Research webinar: Identifying bottlenecks and roadblocks in the rural mental health career pipeline

On Tuesday, February 14th, 2:30-4:00pm, the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Minnesota State University, Mankato – Center for Rural Behavioral Health provided an overview of their new report on the rural mental health workforce and had an in-depth discussion with panelists directly involved in rural mental health.

Panelists Included:

Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC

Associate Professor, Department of Health Science

Director- Center for Rural Behavioral Health

College of Allied Health and Nursing

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Tracie Rutherford Self, PhD, LMHC

Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Student Personnel

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Jinny Palen, Executive Director
Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs


Andrew Larson, Owner/Director

Northstar Counseling, Hutchinson


Marnie Werner, VP of Research & Operations
Center for Rural Policy & Development


Moderated by:

Kate Raddatz
Senior Principal
Park Street Public