All campuses are closed to public per state emergency order. All classes at all UW-Green Bay campuses will be taught via alternative delivery methods through the summer. Visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website for more information.

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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All training dates will proceed. UW-Green Bay has developed an adaptive approach to continuing education training. In the event of new guidance from the governor or public health officials, any training dates affected will convert to virtual, online or hybrid. Your safety is our foremost concern.  We will insure all virtual, online or hybrid trainings meet the requirements of MPSW 19.  If you have any questions please email professionaled@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2642.


Mental Health During a Crisis

Online Self-Paced Training

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


Shame: It's Time to Start Talking About It

Online Self-Paced Training: Monday, June 8-Thursday, June 18, 2020
Live Discussion on Blackboard: Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Shame is a universal emotion taboo to discuss in our culture. Shame can lead your clients to believe that they are not “good enough."
Silence allows shame to build inside, causing your clients to develop what Brene Brown calls “strategies of disconnection.” These defenses act as self-preservation but can lead to mental health challenges, interpersonal conflicts and lack of self-efficacy.
In this class, you will learn ways to recognize strategies of defense in your clients, helping them build the capacity to face their shame stories. Only after facing their shame stories will your clients be able to find healing and a sense of resiliency. We will also discuss practical changes to make with interviews, intakes and services provided that consider shame narratives.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define shame and the difference between shame, guilt, and fear-based thinking
  • Understand the development of shame in both clients and practitioners including how to respond to your own shame narrative and that of your clients
  • Identify the interpersonal defenses people use when operating from a shame-based narrative and how shame creates “reptile-brain” reactivity and can correspond to greater incidences of crisis (perceived crises or real)
  • Consider ways to create changes in intake or interview questions to be more inclusive for clients and families
  • 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 some 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.
Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC


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Kyira Wackett is an artist, 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 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. In 2017, her company received an America’s Small Business Champion Award which Kyira notes she is still in shock about, but has has used to remind herself everyday about how important the work is that she is doing. 

$129 person
Continuing Education:
0.8 CEUs/8 CEHs

You must complete both the online training and live discussion to receive the eight hours of CEHs. There are six hours allocated to online and two hours to live discussion​.

Working with Youth:

Stress, Trauma, Addictions and More

Session Date: August 20, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.):

This workshop will provide a very brief overview of basic Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) concepts. Attention will be paid to the challenges youth face when living in a home mired in addiction, including resulting youth behaviors. Case examples will be utilized to define TIC and/or MI approaches. Attendants will define their own difficult participant scenario and address it with TIC and/or MI approaches, as well. Topics will likely include stress, trauma, addictions, resistance, discord, preparatory and mobilizing change talk, and how to plan for difficult participant situations.

Melinda A. Marasch, LCSW

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Melinda A. Marasch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a social work/mental health trainer and consultant. Melinda has dedicated more than 20 years to her passion in helping others. She specializes in clinical training, supervision and development of programs for therapists and direct care workers. Melinda has completed a lengthy Trauma Stress Studies course and is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

$99 Per Person
Continuing Education:
0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs

Continuing education credit hours for social workers, licensed professional counselors, health and human service professionals, nursing home administrators and marriage and family therapists. Participants must attend the entire training to receive CEUs/CEHs.​

The Effects of Digital Media

on Adolescent Mental Health

Session Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Adolescents today are described as "digital natives," growing up in an immersive technological society. Studies have shown that almost half of teens describe themselves as "constantly connected" to tech. These new digital tools present both challenges and opportunities for youth. Many professionals are approached with questions and concerns about the impact of technology on teen mental health. 

​This session will dive into world of digital media and adolescent health, with particular focus on mental health. Topics will include Social Media 101, an overview of what’s changed in the past decade of social media, information about the effects of social media on mental health, including specifics about didactic and interactive components, problematic technology use and cyberbullying. There will also be information about resources and tools for professional to use when working with adolescents.​​

  • Understanding current trends in social media use by teens
  • Considering an affordances approach for viewing social media platforms
  • Learning key considerations in how adolescents represent mental health on social media
  • Reviewing risks to mental health from social media
  • Learning key resources for digital media including the Family Media Use Plan and Viewer Care Plan

Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center
865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay

Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

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Dr. Moreno is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Vice Chair of Digital Health for the Department of Pediatrics and Division Chief for General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Moreno is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communication and Media and was the lead author on the policy statement, "Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents." Dr. Moreno is also Principle Investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT). Her research focuses on the intersection of technology and adolescent health.

Dr. Moreno and her research team focuses on three core research areas:

  1. Innovative approaches to adolescent health using social media;
  2. Internet safety; and
  3. Measuring technology use and misuse.

$129 Per Person
Continuing Education:
0.6 CEUs/6 CEHs

Continuing education credit hours for social workers, licensed professional counselors, health and human service professionals, nursing home administrators and marriage and family therapists. Participants must attend the entire training to receive CEUs/CEHs.

A Trauma-Based Approach:

Healing Youth Traumatized by Sex Trafficking

Session Date: September 17, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.):

This training is designed to help practitioners increase their understanding of the signs of sex trafficking and effectively treat youth who may be affected by their experiences with the goal of helping to promote healing and recovery. Additional learning topics will include how trauma impacts brain development, trauma-informed treatment practices and techniques to improve outcomes. Equipped with these skills and knowledge health and human resource professionals will be in a stronger position to support the growth and well-being of children and adolescents who are at risk of or have survived sex trafficking and help them thrive. 

Scary Stats:
  • 50% of sex trafficking victims are estimated to be children.
  • A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise in all 50 states.
  • In 2017 there were 91 cases of confirmed sex trafficking in Wisconsin, but there are many more that go unreported.

Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center
865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay

Lisa Anderson

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Lisa Anderson has been in the Human Services field for over twenty-five years with an eclectic professional work experience within different systems. She has in worked in public, non-profit, medical and private practice sectors. Lisa weaves her knowledge of systems into her presentations to break down silos and promote team building.

Lisa started her career in the Medical field, first as a Discharge Planner and then as a social worker in a federally funded clinic. Lisa then moved into the position of Director for the Sexual Assault Recovery Program in Rock County and developed and ran the CASA Program in Rock County at Family Services-SWANI. During this time Lisa was a Treatment Level Foster Parent for ten years but this ended when Lisa switched paths again and started at Wood County as a Specialized Foster Parent Social Worker and then became the Supervisor for the Wood County Children’s Specialized Unit which included, Comprehensive Community Services Program and Long Term Care. Lisa transitioned to the Fox Valley, where she was hired as the Outagamie County Crisis Supervisor for the Mental Health Division for nine years. She also provided outpatient services at Psychology Associates of the Fox Cities.

Currently, Lisa is the owner of L.K. Anderson Consulting, LLC and A Healing Place, Complete Counseling Care. Lisa provides technical consultation to agencies on clinical supervision, team building and Trauma-Informed Care. In her private practice, Lisa provides specialize trauma therapy to children, teens and adults. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Social Worker. She received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees at UW-Whitewater.

Lisa is passionate about training and is an energetic and interactive trainer who uses humor and storytelling to engage and entertain her audiences.

$129 Per Person
Continuing Education:
0.6 CEUs/6 CEHs

Continuing education credit hours for social workers, licensed professional counselors, health and human service professionals, nursing home administrators and marriage and family therapists. Participants must attend the entire training to receive CEUs/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 zueget@uwgb.edu. Any other questions please contact Sherri Meglic, Program Specialist, at 920-465-2642 or meglics@uwgb.edu

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.