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Social Worker and Professional Counselor Workshops

You’ve Got This: Providing Direct Care During COVID & Community Unrest (Online Workshop)

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 • 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
*** Virtual event ***
Presented by: Melinda Marasch
CEH/CEU: 4.5 CEHs/0.4 CEUs

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Providing direct service these days is a whole lot more difficult than usual with COVID and community unrest. This workshop will provide a healing (trauma)-informed lens in working with program participants while dealing with the very real struggles of providers.

Review the effects of stress, trauma, secondary trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, moral fatigue and comparative suffering on ourselves and our work with others.

The workshop will largely focus on the preconditions for trauma present during COVID and community unrest, including exploration of struggles and strategies for direct service providers and program participants. The course content will be expanded upon with practical approaches in work with participants who are stressed/traumatized, including approaches aimed at:
1. managing the providers struggles,
2. discussing struggles without overwhelming the participant or side-tracking from other topics/tasks and
3. teaching participants about managing the preconditions.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe stress, trauma, secondary trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, moral fatigue and/or comparative suffering.
  • Identify at least one precondition for trauma present in their own life or work and/or in a program participant’s life or work.
  • Identify at least one strategy they could use or could teach a program participant to help manage the preconditions for trauma.
  • Identify at least one approach they could use to support or teach a program participant.

Trainer Biography

Melinda Marasch was born and raised in Wisconsin, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-Milwaukee. Marasch has dedicated almost 25 years to her passion in helping others. She recently moved back to Wisconsin from Colorado, where she has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continues her career as a social work/mental health trainer and consultant. Marasch specializes in clinical training, supervision and development of programs for social workers and other direct care providers. She often helps non-therapist direct care staff to be efficient, effective and therapeutic in the work they do. She has worked in residential, school & outpatient care; within healthcare (e.g. HIV/AIDS medical case managers, patient navigators), public (e.g. department of human services case workers, child support enforcement workers), and community-based organizations. Marasch is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and has presented numerous trainings across the U.S. on therapeutic approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, self-care, mental health issues, de-escalation and more. 


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Cost: The cost for this program is $99 for professionals.

CEH/CEU Requirements: For the March 1, 2019 – February 28, 2021 biennium30 continuing education credit hours are required. Of those, 4 credit hours must be in social work ethics and professional boundaries.

Social work training programs sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance for Social Worker Continuing Education will be accepted by the State of Wisconsin as continuing education hours. Full attendance at the workshop will earn continuing education hours.

  • Professional Counselor CEH: The UW Oshkosh Department of Counselor Education, accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP) has approved these workshops for continuing education hours.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Workshop participants can receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their full participation in each workshop.

In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling our office.

Student Rate: Students currently enrolled at UW Oshkosh may register at a reduced rate of $20. You must register using your UW Oshkosh email address and include your seven-digit student ID number.

Registration Deadlines: The registration deadline for each of the workshops is 10 business days before the program starts. After this date, please call the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education at (920) 424-1129 to determine program availability.

Credit and debit card payments will only be accepted electronically. OCE will no longer accept credit and debit card payments via phone, mail or fax.

Questions and More Information: Questions concerning registration and program content should be directed to the Division of Online and Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8623. Please call (920) 424-1129.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received 10 business days before the program will receive a full refund, minus a $35 processing charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 10 business days before the program. UW Oshkosh reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment, as well as the right to limit enrollment due to excessive demand. UW Oshkosh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. If you need special assistance and/or accommodations, please notify us by the registration deadline. All requests will be kept confidential.

Program Manager: The program manager for these workshops is Jason Hubbard. We are continuously looking for new and diverse program ideas. You can contact Jason at (920) 424-1129. You may also email him at hubbardj@uwosh.edu.


Click Here for a listing of Social Work and Counseling programs offered by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Continuing Professional Education.