Kansas Recovery Conference 2023

The Kansas Recovery Conference (KRC) gives individuals with mental illness a platform to engage in workshops and discussions covering addictions, recovery & wellness, and trauma informed care.

Peers are given the opportunity to connect, share their personal experiences, and support one another in their recovery from mental illness and/or dual diagnosis.

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The Kansas Recovery Conference is a unique twoday gathering of hundreds of mental health consumers from across the state. Conference participants will come together to:

  • Learn about recovery
  • Meet others and hear their stories of recovery
  • Discuss how to inform and educate citizens about recovery
  • Be empowered through shared experiences

KRC Awards Ceremony

The Conference Awards Ceremony highlights the incredible work being done by peers across Kansas. The goal is to recognize providers or community champions supporting individuals in recovery from mental illness/dual diagnosis.

We are excited to announce the 2023 Kansas Recovery Conference:

Celebrating Our Roots, Building Our Future

Celebrating Our Roots, Building Our Future is a remembrance and recognition of the many peer leaders that have passed and the acknowledgement that it is now our responsibility to continue and build upon the work they have started.

We will be forever grateful to those before us who have dedicated their lives to eliminating barriers and clearing a path for those to come after. It is our job now to support new leaders that have stepped up to do their part to continue clearing a path for the generations to come, bringing their own unique lived experiences to the table as a generation that has been an integral part of reshaping the perception of mental health.

This conference was made possible through funding from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

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Event Information

Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35

Key Dates

  • Monday, April 3rd – Workshop Proposals due
  • Friday, May 6th – Early Bird Registration ends

Recovery Conference 2023 Workshop Application Requirements:

The Kansas Recovery Conference is a unique twoday gathering of hundreds of mental health
consumers from across the state. Conference participants will come together to:

  • Learn about recovery
  • Meet others and hear their stories of recovery
  • Discuss how to inform and educate citizens about recovery
  • Be empowered through shared experiences


Join us for two jampacked days of educational and networking opportunities with leaders and peers in the mental health community as we continue to advocate for positive changes in ourselves and in our communities.

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2023 Workshop Topics

Diversity & Cultural Competence

Developing an appreciation for diversity results in an ability to understand and effectively interact with different people. Being culturally competent includes being aware of one’s own worldview, having a positive attitude towards individuals who are different from us, learning about different cultural practices and worldviews, and developing cross-cultural skills.

Possible presentation topics could include:

  • Diversity issues
  • Cultural experiences and understanding
  • Rural/urban issues
  • Consumer outreach to minority groups
  • GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning) issues
  • Effective methods for promoting inclusion

Systems Collaboration

Systems Transformation involves changing legislation, policy, practices, and community attitudes in ways that will benefit people with disabilities.

Possible presentation topics could include:

  • Certified Peer Specialist Services
  • Consumers as Providers
  • Consumer-operated services
  • Consumers as change agents
  • Evidence based practices
  • Education and training by and for peers
  • Peer advocates in health and human services
  • Participation on statewide committees
  • Building relationships among organizations


Leadership covers a wide range of activities including advocacy and activism.

We define these terms as:

  • Advocacy is the art of pleading or arguing in favor of a cause, idea or policy. 
  • Activism is an energetic action taken to obtain a specific goal.

Both advocacy and activism are keys to how consumers share their voices. Other possible subjects could include: self-advocacy, mutual support, promoting and protecting rights, leadership, committee membership, board of directors, legislative issues, advance directives, etc.

Talking About Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach to engaging people that acknowledges the almost universal experience of trauma in the lives of people seeking mental health care. More importantly, it helps eliminate the re-traumatization that can occur when seeking help.

Possible presentation topics could include:

  • Trauma informed practices
  • Understanding self-harm as a response to trauma
  • Self-help and peer support approaches to healing trauma

Recovery & Wellness

People with mental health diagnoses are two-and-a-half times more likely to have significant physical health problems than the general population. This can hinder recovery, negatively affect quality (and length) of life, and create financial difficulties. Recovery & Wellness workshops are designed to provide opportunities for attendees to explore methods of improving their well-being and overall quality of life.

Possible presentation topics could include:

  • Physical health issues,
  • Talking with your providers,
  • Holistic/alternative healing approaches,
  • Peer and mutual support in recovery,
  • Use of technology in wellness and communication,
  • Wellness tools and techniques such as arts and journaling, creativity

Addictions / Dual Diagnosis

This is a set of workshops focusing on addictions and mental health recovery. Our goal is to provide participants with the opportunities to gain a better understanding of living with a dual diagnosis and work toward long-term recovery.

Fighting Stigma & Discrimination

Overcoming mental illness is a two-sided act. On one side, consumers must overcome the symptoms, distress, and disability that result from the illness. On the other side, consumers must overcome public stigma that prevents them from equal opportunities in employment, housing, and health care. Stigma affects individual and public attitudes.

Possible presentation topics could include:

  • Anti-stigma initiatives
  • Public awareness /education strategies
  • Self-empowerment

Learn more about Kansas Recovery Conference 2023.

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