WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program


Upcoming WAFCA-CE Webinars 

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

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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

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September 20
8:30 - 12:30

via webinar

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

Content to include: assessing for Veteran specific issues, understanding discharge status, preventing Veteran suicide, and harm reduction techniques to reduce risky behaviors Veterans may engage in due to issues of complex trauma and substance use disorders

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6 &  7
9:00 - 12:00 each day

via webinar

Effective Supervision: Ethics and Skills for Enhanced Competence*
Presenter: Carol FalendarPh.D: University of California—Los Angeles 

Content to include: the most current skills to enhance ethical supervision practice including cultural humility, competencies, supervision guidelines and best practices; the supervisory relationship, strain, ruptures, repair, reflective practice, diversity and multiculturalism in all aspects; assessment, feedback, and evaluation strategies; legal and ethical frames; self-care; and management of supervisees not meeting performance competency standards.

Coming soon! Registration for fall WAFCA-CE opportunities starts August 25th!

November 10

via webinar 

Foster Care and Adoption-Competent Practice*
Presenter: Michelle Robertson, MSW, LGSW: The College of St. Scholastica 

Content to include: best practices for working with foster and adoptive families and resources to help workers serve families (with actual tools to use in sessions/home visits!)

Coming soon! Registration for fall WAFCA-CE opportunities starts August 25th!

December 9 
10:00 - 2:30

via webinar

Supporting Neurodivergence: What We Make of Differences*
Presenter: Angela Marx, Ph.D: Place of Mind

Content to include: the philosophical basis for serving individuals with disabilities; foundational information regarding developmental and intellectual disabilities; effective assessments and interventions for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan; tools/tips for addressing behavior related concerns; understanding the intersection of disabilities and mental health; and resources

Coming soon! Registration for fall WAFCA-CE opportunities starts August 25th!

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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.