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SOCIAL CHANGE

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Human service professionals work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to promote social justice and social change. We provide training on relevant Special Topics, developed to promote awareness and sensitivity of cultural and ethnic diversity to ensure we collectively live and practice core values.

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Telehealth Best Practices

Available September 1, 2021
Self-Paced
Fee: $79

This course will address the expanding role of technology in healthcare services by covering legal requirements, ethical standards and the process of implementing virtual connections in your professional practice. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Learn the technical and process applications that support the provision of telehealth services
  • Understand the legal and ethical considerations for telehealth services personal perspective
  • Consider and prepare for virtual communication

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Rachel Coffey, LPC-IT, MAC
Rachelle has fifteen years’ experience supporting and advocating for prison reform which led her to become a therapist to work with the Compassion Prison Project.
 

In addition to private practice, she co-owns a healthcare initiative that strives to break the traditional barriers of comprehensive healthcare. She is originally from the country roads of West Virginia where she received both her undergrad and graduate degrees from Marshall University.

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Shame: It's Time to Start Talking About It

October 11-21, 2021 (Self-Study)
October 22, 2021, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
Mixed Online
Fee: $129

The silence around shame allows it to build, leading to the develop interpersonal defense mechanisms to manage the intensity of the pain. These defenses act as self-preservation but can also lead to mental health challenges, interpersonal conflicts, complacency and lack of self-efficacy. This course will explore shame and how to build a capacity to face and find healing from shame stories and develop resiliency to protect us, as practitioners, as well as our clients. Continuing Education: 0.7 CEUs/7 CEHs.

  • Understand the development of shame in both clients and practitioners, including how to respond to your own shame narrative and that of our clients
  • Consider the roles your own shame has played into the crisis interactions and ways to remove this and move to a space of responsive action versus reactivity or shame-response.
  • Brainstorm longer-term care responses and transition ideas for moving clients and families out of the crisis cycles of shame as well as how to treat shame as a more intensive and prolonged issue

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Kyira Wackett
Kyira Wackett is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma.
 

Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal and professional development for over ten years. Her company, Adversity Rising, has focused its efforts more specifically on creating social change, taking conversations about mental health into the communities at large, empowering self-exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth—both personally and professionally.

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Desperate Journeys

November 5, 2021
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Virtual
Fee: $99

Desperate times call for desperate measures. This course offers deeper understanding of the emigration process for asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. Participants will review legislation that impacts resettlement while gaining insight on refugees’ experiences and psychological well-being. Activities in the training are designed to assist providers in understanding the complexities related to emigration while improving outcomes for this population through skills and integration. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Delineate the differences and similarities between asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants
  • Evaluate and differentiate major legislation and its impact on the migration process and their application to direct practice
  • Identify culturally responsive practice and sensitivity to working with migrant populations

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Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang is the Founder and Executive Director of Us 2 Behavioral Health Care.

She is also a Lecturer at the University of Green Bay, Social Work Department and has been with the department since 2018, teaching both BSW and MSW courses. She is an LCSW with practice experience in mental health, substance abuse, policy, and leadership. Sheng has a strong interest in social justice, diversity, inclusion, and poverty.

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Self-Care/Burnout

January 7, 2022
Virtual
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $99

Social workers provide essential services to trauma affected individuals and communities yet are at a disproportionate risk of burnout, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma. This course will provide an overview of common stress responses in providers and risk factors. Interactive activities and discussion on concrete self-care strategies will also be provided. Participants will learn mindfulness and grounding techniques to reduce symptoms of stress. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand common reactions to distressing events in helping professionals
  • Learn mindfulness and grounding techniques to reduce daily and chronic stress
  • Describe self-care techniques to mitigate burnout, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma

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Tara Leytham Powell
Dr. Powell’s research explores the impact of post-disaster behavioral health interventions in disaster affected communities throughout the U.S. and internationally.
 

Most recently she has examined the impact of community-based mental health interventions for Syrian refugees and for health care providers after hurricanes Harvey and Maria. She has also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing support for distressed children and youth. She provides expertise in psycho-educational curriculum development and aiding communities after collective trauma.

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Forgiveness

January 17-27, 2022 (Self-Study)
January 28, 2022, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
Online Mixed
Fee: $129

While a moral virtue and required of all of us, forgiveness is an incredibly complex process that is commonly misunderstood. In this training, we will not only explore the meaning of forgiveness, we will also work with models, tools and strategies to create a safe and more forgiving environment for our clients and more self-compassion for ourselves as clinicians. Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs/6 CEHs.

