2022 Keynote & Breakout sessions
Monday, October 3rd

Morning Keynote Speaker

Maintaining a Positive Outlook in a Sea of Negativity


In a culture that seems increasingly less personal, more sarcastic and more detached, maintaining a positive outlook is still one of the keys to happiness and success. The expression of gratitude has positive effects on our health, our relationships and our working environment.

Mike McGowan
Michael McGowan is President of McGowan and Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in school, workplace and family issues. He works with helping agencies, schools, companies, parent groups, and students as a trainer, consultant and motivational speaker. Mr. McGowan has spent the last twenty-five years working with families and children. He worked as an educator, a family counselor, an addiction counselor, an administrator and trainer. He has directed state certified training programs and rehabilitation programs. During the last twenty years he has given presentations and Keynote addresses to tens of thousands of people each year and has trained thousands of social service workers, educators, students, coaches and administrators worldwide. Additionally, Mike has worked with social service agencies, the department of corrections, professional athletes and teams from the NFL and MLB, and dozens of private companies as a trainer and consultant. His experience also includes numerous published articles, guest appearances on radio and television and he is the host of the podcast, “Avoiding the Addiction Affliction”. Mr. McGowan is a renowned speaker whose presentations are personal and inspirational.

Breakout Session #1

10:00am - 11:30am


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DOC Secretary Town Hall

Kevin Carr, Secretary, WI Department of Corrections

This session will serve as a town hall forum for staff with Secretary Carr.

Wisconsin Illicit Drug Trends

Bodo Gajevic, Program & Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Justice

This session will discuss illicit drugs such as opioids, cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis, their impact on both health and mortality and how it has changed law enforcement investigations.

Personal and Institutional Resilience; Mid-21st Century Innovations

John Shuford MBA, EdS, President Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc.

Traditional stress management training has had limited long-term success. We now understand that the major source of staff stress does not come from the inmates; it comes from the organizational culture. This session will give an overview of the 90% of personal stress we actually can control and why activities like exercise and diet are good, but they are not the total answer. Understanding this empowers us to successfully manage our stress. This is the foundation for Personal Stress Defusers and Institutional Protective Factors. Learn more in this session.

Isolation, Restrictive Housing and Segregation: The Controversy and Opportunities

Mary Muse, Chief Nursing Officer, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Steven Linn, MSN, RN, CCHP, Nurse Coordinator, WI DOC - Division of Juvenile Corrections

Robert Miller, Security Chief, WI DOC - Division of Adult Institutions

Kevin Kallas, Mental Health Director, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Issues, challenges, and controversy surround the use of restrictive housing and generate passionate responses. The debate includes perspectives on custody and health care, inclusive of mental health. Corrections Administrators communicate a need for restrictive housing as a tool to protect the public, corrections staff, and often the incarcerated person. The health community, inclusive of mental health experts’ perspectives, is concerned about the detrimental impact of restrictive housing on the incarcerates’ well-being and health. Each offers important insight and thoughtful conversation, finding the balance includes listening, reviewing best practices, and listening to those in our care. The panel will discuss current evidence and best practices.

Crisis Intervention

Dr. Andy Young

This session will review crisis intervention principles and techniques. Debriefs of incidents will also be used to illustrate these techniques.
Breakout Session #2

1:30pm - 3:00pm


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Collaboration and Teamwork in an Ever-Changing Culture

Mike McGowan, President of McGowan and Associates

Nothing in the workplace causes as much anxiety and worry as change. Change is inevitable yet is often perceived as good or bad for the individuals in the workplace. The ultimate acceptance of the change is a function of how much resistance each person has and the quality of their coping skills and their support system.

DOC-U – Team Lab: Prison Break

Jessie Payne – Staff Development Program Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

April Albertson, Staff Development Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Corrections


The pressure will be on and the clock will be ticking in this simulation-based, in-person training. Each session will test your team’s ability to work together to solve complex puzzles and riddles while decoding cryptic clues. Groups will either work together to escape whatever fate otherwise awaits or falter and fall prey to one of the five dysfunctions.

This session highlights the importance of trust on a team and helps members identify ways to increase trust.

Wisconsin Illicit Drug Trends

Bodo Gajevic, Program & Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Justice

This session will discuss illicit drugs such as opioids, cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis, their impact on both health and mortality and how it has changed law enforcement investigations.

