Continuing Education

Please post and comment on upcoming continuing education opportunities including but not limited to: conferences, courses, workshops, public or private speakers, training, and webinars.

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16 thoughts on “Continuing Education

  1. Webinars:
    Free Webinars

    10/9: The Fundamentals of Child Sex Trafficking

    10/10: Reducing Disparities: An Equity-Focused Research Agenda to Improve Children’s Well-Being
    10/11: Working Effectively with Muslim Youth and Their Families

    10/16: Promoting Healthy Development for Foster & Adopted Children

    10/16: Mandatory Reporting Laws in the US: Impact on Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

    10/17: Catch a Rising Star: Using Deep Coaching to Rescue “The Young and the Clueless”

    10/17: Human Trafficking Around the World: A Global View of Labor & Sex Trafficking

    10/17: Creating a Talent Development Culture in State & Local Government

    10/22: Child Welfare & Poverty

    10/23: Public Health Approaches to Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

    10/24: Tools for Creating a Happier Workplace

    10/25: Hidden Victims of Trafficking: Issues Related to Male & LGBT Victims

    10/30: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) – Empowering, Connecting & Correcting


    A Specially Designed Training for Public and Private Agency
    Supervisors and Child Welfare Workers

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    November 7 – 8, 2018
    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    CWLA invites you to participate in the Kinship Traditions of Caring and Collaborating: A Trauma-Informed Model of Practice Training. The two-day training aims to 1) provide public and private agency child welfare workers with skills to support kinship families who are caring for their younger family members, and 2) offer supervisors strategies to support staff in their work with kinship families. The training program embraces a trauma-informed model of practice that helps agencies ensure a shared vision, mission, objectives, values, strengths-based language, and best practice strategies to help achieve child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes in the best interests of kinship caregiving families. This training is adapted from a research to practice curriculum that has been field-tested nationally.

    Training objectives include:

    Demonstrate why and how kinship care has become a policy choice and practice challenge;
    Provide the rationale for collaboration as a trauma-informed model of practice;
    Identify and provide examples of nine major issues of concern that require collaboration with kinship caregivers (including legal, health/mental health, child behavior, family relationships, fair and equal treatment, and more);
    Demonstrate five competencies essential for collaborating with kinship caregivers, including addressing the dynamics of attachment versus authority, and demographic and cultural diversity;
    Apply the five competencies to specific phases of service delivery, including engaging families and securing community supports;
    Demonstrate specific collaboration practice tools with an emphasis on family assessment and trauma-informed parenting;
    Share strategies that support the transfer of skills from training to practice, including advocacy.
    The training is designed for public and private agency child welfare workers and supervisors, representatives of kinship support groups, navigators, and advocacy programs, as well as staff who work with mental health, juvenile justice, and school programs. Kinship caregivers are also warmly welcomed.

    Visit Online Registration for full event details. We look forward to your participation in this timely and inspiring training!

  3. Professional Grant Development Workshop
    Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals
    November 1-2, 2018
    8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    To be held at the:
    Marquette University
    Milwaukee, WI

    Sponsored by: The Grant Training Center

    This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources.

    Participants will learn how to:
    1. Navigate the world of grant procurement
    2. Research and identify potential funding sources
    3. Address the guidelines of federal and foundation applications
    4. Find foundation and corporate giving for the state of Wisconsin
    5. Understand the new federal guidelines for writing winning grants
    6. Know the review process and how to address key points for reviewers
    7. Write winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions
    8. Develop focused and realistic budgets
    9. Demonstrate the merits, excellence and innovation of your proposal
    10. Package professional grant submissions

    Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.
    To register:
    Please click here
    Questions? For more information visit our website or call: 1-866-704-7268
    Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, electronic workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)
    Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.
    *Space is limited, and since this class fills up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*

    Can’t make it?
    Join us October 24, 2018 for an
    Online Version of this Workshop

  4. 2018 National Adoption Month Webinar
    In Their Own Words:
    Lifting Up Youth Voices to Promote Permanency for Older Youth
    Register Today for the 2018 National Adoption Month webinar!
    October 3, 2018
    3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT
    Older youth in foster care and those who have been adopted have a unique opportunity to help others by sharing their insights in ways that can shape the future of child welfare practices and programs systemwide. That is why this year, National Adoption Month aims to elevate the voices of youth and highlight ways that professionals can incorporate their valuable perspectives to improve child welfare practices.
    Learn how to equip youth in your community with opportunities to share their voices. The webinar will feature professionals, youth, and young adults who have experience developing public platforms to help inform and influence local and statewide permanency efforts. Guest speakers will discuss their lessons learned, best practices, and tips on creating and sustaining forums that engage youth participation.
    We hope you can join us in this discussion on engaging older youth to shape the future of adoption.

