WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program 2023


Upcoming Events:

June 8
10:00am - 2:30pm CT
(30min lunch)

via webinar

*FREE with funding support from the Great Lakes MHTTC*

The Essentials of Effective Psychotherapy: What We Know Works
Kelli Underwood, LCSW, To Be Aligned

Content to include: increasing successful outcomes with clients; the essential pieces to effective treatment; the nervous system and the Polyvagal Theory; building rapport; the specific skills of active listening; self- management techniques for personal triggers, dysregulation, distractions; somatic strategies for slowing down, speeding up, and letting go; and small impactful actions to take 

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July 13
9am - 4pm CT
(1 hour lunch)

IN-PERSON in Oshkosh, WI

From Victim to Survivor to Thriver: Trauma Recovery for Intimate Partner Abuse Victims
Presenter: Jennifer Parker, MSSW,
author of Coercive Relationships: Find the Answers You Seek

Content to include: exploring survivor stories, what is helpful; therapeutic strategies that empower victim/survivors; stages of change, frequent survivor issues, possible counter-transference issues, abuse-instilled fear; best practices, assessment, and interventions

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August 10
10:00am - 2:30pm CT
(30min lunch)

via webinar

*FREE with funding support from the Great Lakes MHTTC*

The Body: A Wellspring of Healing
Presenter: Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC,
Center for Contextual Change

Content to include: somatic (body-based) therapeutic interventions to expand possibilities for healing; rationale; autoregulation, co-regulation, self-regulation; how to recognize levels of activation; how to "titrate" to prevent overwhelm and dysregulation; the benefit of therapeutic touch; tools for accessing clients' somatic resources; building tolerance through distress and adversity; fostering capacity for social engagement

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September 14

10:00am - 2:30pm CT
(30min lunch)

via webinar

De-Stress Your Distress and Be the Best You!
Presenter: Patricia Clason, RCC,
Center for Creative Learning

Content to include: stress as a part of well-being, dis-stress vs. stress; personal stress and well-being assessment; the five domains of emotional intelligence and their relationship to stress management, key stress symptoms and what you can do about them; tools for calming, mindfulness and equilibrium; a plan for building skills for emotional equilibrium and decreasing stress

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More coming soon! Click here to view our full calendar for 2023.


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 A Note on WAFCA Webinars

  • Webinars are live virtual learning opportunities designed to be accessed by individuals. Group participation is not encouraged; post-webinar group discussions are a recommended alternative.
  • In order to offer CE credits for these virtual learning opportunities via NBCC, WAFCA verifies attendance using Zoom. Each registrant receives a unique link that confirms their attendance and email address for CE certificates. Link sharing is not permitted, and CE credits are not available for unregistered participants.


For more than 25 years, WAFCA has provided quality, timely continuing education for professionals serving children and families in Wisconsin. Each year, we train more than 1,000 participants including social workers, therapists, counselors, case managers, residential care workers, parenting support aides and in-home support workers on topics ranging from family systems to addiction and trauma.

WAFCA-CE is a trusted resource for continuing education for our member agencies and other behavioral health professionals in counties and in private practice. The Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education ProviderTM (ACEP No.6778). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

For all WAFCA-CE in-person and virtual webinar trainings, certificates will be issued within 30 days of the event. Click here for more information on continuing education hours, accommodations, program concerns, and confidentiality of participant information.

Fees & More...

WAFCA Members and CE Subscribers pay $0! (Log in for member/subscriber rates. Contact [email protected] for support.)

For non-members, all in-person events are $99.

Fees for WAFCA-CE webinars are based on the length of the event. Non-members will pay:

• $25 per 2 hours
• $50 per 4 hours
• $75 per 6 hours

Interested in learning more about WAFCA membership? Contact Kathy Markeland at [email protected]

Cancellations:  A two-week cancellation notice is requested. Participants cancelling no later than one week prior to the event will receive a full refund. Participants may arrange for a substitute but must notify WAFCA regarding substitution. To cancel or arrange for a substitute, please email [email protected] or call 608.257.5939.