WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program 2023


Upcoming Events:

March 23
10:00am - 2:30pm
(30min lunch)

via webinar

*funding support from the Great Lakes MHTTC*

Introduction to Internal Family Systems 
Presenter: Frank G. Anderson, MD

Content to include: the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model, ways to integrate IFS into clinical practice, the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy; identifying and working with clients’ parts, how to work with the clinician’s own parts; an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology; the role of curiosity and compassion.

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April 20
9:00am - 4:00pm
(1hr lunch)

in-person ONLY in Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Polyvagal Theory in Practice: Bringing the Wisdom of the Nervous System into Clinical Work Across Populations
Presenter: C
ourtney Rolfe, MA, LCPC, Modern Mind & Heart 

Content to include: The Polyvagal Theory; the nervous system, neuroception (our internal surveillance system), regulated and adaptive survival states, the Social Engagement System, and basic concepts of autonomic safety; interactive mapping exercises for attendees to explore their own nervous systems; creating a healing environment to promote growth and change, support trauma healing, and teach clients a new way of understanding and managing their experience in the world

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May 16
10:00am - 2:30pm
(30min lunch)

via webinar

Autism Is Not What You Think It Is
Angela Marx, PhD, My Place of Mind

Content to include: identifying misinformation that can contribute to difficulties, stress, and unintentional harm; up-to-date knowledge based on the past 15 years of the neurodiversity movement, the autistic experience, understanding autism as thinking and processing differences instead of deficits; what really contributes to autistic health and stress, supports and accommodations to help adapt your current practices  

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

via webinar

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


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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.