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

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

Clinical Considerations in Adoption and Foster Care

 Dates & Times  Location
March 18 -  4-9:30pm  &
March 19 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

During this course, participants will learn about clinical considerations that are common amongst children, birth families, foster families, and adoptive families impacted by adoption or foster care placement. Participants will learn how adoption and foster care can impact trauma and attachment, mental health, identity development, and grief.

Instructor:
Jessica Mertins
, MSW, LICSW

Jessica has worked in the mental health field since 2009. She has worked in community corrections, adolescent residential treatment, and community mental health. Jessica has experience providing in-home, community based, and outpatient individual, family, and group mental health services to children and adults. Jessica is now an Outpatient Therapist with a focus on trauma therapy, adoption, and permanency. In this role, Jessica works with children, teens, adults, and families.

Jessica has earned a certification in Permanency and Adoption Competency through the University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Center for Adoption Support and Education. This certification program provided Jessica with additional training and education in working with individuals and families who have a history of foster care, adoption, or involvement with the child welfare system. Jessica is also trained in the evidence-based psychotherapy intervention of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which is a trauma-focused therapy modality that assists individuals with managing and reducing symptoms related to trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and phobias, and many other concerns.

Grief, Loss, and Resiliency

 Dates & Times  Location
March 25 -
4-9:30pm &
March 26 - 9am-4:30pm
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:

This workshop explores the holistic impact of grief, developmental considerations across the lifespan, and post-loss resiliency. An overview of contemporary models of the grief process is provided, as well as clinical interventions for direct work with grieving individuals and groups. Self-care is highlighted.

Instructor:

Eunice Alsaker has worked as a counselor in WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services for sixteen years. She became a nationally certified Thanatologist through the Association for Death Education and Support in 2011. She has presented at multiple state, regional, and national conferences on the topic of grief and bereavement counseling. She also serves on the state board, MN Coalition of Death Education and Support and runs the campus grief support group for students.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity with Mental Health

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

Course Description:

This course is an exploration into the current state of mental health and counseling in the United States. Additionally, course participants will be challenged to think critically regarding mental health practices and systems in which counseling environments are developed including the origin of specific interventions and disciplines being offered to the general population.

Instructor:

David Scales has worked in mental health for 7 years in a variety of settings. He previously worked at Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo Clinic before joining Fernbrook Family Center in 2016. David took on the role of assistant clinical director in 2018 after excelling as a clinical trainee and intern. He is a natural leader in the organization and community. He enjoys teaching, supervising, building programs, and above all, counseling patients and families. David has special clinical interests in focusing on individuals affected by trauma both in adults and adolescents. David has worked with multi-generational family systems affected by trauma providing trauma informed individual and family therapies. David specifically is seeking certification in Cognitive Processing Theory for treating adults diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.