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ACT Facilitator Training Program for Professionals

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May 18-19, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Onalaska Clinic
Onalaska, WI

ACT Raising Safe Kids is a parenting program designed for parents of early childhood/young school-age children.

Registration Details

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*Program canceled until 2021*

Fee includes breakfast and lunch each day and one ACT kit ($150 value). Advanced registration is required to order kits.

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ACT Facilitator Training Program for Professionals

May 18-19, 2020
Education Center in the Gundersen Onalaska Clinic
311 Gundersen Drive, Onalaska, WI 54605

Who should attend: Professionals and organizations working with caregivers of children 0-8 years old including:

  • case managers
  • childcare workers
  • clergy
  • counselors
  • early childhood family educators
  • educators
  • family therapists
  • mediators
  • mental health workers
  • nurses and medical staff
  • psychologists
  • school psychologists
  • social workers
  • other related field
Agenda Monday, May 18, 2020
8 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Introductions and general Information
  • Introduction about the workshop
  • General review of the ACT program Review of the ACT kit
  • Review of the program curriculum
9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Concepts of Motivation and Change: Pre-Program meeting
  • Child Development: Session 1
10:30 to 10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. to Noon Impact of Violence on Children: Session 2 
Noon to 1 p.m. Working lunch 
1 to 3 p.m. 
  • Anger Management for Adults: Session 3
  • Helping Angry Children: Session 4
3 to 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Children and Electronic Media: Session 5
  • Wrap-up of the day
Agenda Tuesday, May 19, 2020
8 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast 
8:30 to 10 a.m. Discipline and Parenting Styles: Session 6
10 to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Discipline for Positive Behaviors: Session 7
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Working lunch
1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Implementing the ACT program: Session 8
  • Debriefing
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The ACT regional centers
  • ACT facilitator certification process
  • Workshop post-evaluation
  • Distribution of certificates
  • Final wrap-up

Course objectives:

  • Identify the risk factors for violence and its consequences in children's lives.
  • Describe and use practical methods of discipline with children.
  • Recognize protective factors and skills for effective parenting (such as anger management, peaceful conflict resolution, positive discipline and screen/media violence education).
  • Identify strategies for planning and implementing a successful parent group program in their agency or community.
  • Use skills learned to participate in community-wide prevention efforts with a support network of professionals.

The two-day training program is very interactive and uses self-discovery learning. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small and large groups, individual work, multimedia presentations and role-playing.

Instructor: Jeff Reiland has been a child and family therapist in the Gundersen Health System for 34 years. He holds masters degrees in marriage and family therapy and in guidance and counseling. Jeff has facilitated programs for parents of children with mental health problems for the past seven years. Jeff is an ACT-Raising Safe Kids Master Trainer.

Contact information: If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Joan Rickaway at or call (608) 775-2826.

Cancellation policy: A full refund of symposium fees will be made if cancelled 72 hours prior to the conference. With less than 72 hour notice, 80 percent will be refunded. No refund will be made after the conference.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability which might require special accommodations please e-mail your needs to: or call (608) 775-4891. For more resources check out the ACT website at

About ACT

ACT Raising Safe Kids is a parenting program designed for parents of early childhood/young school-age children developed by the American Psychological Association.

ACT has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, Head Start, the World Health Organization, Crime Solutions and the California Evidence-Based Clearing House as an effective parenting program. ACT is a cost effective program to train in and to deliver to parents at a grass-roots level.

Through ACT, parents and primary caregivers of children ages 0-8 years attend groups designed to prevent child maltreatment; build positive, nonviolent parenting skills; and prevent or reduce children's aggression and related behavior problems.

Research on ACT indicates that parents who completed the program considered it to be non-judgmental. They enjoyed the interactive and participatory classes and are using more effective, nonviolent methods of parenting. In addition, research demonstrates that program completers use less physically violent discipline, and their children have fewer behavior problems. This emerging best practice is a perfect fit to address the needs of families in communities throughout the U.S.

A key strength of the ACT Raising Safe Kids parenting program is the high level of parent engagement. Adults learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning experience. The facilitator training mirrors this by using materials and activities from the curriculum and helping participants (future facilitators) gain familiarity and confidence in using the program curriculum.

Strategies will be discussed for keeping participants motivated and engaged in the program, implementing the program in your agency or community, and troubleshooting challenges and barriers.

Schedule & Location


This event includes all of the 2 meeting times below.
Date Time Location
1. Mon, May 18 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Onalaska Clinic
2. Tue, May 19 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Onalaska Clinic

Location Details

  • Onalaska Clinic
    3111 Gundersen Drive
    Onalaska, WI 54650
    Main: 608-775-8100
    Fax: 608-775-8175

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