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:


If you are not a currently enrolled student at Winona State, but would like to receive credit, you can register as a Guest Student. For more information about the Guest Student process, please contact the Warrior Hub

From Soldier to Veteran: Understanding the Military Experience

Dates/Times:
Friday, July 12, 2019 – 4-9:30pm
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 9am-4:30pm              
Location:
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:
The ability to understand and appreciate military culture and to gain an understanding of mental health issues affecting Veterans is imperative for individuals working with Service-members. This workshop offers an overview of how military culture and resiliency are developed, and mental health issues (PTSD, Moral Injury, TBI, Depression) common to Service-members are provided. Students will develop their own self-care plan as they learn why it is important for others, particularly Veterans, to do so.

Instructor:
Mary Kay Haupt works for the VA as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist and is engaged in individual and group therapy with Service-members. She provides on-site and outreach mental health counseling to active duty, National Guard, reservists and Veterans who have been diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anger, depression, anxiety, isolation, avoidance and/or hyper-vigilant behaviors. Prior to working for the VA, Mary worked in higher education for many years.

Paul Mitchell, MSW, is a social worker who provides individual and group trauma-focused psychotherapy in the Mental Health Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Program’s Combat PTSD Program. In addition to conducting psychosocial assessments, he assesses patients for appropriateness for residential treatment. He also conducts suicide risk assessments, creates safety plans, provides diagnostic assessments, case management, and makes referrals to appropriate resources. Paul offers a broad range of experiences as an enlisted and commissioned prior-service Air Force combat Veteran for consultation to teams and Veterans and is a US Army Master Resilience Trainer.

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Effects of Trauma on the Psyche

Dates/Times:
Friday, September 20, 2019 – 4-9:30pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 9am-4:30pm   
Location:
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:
This workshop provides a rudimentary overview of psychological trauma and traumatic experiences. The workshop will explore outcomes, functional status review and cultural considerations of those affected by trauma. Students will gain exposure to trauma-informed services.

Instructor:
David Scales has worked in mental health for 7 years in a variety of settings. Before joining Fernbrook Family Center in 2016, he worked at Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo Clinic. David ascended to the role of assistant clinical director at Fernbrook in 2018 after excelling as a clinical trainee and intern. He is a natural leader in the organization and community. His special clinical interests focus on both adults and adolescents effected by trauma, and he has worked with multigenerational family systems providing trauma-informed individual and family therapies.

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Professionalism in the Workplace

Dates/Times:
Friday, October 4, 2019 – 4-9:30pm
Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 9am-4:30pm          
Location:
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:
This workshop will explore what professionalism means in today’s workplace and will cover technological tools, communication norms, multi-cultural workplace perspectives and more.

Instructor:
Misun Bormann has an EdD in higher education administration, a Master’s in school counseling, and a Bachelor’s in business administration, English writing and art. With over 25 years of experience working in professions ranging from retail management, to school counseling, to higher education, Dr. Bormann has navigated many different types of workplace systems. Her 15+ years of experience in partnership development, community initiatives, workforce pipeline development, and youth enrichment programs have provided her with varied experiences to learn about professionalism in the workplace and how to leverage professional skills to get teams to work more effectively and efficiently.

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Multicultural Awareness & Diversity: Powerful Strategies for Advanced Client Rapport & Cultural Competence

Dates/Times:
Friday, November 15, 2019 – 4-9:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 9am-4:30pm   
Location:
University Center Rochester
859 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 - Map

Course Description:
This workshop will present practical strategies to competently address issues of age, gender, sexuality, religion, acculturation and social justice by helping participants develop a deeper understanding of varying cultural group experiences.

Instructor:
Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDIV, is a marriage and family therapist who has counseled individuals, couples and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds in private practice, non-profit organizations, and ministry environments. He is passionate about helping counseling professionals in various fields feel more comfortable, competent, and confident in their abilities to meet the needs of whomever they have the opportunity to serve. Lambers’ training experience includes providing and facilitating multicultural workshops nationally, guest lecturing at universities, and serving as an adjunct instructor at Crown College on various aspects of diversity in counseling. He 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. He obtained a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

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