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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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Forgiveness and Compassion

Building Confidence & Connections

Icon for mixed training— Online Mixed Training 
Scheduled Online Study & Online Virtual Activities & Discussion

Schedule: Online Coursework September 28-October 8, 2020 (takes approx. 6 hours to complete)
Online live session with instructor: October 29, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Forgiveness. While a moral virtue and something required from all of us, it is an incredibly complex process and one that is commonly misunderstood. In this training, we will not only explore the meaning and various concept models of forgiveness but will walk through both models, tools and strategies to work through this process with clients as well as create a more forgiving and safe environment for clients, their families and you, as the clinician.

And this extension of forgiveness extends into our own self-forgiveness and generation of self-compassion. Working in a field riddled with burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue, we need to explore this process more completely and better understand what it is that gets in the way of implementing such a critical practice into our lives. In addition to addressing the science behind self-compassion and detrimental effects of not engaging in it, we will talk through practical ways to bring this into your life in manageable ways and how to create an environment in which this is not only supported but the norm.

Kyira Wackett

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Kyira Wackett is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialty in Eating Disorders. She has a huge focus on multicultural competence and works from a lens of inclusion and understanding a client’s intersecting identities and circumstances. She has worked at the Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization levels of care and has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. Beyond her work as a therapist, Kyira owns Adversity Rising, a facilitation, public speaking and coaching business and is the founder of the #ReclaimBeauty Project. Additionally, she is an artist and enjoys using her artistic skills to bring connection and discussion to her community.

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


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, professional or customized training please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Area Director of Continuing Professional Education, at 920-465-2862 or Any other questions please contact Sherri Meglic, Program Specialist, at 920-465-2642 or

For any questions related to health and human service professional training, professional or customized training please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Area Director of Continuing Professional Education, at 920-465-2862 or Any other questions please contact Sherri Meglic, Program Specialist, 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

Course 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.