Professional Development Workshop Series

The Professional Development Workshop Series has been designed to meet the needs and interests of a diverse audience. Issues from contemporary society serve as the foundation of these timely topic offerings.

Undergraduate, graduate students and practicing professionals from counseling, psychology, social work, nursing, education, sociology, business and a variety of other fields will find these workshop series to be of professional and personal value.

Course Description

An in-depth look at identifying risks, protective factors, and warning signs of suicidal behavior by exploring psycho-dynamic traits, current data, and trends in today’s society. Students will learn and practice how to detect a suicidal threat; when, how, and where to refer a suicidal individual; and what steps should be taken for follow up of a suicidal individual (looking at school and community settings). Students will learn how to address an individual they feel may be a suicide threat. Resources are key in preventing suicide; students will learn the importance of knowing local, state, and national resources to refer individuals and family members when suicide is a threat.

Andrea Thomas, MS

Andrea Thomas is the Coordinator of Group Therapy at Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development in Rochester. Prior to her work with Bluestem, she worked as the Executive Director for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Southeast Minnesota. Ms. Thomas is certified in School Suicide Prevention, QPR Gatekeeper Trainer, NAMI Peer to Peer Facilitator, and NAMI Connections Facilitator. She is also the creator of “Be a Friend. Ask. Listen. Help” Suicide Prevention Program and has presented to 14 high schools in Minnesota and touched over 10,000 students.

Dates/Time Friday, May 15, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm 
Location: University Center Rochester 
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and
Graduate Credit
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – CE495, Course ID 01-000355
Graduate – CE595, Course ID 02-000356
Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
Register and pay with credit card online at: winona.augusoft.net

Course Description

Immigrants and refugees have existed as long as humankind has lived in organized groups where intolerance and persecution have been prominent; however, refugees have only become an issue of international concern during the twentieth century.

Through presentations, panel discussion, and case examples, this workshop will equip participants with tools and confidence to engage in effective relationship for a positive influence to lives of Immigrants and refugees through social service delivery. The panel discussion will include perspectives from recent refugees.

Oswald Shanalingigwa, MSW, LICSW, PhD

Dr. Oswald Shanalingigwa is an assistant professor at Winona State University-Rochester in the Social Work Department. He is an African immigrant from Tanzania, who has an advanced diploma in social welfare, from the National Social Welfare Training Institute in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, BA in Rural Sociology, University of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, Masters of Social Work and his PhD in Social Work, from University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Dr Shanalingigwa has direct personal experiences relating to East African people (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania), South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and refugees from Rwanda and Burundi. He has witnessed and been part of a community where the minority groups have successfully co-existed with the dominant culture for many years.

Dates/Time Friday, May 29, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
Location: University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and 
Graduate Credit 
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – SOCW440, Course ID 01-000387

Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
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Course Description

Health and wellness throughout life is essential in order to achieve and maintain a high quality of life. However, many professionals often don’t set aside time for self-care in their busy work and family life schedules.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with an opportunity to explore and experience art in the Rochester community as a means of promoting a sense of personal wellbeing and self-care.

  • Students will consider and discuss the role of the visual arts in their personal lives and in the community
  • Students will consider the role of the visual arts in mental well-being
  • Students will be introduced to the VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) a method of teacher-facilitated discussions of art images.
  • Using the VTS, students will engage in dialogues about art in both large and small groups.
  • Students will learn about local artist Chuck Gagnon’s vision of Art and Healing
  • Students will explore art at the Rochester Art Center
  • Students will write a paper summarizing what they have learned in the Workshop, and demonstrating how they can transfer that knowledge into specific actions in their personal lives and work.

Catherine Egenberger, MA, Art History

Catherine Egenberger has an undergraduate degree in Studio Art (painting and fibers) and Education as well an MA in Art History. Her work experience includes work in museums: Bard College Museum and Roberson Museum; education: Bard College, Augsburg College, Rochester Community College and Byron Public Schools; and in community arts programs/partnerships: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Center for Arts Education, etc. The instructor has also helped develop an arts-based the Visual Thinking Strategies curriculum, coordinated multiple teacher workshops, and has worked in several arts assessment studies. Though international travels, seeking joy, understanding, inspiration, Catherine finds healing in the visual arts and architecture.

Dates/Time Friday, September 11, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday September 12, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
Location: University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and
Graduate Credit
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – CE495, Course ID 01-002204
Graduate – CE595, Course ID 01-002205
Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
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Course Description

In a culturally diverse world there is a growing need for counselors, health care professionals and other professionals to learn and apply intercultural communication skills in their work setting.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with information and communication techniques that will benefit them in their work with people from diverse cultural and ethnic groups. Students will be provided with a foundation for understanding intercultural communication within both a global and local context.