  • Name and explain the four phases of forgiveness and identify at least one tool of intervention
  • Uncover the role of self-forgiveness in client healing
  • Identify your own shame narratives that may impede your ability to receive and/or give forgiveness to clients, self and others

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Kyira Wackett
Kyira Wackett is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma.
 

Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal and professional development for over ten years. Her company, Adversity Rising, has focused their efforts more specifically on creating social change, taking conversations about mental health into the communities at large, empowering self-exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth — both personally and professionally.

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Grief

March 14-24, 2022 (Self-Study)
March 25, 2022, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
Online Mixed
Fee: $129

The process of grieving is universal. Yet it can be an incredibly isolating and overwhelming process. In this course, we will dive deeper into this complex topic to better understand how we experience and work through grief and loss, concentrating on two primary modalities but also tools and skills independent of modality. We will dismantle misconceptions, outline important considerations and build greater understanding of this necessary process for long-term healing and well-being. Continuing Education: 0.8 CEUs/8 CEHs.

  • Outline at least four skills and interventions you can use with clients in the treatment process
  • Consider the role of grief in the long-term healing and recovery process and how it connects to the forgiveness model
  • Learn ways to respond to your own grief as the helping professional including identifying when you may be experiencing countertransference with the patient or client

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Kyira Wackett
Kyira Wackett is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma.
 

Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal and professional development for over ten years. Her company, Adversity Rising, has focused their efforts more specifically on creating social change, taking conversations about mental health into the communities at large, empowering self-exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth - both personally and professionally.

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Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Distress: Understanding, Addressing and Treating It

April 25-May 11, 2022 (Self-Study)
May 12, 2022, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
Online Mixed
Fee: $149

Discomfort, shame, and hatred for our bodies are causing us to turn to extreme diets, isolation, and other unhealthy means to address perceived “deficiencies,” perpetuated by an “idealized body image.” In this course, we will challenge myths and perception and discuss risk factors. We will study how to diagnose and treat eating disorders, how to distinguish them from disordered eating, clinical presentations and concerns, and how to best work with an integrated care team to address body image distress with clients. Continuing Education: 1.0 CEUs/10 CEHs.

  • Challenge the myths about eating disorders
  • Learn Health at Every Size® and Body Trust® and discuss the role these practices can have in creating a more inclusive practice
  • Establish five interventions that can be done with clients to address disordered eating and/or body image distress

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Kyira Wackett
Kyira Wackett is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma.
 

Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal and professional development for over ten years. Her company, Adversity Rising, has focused their efforts more specifically on creating social change, taking conversations about mental health into the communities at large, empowering self-exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth — both personally and professionally.

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Psychopharmacology

June 3, 2022
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
In-Person
Tundra Lodge, 865 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay
Fee: $129

This training will explore psychotropic medications, illicit chemicals and other mood-altering substances, helping participants develop an understanding of medications used to treat both mental health and AODA conditions as well as those that are used in recreational settings. We will also address treatment approaches used to assist those dealing with mental health, AODA or dual-diagnosis concerns. Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs/6 CEHs.

  • Identify psychotropic medications used to treat psychiatric conditions
  • Identify illicit chemicals and other mood-altering substances seen in the treatment of substance use disorders
  • Understand therapeutic and psychoeducational approaches used in the treatment of mental health, AODA and dual-diagnosis conditions

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Michael Steger
Michael Steger, LPC, CSAC, ICS, has over 20 years in the field of mental health and AODA. He currently is a Clinical Therapist and Psychology Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College.

Steger holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Community Counseling from UW-Milwaukee. He became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2006 and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor in 2010.

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Mental Health During a Crisis

Self-Paced
Fee: $99

Since early 2020, almost every area of our lives has been impacted by the pandemic. These radical changes have occurred at all levels — national and local, individual and family, practical and emotional — seismic transformations that can leave you feeling fearful, overwhelmed, and worried about what the future might look like. Taking care of your mental health during extreme situations is crucial. Continuing Education: 0.5 CEUs/5 CEHs.

  • Proactively address emotional upheaval
  • Expand your understanding of psychological well-being
  • Identify and process your reactions to crisis by learning healthy ways to cope when circumstances feel beyond your control

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Angela Wessels
Angela Wessels is an alumna of UW-Green Bay and has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with minors in Human Biology and Human Development. Angela also has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
 

She has worked in the mental health field since 2010, holds a counseling license in the state of Wisconsin and is a nationally certified counselor with Lifepoint Counseling, LLC. Angela has experience providing community educational programming, providing outpatient counseling to a variety of ages and populations, and also provides critical incident debriefings for first responders after traumatic incidents.

Ethics and Boundaries

Our courses in Ethics and Boundaries are rooted in the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

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