Marian University professors named closing speakers for mental health event

October 4, 2019

Marian University professors Dr. Amy Hennings and Dr. Leslie Jaber-Wilson have been named the closing speakers for U First: Building Resilience in the Helping Professional to be held Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Fond du Lac and Marian University’s Student Social Work Association, the event is geared towards individuals who serve others and are looking for ways to manage secondary trauma. Held in the Marian University Stayer Center, registration runs 7:45am-8:15am, followed by three individual speakers and the two Marian faculty. Participants can earn 4 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) approved through the social work program.

Hennings is an associate professor in Psychology and is currently the chair of the Psychology Program, as well as being a member of the Social, Behavioral and Forensic Sciences Department. Additionally, she works in a clinical supervisory role with a local foster care agency.

Jaber-Wilson is a professor and the program director of the Social Work Program. She continues to work in the field as the executive director of a private foster care agency and serves on the executive board of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education.

The pair will discuss how to focus on building resilience skills for mental health professionals and family members who serve high-risk and trauma populations in order to reduce the risk of vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Other speakers and topics will be:

  • Alyssa Muchka, full-time healthcare worker and youth ministry volunteer, discussing why giving attention to mental illness is vital and why success and accomplishment are not synonymous to mental wellness.
  • Kimberly Galske, Director of Salute the Troops and Mrs. Wisconsin, speaking on having a better understanding of the transition from military life to civilian life, how to better identify suicidal behaviors and how to better assist non-profits that deal with trauma.
  • Chris Prochut, the 2017 Mental Health America-Wisconsin HOPES Award recipient for his achievements in advancing suicide prevention in law enforcement, addressing the warning signs of suicide and depression, the resources available for officers in crisis, and the overall stigma surrounding mental health.

The event concludes at 12:30 p.m.

Early registration at namifonddulac.org/u-first is $35, or $40 after Oct. 23. For more information contact Tony Sabel at 920-979-0512.