Abby Cink, UMR Alumni 2017, holds a learning tool representing the Resilience, Well-being and Mental Health career pathway.

Resilience, Well-being and Mental Health

"I join with my patients in their fight against mental illness" - Abby Cink, '17

Resilience, Well-being and Mental Health

Achieving an ongoing balance among all of the elements that contribute to a robust and productive life is a skill that can be acquired through education and practice. Helping others find ways to integrate body, mind and spirit in healthy activities is an exciting and innovative career opportunity for many UMR students.

Making a difference in a key area of need, students who follow this Career Pathway might become:

    • addiction and recovery counselors
    • child life specialists
    • health and wellness coaches
    • integrative medicine practitioners
    • psychologists
    • social workers

        Featured Students

        Breann AhlmanBreann Ahlman, ‘14

        Degree: BSHS, Minor: Psychology
        Current Employment: Mental Health Clinician, Fitzgerald Counseling Group
        Hometown: Farmington, MN

        "My Capstone experience helped prepare me to get a better understanding of the connection between physical and mental health."

        Learn more about Breann's experience.

        Abby CinkAbby Cink, ‘17

        Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Psychiatric Technician, PrairieCare
        Hometown: Mason City, IA

        "These experiences taught me important lessons about leadership, adaptability and listening. I worked my senior year to expand how I thought about mental health and to work to educate others about mental health."

        Learn more about Abby's experience.

        Naomi HazardNaomi Hazard, ‘18

        Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Outpatient Therapist, Minnesota Mental Health Clinics
        Hometown: South Saint Paul, MN

        "Every class surrounds health care, and I found learning from professors in smaller class sizes was important to my experiences and education."

        Learn more about Naomi's experience.

        Emily JorgensonEmily Jorgenson, '16

        Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
        Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

        "My Capstone was also based solely on experiences I was passionate about. After various personal experiences with addiction and mental health in my own life, I knew I wanted to make an impact larger than myself."

        Learn more about Emily's experience.
        Tune into Emily's Beyond the Nest podcast episode.

        Sifa MosioriSifa Mosiori, ‘17

        Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Currently Pursuing Masters in Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Minnesota
        Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN

        "By exploring the mind, body and soul I was able to recognize my passion for psychology, and I’ve been able to explore that post graduation. Working in the mental health field, all those components of a person are important to understand how to help clients with their needs."

        Learn more about Sifa's experience.

        Mason Schlief, ‘20

        Mason Schlief Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Care Coordinator, Zumbro Valley Health Center
        Hometown: Lowry, MN

        "I traveled to Thailand for three weeks where I was able to learn about other ways of life and how they are connected to the things in my soil. This provided me with a new idea on what I wanted to do upon graduation and led me to collaborating with a UMR faculty member regarding creative ways to address the issue of mental health."

        Learn more about Mason's experience.
        Tune into Mason's Beyond the Nest podcast episode.

        Kristi Tauer, ‘18

        Kristi Tauer Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Clinical Case Manager, AiRCare Health
        Hometown: Prior Lake, MN

        "Through the Capstone process, I realized how expansive the health field is, and my strengths and passions fit into a career I previously did not know existed. I learned about the many areas of well-being, and how valuable individualized care can be. I fondly think back on my Capstone experience as the springboard into my future and the career I know I will love."

        Learn more about Kristi's experience.

        Kristin Trettell, ‘18

        Kristin Trettell Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Pre-licensed Therapist at Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy & Wellness
        Hometown: Anoka, MN

        "My Capstone allowed me to gain a new passion. Going into my Capstone, I was preparing to continue onto Physician Assistant school. I gained a sense of purpose and realization that counseling and therapy is what I am meant to do."

        Learn more about Kristin's experience.

        Monica Ziebell, ‘19

        Monica Ziebell Degree: BSHS
        Current Employment: Alcohol and Drug Counselor, NUWAY
        Hometown: Chaska, MN

        "My Capstone experience showed me the prevalence of co-occurring disorders which made me turn my attention to substance use disorders (SUD). Without understanding all parts of mental illness, addiction included, the revolving cycle cannot be stopped."

        Learn more about Monica's experience.
        Tune into Monica's Beyond the Nest podcast episode.

        Read more about UMR's featured Pathways students.

    Students pursuing the Resilience, Well-being and Mental Health Pathway have engaged in meaningful experiences such as these listed below.

    Current UMR students: reach out to your Student Success Coach for more information. 

    Prospective students: contact the Office of Admissions for more information. 

    Internships and volunteer opportunities allow you to gain valuable experience in a professional field. These opportunities help students develop marketable skills and competencies through hands-on experience, build a network of contacts and gain insight into a professional field. These experiences assist students in finding a career that aligns with personal and professional goals and passions.

    You will have various opportunities for employment during your undergraduate studies. The organizations listed below are good places to explore employment opportunities.

    As a student in health sciences, you will have many opportunities to participate in research. Below is a list of previous research experiences students in the Resilience, Well-being and Mental Health pathway have participated in.

    On Campus:

    Addiction in the Media

    Dr. Molly Dingel

    Social Movements

    Dr. Molly Dingel

    Research in empirical Bioethics of causes & perceptions of addiction

    Dr. Molly Dingel

    Women's health and health care disparities

    Dr. Marcia Nichols

    Qualitative study in women's health/body perception

    Dr. Marcia Nichols

    Understand anxiety disorder and the variety of treatments available

    Dr. James Winchip


    Visit the faculty directory for more.


    There are other avenues to pursue this pathway, such as:

      • LLC: Healthy Living Learning Community
      • Student Groups
      • To Write Love on Her Arms
      • SASHA (Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness) 
      • Student representation on Chancellor’s Committee to Prevent Sexual Misconduct
      • Mental Health First Aid
      • Winona State Social Work Weekly Gathering

    Study Away/Global Travel Experiences