The Student Counseling Center has an advisory committee that meets at least once a semester. Members of the committee represent different aspects of mental health related service areas and resources for our students. The purpose of the committee is to stay current on what resources are available within the community, best practices, and the latest training and education opportunities.
Sara Schwatken, PhD
Authentic Therapy of Iowa
805 Central Ave, Suite 517
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Dr. Sara Schwatken received her doctorate from Iowa State University and has received specialized training in eating disorder treatment from the Charis Center for Eating Disorders. Sara welcomes all individuals ages 13 and older to her private practice and especially enjoys assisting those with relationship concerns, anxiety, trauma/abuse and identity concerns. She provides a supportive, compassionate and direct relationship in which clients have the opportunity to feel safe and validated. In her spare time, Sara loves to cook, tour local wineries and dabbles in DIY home improvement.
Tacey Arens, MS, CRC
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Two Triton Circle – Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Tacey Arens is a Counselor with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services located on the ICCC campus in the IowaWORKS building. She has worked with the agency for 6 years – first as an Associate and now as a Counselor after completing her Master’s degree. Voc-Rehab helps students in special ed and adults with limitations to develop a plan for college and/or employment. There are multiple services they can provide: career counseling and guidance, career assessment, job readiness training, job seeking skills, job coaching and supported employment services (if eligible for these), accommodations and job placement.
Wanda Pritzel, LISW
Director of Congregational Services & Ministry Support
Lutheran Family Service
Administrative Office 409 Kenyon Road, Suite C
Wanda Pritzel serves as the Director of Congregational Services and Ministry Support for Lutheran Family Service. In this position, she provides oversight for the family life education outreach, focusing on healthy marriage and strong youth, as well as efforts to raise awareness and support for LFS’ mission. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with an emphasis in Rural Community Mental Health. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
County Social Services – Webster
Ken started with Webster County in 2003 as Assistant to the Central Point of Coordination (CPC) Administrator. In 2012 he took on the role of Webster County Community Services Director and Coordinator of Disability Services. He oversee the Community Services Department for the county which includes a case management unit, general assistance and a county social worker. He received an AA degree from Iowa Central Community College in 1972 and followed that with a Bachelors Degree in 1974 and a Masters in 1999 from Iowa State University. “Go Cyclones!”
Current work projects include: 1) Working toward the establishment of a jail alternatives program for Webster County for persons with mental illness, 2) supporting individuals with disabilities to establish a peer run independent living center for Webster County and the surrounding area Ken believes that each of us have an opportunity to leave a legacy to those who follow us in this world. He really enjoys teaching, encouraging and mentoring young people. Faith, Family and Friendships are keys to developing a world view that leads to impacting our world in a positive way.
Ken is married with three grown children and six grandchildren.