Long Road Home: Transitioning Veterans

Jason Fischer, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker/PTSD Team/Military 2VA Team, VA Medical Center

Dr. Cathy Coppolillo, Ph.D., Psychologist. PTSD Team, VA Medical Center

This session will address issues veterans face when returning home from deployments and the global war on terror. In this session we will discuss common adjustment, mental health and civilian issues that transitioning veterans are faced with.

Personal Stress Defusers That Build Resilience

John Shuford, MBA, EdS, President Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc.

Feeling stuck in stress? There are simple, straight forward, easy-to-use activities to effectively defuse and, more importantly, prevent stress. This session will present 13+ activities/strategies you can implement tomorrow, both on and off the job, as tools for personal resilience.

Hostage Negotiation Techniques and Stories

Andy Young

This session will review the principles of hostage negotiation using actual case examples.
Breakout Session #3

3:30pm - 5:00pm


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Working with Oppositional People

Mike McGowan, President of McGowan and Associates

Most of us encounter unreasonable people in our lives. We may be “stuck” with a difficult individual at work or at home. It’s easy to let a challenging person affect us and ruin our day. What are some of the keys to empowering yourself in such situations?

DOC-U – Team Lab: Prison Break

Jessie Payne, Staff Development Program Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

April Albertson, Staff Development Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

The pressure will be on and the clock will be ticking in this simulation-based, in-person training. Each session will test your team’s ability to work together to solve complex puzzles and riddles while decoding cryptic clues. Groups will either work together to escape whatever fate otherwise awaits or falter and fall prey to one of the five dysfunctions.

This session highlights the importance of trust on a team and helps members identify ways to increase trust.

Long Road Home: Transitioning Veterans

Jason Fischer, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker/PTSD Team/Military 2VA Team, VA Medical Center

Dr. Cathy Coppolillo, Ph.D., Psychologist. PTSD Team, VA Medical Center

This session will address issues veterans face when returning home from deployments and the global war on terror. In this session we will discuss common adjustment, mental health and civilian issues that transitioning veterans are faced with.

Isolation, Restrictive Housing and Segregation: The Controversy and Opportunities

Mary Muse, Chief Nursing Officer, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Steven Linn, MSN, RN, CCHP, Nurse Coordinator, WI DOC - Division of Juvenile Corrections

Robert Miller, Security Chief, WI DOC -Division of Adult Institutions

Kevin Kallas, Mental Health Director, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Issues, challenges, and controversy surround the use of restrictive housing and generate passionate responses. The debate includes perspectives on custody and health care, inclusive of mental health. Corrections Administrators communicate a need for restrictive housing as a tool to protect the public, corrections staff, and often the incarcerated person. The health community, inclusive of mental health experts’ perspectives, is concerned about the detrimental impact of restrictive housing on the incarcerates’ well-being and health. Each offers important insight and thoughtful conversation, finding the balance includes listening, reviewing best practices, and listening to those in our care. The panel will discuss current evidence and best practices.

Crisis Intervention

Andy Young

This session will review crisis intervention principles and techniques. Debriefs of incidents will also be used to illustrate these techniques.

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Tuesday, October 4th

Morning Keynote Speaker

A Different Perspective 


From the first beer to a prison cell and everything in between. A Different Perspective gives you an inside look into the mind of a struggling addict throughout the journey of addiction, incarceration, and into recovery.

Kyle Ruggeri
Kyle Ruggeri is a recovering addict who founded Soberdogs Recovery. Kyles journey started with a joint and a few beers and progressed into a daily heroin and cocaine habit. Addiction led Ruggeri to 4 years of incarceration in NY state prison. Upon release Ruggeri found recovery through various programs including 12-step recovery. He is now a certified recovery coach helping others on their journey to recovery. Ruggeri uses Soberdogs as a platform to spread information on addiction, recovery, and everything in-between.

Breakout Session #4

9:15am - 10:45am


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Self-Care: Yoga

Cheryl Killilea, Owner of Changing Lanes Fitness & Nutrition, Onalaska, WI

This session will provide new learning opportunities for those to continue to manage their own self-care and also the potential to share new holistic healing techniques with those they serve. We will move and breathe consciously. We not only explore the physical postures but we look at the mind-body connection. Everyone is invited to participate and contribute as they feel comfortable doing so. Yoga postures will be performed seated or standing.

