WAFCA Continuing Education & Professional Development Program


Winter & Spring 2021 WAFCA-CE Calendar

Winter sessions will be available for registration beginning December 17!

January 22 8:30-12:30

How to Cultivate the Skill of Well-being*
Presenter: Pelin Kesebir, Ph.D: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Content to include: the foundations of positive psychology; the components of well-being; the theory/empirical research that supports the conceptual framework; how to cultivate well-being in others; self-care and client care; and the importance of one’s mental outlook.

February 11 & 12

American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM) Criteria
Presenter: Saima Chauhan, MSW: Journey Mental Health
Content to include: ASAM guidelines for placement, continued stay, transfer, or discharge of patients with addiction & co-occurring conditions to satisfy DHS 75 requirements.

March 16 12:30 – 4:30

Demystifying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder*
Presenter: Bradley Reimann, Ph.D: Rogers Behavioral Health
Content to include: overview of the diagnosis in adolescents and adults; how it manifests differently than anxiety; how COVID-19 may complicate treatment and/or lead to misdiagnosis; techniques for clinical and non-clinical settings, including CBT & ERP. 

April 9
12:30 – 4:30

Effectively Serving the LGBTQ+ Community*
Presenter: Amney Harper, Ph.D: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Content to include: foundational information, pronouns, definitions, basic terminology in the LGBTQ community, and tips for effective engagement (first 2 hours); followed by developmental identity and mental health considerations (last 2 hours).

May 18
10:00 - 2:30

A Comprehensive Response to Socio-Cultural Trauma*
Presenters: Patricia Parker: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee & Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW: Aurora Health Care

Content to include: an overview of several forms of socio-cultural trauma, including race-based trauma, and what a comprehensive trauma informed response to children and their families would look like.

June 10 

Early Development & The Future of Society*
Corina Norrbom, MD: Medical College of Wisconsin; Dipesh Navsaria, MD: UW Health; Abbi Kruse: Conscious Discipline; Rob Grunewald: Minneapolis Federal Reserve

Content to include: foundational knowledge about infant mental health; tips for those supporting parents and caregivers to foster infant mental health; information regarding the LENA Start Project; research and other resources to help agencies advocate for investments in programs like LENA Start, including ROI information.



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.  

Click here for more information on continuing education hours, accommodations, program concerns, and confidentiality of participant information.

Fees & More...

WAFCA CE is now a member benefit; members pay $0! (Log in for member rates. Contact [email protected] for support.)

For non-members, fees for CE opportunities are as follows:

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

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 that 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.

*These opportunities are being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.