Through class lectures, discussion and student self-reflection activities, participants will gain a better understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Participants will have opportunities during the course to engage in experiential learning that will enhance their understanding of the intercultural communication concepts and theories discussed in the course. Emphasis will be placed on putting theory and concepts into practical application to improve students’ ability to become effective in their intercultural communication and relationships.

Brenda Armentrout, MS, Rehabilitation Counseling and MS, Speech Communication

Brenda Armentrout has twenty-five years of experience teaching Communication Studies courses and workshops to diverse groups of students at colleges, universities, police and fire public safety academies, corporate training, and to residents in prison. Courses and workshops taught include public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, organizational communication, cultural studies in education, service learning, career exploration and job seeking skills. Brenda also has a background working as a rehabilitation counselor with Chronic Mentally Ill population and as a work force educator at sheltered employment workshops. Brenda has a BA in Business Administration, MA in Speech Communication Studies, MS Rehabilitation Counseling, and has completed PhD course requirements for Cultural Foundations of Education Curriculum Teaching and Cultural Studies. Her area of research was Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) and Missionary Kids (Mk’s). She is recognized leader in college and professional organizations and has been the recipient of many awards for teaching excellence and for college and community service.

 

Dates/Time Friday October 2, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday October 3, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
Location: University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and
Graduate Credit
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – CE495, Course ID 03-002208
Graduate – CE595, Course ID 03-002209
Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
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 Course Description

Workplace bullying has become commonplace in America today. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 50% of all workers are affected by workplace bullying (Workplace Bullying Institute). Though unintentional, employers often enable bullying when they do not respond to employee reports of bullying. Employer inaction often comes as a result of lack of knowledge, which is often the case in workplace bullying situations.

It is the intention of this workshop to offer students empowerment strategies and specific tools for addressing workplace bullying. During this workshop students will: 1) learn how to recognize and define workplace bullying, 2) examine how workplace bullying impacts on the employee, employer and the organization in terms of financial, physical health and emotional implications, and 3) explore strategies and learn skills for effectively addressing workplace bullying (e.g. documentation, reporting and developing a survival plan that will allow the person being bullied to regain a feeling of empowerment).

Catherine Swanson Davis, MA, Organizational Managment and MBA, Master of Business Administration

Catherine Davis is a facilitator and teacher with over fifteen years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Her goal is to inspire individuals, teams and organizations to achieve breakthrough performance. She does this by offering interactive, comprehensive, and impactful workshops that provide real-world skills for participants. Catherine is a former trainer manager for a mid-sized multi-national organization where she developed and implemented many talent development initiatives. Currently, Catherine teaches at Rochester Community and Technical College facilitating courses in general business, management, and organizational dynamics. In addition, she instructs workshops for RCTC’s Business and Workforce Education department in the areas of teambuilding, communication, and interpersonal skills. In addition to teaching for RCTC, Catherine also is an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University, Minnesota teaching courses in Oral Communication. She holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University, St. Paul where her capstone project was on the impact of workplace bullying on individuals and organizations.

Dates/Time Friday October 9, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday October 10, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
Location: University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and
Graduate Credit
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – CE495, Course ID 04-002210
Graduate – CE595, Course ID 04-002211
Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
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Course Description

Mindfulness strategies and techniques for promoting personal and professional wellbeing are gaining notoriety and acceptance in a variety of settings. This highly experiential workshop will introduce students to the theory and practice of mindfulness as it relates to living life fully. The workshop will focus primarily on helping students develop personal mindfulness and meditation skills. Additionally, students will be provided with strategies for maintaining their personal mindfulness practice over time.

Sarah Johnson, MS, Community Counseling

Sarah Johnson completed her master’s degree in Counselor Education from Winona State University with focused study in Community Counseling. She has worked as a mental health therapist for 10 years and is currently employed in the Behavioral Health Department at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. Sarah has a strong background in prevention and youth development. Much of her professional work has been with adolescents and their families, and the approach she takes is heavily influenced by her prevention background. Sarah uses client-centered theories as her base and tends to utilize experiential, cognitive-behaviorally focused activities in her work. She has had extensive training in mindfulness and meditation practices as well as acceptance & commitment, dialectical behavioral and motivational enhancement therapies.

Dates/Time Friday November 13, 2015 – 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday November 14, 2015 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
Location: University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map
Undergraduate and
Graduate Credit
Registration:                 
Registration and fees at www.winona.edu/registrar/registration.asp
Undergraduate – CE495, Course ID 02-002206
Graduate – CE595, Course ID 02-002207
Non-credit / CEU Registration: 13 contact hours | 1.3 CEU | Cost: $175
Register and pay with credit card online at: winona.augusoft.net
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