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Understanding Poverty

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: James P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Rd. Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Presented by: Al Rolph, MSW, CSW
Fee: $99
 4.5 CEHs/0.4 CEUs

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Human service professionals and social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social change efforts are primarily focused on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity.

When people think of poverty, class, and wealth, they generally think about how much money and assets someone has or does not have. This workshop will be looking at socioeconomic status through a cultural rather than financial lens. People in different socioeconomic statuses operate from a set of “hidden rules” that help make life in their socioeconomic statuses adaptive, but these same “rules” become maladaptive when someone is trying to navigate a different socioeconomic status.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • identify key points about poverty in the United States,
    • effectively work with individuals and families who live in “generational” poverty,
    • understand from which “hidden rules” schools, workplaces, and agencies operate and
    • apply strategies to enable clients to navigate these “rules” so they can be more successful their lives.

Presenter Biography

Al Rolph, MSW, CSW, has worked in the social work field since 1990. His professional experiences include working in child welfare, juvenile justice, and supervision of social work staff. He has also been a university and technical college instructor, as well as a private presenter for various agencies.

Rolph received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his master’s degree in Social Work in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

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Cost: The cost for this program is $99 for professionals and $25 for students.

CEH/CEU Requirements:For the March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2023 biennium, 30 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 $25. 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

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