The Role of Wisdom in Youth and Family Practice

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March 9, 2016
$25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members / $85 for nonmembers

Stephen Small and Dayana Kupisk

Professional practice — whether working one-on-one with a client, delivering a parenting program to a group, or teaching in the classroom — often involves dealing with challenging problems that emerge unexpectedly and have no clear, right or obvious solution. In such situations, what you often need is practical wisdom, or the ability to take thoughtful, practical and ethical action in response to important, difficult, and uncertain matters.

In this webinar, Stephen Small, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Dayana Kupisk will discuss the concept of practical wisdom and how it can be applied in youth and family practice. Building on the work of ancient philosophers, contemporary scholars and their own recent research, they present a new, empirically based model of wisdom in practice. The model provides insights and strategies for understanding and dealing with challenges that can arise in professional practice.

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Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.


Participants will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of what practical wisdom is and why it is an important component of professional practice with youth, families, and other direct service professions; and
  • learn about the processes involved in thinking through and responding to complex, challenging, or uncertain problems using a practical wisdom approach.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

About the presenters

Stephen Small, Ph.D., is a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds appointments in educational psychology and nursing, and as a human development specialist with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. His work, which spans research and practical application, has been primarily focused on adolescent and adult development, parenting, program design and evaluation, prevention science, and effective professional practice. For nearly 30 years he has worked with communities across Wisconsin and the U.S. to help them understand and address the concerns, aspirations, and positive and problematic behaviors of young people and their families, addressing adolescent risk-taking, juvenile delinquency, positive youth development, child maltreatment, and building organizational and community capacity. He and his research team most recently have been examining the role of wisdom in guiding personal and professional practice.

Dayana Kupisk is an M.S./Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on practical wisdom and youth practice. Specifically, she is interested in the processes and actions involved in youth practitioner's response to complex, difficult situations that are common to youth practice and do not have clear "right" answers. Ms. Kupisk is interested in supporting positive youth development, particularly during the adolescent years. She has a background in psychology and has worked with a number of community-based organizations. She has previously held positions as a life skills coordinator in a transitional living program for homeless young adults and a shelter advocate for domestic abuse survivors seeking shelter services. Currently, she works as a youth job counselor, where she helps teens with emotional and behavioral challenges gain meaningful skills to find and maintain employment.

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