Kasia Wereszczynska ’06

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Alumna and USF adjunct faculty member Kasia Wereszczynska ’06 currently teaches an Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy class at USF. She recently attended the 58th Annual EB-ACA Conference in Budapest, Hungary, and gave two presentations based on her areas of expertise: “Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout-The Cost of Caring” and “Rising above: A multicultural approach to mentoring women towards successful careers in counseling and psychology.”

Wereszczynska, who holds M.A., LCPC and RYT credentials, has an extensive training and 15+ years’ experience in crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. She has provided counseling to a culturally diverse population serving the South Side of Chicago and the North Shore area. She has a history of working in various settings including the mental health court system, hospital emergency rooms, community mental health agencies, schools and both inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospital settings.

Recipient of USF’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Arts & Sciences, Wereszczynska is currently working in private practice and has hospital privileges at Chicago Behavioral Hospital. She is the past president of both the Chicago Counseling Association (CCA) and the Illinois Association of Multicultural Counseling (IAMC). She is the founder of In Her Shoes Foundation, a 501c(3) organization that brings together women of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, connect, educate and support the development and maintenance of a healthy and positive lifestyle. In addition to her courses at USF, she teaches at Oakton Community College and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.