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:

Spring Offerings

Summer Offerings

Fall Offerings

If you are not a currently enrolled student at Winona State, you can register as at Guest Student (PDF) to receive course credits.

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

Counseling LGBQ+ Individuals

Dates & Times Location
May 21 – 4-9:30pm &
May 22 – 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of mental health issues among LGBQ+ individuals. Through developmental perspectives, participants will understand that the tasks of coming out as a lifelong process of LGBQ+ individuals and become able to advocate for and provide affirming practice to the individuals who seek counseling.

Instructor:

Rieko Miyakuni is Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Department at Winona State University. Her clinical experiences include the intensive outpatient program and foster care/adoptive family in-home counseling, primarily worked with children and families of low-income and living in poverty.

She is a queer woman of color and a survivor of violence. Her dissertation explored counselor educators’ LGBT social attitudes and association with critical consciousness, the ability to analyze the status quo and capability to adjust to the evolving definitions of concepts and knowledge.

In 2016, she served as a local host committee member of the Creating Change Conference, the world largest conference of LGBTQ equality held in Chicago. She has presented on the topic at local and national levels. Her research interests include critical consciousness, trauma-informed counseling practice, mentoring students who are historically underrepresented in the field of social science research, and creating an educational pipeline for students of color and students from low-SES.

The Essential Guide to Establishing an Academic and/or Personal Writing Practice

Dates & Times Location
June 11 – 4-9:30pm &
June 12 – 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course introduces participants to brain science and tools for establishing a writing practice. Focus is on issues faced by beginner or experienced writers attempting a daily practice, overcoming resistance, and/or establishing a consistent written exploration of ideas. The course is delivered using a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential activities.

Instructor:

Anquinetta V. Calhoun, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Florida with a doctorate in Counseling & Counselor Education and concentrations in School Counseling and Women’s Studies.

Her research focuses on school-based counseling and the connections between adult expectation and student academic identity and achievement when considering race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic challenges in education.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College, a Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and both a Master of Education and an Education Specialist in Counselor Education from the University of Florida.

Codependency as a Process Addiction: What Helping Professionals Need to Know

Dates & Times Location
July 9 –
4-9:30pm &
June 10 – 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

Codependency is important for helping professionals to understand in their work with clients/patients, as well as, in their own self-awareness of their professional role. This workshop will explore current literature in the addictions field regarding codependency and treatment options.

Specific topics include compulsive behaviors, obsessive thoughts, psychological and behavioral components, and chemical processes that occur while codependent behavior is present. Treatment options will include in depth studies of CBT, 12 step Al-anon groups, Motivational Interviewing and wellness practices.

Instructor:

Mary Fawcett, Ph.D. has been a professor of counseling theory, positive psychology and multicultural competency development since 1999 and is well versed in various counseling techniques related to theories about cultural identity and personal growth related to happiness.

She has studied multicultural education, mindfulness, meditation and happiness via workshops, professional conferences, counseling, and professional journals. She integrates content on multicultural education and positive psychology in many of her lectures in her classes on counseling theory, counseling microskills, lifespan development and internships.

She has written the book on Experiential Approach for Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence (2013) and conducted research on student multicultural competence impacted by immersion experiences. She has led a Guatemala Travel Study course and is developing an Ojibwa Tribe Faculty-Led course.

How to Have Meaningful Conversations About Race Across Race

 Dates & Times  Location
September 10 - 4-9:30pm &
September 11 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course introduces participants to the process of facilitating meaningful dialogue around race in personal and professional settings. Focus is on the difficulties faced when attempting to discuss the often-sensitive issue of race, overcoming defensiveness about and resistance to conversations about race, and/or establishing a mindset that can lead to more meaningful conversations. The course is delivered using a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential activities.

Instructor:

Anquinetta V. Calhoun, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Florida with a doctorate in Counseling & Counselor Education and concentrations in School Counseling and Women’s Studies.

Her research focuses on school-based counseling and the connections between adult expectation and student academic identity and achievement when considering race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic challenges in education.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College, a Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and both a Master of Education and an Education Specialist in Counselor Education from the University of Florida.

