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Focus Friday Training Series: Exploring Behavioral Health Equity

Focus Friday



Join us for the Focus Friday Training Series: Exploring Behavioral Health Equity. This series is designed to equip human service professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to address disparities in behavioral health care. Our goal is to enhance awareness, understanding, and culturally responsive care for historically underserved populations. By understanding the impact of social determinants, implicit biases, and cultural factors, participants will learn how to provide equitable care to diverse communities.

What You’ll Learn

  • Foundations of Health Equity: Address disparities in access to care. Implement strategies to reduce barriers for underserved populations.
  • Cultural Humility: Learn strategies to apply cultural humility in person-centered care for marginalized groups.
  • Resources and Tools: Gain access to valuable research, tools, and resources.

Who Should Attend

Human service professionals, clinicians, and anyone passionate about promoting equity in behavioral health.

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DEI & Celebrating Individual Cultural Wisdom

Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Celebrating Individual Cultural Wisdom

July 19, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Jojopahmaria Nsoroma
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

This workshop will explore the intersection of DEI, Cultural Reverence, trauma-responsive, and behavioral health programming. The workshop leader will facilitate exploration of identity-based trauma and its effects on the nervous system. Racial injustice will be explored as a chronic, systemic, collective, and personal form of trauma. Read more »

Historical Trauma: Queer People of Color

Historical Trauma: Resilience and Risk Factors for Latinx Queer Communities and Queer People of Color and Health Disparities: Intersectional Perspective to Care

August 16, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): David G. Zelaya, Ph.D.
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

Historical Trauma: Resilience and Risk Factors for Latinx Queer Communities:

Knowing the history of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans in the United States is imperative in efforts to appropriately meet the mental health needs of these communities. The current training will provide an overview of historical events ranging from pre-colonization, colonization, and modern-day events that are impacting the needs of the communities aforementioned.  Read more »

Queer People of Color and Health Disparities: Intersectional Perspective to Care:

While the NIH has identified sexual and gender minorities as well as racial and ethnic minorities as groups that face health disparities, what often is overlooked in research and clinical care is people living at the nexus of those two communities. Read more »

Moving from Tolerance to Acceptance

Do You See Me: Moving from Tolerance to Acceptance

September 13, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

Unconscious or unspoken racism compromises clinical discussions and outcomes. Learning to listen for the clues and skillfully bring up race as opportunities to connect meaningfully with your clients of color and provide them with the high quality of care they deserve.   Read more »

Disparities in Suicidal Behavior and Outcomes among Youth

Disparities in Suicidal Behavior and Outcomes Among Youth

October 11, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Sara Kohlbeck, PhD, MPH
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

This session will provide attendees with research findings and data outlining racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation-related disparities in youth suicide in Wisconsin. We will also discuss implications of these disparities, including stigma and hesitation to seek mental health help. Read more »

Growing Our Spiritual & Emotional Intelligence

Growing Our Spiritual and Emotional Intelligence

November 8, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Noor Jawad
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

This workshop is the foundational session for growing personal mastery to become more spiritually, and emotionally intelligent, heal from past wounds related to the workplace, and transforming dysfunctional interpersonal relationships into meaningful ones. This 2-hour session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore and experience connecting more deeply to the soul,...Read more »

Considerations When Providing for American Indians

Considerations When Providing for American Indians

November 15, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Mark Powless, Ph.D.
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

This session will provide some general history from pre-contact to the present, including how the Native Nations that are in what's now known as Wisconsin came to be here. Read more »

Housing First

Housing First: Using Motivational Interviewing to Support Harm Reduction and Healing

December 13, 2024
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Kim Davidson, LCSW
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

When working with clients that face many barriers, it can overwhelming to navigate the helping process. This training will support providers in utilizing motivational interviewing to truly meet clients where they are at, evoking and guiding instead of using a more directive style. Read more »

Boundary and Ethical Awareness

Boundary and Ethical Awareness When Working with Geriatrics

January 10, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Todd Sigler, PsyD, LP, NCC
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

Course Description

This workshop is designed for mental health professionals who work with geriatric populations. The session will explore the unique challenges and nuances of establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries while being cognizant of the ethical considerations when serving the geriatric population. Read more »


Veteran Suicide Prevention Through a Recovery Orientated Lens

Veteran Suicide Prevention Through a Recovery Oriented Lens

February 14, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Joshua Andreini, MSW, LCSW
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

The session will focus on identifying who/what is a veteran, provide an overview of state programs and other veteran specific resources across the state of WI. The session will cover suicide statistics and specific considerations to keep in mind when working with veterans and service members. Read more »

Creating Safe Spaces

Creating Safe Spaces: Cultivating Mental Wellness in the Community

March 14, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Jason Phillips, LCSW
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

Course Description

This comprehensive workshop aims to empower human service professionals to create supportive and inclusive environments within their communities. Participants will explore the significance of safe spaces in community care and address existing disparities in behavioral health.  Read more »

Mental Health Crisis in Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Community

Cultivating Awareness: Mental Health Crisis and Perspectives in the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Community

April 11, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Denise Johnson, BSW
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

Wisconsin has a significant lack of accessible mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind. In this workshop, participants will learn valuable information about the unique MH/SU needs of this marginalized community. Read more »

Native American Womanhood

Native American Womanhood: Examining the Role of Colonization to Legitimize a more Accurate and Meaningful Conceptualization of Wellbeing and Balance Across Family and Community Systems

May 9, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Pilar Gauthier, LPC
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

Native American women play a pivotal role in unraveling patriarchal influences, which have far-reaching gender implications in their traditional social systems and organized labor. Much of what is understood about Native American women’s life roles is in the context of Western mental health...Read more »

Racial Trauma and the Nervous System

Racial Trauma and the Nervous System

June 13, 2025
8:30 - 10:30am CST

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $10 full members; $25 partial members and nonmember
Trainer(s): Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP
Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

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Course Description

This session will provide attendees with research findings and data outlining racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation-related disparities in youth suicide in Wisconsin. We will also discuss implications of these disparities, including stigma and hesitation to seek mental health help. Read more »