Community Health Programs
University Credit  or CEUs or CECHs and/or Professional Development Opportunities

2015 The Body Speaks:
Are You Listening? The Power of Integrative Approaches to Wellness and Healing

Picture of woman reaching up to the sky.HED 495/595, Section 700
Friday, January 30, 2015; 4-10 p.m.
Saturday, January 31, 2015; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Port O'Call, Cartwright Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The research evolving from the fields of Psychoneuroimmunology, psychobiology, are deepening our understanding of how the body and mind work together to generate the healing response. This workshop presents the latest scientific findings and evidence-based treatment methods in the field of integrative approaches to health and healing. You will expand your understanding about how symptoms develop and eventually heal. You will learn that integrative approaches are based upon the understanding that our bodies are also a communication system; and how symptoms are the body’s attempt at communicating what is in distress and out of balance, as well as what is needed for effective healing. Participants will learn the theory and technique of integrative approaches to healing and how to work with the symptom. Evidence-based integrative treatment theory and methods will be defined, presented, and demonstrated. You will leave this workshop with tools to help you tap into the potential that integrative approaches offer that will provide the resources to further your personal and professional growth. 


  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Public health educators
  • School health educators
  • School teachers and nurses
  • AODA counselors
  • Massage therapists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Wellness coaches
  • Health coaches
  • Students
  • Interested public
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Personal trainers
  • Exercise specialists


  • Identify the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate integrative practices for self and clients.
  • Distinguish and explore foundational concepts of integrative practice and research: does it work? And why?
  • Cultivate the skills of appraisal in the application of integrative theory into practice.
  • Examine and contrast traditional and integrative histories of practice.
  • Identify and discuss evidence-based approaches (such as mindfulness, meditation, guided imagery, nutrition, “movement therapies”), and how they contribute to the clients wellness and healing.
  • Examine ways to bring an integrative mind-set to the working environment in hopes of making the clinical work place more humane and responsive to the needs of practitioners and clients.

Group of people doing yoga.DAY ONE | 4-10 p.m.

This workshop is an introductory exploration of the integration and practice of mindfulness for the general public and the interested professional. We will discuss the history and application of mindfulness through the ages. We will explore applications for a variety of day-today life situations and how to begin your own mindfulness practice. You will learn about how creating a mindfulness practice will benefit your overall health and well-being, as well as benefiting the relationships in your life.  

DAY TWO | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

This day will be geared more for the practitioner. This class will explore:

  • How can we deepen our intent of practice and professional training while we care for others?
  • How do we attend to our own self and the experiences we encounter as we attend to others?
  • How can we center ourselves in our ethic of care?

The entire workshop will explore these questions and more, using integrative practices in both the personal and clinical setting.

Printable brochure (2 page PDF)


Early Registration Fee: received on or before Jan. 5, 2015

  • $269, includes break items on Friday, and lunch on Saturday, and 1.4 CEUs or 12 Category 1 CECHs for health educators.
  • Tuition, plus additional fees, for University (GRAD/UG) CREDIT Option.

Regular Registration Fee: received after Jan. 5, 2015

  • $279, includes break items on Friday, and lunch on Saturday, and 1.4 CEUs or 12 Category 1 CECHs for health educators.
  • Tuition, plus additional fees, for University (GRAD/UG) CREDIT Option.

Registration Deadline: For planning purposes, please register as soon as possible.


  • Non-credit program for 1.4 CEUs
  • 12 Category 1 CECH units for Certified Health Education Specialists
  • One academic undergraduate credit*
  • One academic graduate credit*

Register Online for Workshop

For questions or to register for the workshop:
Karen DeSchepper, or 608.785.6508, toll-free 1.866.895.9233

Cancellation Policy: Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $25 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

Registration implies permission for photos, publicity and inclusion in a participant list, unless Continuing Education/Extension is notified in writing prior to the program:

Sponsored by Community Health Programming Unit, Continuing Education and Extension.

*Academic credit involves a practical application project and an additional fee:
In partnership with the Wisconsin Health Education Network (WHEN), a 1-credit option is available at the undergraduate or graduate level. For additional information, please contact Briana Meuer 608.785.6513 or

Online UW-L admission application, registration and payment for credit are separate and in addition to workshop registration and payment.

UW-L Academic Credit Online Application Directions (3 page PDF)

If you are not a current UW-L student, you must complete the online application for admission and pay a $100 deposit before enrolling through WINGS. For questions regarding credit registration or further assistance, contact Briana Meuer at or 608.785.6513.

A $15 Registration Fee/semester and a $2/credit D2L (Desire2Learn) Fee is assessed to all undergraduate and graduate students each semester.

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.


Keely Rees, Ph.D. CHESKeely Rees, Ph.D., is in her in eighth year in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Rees’ research has focused on numerous issues in the field of maternal and child health for over 13 years. Her research has focused on prenatal care, exercise prescription and behaviors during and after pregnancy, pre-conception and prenatal nutrition, tobacco use during pregnancy, and sexuality education and advocacy for young children, teens, and parents. Rees has taught women’s health courses, trainings, and workshops in universities, hospitals, schools locally, and has taught internationally with other universities, researchers, and organizations identifying ways to better prepare health educators in the field of health education. Keely teaches and researches contemplative practices in the classroom, community settings and workshops locally and nationally as a way for parents, educators, and individuals to find more peace and joy in their daily lives. Rees’ education began with an undergraduate health education degree at the University of Minnesota-Morris (1994); graduate degree (M.S.) in exercise physiology & health behavior at South Dakota State University (1996), and Ph.D. in community health education at the University of New Mexico (1999). She became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) the spring of 1999. She lives in La Crosse with her partner Curt Rees, eight year old son Gavin and five year old daughter Harper. Her love of the outdoors includes canoeing, fishing, gardening, skiing, snow shoeing and riding their 32 year old horse, Ibn.

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFTThomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist with more than 30 years experience, Roberts has worked in a variety of settings from inpatient addiction treatment programs to his present private practice, where he specializes in hypnotherapy and mindfulness therapy with particular emphasis on his unique approach to mind-body healing. He holds licenses as an Independent Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist, and is certified as a Fellow with the National Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists, a Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association and as an Addictions Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. The author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009), Roberts regularly presents at training sessions, workshops and retreats at local, regional and national levels. He is adjunct professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., where he teaches students mind-body healing, integrative medicine, mindfulness, and a variety of other related topics. He also has an online course, Mindfulness: The Healing power of Compassionate Presence, where his online class is ranked as a “best seller.”

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