Surviving 2020

Surviving and Thriving 2020

Online CEU Speaker Series

We are excited to present 4 topics of enormous impact during this COVID-19 Pandemic during four Noon hour periods in November. These sessions will help you come out of the pandemic stronger and healthier.

The presentations will be via Zoom and are targeted towards the general population and/or fulfill the possibility of 4 Continuing Education Social Work credits through Marian University Social Work Department.

The presentations will not be recorded so you must be present for the hour’s entirety. You can register for presentations at $10 each. You can attend as many or as few of the presentations as you would like.   . Registrations must be completed by 11 a.m. the day of the presentation.

Special thanks to Barb, Alicia, Espen, Sandy, and Sarah for taking time to address these critical issues.


Belonging: in a Social Distancing Time

Presentation Date: Tuesday, November 10th – 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Presenter: Barb Bigalke (E.D. @ Center for Suicide Awareness)

Presenter Bio: Barb Anne Bigalke is a driven, compassionate leader who develops innovative solutions in the areas of mental health, suicide, trauma, and authentic living. Her diverse 20+ year career as an advocate, coach, National speaker, and teacher provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to connect with people in an impactful way. She holds degrees and studies in Human Development, Psychology and Mental Health/Suicidology, and 70+ certificates in crisis response. Certified by the FBI Academy as a Master Resiliency Trainer, Certified by National Office of Victim Advocacy, Critical Incident Stress Management Certified and Crisis Intervention Trained and more! In all Barb Anne does, she is always focused on bringing hope and healing to people who need it. In 2009, she founded the Center for Suicide Awareness and, in 2014, launched the HOPELINE™ text-based support line. Barb Anne in a national expert in suicidology and in understanding human behaviors. She is a powerful, dynamic speaker and advocate who reaches people from a place of empathy and non-judgement. Barb Anne continues to seek ways to fulfill her passion which is to help people navigate through trauma so they can fully step into their true, authentic self

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Child Mental Health: Supporting Parents Raising and Schooling Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presentation Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Presenter: Alicia Hans (LCSW @ Catalpa Health)

Presenter Bio: Alicia Hans, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an elected official serving on the Fond du Lac City Council. She works as a School-Based Mental Health Clinician with Catalpa Health, a nonprofit pediatric mental health organization committed to improving the lives of children and families in the community. Alicia received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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Getting the Most Out of COVID-19: Strategies for Helping Consumers Increase Oxytocin While Socially Distancing and Getting Out of the Pandemic Strengthened

Presentation Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Presenter: Espen Klausen (Psychologist @ FDL County Health Department)

Presenter Bio: Espen Klausen, Phd. is a licensed psychologist with Fond du Lac County’s Department of Community Programs. His work includes outpatient therapy with couples, families and individuals of all ages, inpatient and outpatient psychological testing, and inpatient group therapy.

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Alcoholism & Addiction + Narcan Training

Presentation Date: November 19th – 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

– Provide you with resources to assist individuals, families, and the community during these times of uncertainty.
– Learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose with Narcan nasal spray.

Presenter: Sandy Shaffer (LCSW, Shaffer Counseling) and Sarah Foust (BHS, FDL Health Dept)

Presenter Bios:  
Sandy Shaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor who lives and works in Oshkosh. She has always dreamed of serving others in a private practice setting and recently established Shaffer Counseling & Consulting LLC. In partnership with Collaborative Wellness based in Ripon, she has opened a second location in Oshkosh to better serve the surrounding communities. She provides mental health and substance use disorder services across the lifespan. Through this pandemic she has witnessed the increase in mental health concerns, alcohol and drug use, and suicidality.

Sarah Faust is a health educator at Fond du Lac County Health Department. She earned a Bachelors degree in Community Health Education from UW-La Crosse. Sarah has worked at the county health department for three years. She is an active member of Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County Opioid Initiative and a certified Naloxone Administration Trainer.

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