Conference B is SOLD OUT!

We are excited to be providing an expanded Conference experience!! The up-coming 12th Annual National Peer Program Conference is now 2 FULL DAYS that will be REPEATED in the same week. These back-to-back offerings will be referred to as Conference A and Conference B. The new format will allow flexibility in dates, reduce substitute related stressors, and increase overall access to the Conference.

Conference A:
March 6-7, 2023
Youth Mental Health First Aid:
March 8, 2023
Conference B: SOLD OUT!
March 9-10, 2023
Conference Registration Cost: $300

Keynote Speaker: Emily Elrod

Session Title: More To The Story

In Emily's session, Emily will talk about the MORE that comes with Mental Health. She will talk about the untold "surprise" stories of mental health and dive into the science (and the power) of stigma that keeps these stories quiet.


Her clients describe Emily Elrod as energetic, wiser beyond her years, and the person that gets things done. Her husband describes her as a blonde, a good momma, and an animal philanthropist.

But if you ask her, she is just a lover of humanity, dark chocolate, and nouns as she will gladly nerd out with you on ways people, places, and things (aka nouns) go from stressed to strategic as she helps them perform at their top potential. 

She has a background in ergonomic engineering, Human Resources, and Wholistic Human-Centric design. She is blessed to own a company called Workzbe that works with high-performing, high-pressure teams of all sizes to create WISE work environments where people show up, collaborate, perform, and have fun while doing it.

Conference Speakers

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Mrs. Kelly Richards

Senior Program Specialist, ThriveWay

Kelly is a Senior Program Specialist at ThriveWay. She has 25 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher...

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Mrs. Sallye Longshore

Director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Sallye R. Longshore is the Director of the Alabama Department of Child
Abuse and Neglect Prevention, “The Children’s Trust Fund.” Ms....

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Mrs. Kimberly Delahoussaye

Therapist, Thrive Counseling and Psychiatry

Kimberly Delahoussaye is a licensed professional counselor from Thrive Counseling and Psychiatry that works with clients in person in Gulf...

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Mr. Jeff McClure

Admininstrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Pike County Schools

Jeff McClure has worked in education for over 25 years - both public and private. He attended Troy University, where...

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Mrs. Laura Bruce

Mental Health Services Coordinator, Ozark City Schools

Laura Bruce is the Mental Health Services Coordinator for Ozark City
Schools for three years. She began her career in social...

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Dr. Jasmine Coleman

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Alabama

Jasmine Coleman, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Coleman’s program of research...

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Mrs. Jennifer McGriff

Behavior Management Support Team Coach

Jennifer McGriff is a Behavior Management Support Coach within the Etowah County School System. She started her career in education...

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Mr. Joe Biggs Jr.

Assistant Principal, Gordo High School

Hello, I am Joe Biggs, Jr., a man from Tuscaloosa, AL (Roll Tide!!). I am a husband and father of...

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Mrs. Patricia McCay

Founder & Chairman, Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force

Patricia has worked diligently for the past 13 years to raise awareness and
train others about the horrible crimes of human...

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Mrs. Tina Evans

Counseling & Assessment Specialist, Jefferson County Schools

Tina Evans is the Counseling & Assessment Specialist for Jefferson County Schools. As an accomplished educator, she has worked in...

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Ms. Amanda Keller

Founding Director, Magic City Acceptance Center

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda moved to Alabama in 2006 and received her BA in Philosophy from The University...

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Ms. Ashley McLeroy

Rehabilitation Engineer and Coordinator, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Ashley McLeroy has worked with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services as a Rehabilitation Engineer and Assistive Technology Specialist since...

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Dr. Deborah Grant

Assistant Professor, University of West Alabama

Dr. Deborah Grant has been part of the counseling profession in Alabama for the past 28 years. She has been...

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Mrs. Annessa Jenkins

Library Media Specialist; Peer Helpers Program Lead Coordinator

Annessa Jenkins has been in education for 21 years (15 years as an ELA classroom teacher, 6 years as a...

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Mrs. Libba Reed

Alabama Reading Initiative Reading Specialist

Libba serves many rural students through University Charter School in Livingston, Alabama. In the past 14 years of her educational...

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Dr. Leslie Faulkner

Community Outreach Specialist

Dr. Leslie M. Faulkner began her secondary career working for Ocean Bay as a contractor for the Drug Enforcement Administration...

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Ms. Lily Moric

Communications & Campaigns Specialist

Lily Moric is the Communications & Campaigns Specialist with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). Her interest in combatting...

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Mrs. Nicole Persinger

Co Founder

Nicole Persinger, occupational therapist, mother of 4 teens, and co-founder of One More Moment, a parent-led non profit organization which...

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Ms. Katie White

Assistant Clinical Director

Katie graduated from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and earned a master’s degree in community agency counseling from Montevallo University...

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Mrs. Dannette Bivens


Dannette Bivins owns and operates a private practice in Birmingham, where she provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Dannette...

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Hotel Lodging

Conference registrants will need to book hotel nights directly with Perdido Beach Resort. The Perdido Beach Resort will cancel any booked rooms if guests have not registered for the Conference prior to making your lodging reservation. Please use the registration link above to submit your Conference registation. Group rate and hotel phone number will be provided via email once registration is complete.

Room Rates
Angled Beach View: $129
Room rates start at $129 with the option to upgrade.

*Room rates will vary based on view, and base price does not include lodging tax*

Additional Conference Information

Provided Professional Development

Approved CE by the Alabama State Board of Social Work

NBCC Credits Approval Pending

Conference Attire

Casual, comfortable clothing is encouraged. Jeans are appropriate for this Conference!


I understand that Conference registrations cancelled in:
- 2022 will be refunded 100% of the registration fees.
- January 2023 will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.
- February or March 2023 will not be eligible for a refund. 

Please call the JCMF directly for all Conference registration cancellations.
Phone: (251) 971-3633