Counseling Interventions for Children and Adolescents

 Dates & Times  Location
Sept. 17 - 4-9:30pm  &
Sept. 18, 2021 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course is designed to be an introduction to therapeutic strategies and interventions that can be used for children and adolescents ages 6-18. We will explore how to use toys, games, workbooks, role play, and various other tools and techniques.

Instructor:

Shannon Brown, MS, LPCC graduated from WSU in 2009 with a master’s degree in counseling.

Shannon has worked at Fernbrook Family Center since 2011 and is now the agency’s Executive Clinical Director. Shannon has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked primarily with clients ages 5-17 and their families and caregivers.

As Executive Clinical Director, Shannon is responsible for ensuring all staff at Fernbrook are trained in therapeutic techniques, have access to the latest research based models, and are supported by the agency in their clinical work. In addition, Shannon is responsible for ensuring the agency is providing the highest quality clinical services to the clients we serve.

Shannon is passionate about using games and play in therapy and making therapy fun an approachable for clients as a way to build trust and rapport.

Long-Term SA Outpatient Treatment: A Comprehensive Approach to Overall Wellness

 Dates & Times  Location
Oct. 8 -
4-9:30pm &
Oct. 9 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course will give students a look at comprehensive SUD treatment from an outpatient, community perspective, focusing on retention in treatment for over one year. The components of comprehensive treatment will be examined, including the role of medical providers in the treatment process. The course will also outline best treatment practices during COVID, the role of witnessed urine screens in IOP, and Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome and the role it plays in long-term community treatment.

Instructor:

Tim Volz has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) for the past 9 years, and he has been the Treatment Director at Recovery is Happening for the past four years. He has a Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling from Walden University, and a Bachelor’s of Science (Teaching) from Winona State University.

Tim is a clinical supervisor for LADC’s, and he has worked with 20 interns over the past 9 years. He will finish his post-Master’s clinical supervision in April, 2021, and will apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Tim created a unique 12-18 month-long intensive outpatient treatment program, and has been continuing to develop the curriculum for the past six years.

He has worked with four county drug courts as the treatment provider, and he has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with adults and adolescents. He taught in the Rochester Public and Private Schools from 1994-2004.

Foundations in Crisis Intervention for Clinicians

 Dates & Times  Location
Oct. 29 - 4-9:30pm &
Oct. 30 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This course teaches clinicians personal and professional concepts and skills needed to respond to critical incidents and crises for individuals as a practitioner and as part of team. The course will discuss how trauma can impact an individual’s behavior and mental health in the moment as well as practitioner self -care.

Instructor:

Kathy J Harowski, PhD, LP is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinical and administrative supervisor and manager in a number of higher education and public sector agencies serving underserved, multicultural, multistressed individuals and families. She completed a two-year post- doctoral fellowship in human sexuality at Case Western Reserve University prior to moving to Minnesota to take a faculty position at the Program in Human Sexuality for her first professional employment in Minnesota.

Dr. Harowski has provided clinical and forensic services as well as teaching and training related to human sexuality, sexual health and other aspects of difference and diversity throughout her career. She worked full time in higher education for over a decade using an adult learner approach with a focus on critical thinking, application of knowledge learned and teaching with technology. In all her professional efforts as an educator, trainer and advocate, she employs a positive psychology approach to providing coaching support related to human behavior and student success.

She has had involvement as a national leader for psychology related to rural and frontier areas and the diversities they represent. Her teaching passion is helping non clinicians and clinicians understand, interpret, and manage human behavior and diversities and assess risk across a range of environments as well as how to strive for peak performance and resilience in high stress, potentially high risk environments.

Dr. Harowski is past President of the Minnesota Psychological Association and served two terms as Minnesota’s representative to the American Psychological Association. She is past president of APA’s Division 18, Psychologists in the Public Sector.

She co-authored a book published by Wiley, Essentials of Crisis Intervention and a chapter in The Correctional Mental Health Handbook. She worked as Program Chair for a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Master of Science in Human Services and Undergraduate program in Criminal Justice at Argosy University Twin Cities.

She also worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and Psychology and continues as a community faculty person at Metropolitan State University and St Mary’s University as well as recently teaching at the University of Minnesota CCE. She is currently working for the MN Department of Human Services as a behavioral medicine practitioner for the Forensic Mental Health Program.