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Friday, October 6, 2017; 4—10 p.m. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 8 a.m.—5 p.m. 
3110 Student Union, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University credit  or CEUs or CECHs and/or professional development opportunities

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Research evolving from the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and 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.

Participants will:

  • Expand their understanding of how symptoms develop and eventually heal
  • Understand our bodies function as a communication system; symptoms are the body's attempt at communicating what is in distress and out of balance, and requirements for effective healing
  • Learn the theory and technique of integrative approaches to healing and how to work with the symptom
  • Explore evidence-based integrative treatment theory and methods that will be presented, defined, and demonstrated
  • Acquire tools to tap into the potential that integrative approaches offer and gain resources to further 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

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

Program information: Gary D. Gilmore, MPH, Ph.D., MCHES,


  • Experience a retreat-like atmosphere for professionals in the helping fields
  • Create a toolbox of resources to utilize when experiencing signs of burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Develop skills to creatively solve personal and professional challenges

DAY ONE | 4—10 p.m.


This workshop is an introductory exploration of the integration and practice of mindfulness for the general public and interested professionals.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the history and application of mindfulness through the ages
  • Explore applications for a variety of day-to-day life situations and gain insight on how to begin your own mindfulness practice
  • Learn how creating a mindfulness practice will benefit your overall health, well-being and relationships in your life

DAY TWO | 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

This day will be geared more for the practitioner. Topics include:

  • Deepening our intent of practice and professional training while we care for others
  • Attending to our own self and the experiences we encounter as we attend to others
  • Centering ourselves in our ethic of care

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


Continuing Education Units | Hours | University Credit

  • Non-credit program for 1.4 CEUs
  • 12 (Category 1) CECHs CHES/MCHES for Certified Health Education Specialists
  • 1 UG/GRAD credit option available

2017 Early registration fee: received on or before September 15, 2017

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

Regular registration fee: received thereafter

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

For questions or to register for the workshop: 
Continuing Education,  or 608.785.6500, 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:

Keely Rees, Ph.D., MCHES Keely Rees, Ph.D., MCHES, is starting her 19th year as professor of health education and is a Professor in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research has focused on prenatal care; exercise prescription and behaviors during and after pregnancy; social support for pre-conception and prenatal nutrition; tobacco use during pregnancy; and sexuality education and advocacy for young children, teens, and parents; and schools as community outreach for nutrition/exercise. Rees has been working with collaborative projects with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Global Partners of Gundersen Health System to provide education and advocacy with Native American youth and leaders. She has taught community and public health foundations courses; grantseeking; women’s health courses, trainings, and workshops in university, hospital, schools, locally and internationally identifying ways to better prepare health educators in the field. Rees’ education began with an undergraduate health education degree at the University of Minnesota- Morris (1994); graduate degree (M.S.) in exercise physiology and health behavior at South Dakota State University (1996), and Ph.D. in community health education at the University of New Mexico (1999).

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist with more than 31 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, WI and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, 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, that is ranked as a “best seller.”

University credit option:

1 UG/GRAD credit* offered

*University credit involves a practical application project and an additional fee.

HED 495/595, section 700
Friday, October 6, 2017; 4—10 p.m. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 8 a.m.—5 p.m. 
3110 Student Union, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

1 credit option is available at the UG/GRAD level. For additional information, please contact Briana Meuer 608.785.6513 or

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

UWL academic credit registration admission application directions

If you are not a current UWL 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.