Health and Human Services Workshops

Registration opens on October 1st. To receive notice of programming please sign up here and indicate the categories you are interested in.

Essential Oils for Self-Care and in Professional Settings
2/19/2021 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how you can bring the benefits of essential oils to your home and workplace to promote wellbeing, as well as an adjunct for symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, pain, and sleep issues. In this workshop, you will learn the evidence-based practices of basic essential oil use and explore how to safely use them in any personal or professional setting. You will have opportunities to work with samples and to discuss best practices with your instructor, Jan Tomaino, DNP, RN; a Certified Aromatherapist with extensive clinical use of essential oils. This workshop is beneficial to health care professionals, educators, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, and many others, including those interested solely in-home use.

Receive your own starter kit of oils if registered by January 25, 2021.

$135 | Early Bird $125 (if you register on or before January 15, 2021)

.275 CEUs


Discovering and Building Motivation for Change Certificate

While many people tend to approach change with either resistance or ambivalence, most just need a sense of direction and empowerment to move down that path. Motivational Interviewing is a method and skillset that can support people in discovering their own motivation for change and pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Many relationship-based professions, such as those in counseling, health care, social work, case work, and mental health, find motivational interviewing skills particularly useful with their clients. These workshops are led by A my LaRue who has been teaching and working in the fields of motivational interviewing, health and wellness, and public health since 2007.

Workshops (may be taken individually):

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing: The Basics
January 27 & 29 and February 3 & 5, 2021 | 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Beyond the Basics: Developing Core Skills and Increasing Understanding
February 24 & 26 and March 3 & 5, 2021 | 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

$298 per workshop or $258 per workshop if enrolled in the certificate. 

Participants who complete both the Foundations of Motivational Interviewing and Beyond the Basics workshops will receive a Certificate of Completion - Discovering and Building Motivation for Change

Individual workshop day 1.2 CEUs/Certificate 2.4 CEUs. All workshops available to take individually.


Advanced Motivational Interviewing: Moving Toward Expertise
5/20 & 5/21/2021 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Motivational interviewing is a skillset that takes time and practice to master, use effectively, and get to a point where it feels natural. This workshop is designed for the experienced practitioner who is looking to go deeper in knowledge and practice. In this workshop, you will expand your skills through demonstration of advanced application of motivational interviewing for feedback and further exploration, a focus on improving growth areas, and exploring the specific areas and populations where motivational interviewing is most beneficial.

Fees: $149 / Early Bird: $129 (0.6 CEUs)


Substance Abuse Counselor Program
Courses offered September - December and January – May

Interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor? This completely online, pre-credential education program sets you on the path for a substance abuse counselor career. Our substance abuse counseling program is approved by the State of Wisconsin and fulfills all requirements (360 hours of comprehensive specialized education) necessary to sit for the licensing exam. You could complete the program in less than a year and move into a new career. Credit fees: Please call for more information.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Conference
6/17/2021 | 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This annual conference focuses on keeping our minds and bodies youthful and healthy throughout the second half of life. Our 2021 conference will feature interactive and educational programming provided by our UW-Superior campus partners, including sessions on art and creativity, container gardening, healthy cooking, and low-impact movement. This full-day conference is geared toward those in the second half of life as well as professionals working with older adults. This programming is funded in part by the John Allan Kunz Fund for Reminiscence and Life Review of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Watch our website in spring 2021 for more details.

Please note that we will be carefully monitoring COVID-19 and will take any necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our participants, including postponing the conference if needed.

Health Coaching Practice - Online
Summer 2021

This certificate will boost your ability to help others meet their goals, whether you work in health care, a fitness center, an employee wellness program, or another related occupation. It will introduce you to a wide spectrum of health and behavioral concepts with focus on: behavioral science, nutrition, kinesiology, exercise science, screening and fitness assessments, client program design, and legal and ethical concerns related to allied health professions. You will gain the knowledge required of an entry level health coach. Upon completion, you will have met the main requirement to take the exam to become a certified health coach. Discussions with other students and your instructor and weekly assignments are all online and can be completed at times convenient for you.