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Crisis Core Training

The Behavioral Health Training Partnership at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay provides orientation training for new crisis workers, as required by Wisconsin DHS Chapter 34: Emergency Mental Health Service Programs.

According to DHS 34.21 (8b), the orientation training requirements include:

  1. Pertinent parts of Chapter 34.
  2. The program's policies and procedures.
  3. Job responsibilities for staff and volunteers in the program.
  4. Applicable parts of chs. 48, 51 and 55, Stats., and any related administrative rules.
  5. The provisions of s. 51.30, Stats., and ch. DHS 92 regarding confidentiality of treatment records.
  6. The provisions of s. 51.61, Stats., and ch. DHS 94 regarding patient rights.
  7. Basic mental health and psychopharmacology concepts applicable to crisis situations.
  8. Techniques and procedures for assessing and responding to the emergency mental health service needs of persons who are suicidal, including suicide assessment, suicide management and prevention.
  9. Techniques for assessing and responding to the emergency mental health service needs of persons who appear to have problems related to the abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  10. Techniques and procedures for providing non-violent crisis management for clients, including verbal de-escalation, methods for obtaining backup, and acceptable methods for self-protection and protection of the client and others in emergency situations.

This curriculum is designed to prepare crisis workers to deliver supportive interventions via phone, in the office, or via mobile crisis response.   It includes foundational self-paced, asynchronous trainings (Crisis Intervention Serivces Orientation) and live, synchronous courses.  Live coursework builds on the foundational skills taught in the self-paced course, and includes discussion, small group work, and post-training action plans.

The courses below are designed to be taken in order whenever possible, including completion of the self-paced Crisis Intervention Services Orientation course prior to the first live training session.  Wisconsin Mental Health Laws is best taken as the final course in the training series.

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Crisis Intervention Services Orientation (Self-Paced Course)

Self-Paced, Online 
Fee: $0 (Members); $272.50 (Nonmembers)
Continuing Education Hours: 17.5

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Course Description

This asynchronous (self-paced) course is designed to assist with onboarding new Wisconsin DHS 34 Crisis Intervention Services workers. This course is part of the Crisis Core training series, and lays the foundation for the skills and knowledge learned in synchronous (live) trainings.

Upon registering for this course, participants will receive a confirmation email which will contain... Read more »

Crisis Services Overview

Crisis Services Overview


May 8-9, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day
June 3-4, 2024
1:00 - 4:00pm CST each day

Location: Virtual, via Zoom (instructions to access the course will be emailed 1 week prior to the session) 
Fee: $35 (Members); $70 (Partial Members); $99 (Nonmembers) 
Trainer(s): Liz Bartz 
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0

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Course Description

This six-hour core training provides participants with a framework for understanding the county crisis system as defined by Wisconsin DHS 34 and by best practice standards laid out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Participants will gain knowledge of crisis as a continuum, the consumer perspective on crisis, and working with community partners such as Law Enforcement... Read more »

Suicide and Risk Assessment

Suicide and Risk Assessment

May 14-15, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day

June 11-12, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day

Location: Virtual, via Zoom (instructions to access the course will be emailed 1 week prior to the session)
Fee: $35 (Members); $70 (Partial Members); $99 (Nonmembers)
Trainer(s): Liz Bartz
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0

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Course Description

Assessing suicide risk or risk of harm to others is the most critical aspect of crisis work. Because suicide and homicide can and does happen, this six-hour core training emphasizes the importance of self‐care in order to be an effective helper during times of acute crisis. Participants will be given an overview of secondary trauma as a by‐product to the work they do, and asked to identify... Read more »

Wisconsin Mental Health Laws

Wisconsin Mental Health Laws

April 23-24, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day
(capacity is currently full for this session; contact bhtp@uwgb.edu)

May 20-21, 2024 
1:00 - 4:00pm CST each day

June 25-26, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day

Location: Virtual, via Zoom (instructions to access the curse will be emailed 1 week prior to the session)
Fee: $35 (Members); $70 (Partial Members); $99 (Nonmembers) 
Trainer(s): Liz Bartz 
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0

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Course Description

This six-hour course uses discussion and small group exercises along with lecture to help participants understand the laws and standards related to crisis work as identified in DHS 34. Mental Health Laws (Chapter 51) will be presented and the crisis worker will be prepared for the fact that not all of their cases are going to fit neatly into the Chapter 51 framework. Participants will be exposed... Read more »

Liz Bartz, MS

questions about Crisis core?

BHTP Trainer Liz Bartz can help.  Contact Liz at (920) 465-2361 or via email at bartze@uwgb.edu. 

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