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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Teaching Live Online: Keys to Virtual Classroom Instruction

Live online teaching is a flexible approach to teaching that enables face-to-face instructors to use the power of group discussion and class participation while leveraging Internet accessibility. Gain insights and techniques to make the virtual classroom a vibrant and effective learning platform.
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The "Art and Soul" in Funds Development -- Classic How-Tos from our Legacy Conference and. . . The Moment We're In: Preparing for Current and Future Trends

This session will feature core lessons and how-to’s from the legacy Fundraising and Development conference and expand into current and future trends. Join to learn about the generational transfer of wealth, lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and promising strategies that nonprofit organizations can use to adapt to the changing times. Instructors: Don Gray, former Vice President for Principal Gifts, University of Wisconsin Foundation Michael Johnson, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Tony Shields, President and CEO, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network Register for the full series here: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/top-trends-promising-strategies/ 
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Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies ("The CommNS") invites you to join us for our first-ever webinar series, Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development. Co-hosted by AFP Greater Madison, this multi-week webinar series will support individuals and nonprofit organizations in designing their revenue models and strengthening their funds development plans. Join us to embrace tried and true practices, explore and advance new practices and encourage forward-thinking approaches for the future of philanthropy. Over the course of the series, participants will complete worksheets that will inform their development work moving forward and help refresh fundraising strategies with current trends.
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Trust-Based Philanthropy and Shifts in Giving Processes

Explore the core principle of trust-based philanthropy and what this means for organizations in the nonprofit sector. Join for a discussion around the shifts in giving processes due to changing perspectives and technology. Additionally, we'll learn how to be a part of the change to benefit your organization and the sector at large. Instructors: Dr. Amy Hilgendorf, Associate Director, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, joined by the Co-Create team Noah Salata, Community and Social Impact Advisor, American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Stephanie Schlecht, Executive Director, Schlecht Family Foundation Register for the full series here: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/top-trends-promising-strategies/
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Tuesday Morning Booktalks

Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts will be provided.
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University of Wisconsin Certified Professional Coach

Do you seek to guide, inspire, and empower others to reach their potential and get real results? The UW Certified Professional Coach certificate program (formerly PLCC) is an ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) that prepares you to be an Associate Certified or Professional Certified Coach.
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Untangling Grief

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
We already know that grief is a complicated, multi-faceted process that affects all of us. Certain types of grief and loss can exacerbate these challenges. Explore disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, complicated grief and anticipatory grief, plus effective strategies to manage them.
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Wellness: An Ethical Responsibility for Mental Health Care Providers

This class meets Wisconsin’s requirements for ethics and professional boundaries for continuing education for helping professionals. Even prior to the COVID pandemic, healthcare providers faced an inordinate amount of stress as evidenced by the alarming prevalence of burnout symptoms for both trainees and practicing providers. This stress is amplified for providers who are part of groups that have been underrepresented and discriminated against in medicine. Affecting both personal and professional domains, burnout may be associated with a decrease in professionalism, a greater number of mistakes, substance use and mood disorders. In this workshop, we will review empirical research on burnout and wellness with an emphasis on practical applications of this work. Two case studies of service implementation for wellness support in large academic health systems will be discussed. Participants will also engage in hands-on learning activities identifying how provider burnout impacts them individually and how burnout impacts and is impacted by the systems in which they work. Participants will have opportunities to identify their burnout symptoms and to set goals to enhance their wellbeing and improve their day-to-day delivery of mental health care services. Opportunities to discuss systems-level interventions with colleagues will be provided as well as opportunities to try out a variety of wellness interventions such as mindfulness and gentle yoga. Options to participate in wellness activities, including gentle yoga and mindfulness exercises, will be provided. Cameras do not have to be on during these activities and participants may choose self-guided wellness activities.
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