Managing Difficult and Manipulative Individuals

Rory Thelen, Owner, Thelen Consulting

The Issue: Staff integrity being compromised by individuals. Our staff are the primary targets of manipulation for two reasons. One, individuals have access to them. Two, staff have access to things they want. Our challenge becomes establishing ways of combatting the issues without compromising the safety of our staff, the public and the individuals in our care. The purpose of this session is to create an effective and safe environment by enhancing staff integrity.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Harm Reduction

Kyle Ruggeri, Founder, Soberdogs Recovery

Tiffaney Nielson - Harm Reduction and Recovery Services

This session will cover the opioid epidemic Wisconsin trends, goals of Harm Reduction, and an overview and key principles of harm reduction. In addition, information will be provided on preventing fatal opioid overdoses, overdose education, responding to an overdose, and Wisconsin harm reduction resources.

Institutional Protective Factors for Organizational Resilience

John Shuford, MBA, EdS, President Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc.

Most of the stress that staff experience comes from policies, practices and other staff, including administration. This session will present 12 recommendations, which have proven effective, for policy and practice changes. These will lower staff stress and develop institutional protective factors by empowering staff and greatly improving staff wellbeing. These are the tools for organizational resilience.

Dangers of Rock Bottom

Amanda Rodriguez, Community Programs and Integration Manager, Community Medical Services

Andrew J. Schreier, ICS, CSAC, LPC, ICGC-I Clinical Coordinator, Community Medical Services


Hitting “rock bottom” is a phrase almost everyone dealing with addiction in some aspects is all too familiar with. The intent (or hope) of rock bottom is that someone reaches a low point in their life that results in questioning everything about themselves to spark a desire to finally make significant changes. While “rock bottom” has been ingrained in many of us of working with substance use disorders, we also need to be aware of the dangers it poses to the people we are trying to help. How do we define rock bottom? Does the idea of rock bottom provide false hope for family members and loved ones that the individual will now change? Does rock bottom put individuals closer to drastic consequences such as fatal overdose?

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Breakout Session #5

11:00am - 12:30pm

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Self-Care: Yoga

Cheryl Killilea, Owner of Changing Lanes Fitness & Nutrition, Onalaska, WI

This session will provide new learning opportunities for those to continue to manage their own self-care and also the potential to share new holistic healing techniques with those they serve. We will move and breathe consciously. We not only explore the physical postures but we look at the mind-body connection. Everyone is invited to participate and contribute as they feel comfortable doing so. Yoga postures will be performed seated or standing.

Managing Difficult and Manipulative Individuals

Rory Thelen, Owner, Thelen Consulting

The Issue: Staff integrity being compromised by individuals. Our staff are the primary targets of manipulation for two reasons. One, individuals have access to them. Two, staff have access to things they want. Our challenge becomes establishing ways of combatting the issues without compromising the safety of our staff, the public and the individuals in our care. The purpose of this session is to create an effective and safe environment by enhancing staff integrity.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Harm Reduction

Kyle Ruggeri, Founder, Soberdogs Recovery

Tiffaney Nielson - Harm Reduction and Recovery Services

This session will cover the opioid epidemic Wisconsin trends, goals of Harm Reduction, and an overview and key principles of harm reduction. In addition, information will be provided on preventing fatal opioid overdoses, overdose education, responding to an overdose, and Wisconsin harm reduction resources.

Stress Reduction Practices for Building Resilience

John Shuford, MBA, EdS, President Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc.

This session builds on the previous session on Personal Stress Defusers with actual exercises and practices to lower, defuse and prevent excess stress. These include Attitude Skills, Transforming Power, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Visualization. These practices promote health, wellbeing, and resilience to lower stress while leading to improved staff morale and staff retention. Intelligence training design will be presented that is engaging, energizing, empowering, enjoyable and effective with long-term impact. And, it is easy to incorporate within existing training programs.

Dangers of Rock Bottom

Amanda Rodriguez, Community Programs and Integration Manager, Community Medical Services

Andrew J. Schreier, ICS, CSAC, LPC, ICGC-I Clinical Coordinator, Community Medical Services


Hitting “rock bottom” is a phrase almost everyone dealing with addiction in some aspects is all too familiar with. The intent (or hope) of rock bottom is that someone reaches a low point in their life that results in questioning everything about themselves to spark a desire to finally make significant changes. While “rock bottom” has been ingrained in many of us of working with substance use disorders, we also need to be aware of the dangers it poses to the people we are trying to help. How do we define rock bottom? Does the idea of rock bottom provide false hope for family members and loved ones that the individual will now change? Does rock bottom put individuals closer to drastic consequences such as fatal overdose?

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