WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program


Upcoming WAFCA-CE Webinars 

May 18
10:00 - 2:30

via webinar

A Comprehensive Response to Socio-Cultural Trauma*
Presenters: Patricia Parker: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee & Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW: Aurora Health Care

Content to include: an overview of several forms of socio-cultural trauma, including race-based trauma, and what a comprehensive trauma informed response to children and their families would look like.

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June 10 
8:30 - 12:30

via webinar

Early Experiences Elevate Everything: Development & the Future of Society*
Corina Norrbom, MD: Medical College of Wisconsin; Dipesh Navsaria, MD: UW Health; Abbi Kruse: Conscious Discipline; Rob Grunewald: Minneapolis Federal Reserve

Content to include: foundational knowledge about infant mental health; tips for those supporting parents and caregivers to foster infant mental health; information regarding the LENA Start Project; research and other resources to help agencies advocate for investments in programs like LENA Start, including ROI information.

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July 13 & July 15
10:00-12:00 each day

via webinar

Psychopharmacology and Alternatives for Mental Health Disorders*
Presenter: David Mays, Ph.D: University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry

Content to include: [Part 1] chemical treatments of depression and psychosis, data concerning compliance with treatment and pharmacogenetic testing, possible new directions in treating depression and suicidality; [Part 2] pharmacological treatments for bipolar disorder, substance use, and ADHD; alternative medications and street drugs fit into psychiatric treatment research

Coming soon! Registration for summer WAFCA-CE opportunities starts June 1st!

August 10
9:00 - 1:30

via webinar

Balancing Change & Acceptance in Youth Work: Applying DBT Principles* 
Presenter: Jennifer Muehlenkamp, Ph.D: University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Content to include: how acceptance and change are used to effectively treat youth with complex behavioral health problems, the foundational skills of DBT and their application to treating youth problems how to teach and support a youth’s use of at least one interpersonal and one distress tolerance skill

Coming soon! Registration for summer WAFCA-CE opportunities starts June 1st!

Sept. 20
time TBD

via webinar

Honoring Veteran Culture*
Presenters: Mathew Lindsay & Michelle Kamin-Lindsay, MSWs: Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Content to include: trauma and PTSD; how to help the spouse and child(ren) understand the trauma and how it manifests rather than internalizing it; intersection with AODA

Coming soon! Registration for summer WAFCA-CE opportunities starts June 1st!

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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 in-person training, certificates will be provided following the conclusion of the training, or when the individual exits the training, if leaving early. For all WAFCA-CE webinars, certificates will be issued within 30 days of the webinar. Click here for more information on continuing education hours, accommodations, program concerns, and confidentiality of participant information.

Fees & More...

WAFCA CE is now a member benefit; members pay $0! (Log in for member rates. Contact [email protected] for support.)

For non-members, fees for CE opportunities are as follows:

• $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.

*These opportunities are being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.