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Special Topics

We offer a variety of engaging topics to meet the required continuing education credit hours for social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists and other health and human services professionals.

The UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the UW Oshkosh Council on Professional Counseling, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, and UW-Green Bay, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the Northcentral Association of Colleges and Schools, are approved and accepted by the State of Wisconsin for continuing education training credit hours.

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Desperate Journeys

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants

— Virtual —

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.

The workshop will address these issues through a combination of interactive dialogue, focused discussion, applied-practice exercises, and small group work.

Learning Objectives

  1. Delineate the differences and similarities between asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants.
  2. Critically evaluate and differentiate major legislation and its impact on the migration process and their application to direct practice.
  3. Demonstrate awareness and principles of psychological well-being and socio-emotional health of refugees
  4. Identify culturally responsive practice and sensitivity to working with migrant populations.
Sheng Lee Yang, MSW, LCSW

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Sheng Lee Yang is the Founder & Executive Director for 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. 
$99 Per Person
Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4.0 CEHs

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Grief & Bereavement

Providing Support, Hope and Healing in this Complex Process

— Mixed Online Training —
Scheduled Study with Virtual Activities & Discussion
  The process of grieving is universal and yet can be an incredibly isolating and overwhelming process. Made more difficult by the advances in technology and the pressure to be “fine," many people are often stuck somewhere midway through the grief process, which only leads to greater pain and harm in the future. In this course, we will dive deeper into this complex topic to better understand how we experience and work through grief and loss — including what is often referred to as “anticipatory grief." We will dismantle misconceptions and outline important considerations and build greater understanding for the necessity of this process for long-term healing and well-being. 

This course will outline two primary modalities often used in the treatment of grief and bereavement as well as introduce specific tools and skills that can be used in the therapy room independent of modality. We will also spend time discussing the various ethical and social considerations both in the larger context of grief as well as in the support and treatment of clients in this process. We will spend time discussing the effects of shame on the grief process as well as other complicating factors that can stall or hinder a patient from truly grieving. Further, we will outline the role of grief in the forgiveness process and forgiveness model and see how you can infuse forgiveness theory and the reclamation of your client’s power in the therapy space. 
Additionally, we will spend time looking at the experience of grief as the helper, identifying countertransference issues, creating a self-care plan and responding in situations of mutual and shared grief with your client. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the concepts of grief and loss and the various types and presentations of each
  2. Identify the barriers and complicating factors associated with the grieving process
  3. Explain two primary modalities for grief treatment
  4. Outline at least four skills and interventions you can use with clients in the treatment process
  5. Define at least three ethical or cultural considerations and other factors that affect the grieving process
  6. Consider the role of grief in the long-term healing and recovery process and how it connects to the forgiveness model
  7. 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.
Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC

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Kyira Wackett is a therapist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Masters 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 & professional development for over 10 years with a focus on assertive communication, shame and fear, and moving from a life of "busy" to "fulfilled". She brings a unique blend of didactic and hands-on learning to all she does and believes in empowering people to take the "next right step" for themselves and write the story they want to exist within. She is the Founder/CEO of Adversity Rising, LLC

$129 Per Person
Continuing Education: 0.8 CEUs/8.0 CEHs

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Mental Health During a Crisis

— Self-Paced Online Study —

Since early March 2020, life as we know it has drastically changed. From social distancing to layoffs, 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 your clients feeling fearful, overwhelmed, and worried about what the future might look like.
Taking care of your clients’ mental health during this time is crucial. This course was specifically developed to proactively address emotional upheaval and expand your understanding of psychological well-being. Specifically, the course helps identify and help process your clients’ reactions to crisis by learning healthy ways to cope when circumstances feel beyond their control.

Angela Wessels, LPC, NCC

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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.

$99 Per Person
Continuing Education: 0.5 CEUs/5.0 CEHs

For any questions related to health and human service professional training, please contact Melissa Betke, Program Specialist at 920-663-7337 or Any other questions please contact Sherri Meglic, Program Associate, at 920-465-2642 or

Continuing Education Cancellation Policy:

A full refund minus a $25 processing fee is given when canceling more than 10 days prior to an event. A $25 processing fee will be added when transferring your registration to another training more than 10 days prior to an event. No refund or transfer is issued 10 or fewer days prior to the event. A substitute may attend in your place. In case of low enrollments, we reserve the right to cancel programs and return a full refund.

Online Learning Glossary

Cou‚Äčrse Management System: A course management system consists of a set of educational and online tools. The educators are able to use these tools in order to create an online course with various types of content, such as videos or audio files. This content can then be posted on the internet without any need to use computer programming languages or HTML.  The UW system uses Canvas as its online course management system. 

Mixed: A mixed class is presented in a combination of online formats, often scheduled and virtual. 

Scheduled: Similar to an in-person class, in a scheduled or synchronous class the instructor will present material on a day by day or weekly basis with set times for study and response.

Self-Paced: The learner has the control of the amount of material and duration they need in order to learn the information properly. It differs from other learning methods because the learner is in control of what they learn and when they learn it.  Self-paced courses don’t follow a set schedule, and there is no real-time interaction. They are all about flexibility. All of the course materials are available as soon as the course starts, and the learner goes through them at their own speed. This online teaching format may also be called asynchronous

Virtual: An online learning environment that is virtual means an instructor will show, explain or test certain skills that can help others to learn. The class takes place in real-time with specified start and end times. The instructor and other students have to use video conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Cloud Meeting, WebEx or other to interact with each other face-to-face in a virtual space. Virtual training is used not only for educational purposes but for commercial as well as industrial training also.