illness, Developmental Disability, Family and Youth, or other. Please indicate which track your presentation belongs in on the application below. If you are unable to pick one, please explain your choice and the committee will assist.


Suggested topics include:

  • Cooking/Nutrition
  • Budgeting
  • Ageism
  • Staying Organized
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Young Adult and Guardianship/consent
  • Family and youth engagement
  • How to Get a Job
  • Social Skills
  • Housing
  • Specific Disorders
  • Service Dog Etiquette
  • WRAP
  • Deaf Culture
  • How LGBTQ affects mental health
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social opportunities for those with mental illness
  • How to make and Keep friends
  • Facing Fear
  • Human trafficking
  • How to get Motivated
  • Abuse (elder and child)
  • Coping with Stress
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Meditation
  • Peer Specialist Classes
  • Healing from Trauma & Abuse
  • How to get along with People
  • Aging and mental illness
  • Attitude
  • Forgiveness
  • Communication skills
  • Anger Management
  • Adult ADHD
  • Expressing yourself through Art
  • Journaling
  • Dealing with hotline calls as a Parent
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Public Speaking Class
  • Pet Therapy
  • Bipolar
  • Family Interactions
  • Health and/or Exercise
  • Voting Process
  • How to get involved
  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
  • Music Therapy
  • Physical Disability with Mental Illness
  • Organizing a Committee
  • Substance use and mental health co-occurring treatment and support for families
  • Communication between school, hospitals, CMHCS, etc.
  • Anger and Aggressiveness
  • School and Mental Health
  • Hiring and Firing Staff
  • Transition age youth

Helpful Hints:

  • When thinking about a title, consider a “catchy” title that will draw people to your workshop; however, please make sure the title of the presentation matches the content.
  • When developing a workshop application, consider what conference attendees will want to learn.  Is it a new idea or a different way of presenting information on a previous topic?
  • What will make your presentation stand out from others going on at the same time?
  • Will your presentation be helpful to others and will they be able to take valuable information home to share with others?
  • Will your information be easy to understand?
  • If you are a professional, the Committee values the collaboration and involvement of self-advocates, persons in recovery and family members in each workshop presentation.


  • Sessions will be a total of 75 minutes. (60 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for questions and answers)
  • As many as 200 people may attend a session
  • Applications are due by end of day Thursday, March 5, 2020 (late submissions will not be considered)
  • Presenters will not be paid for their presentation or travel expenses
  • Conference fees will be covered for main presenters
  • All presenters will be asked to prepare and submit a Powerpoint presentation
  • If handouts are needed for the workshop, presenters must supply all handouts or special supplies in order for the audience to participate in the session. It would be a good idea to bring at least 200 copies of all handouts.
  • The Planning Committee reserves the right to make suggestions for final approval.


Individuals wanting to submit an application must complete the enclosed form by the end of day on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  We ask that all applications be typed.  You may send your application to:

By Mail:                       Missouri Department of Mental Health

Attn:  Consumer Conference

1706 E. Elm

Jefferson City, MO  65101


By Fax:                         (573) 526-7926

Attn: Consumer Conference


Via e-mail                    consumerconference@dmh.mo.gov

The Conference Committee will review all applications at the March planning meeting.  If your presentation is chosen, you will be notified by April 28th and asked to submit a PowerPoint by May 18th.  The committee will then review your Powerpoint at the May meeting and make a final determination on whether you will be asked to present at the conference.