  5. Join us Sept. 26-28, 2018 for Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities.

    Wed., Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
    Fiserv Forum (new Bucks arena)
    A Community Gatheringon Race and Trauma
    Join leaders from Milwaukee’s social justice, advocacy, and faith-based communities for a community gathering. The new Fiserv Forum is at the heart of the city’s revitalization and so it’s fitting we should gather there to begin two days of Healing Trauma. Free and open to the public (ticket required).

    Thurs., Sept. 27 and Fri., Sept. 28
    Wisconsin Center
    Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities
    The two-day program begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and concludes Friday at 3:30 p.m. Conference cost is $150 through Sept. 9. (Price increases to $190 after that).

  6. Share Your Expertise — CWLA 2019 National Conference

    Proposal submissions for the CWLA 2019 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Meeting the Challenge of the Family First Prevention Services Act, are due by Friday, July 27. With the framework of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, the conference will highlight successful strategies and practices organizations and communities are using that can be leveraged to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Family First Act and help ensure that children and families flourish.

    Share your expertise and real world solutions that feature evidence-based and -informed programs and practices, and their related policies and tools that advance a multisystem, community-based approach to protecting children and supporting families. Visit 2019 National Conference for detailed information about proposal submission.



    Half of migrants under 5 are reunited with parents, US says

    The New York Times
    Nearly half of the 103 migrant children younger than 5 who had been separated from their parents at the border remain stuck in shelters across the country, Trump administration officials acknowledged on July 12. The officials said on a morning call with reporters that the administration had reunited 57 of the children, appearing to comply with a judicial order to reunify eligible migrants under 5 with their parents. READ MORE
    New synthetic opioids are killing even more people, CDC says

    NBC News
    New synthetic opioids are killing more people than ever before, with more than half of all opioid overdose deaths caused by the powerful, lab-made drugs, federal officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Network warning about the increased supply of the illicit drugs, which are many times stronger than fentanyl, the prescription painkiller. READ MORE

  7. Webinar Series:

    Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change
    In case you missed them, we have archived the first five webinars of this 6-part series:
    Using an Institutional Analysis to Identify Core Issues and Spur Change
    Community Collaboration & Grassroots Effort (Cross-systems & Tribal Partnerships)
    A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare
    Slow and Steady Wins the RACE of Child Welfare Equity
    Strengthening Our Efforts Through Partnerships with Academia

    The 6th and final session on sustainability will be held in September. Look for registration coming soon.
    How has this series impacted you or your work?
    If you have attended any of the webinars in this series, please let us know how the series is impacting you by answering this one question survey.

  8. Division of Care and Treatment Services
    Register Now: Two Free Trainings
    Improving supports for youth and young adults
    All adults are encouraged to attend these events presented by the Youth Empowered Solutions initiative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Center for Students with Disabilities at UW-Whitewater.

    Empowering the Transition into Adulthood
    Jonathan I. Cloud will focus on empowering adolescents and developing approaches to care associated with mental health (and substance use) challenges.

    Select the date and location that works best for you.

    July 23-24: UW-Eau Claire
    August 2-3: UW-Eau Claire—Barron County (formerly known as UW-Barron County)
    August 9-10: UW-Whitewater
    August 13-14: UW-Marathon County
    September 20-21: UW-Fox Valley
    Free continuing education units are available. Register now!

    Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

    Now is the time Conference
    This conference will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions with national, state, and local experts in youth and young adult development, trauma-informed care, models of youth engagement, and other best practices to support and engage young adults with behavioral health challenges.

    August 20-21: UW-Whitewater
    Free continuing education units are available. Register now!

    Breakfast, lunch, and light snacks will be provided.

    These events are made possible through the Now is the Time-Healthy Transitions grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

  9. We would like to ask your help in getting the word out about the fall Public Child Welfare Conference, which will be held September 25-26, 2018 at the Best Western Premier in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Included below is a link to the Save the Date flyer with more specifics on topics, lodging and registration.
    Please help spread the word by sharing this with staff and colleagues who would be interested in attending the conference. Thank you!
    Public Child Welfare Conference – Save the Date.pdf
    Amy Smith, Safety Curriculum Manager
    (608) 263-2367
    Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

  10. Child Welfare Conference
    Unlocking Potential: Transforming Individuals, Teams and Organizations in Child Welfare
    A free training for child welfare professionals and students

    Friday, June 1, 2018
    8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center
    865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI
    (Registration 8-8:30 a.m.)
    This training is provided at no cost and is available by invitation only via this email to child welfare professionals and students.
    Registration includes instruction, free copy of presenter’s book, printed materials, continental breakfast, lunch and CEU/CEH certificate.

