Speaking Engagements

Greater Minnesota Family Services' speakers give customized presentations that focus on the most important points for your group or organization.  To Learn more or to schedule a presentation or training please call:  320-214-9692 or contact our speakers directly as listed: 

Mental Health, "Healing the Healer', Wellness, Leadership & Poetry

Presenter:  George Dubie, CEO, M.Div., M.S. Licensed Psychologist

FEES:  George just asks for a donation to our GMFS Children's Foundation called "GM Gives", and travel/lodging if applicable.

Information about presentations on topics from the book George authored, GETTING THE MOST AND GIVING THE MOST, Why Self-Help Books Don't Work, is available here.

George has over thirty years of experience as co-founder and director of Greater Minnesota Family Services.  Prior to his work as CEO with GMFS, George provided services as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and program manager in a number of human service agencies, and served as pastor for several years in a parish in rural Minnesota.  George holds a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Mankato State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

George is married, has four children, and is a wellness nut, writer, and poet.  He has recently finished his first book, GETTING THE MOST, GIVING THE MOST, What Truly Motivates The Human Heart, -- a self-help book about why self-help books do not necessarily work.   

George is an inspirational speaker and guide with over 35 years experience of professional speaking.   He has recently presented workshops on material from his book and is excited about teaching on a variety of topics including those listed below. 

  • WELLNESS (Self Care) "Why Willpower Won't Work"
  • W.E.L.L (TM) Program "Weightloss for Effective Lasting Lifestyles.  Why we need more than 'Willpower' to lose weight and keep it off.
  • "HEALING THE HEALER Awakening the Heart, in the Healing Arts." A 1 Day Training (or 2 or 3 day retreat) for anyone in human services.  Healing the Healer is about tending to our own inner Psychological life, because that directly impacts how well we live, and the level of care we give to our clients (what is now called a 'Reflective' approach to guide human services staff).
  • MENTAL HEALTH Topics include Children & Adult Mental Health, with a special focus on Depression, or Anxiety, or Traumatic Childhood Experiences, or Substance Use Disorder.
  • Executive Leadership
  • Effective Non-Profit Management
  • Supervision of Staff
  • Self-Managing Teams
  • POETRY George also loves to Recite various Poems (Not Read them, but Recite them) and lead Discussions about their possible meanings.


Contact George Dubie by phone: 320-894-5073 (please leave message), or by email: gdubie@greaterminnesota.org

Cultural Development and Mental Health Topics

Presenter:  Wendell Veurink, M.Div.

Wendell has a Masters in Divinity with a counseling emphasis.   He has over 35 years of experience working in the human service field and as a public speaker offering training on a variety of topics.   Wendell has provided mental health services with Greater Minnesota Family Services for the last twelve years.  He offers presentations on:

  • Poverty and its effects on children and families
  • The Circle of Courage
  • Crisis Intervention
  • “Rap” a reclaiming youth at risk curriculum
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences, (ACES)
  • Trauma-informed care


Contact Wendell Veurink at 320-894-9370 or by email: wveurink@greaterminnesota.org