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2019 Mental Health Conference

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beyond Behaviors: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Autistic Individuals

Presented by Sharon Hammer and Lisa Hoeme

Join us for a one day workshop that will explore the intersection of mental health and autism. Speakers Sharon Hammer and Lisa Hoeme will present “Beyond Behaviors: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Autistic Individuals.” This training is designed for individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers, and other professionals that work to support the mental health of autistic individuals.

Attendee Information


The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020.



Click here for a map of the Osthoff Resort



You may park anywhere near the main entrance and enter through the main entrance/front desk area of the Osthoff Resort. The conference will take place in the Elkhart Lake Ballroom (marked by the letter G on the map), which is located in the main building of the Osthoff Resort (not the conference center), down the stairs off the front desk and just around the corner to the left. Please see the front desk associates if you need assistance. (The conference is NOT located in the conference center – to avoid confusion, please do not enter through the conference center entrance)



Check in is from 8:00 am – 9:00 am, with the full conference taking place from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided in the conference room, so help yourself once you arrive!



Lunch is also included with your registration. Please see an attendant to receive your meal if you indicated any dietary restrictions with your registration.We are unable to accommodate special dietary requests if you did not indicate a dietary restriction on your registration form.

Workshop Description

Mental health concerns are common for individuals on the autism spectrum, yet their struggles in this area often go overlooked and untreated. In this training, we will explore what individuals with autism share about their experiences and the impact living with autism has on their mental health and well being. We will explore the myths and realities of autism and mental health, with a focus on building understanding around the complexities of how these two areas intersect for individuals. This training will provide specific resources for those looking to learn more about the complexity of helping a person manage multiple conditions, particularly for those on the autism spectrum. This training is designed for individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers, and other professionals that work to support the mental health of autistic individuals.

Back by popular demand, this workshop will be similar to last year’s November conference, with updated information and a focus on providing information for parents and families.


Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Learn ways to enrich the mental health and well being of autistic people
  • Increased awareness of symptom presentation of common mental health diagnoses that can co-occur with autism and how they may present differently for an autistic individual
  • Identify contributing factors to anxiety and depression in individuals with autism
  • Develop skills to individualize support strategies to match the individual and their neurology
  • Develop an understanding of how to adjust support and treatment strategies when working with non-verbal or less verbal individuals
  • How to recognize signs of possible crisis and resources available for someone in crisis

About the Presenters

Sharon Hammer, MS, LPC is an Educational and Behavioral Consultant and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 20-years of experience working with children and individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Sharon is a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity, where she provides training and consultation to schools, community members, and parents. Sharon has co-authored two books and DVDs about using technology to support individuals with autism, entitled Lights! Camera! Autism! With Star Cinema, Sharon co-created the first “Sensory Friendly” movie going experience in the state of Wisconsin. Sharon is committed to increasing awareness and possibilities throughout the community for individuals on the spectrum.


Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Educational and Behavior Consultant and a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity where she provides training and consultation to schools, community agencies and parents.  She has more than 18 years of clinical experience serving an expansive range individuals and families, including those with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.  In her counseling practice, Lisa uses a variety of approaches, including mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, collaborative problem solving and interpersonal neurobiology.  She uses these modalities as a catalyst to help clients work through difficult life experiences, develop effective coping and relaxation strategies and to express themselves authentically. Lisa is committed to helping those she supports to achieve personal growth and overall well-being using a positive, individualized and person-centered approach.


PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! We will be offering onsite registration the day of the conference. Please see below for onsite registration prices. 

Onsite Registration Price Types

Member* — $125

Non-Member — $150

Individual w/ ASD — $75

Note: Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

*If registering at the membership price type, we will verify your membership. 

Cancellation Information

We are no longer offering refunds for cancelled registrations. Written cancellation requests were to be received by October 7th in order to qualify for a refund. Please contact Amber at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org with any questions.


There is a room block available at the Osthoff for the night of Wednesday, October 16th for a discounted rate of $104.00. Please call the Osthoff at (855) 876-3399  and request a room under the Autism Society of  Greater Wisconsin Room Block.

Guest Rooms include:

  • King-size bed (single and double rooms available in room block)
  • Bathroom with two-person whirlpool bath
  • Private balcony
  • Wet bar, small refrigerator and microwave

Deadline to reserve a room in the room block is September 23, 2019. Discounted rates and availability are not guaranteed after this date.

Questions? Contact Amber at (920) 558-4600 or agollata@autismgreaterwi.org


October 17
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Ave
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 United States
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(855) 671-6870