The Wisconsin Area College Counseling Conference (formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Professional Counselors in Higher Education) started as an informal annual gathering of counselors from universities, colleges, and technical colleges throughout Wisconsin. The initial goal was to provide opportunities for counselors to discuss topics of mutual concern, network, and share experiences.

The conference has always had a wellness focus, although over the years has become more formal with funding for keynote speakers, chances for more structured presentations, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and numerous opportunities to connect with other campus mental health providers.

The conference typically occurs in late April and is coordinated by a different UW school each year. The funding for the keynote speakers comes from UW System and efforts are made to keep the registration costs economical.

April 20-21, 2023: 

  • Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • To register for the conference, use the following link.
  • Registration fees are $100.00 per person (fee covers: CEUs, breakfast, lunch and dinner banquet on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday)
  • The deadline to register is March 31, 2021

  • Three Bears Resort, 701 Yogi Circle, Warrens, WI 54666 (Google Map)
  • Guest services: 608-378-2500
  • Call Three Bears Resort and mention the “UW Professional Counselors” room block or email Cathy Black directly at

Day 1 - Thursday, April 20th

  • 7:30 Optional Run or Yoga

  • 8:30 Registration Check-in, continental breakfast  

  • 9-9:30 Welcome and Conference Theme activity

  • 9:30-11 am Keynote #1, Kaelynn Partlow

  • 11:10- noon, Conference breakout sessions

  • Noon-1:00 pm Lunch, Ideas of Awesomeness

  • 1-1:50 Conference breakout sessions

  • 2-2:50 Conference breakout sessions

  • 3-4:00 pm Dr. John Achter, UW System Updates

  • 4:15-5:45 pm Paint and Wine (25-person limit), If you sign up for Paint and Wine event, please bring $5 to pay at the door to cover the cost of paint supplies- in addition to the fee at the door; wine will be available for purchase.

  • 6:00 om Dinner (cash bar)

  • 7:30-9 pm Trivia (cash bar)

Day 2 - Friday, April 21st

  • 7:30 Optional Run or Yoga

  • 8-9:00 am Continental breakfast

  • 8:30-10 am Areas of coordination meetings (Directors, Outreach Coordinators, Group Coordinators, Case Managers, AODA Coordinators, EDI Coordinators, Trainees, etc.)

  • 10 am -12 pm  Keynote #2, Dr. Julie DiMatteo

  • 12-1 pm Lunch, Conference wrap up  

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presentation proposals. Please consider collaborating with partners at different campuses! This is a great opportunity to share information from various perspectives and learn from each other. Presentations will be approximately 50-minutes and include 10-minute transition time. The application deadline is Friday, March 10. We hope to review all applications and have final decisions communicated by March 20th.

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Conference Registration

Registration fees are $100.00 per person (fee covers: CEUs, breakfast, lunch and dinner banquet on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday). The deadline to register is March 31, 2021

Register Here


For additional questions regarding the conference, please contact Riley McGrath, Director of Counseling Services, UW-Eau Claire,