Gentle Teaching International Conference

2022 Gentle Teaching International Conference:  The Reawakening

The 2022 Gentle Teaching International Conference will take place on August 17th – 19th, 2022 at the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor.

About the Conference

The 2022 Gentle Teaching International (GTI) conference is the premiere gathering of people from around the world committed to providing positive and proactive supports. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the conference! This conference presents a unique opportunity to learn about the research, best practices, case studies and lessons learned on creating and sustaining a culture of  support for vulnerable populations in varied environments.

View our Conference Schedule, Presenters and Presentation Descriptions!

Click here to see our conference schedule of activities.   Social Work CEs are available for the majority of the presentations.

Live Streaming Options!

For those who can’t make the conference in person, we are offering the opportunity to join us online for live, virtual streaming of select presentations.  This option is free for those receiving services and direct caregivers.  It is $15 for the general public.  One CE for Social Workers is available for most of these sessions.

Click here to view the streaming options and register.

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death across America. The question is, how can we create an environment in which our individuals believe they have a life worth living? “Lives Worth Living: A Guide to Suicide Prevention in Community Mental Health” will look at our beliefs and biases towards those we serve who struggle with suicidal ideation or behavior. The first step in suicide prevention is becoming educated on the matter. You will learn how to have conversations with individuals struggling with suicide and how we can move them from a space of crisis to calm. Audience members can expect to take away stories of lived experience with suicide, how we can reduce access to lethal means, and an interactive activity on how to build a safety plan. Data will be used on effective ways to reduce suicide amongst different demographics within community mental health or within the community itself. Whether you serve those who struggle with suicidal behavior, support loved ones, or have personal experience with suicide there is a space for you within this talk.

Be a Sponsor!

Help promote your business during the conference.

Click here to view sponsorship options and/or purchase a sponsorship online.

Questions about the Conference?

Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions.

Conference Registration

Cost is $350 per person for three days or $150 per person for one day.

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Conference Location

Kensington Hotel                        3500 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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The Kensington Hotel has recently SOLD OUT of rooms for our conference.  Click here for information on other nearby hotels.

COVID-19 Information and Protocols

Click here for information on COVID-19 protocols for the conference.

Transportation Options

Transportation from Detroit Metro Airport

Estella Express

Car sharing service


Uber/Lyft/Taxis also available with an average cost of $40 – $60 from airport to hotel.

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