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Special Topics

Social Change

Enhance your care and career.

Human service professionals work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to promote social justice and social change. We provide training on relevant Special Topics, developed to promote awareness and sensitivity of cultural and ethnic diversity to ensure we collectively live and practice core values.

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Telehealth Best Practices

Available on an Ongoing Basis
Fee: $79

This course will address the expanding role of technology in healthcare services by covering legal requirements, ethical standards and the process of implementing virtual connections in your professional practice. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Learn the technical and process applications that support the provision of telehealth services
  • Understand the legal and ethical considerations for telehealth services personal perspective
  • Consider and prepare for virtual communication


Instructor Rachelle Coffey
Rachelle Coffey, LPC-IT, MAC
Rachelle has fifteen years’ experience supporting and advocating for prison reform which led her to become a therapist to work with the Compassion Prison Project.

In addition to private practice, she co-owns a healthcare initiative that strives to break the traditional barriers of comprehensive healthcare. She is originally from the country roads of West Virginia where she received both her undergrad and graduate degrees from Marshall University.

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Support Yourself So You Can Support Others: A Leadership Workshop

November 18, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tundra Lodge, 865 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay
Fee: $99

This interactive workshop focuses on the differences and similarities between leadership, management and supervision. You will explore your own leadership experiences and develop a plan for personal and professional growth as leaders. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Identify strengths and challenges in leadership, management and supervision
  • Explore principles and models of leadership as they apply to the human services field
  • Develop an individualized leadership plan for professional growth that includes self-care


instructor Gail Trimberger
Gail Trimberger, MSSW, PhD, LCSW
Gail Trimberger is an Associate Professor of Social Work at UW-Green Bay. She has over 20 years of direct practice, administration and supervisory experience in various medical social work settings, including public health, long term care, acute care crisis intervention and hospice.
instructor Heather Lawrence
Heather Lawrence
Heather Lawrence is a lecturer and child welfare coordinator at UW-Green Bay. She is also an alumni, earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Social Work Professional Programs.

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Addressing Family and Support Systems of Transgender Individuals for Helping Professionals

December 16, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Virtual, with Online Pre- and Post-Work
Fee: $129

This course examines how to navigate and work with families and support systems of transgender individuals. Family and loved ones are often unsure how to support individuals during their transgender journey and transition. Understanding how to work with family member’s own transition period alongside the transgender individual is critical in providing inclusive and safe services that benefit the whole system. Participants will acquire a better understanding of how to work with transgender individuals’ family and support systems while becoming an inclusive and safe provider by utilizing a combination of interactive dialogue, focused discussion, applied-practice exercises and small group work. Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs/6 CEHs.

  • Increase understanding of common experiences of family members of transgender individuals, such as grief, internalization, and confusion
  • Examine how personal values, community and political involvement is manifested when a loved one comes out
  • Identify responsive family support and interventions for families who have a transgender family member


Instructor McKenna Garvey
McKenna Garvey
McKenna Garvey is an LGBTQIA+ safe therapist with experience providing services for transgender individuals seeking transition, support and resources. She believes that therapy should be centered on rewriting narratives, empowerment and advocacy. Her professional experiences include psychotherapy, AODA treatment, refugee resettlement and reunification, domestic violence, extreme trauma, borderline personality disorder and child bereavement.
Instructor Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang is the Founder and Executive Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care. She is also a Lecturer at the University of Green Bay, Social Work Department and has been with the department since 2018, teaching both bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. She is an LCSW with practice experience in mental health, substance abuse, policy, and leadership. Sheng has a strong interest in social justice, diversity, inclusion, and poverty.
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Help Us End

Human Trafficking Conference
Thursday, January 12, 2023
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Human trafficking is a problem affecting every county in Wisconsin. The intention for the conference is to bring the problem out into the light, so that we can better understand it and work together to stop the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations.
Join the Fight

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Mental Health During a Crisis

Fee: $99

Since early 2020, 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 you feeling fearful, overwhelmed, and worried about what the future might look like. Taking care of your mental health during extreme situations is crucial. Continuing Education: 0.5 CEUs/5 CEHs.

  • Proactively address emotional upheaval
  • Expand your understanding of psychological well-being
  • Identify and process your reactions to crisis by learning healthy ways to cope when circumstances feel beyond your control


Instructor Angela Wessels
Angela Wessels
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.

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Elevate Your Skills with Mentoring

Get credit for what you do every day. 

Elevate Your Skills

Enrich your career and organization by becoming a Certified Mentor, maximizing skill development and growing potential in others, two goals you already focus on. Continuing Education: 12 CEHs/1.2 CEHs.

Embrace What's Next

Ethics and Boundaries

Our courses in Ethics and Boundaries are rooted in the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

Stay Rooted in Your Core Values

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