WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program 2024


Upcoming Events:

August 23
10:00am - 
2:30pm CT
(30-minute lunch)

via webinar

What to Know About Black Women's Mental Health
Presenter: Crystal Carter, MSW, LCSW

Content to include: stigma; historical factors facing Black women in clinical mental health settings (generational trauma, health inequities); tools to foster healing among Black women; cultural humility, intersectionality, and evidence-based therapy; case examples

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September 12
10:00am - 
2:30pm CT
(30-minute lunch)

via webinar

Understanding Early Childhood Trauma Through a Developmental and Relational Lens
Presenter: Jess Bernal, LMFT

Content to include: the short- and long-term effects of trauma exposure on the developing brain and body, the importance of relationships on mitigating or exasperating the impacts of trauma, attachment types, factors that impede caregivers’ ability to form secure relational bonds with their children, strategies to cultivate resilience when working with children and families who have a trauma history.   

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October 24
9:00am -
4:00pm CT
(1-hour lunch)

IN-PERSON in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

What’s the T? Unpacking the Queer Acronym and Nurturing Queer & Trans Mental Wellness
Christopher Jorgenson, EdD

Content to include: an in-depth examination of the LGBTQIA+ acronym, the complexity (and fluidity) of queer terminology, history of “transgender” as a term whose meaning has changed over time, an opportunity to unpack potentially harmful misinformation, guidance for supporting transgender wellness across a variety of age groups, a more nuanced understanding of developmental needs

View Event Information. Registration begins in August. 

November 13-14
10:00am - 12:00pm CT each day

via webinar

Ethics & Boundaries: The Internet, Stress, and Burnout
Presenter: David Mays, MD, PhD

Content to include: (PART 1) privacy, boundary, and ethics challenges related to electronic medical records and telehealth services; pressures from the internet and social media; the changing landscape of mental healthcare; searching for client data; email and texting as therapy; (PART 2) stress and anxiety in the United States; how low socioeconomic status and income inequality lead to poor health; the physiology of stress and how it affects the wellbeing of providers and their clients; six aspects of burnout; suggestions for reducing the impacts of stress

View Event Information. Registration begins in August.

December 5
10:00am -
2:30pm CT
(30-minute lunch)

via webinar

Health and Wholeness for Givers of Care: The Path Back Home to Ourselves
Presenter: Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC

Content to include: how to recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma; how a personal and intergenerational history of adversity may increase vulnerability to burnout; how power structures within job settings can invalidate and interfere with providers’ ability to care for themselves; finding and honoring limits and boundaries; how to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of emotional, physical, and relational health 

View Event Information. Registration begins in August.


Click here to see all events on our 2024 PDF preview,
OR click here to check out our WAFCA Events Calendar!


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 A Note on WAFCA Webinars

  • Webinars are live virtual learning opportunities designed to be accessed by individuals. Group participation is not encouraged; post-webinar group discussions are a recommended alternative.
  • In order to offer CE credits for these virtual learning opportunities via NBCC, WAFCA verifies attendance using Zoom. Each registrant receives a unique link that confirms their attendance and email address for CE certificates. Link sharing is not permitted, and CE credits are not available for unregistered participants.


For more than 25 years, WAFCA has provided quality, timely continuing education for professionals serving children and families in Wisconsin. Each year, we train more than 1,000 participants including social workers, therapists, counselors, case managers, residential care workers, parenting support aides and in-home support workers on topics ranging from family systems to addiction and trauma.

WAFCA-CE is a trusted resource for continuing education for our member agencies and other behavioral health professionals in counties and in private practice. The Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education ProviderTM (ACEP No.6778). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

For all WAFCA-CE in-person and virtual webinar trainings, certificates will be issued within 30 days of the event. Click here for more information on continuing education hours, accommodations, program concerns, and confidentiality of participant information.

Fees & More...

WAFCA Members and CE Subscribers pay $0! (Log in for member/subscriber rates. Contact [email protected] for support.)

Fees for WAFCA-CE webinars are based on the length of the event. Non-members will pay:

• $25 per 2 hours
• $50 per 4 hours
• $75 per 6 hours

 For non-members, all in-person events are $99.

Interested in learning more about WAFCA membership? Contact Kathy Markeland at [email protected].

Cancellations:  A two-week cancellation notice is requested. Participants cancelling no later than one week prior to the event will receive a full refund. Participants may arrange for a substitute but must notify WAFCA regarding substitution. To cancel or arrange for a substitute, please email [email protected] or call 608.257.5939.