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Master Academy | Navigating the Return to Normal

Navigating the Return to Normal | May 27, June 10 & June 17

UW-Green Bay: Each day qualifies for 4 hours of IIMC (CMC, MMC); MTAW (Treasurers Certificates); WMCA (WCMC, WCPC); UW-Green Bay County Certificates. If you attend all 3 days you will have earned 12 hours.

NJ DCA contact hours: Attendees will earn IIMC education points. Courses are also approved for CMFO/CCFO, CTC, CPWM, RMC, QPA.

*Continuing education credit information will be supplied pending successful attendance and completion of a brief learning assessment*

Cancellations and Refunds

*All cancellations have a $25 non-refundable processing charge. Cancellations 14 days prior to each course will not receive a refund.​​


May 27, 2021                 

Mental Health:  COVID Trauma and the Impact on Mental Health 
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST
Trauma causes physical and mental changes to the human body. Scientist have been studying the effects of social isolation and trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resiliency helps us to survive traumatic experience. Caring for our own mental health is one way to foster resiliency. 
This session will provide an overview of the following subjects:

  • What is COVID Trauma and how does it impact a person physically and mentally?
  • Recognizing the signs of trauma
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Resiliency in recovering from the pandemic both for one’s own mental health and how to help provide mental health first aid to help someone else

Laura Nolan, UW-Green Bay Program Specialist. Laura has 22 years of management experience in the health care field prior to working for UW-Green Bay. During that time, she supervised over 400 people using servant leadership principles managing recruitment, retention, and developing strong teams. One of Laura’s many strengths is her customer service skills and abilities to manage difficult customers and situations, skills that she now teaches during workshops and seminars

Laura Nolan

In a Changing World, Use Awareness and Emotional Intelligence to Master Your Interactions
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST

Successful people in many walks of life-- school, college, parenting and family, and workplace-- owe a significant degree of that success to Emotional Intelligence.  At this presentation, you will learn how to bring Emotional Intelligence into your life and how to use these skills to improve your interactions with those at work and at home.  We also will talk about, and take your questions on, how Emotional Intelligence will help us survive the pandemic and adjust to the "new normal" we all will be facing.

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University; Director, Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab; Co-Director of the Rutgers-based Academy for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools which offers online certificates in SEL Instruction and School Leadership; and a member of the Leadership Team for SEL4NJ and SEL4US.  He received the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from CASEL and the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.  Maurice is a past winner of the Lela Rowland Prevention Award, the Ernest McMahon Class of 1930 Award for service to New Jersey, and the American Psychological Association/Society for Community Research and Action's Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring awards.  

Maurice J. Elias

June 10, 2021

Learning your Conflict Management Style 
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST
This session will be interactive and experiential. Participants will need to have their video and microphone on as we will spend time sharing in the main room as well as in break-out rooms. In this session, we will define conflict, use the Thomas-Kilmann conflict mode instrument to examine the five different conflict styles, and help participants gain insights into their preferred conflict style. Knowing your preferred conflict style will change how you approach conflict! 

Molly Grisham 
is the founder and lead facilitator at Influence, LLC where she creates and presents workshops on leadership development and other topics of personal growth as well as facilitates experimental team building sessions for diverse groups of people in all industries. Molly obtained her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois Springfield and her Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Missouri State University. Before starting her company, she was the head women's soccer coach at the University of Springfield Illinois. 
Conflict Management in the Workplace   
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST
This session will be interactive and experiential. Participants will need to have their video and microphone on as we will spend time sharing in the main room as well as in break-out rooms. In this session, we will examine some case studies of conflict in the workplace and assess next steps in addressing and potentially resolving workplace conflict. We will establish some key steps in moving toward healthier relationships in the midst of conflict. 

Molly Grisham, 
founder and lead facilitator at Influence, LLC.

Molly Grisham

June 17, 2021

The NEW Sensitivity Touch Points of Today’s Environment
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST
Diversity and Inclusion, right to speak in the name of freedom of speech, and demonstrations leading to violence have become highly inflammatory sensitivity touchpoints that seem to trigger violence.  What is the history? How did these issues escalate to this level?  What was the tipping point?  How can we calm the waters?  What has to happen? 
This workshop will be informational and contain at least one interactive exercise that will apply what you have learned.
Sean McCandless works as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. He completed his post-doctorate PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds an MA in Political Science and BAs in History, Political Science, and Psychology. He is published in Public Administration Review (PAR), Public Integrity (PI), Administrative Theory & Praxis (ATP), and several edited volumes. He was an ASPA Founders’ Fellow (2016 and 2017) and ASPA International Young Scholar (2017).

Tyrone Dooley, is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Dooley’s research areas include:  social justice, critical race, social equity and community development. He was honored with a Center for Online Learning Research and Service Faculty Fellowship in 2014 for his research in the area of human capital development. His research has been featured in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, Youth & Society, Teaching Public Administration and e-Mentor

Sean McCandless 

Tyrone Dooley
Defending your City-Village-Town Hall 
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST
Are you confident that you have a solid plan for how you will defend your city-village-town hall against sovereign citizens, insurgents, demonstrators, citizens and your own employees?  Lets talk about the threats to local government.

G. Michael Vogler, 
is a Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado-Denver.  He teaches Law Enforcement.  Michael has 21 years of law enforcement experience serving in patrol, investigations, training and community outreach. His areas of interest focus on leadership and the intersection of mental health and law enforcement. He is working on strategies for officers to assist members of the community with mental illness. His other area of interest is building resiliency in first responders as a defense against PTSD and cumulative stress.