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.

WSU Adult & Continuing Education offers professional development each semester. Please check back frequently for upcoming offerings:

Fall Offerings

Spring Offerings

If you are not a currently enrolled student at Winona State, you can register as a guest student to receive course credits.

For more information about the Guest Student process, please email warriorhub@winona.edu

Skills for Diverse Population

Dates & Times Location
Oct. 14: 4-9:30pm &
Oct. 15: 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

Learners attending this workshop will explore mental health treatment through an experiential introduction to mind-body medicine skills based on the work of Dr. James Gordon.

Learners will gain insight on the biology of trauma and the impact it has on the mental health healing journey. Learners will also research ways to modify these skills to fit diverse populations.

Instructor: Andrea Thomas, MS, LPCC

Andrea Thomas is a licensed psychotherapist trained in multiple areas, including advanced training in Mind-Body Medicine Skills through the Center of Mind Body Medicine. Andrea attended Winona State University to receive her master’s degree and is currently attending Grand Canyon University pursuing a doctoral degree.

Andrea has clinical experience facilitating small groups and has led Mind-Body Medicine groups over the past couple years. Andrea is in the certification program as a Mind-Body Medicine facilitator through the Center of Mind Body Medicine.

Andrea currently provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and families in her private practice in Rochester, MN.

Stressed Out Minds! The Anxious World of Teens & Pre-Teens

Dates & Times Location
Nov. 4: 4-9:30pm &
Nov. 5: 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

Why are teens and pre-teens experiencing increased anxiety and depression? Can they be helped? How do we support them?

Participants will engage in an active learning experience incorporating a variety of educational approaches. Be prepared for small and large group discussions and activities.

Instructor: Jay Clark, LPC, LPCC

Jay Clark is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mr. Clark graduated with a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Winona State University in 2001. He has 12 years of experience working in a variety of community-based mental health settings. Jay has over 20 years of experience as a mental health therapist.

Although he works with all demographic groups, pre-teens, teens, and young adults account for roughly 70% of his experience. Mr. Clark has managed a day treatment program for middle and high school students in Houston County, MN, and currently works as an outpatient and school-based therapist as a private practitioner. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Western Wisconsin Technical College and in the Counselor Education Department of Winona State University.

Mr. Clark has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, relational problems, behavior concerns, bullying, attachment disorders, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, developmental disabilities, self-injurious behavior, and adjustment disorders. He regards self-esteem and self-perception as the foundation to teenagers' interactions in the world.

Interviewing and Counseling Young Children: A Developmental Approach

Dates & Times Location
March 17, 2023: 4-9:30pm &
March 18, 2023: 9am-4:30pm
Winona State University - Rochester Campus
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This workshop will focus on interviewing and counseling children ages 10 and under. Developmental stages will serve as a basis for adapting standard professional practices to fit this population. Establishing rapport, informal assessment, addressing children’s emotional states, and ethics will be explored in an interactive, hands-on environment.

Instructor: Maureen Neuville, MS, LPC, TFCBT

Maureen Neuville, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a graduate of the Winona State Counseling program and has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field as educator, therapist and supervisor. Her focus has been on families, adolescents and children, especially crisis intervention, play therapy, and trauma treatment. She is certified in TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and has worked with youth as young as age 3. Neuville has presented scores of workshops and has had two professional articles published related to her work with young children.

Diversity Made Simple: Shame-Free Strategies for Reducing Cultural Offenses & Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships

Dates & Times Location
March 31, 2023: 4-9:30pm &
April 1, 2023: 9am-4:30pm
Winona State University - Rochester Campus
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

Without becoming a cultural expert, you can reduce fears, increase self-awareness, cultural competence, and professional confidence in your ability to reduce cultural offenses, and repair and strengthen cross cultural relationships.  Beyond ethnicity, you’ll learn practical strategies to competently address issues of age, gender, sexuality, religion, acculturation, and social justice.

Instructor: Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDIV

Lambers Fisher is a marriage and family therapist who has counseled individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in private practice, non-profit organization, as well as ministry environments. He has a strong desire to help counseling professionals in various fields feel more comfortable, competent and confident in their ability meet the needs of whomever they have the opportunity to serve. Lambers’ training experience includes providing facilitating multicultural workshops nationally, guest lecturing at universities, as well as being an adjunct instructor at Crown College on various aspects of diversity in counseling. Lambers supervises aspiring therapists as a board approved supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists as well as the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health. Currently, Lambers is a therapist in private practice where he effectively balances personal and professional experiences to provide unique and practical perspectives on a variety of culturally sensitive topics. He obtained a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Intro to Sex Therapy

Dates & Times Location
April 21, 2023: 4-9:30pm &
April 22, 2023: 9am-4:30pm
Winona State University - Rochester Campus
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

Sex therapy addresses concerns about sexual functioning, feelings and intimacy. This workshop introduces sex therapy’s scope of practice, offers sex-positive and gender-affirming vocabulary to align with best practices, and presents common clinical issues and approaches of sex-related topics.  Information will be provided on the process of sex therapy certification.

Instructor: Rachel Slough-Johnson, MS

Rachel Slough-Johnson is an MS from UW-Stout in marriage and family therapy, which has a focus on intimacy and relationships and a professional certificate in sex therapy. In 2015, she co-led the UW-Stout LBGTQIAP+ support group. From 2015-2017, she worked as a therapist for Family and Children’s Center residential programming where she created institutional change toward creating a more LBGTQIAP+ supportive environment for patients and staff. From 2017-2020, she worked as a therapist with Gundersen’s Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support program where she works exclusively with primary and secondary victims of sexual abuse/assault. In this role, she works with folks across the gender spectrum, leads a small group with a rotating focus on “healthy sex after sexual abuse,” and works with couples experiencing intimacy concerns. She has given presentations to MDs on best practices in working with LGBTQIAP+ children and adolescents, and pelvic floor physical therapists on gender affirming and trauma-informed practices with pelvic pain. She has spent the last three years in outpatient mental health where her caseload is primarily folks presenting with concerns about trauma, relationships, and/or sex concerns.

Prior to clinical work, Slough-Johnson received an MLS in Library Science from Indiana University and a teaching Fulbright to Chile. In these roles, she taught 1 credit workshops and 3 credit university courses on a variety of topics. At UW-L, she served as librarian liaison for the LBGTQIAP+ campus community, providing a point of contact for appropriate resources.