Isn’t it interesting when you can look back on your life and see threads of pain and purpose? I find it fascinating.Training

It reminds me that God is always at work even when we can’t see it.

Over the years, I’ve experienced a number of painful situations and received healing. I’ve also received training for helping others through different means.¬†

Below are various aspects of my personal and professional history as it relates to emotional health and spiritual growth. While I am not a clinical, licensed counselor, my training and experience can help Christians in a unique way. 

After years of being a homeschool mom, running a ministry, and foster parenting, I have returned to my passion to help others through practical application of spiritual needs.

Training and Experience


  • B.S. Psychology at Mankato State University, MN
    • Minor in Special Ed.
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • Psi Chi Honors Society


Jolene is not a certified, clinical counselor. As such, she will refer counseling needs to those with further training. 

  • Life Breakthrough Coach via Life Breakthrough Academy


Jolene continues to receive training via counseling courses. These are typcially geared towards CE/CEU credit or the contribution of a degree or certification. She does not pursue official credit as she is not a licensed, clinical counselor. If CE Credit was available, it is listed below.

  • More Than Counseling – Level I (Center for Relational Care, Austin TX) [12 CE Credit Hours]
  • Foster Parenting Training
    • Required training and follow-up training while fostering/



Jolene’s experiences range from personal trauma and healing to involvement with various programs and ministries over the years.

  • Eclipse Crises Hotline¬†
    • College volunteer
    • Trained by Crises Center
    • Responsible for answering calls from people in crises, including the mentally ill.
    • Provided listening and guidance towards further assistance based on needs
  • Wilson Center: Psychiatric Treatment Facility for Adolescents

    • Live-in Foster Parent on Agency-Owned Ranch
      • Managed home with up to twelve children, including five to nine foster children.
      • Fourteen months fostering on ranch, one month in personal home



    Jolene’s writing has been featured on various contributor and guest sites.¬†


    She has also been published in the following:

    A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess by the (in)Courage community

    A Moment to Breathe is a compilation devotional that speaks to the heart of weary and messy lives. Jolene’s five devotionals include:

    • Day 72: Finding God in a Deserted Heart
    • Day 129: Finding Joy
    • Day 160: Can I Just Have a Normal Life?
    • Day 215: The Prayers We Neglect
    • Day 349: Shaped Not Scorched


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