    Register Today

    Why should I attend?
    This training will highlight how individual leaders and organizations can harness human capital for innovation, and to transform individuals, teams and organizations for improved outcomes in child welfare practice. To get the best from employees, leaders must do more than simply manage — they need to coach. This is best accomplished by encouraging and developing the talent of employees, who are their most important asset.
    By learning the seven coaching skills in this training, participants will start to frame their thinking towards innovation and innovative transformation to positively impact children, youth and families. In addition, they will learn how to develop their inner-talent and acquire skills to maximize the potential of individuals, teams and their child welfare organization as a whole.
    Register for the Child Welfare Conference.

    Trainer Biography
    Michael Simpson is an internationally sought-after executive coach, leadership consultant, keynote speaker and distinguished author who has published seven books and several whitepapers in the areas of coaching, leadership and management development, change management and organizational behavior. He is the Global Director of FranklinCovey — Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Certification Program, and he provides trainings both nationally and internationally.
    Michael has coached some of the world’s top CEOs, presidents, general managers and executives from companies such as Marriott, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and many others; and now he is bringing his groundbreaking techniques to the public sector.

    Register Today

    For questions or more information about this training, call 920-465-2346.

  11. Critical Issues at the Intersection of Immigration
    and Child Welfare and How You Can Help Prepare
    Families Who Are Immigrants
    Thursday, February 8, 2018
    12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
    As the Trump Administration has increased its focus on immigration issues, and ramped up enforcement actions, we are seeing a corresponding increase in the stress experienced by children and families who are immigrants. This webinar will provide an overview of critical issues facing children and families who are immigrants as they encounter the child welfare system. It will also provide information about a concrete resource that you can use to help families prepare legally, financially, and psychologically for potential detention or deportation.
    Elisa Ortiz, Director of Network Collaboration, Appleseed
    Ms. Ortiz joined Appleseed in 2016 with 15 years of experience developing and leading advocacy campaigns, organizing and facilitating social justice coalitions, and leading project teams. She has worked in a variety of movements including tobacco control, transportation equity, low income housing, and reproductive rights. Prior to Appleseed, she worked at Justice at Stake as Deputy Director of State Affairs working with state partners, outreaching to new constituencies, and managing the annual conference of the judicial selection reform community.
    Megan Finno-Velasquez, LMSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University and Director, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare
    Dr. Finno-Velasquez is an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University’s School of Social Work, and Director of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Finno-Velasquez was a child welfare administrator at the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, where she spearheaded policy and programmatic initiatives to improve practice with immigrant families. She received her M.S.W. from New Mexico Highlands University and a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Finno-Velasquez has numerous publications examining characteristics and experiences of immigrants involved with child welfare.
    Reserve your seat at Webinar Registration.
    This program has been approved for one (1) CEU by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-176. There is a $20 fee for CEUs for non-members and a $10 fee for CWLA members. If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail for details.


  12. Looking to take your Trauma-Informed Care skills to the next level?
    Trauma-Effective Leadership Certificate:
    Building Trauma-Informed Leaders and Resilient Organizations

    Imagine creating an organization where everyone understands their ‘why’, purpose or belief and are working from a place where they can innovate, grow, adapt, inspire, and influence teams, clients, systems, and communities. Leaders set culture and create environments where people feel safe. We invite you to step into the learning of how to become an inspired leader who can create an environment that is not only informed about trauma, but is effective at mitigating and ameliorating trauma.

    This fully online, rigorous, nine month synchronous online education certificate program will use a cohort learning model to provide learners with:
    •What a “trauma-effective organization” looks like – how to define, measure and recognize well-being.
    •New “trauma-effective” leadership techniques, based on emerging understandings of the importance of safety (physical and emotional).
    •Increased awareness of leader’s role in shaping culture to be safe in both conscious and unconscious practices in the parallel process.
    •New skills and strategies to create a toolbox of trauma-effective leadership practices.

    Check out this link for more information:


    Medication Assisted Treatment
    for Parents with Opioid Use Disorders:
    Unique Challenges in Child Welfare Contexts

    Thursday, January 18, 2018
    1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

    Currently, medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the primary, evidence-based approach to helping individuals with opioid use disorder recover from dependency. Federal and state governments have invested millions of dollars in developing the infrastructure to provide MAT, and these treatments have become more widely available than ever before. However, the use of MAT in child welfare settings is fraught with challenges. This presentation will discuss the challenges child welfare systems face in incorporating MAT to address parental opioid use disorder. The findings are based on a multi-site qualitative study, to 11 communities across the US. The presenters will draw on input from over 180 interviews with child welfare administrators and practitioners, substance abuse treatment centers, courts, law enforcement, and public health officials.

    Reserve your seat at Webinar Registration.

    This program has been approved for one (1) CEU by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-176. There is a $20 fee for CEUs for non-members and a $10 fee for CWLA members. If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail for details.

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