2015 Texas Council Conference Evaluations


Wednesday,  June 17, 2015


Thursday, June 18, 2015

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

3:30 – 5:00  p.m.


Friday, June 19, 2015

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

10:30 – Noon




2015 Texas Council Conference Presentations

General Session Wednesday, June 17: Eleanor Longden Resource List

Wednesday,  June 17, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

3:30 – 5:00  p.m.

Friday, June 19, 2015

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

10:30 – Noon


General Session Highlights

Opening Session Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Featured Speaker Eleanor Longden

Longden is a research associate at the University of Liverpool who draws on her own experiences of recovery from psychosis to promote more creative, person- centered approaches to complex mental health problems. Her TED talk on voice- hearing has been translated into 34 languages and was named by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as one of the ‘20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life’.



Featured Breakout Speaker

Pete the Planner

The ISC Group brings Pete the Planner to the Annual Texas Council Conference. He is an award-winning comedian and financial mind. Pete has appeared on CNN headline News, Fox News, and other nationally recognized radio programs. Join us to hear Pete share his expertise on personal finance.



General Session Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ron Culberson

With a master’s degree in social work, Ron spent the first part of his career working in a large hospice organization as a clinical social worker, manager, and senior leader. As an author, speaker, and humorist, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations to associations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations. He is the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association and is a recognized expert on the benefits of humor and laughter.




Presenter Guidelines


  • If panel presentation, primary speaker is considered point person for presentation.
  • Have short bios (100 word limit) or CVs ready for upload for all speakers. Bios should describe what qualifies a presenter to speak on proposed session.
  • Edit session descriptions for brevity and clarity. Descriptions are limited to 100 words. Note: If accepted, content from this submission will be used for print and online materials promoting the conference.
  • Create brief, catchy title to generate interest in your presentation.


Presentation length: 90 minutes (1.5 hours).

Audio/Visual: The Texas Council provides screens, podium microphone or table microphones for panels. To keep registration rates low, we ask that accepted speakers bring their own laptops and LCD projectors. Additional A/V equipment is available at the presenter’s expense.

Handouts: Presenters are responsible for providing hard copy handouts if they choose to make them available.

Continuing Education Credits: Proposals received in response to this call may be selected for application to provide continuing education credits in multiple disciplines. Presenters whose presentations are selected for Nursing CE credits and Continuing Medical Education Credits will be notified and requested to provide additional documentation.

Acceptance Notifications: Presenters will receive acceptance notifications on a rolling basis by March 2015.

Late Submissions: Proposals received after deadline may be considered on a space available basis and may receive acceptance notification after March 2015.

Speaker Fees:  The Texas Council typically does not pay for speakers to present. If you charge a fee, please contact Maria Rios at mrios@txcouncil.com with requirements.

About the Texas Council Conference

Over the course of three days, experts from among our Centers, national and regional keynote speakers and policy experts gather to offer over 40 lectures, panel presentations and workshops.

Conference topics include:

  • Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Mental Health
  • Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Intervention
  • Substance Use Treatment, Wellness and Recovery
  • Human Resources/Professional Development
  • Communications/Information Technology
  • Policy and Governance, Ethics

Continuing Education Credits

Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) continuing education credits will be offered for all educational sessions.  No partial continiuing education credits will be given at the sessions. Successful completion of the session is required to receive continuing education credit.

Questions? Contact Maria Rios at mrios@txcouncil.com.