The Webster Learning Collective

Episode 8: Rhoni Unger

May 24, 2021 Webster SOE Season 1 Episode 8
The Webster Learning Collective
Episode 8: Rhoni Unger
Show Notes


Content notice: Self-harm and suicidal ideation are discussed throughout this episode. See links to the National Suicide Prevention Line and the Self-Harm Crisis Text Line at the bottom of this description.

Rhonda (Rhoni) Bluehen-Unger is a graduate of Webster University’s MA in Applied Educational Psychology and she holds a graduate certificate in Fostering Resilience in "At Risk" Children and Youth. Rhoni has been a COVID-19 emotional health resource since August of 2020. At the time of this recording,  she worked as Trauma Care Coordinator for Lutheran Family and Children’s Services. Currently, Rhoni is working on opening a non-profit art studio in Franklin County called “Endangered Art” where trauma-trained staff will work with at-risk youth and use art as a healing tool.

Rhoni’s interview covers several important topics including:

·        How her Native American background influences her perspective on mental health and culturally informed practice

·        Trauma-informed care models for Missouri schools and behavioral signs of trauma

·        Bullying and mental health

Access links to resources discussed in Rhoni’s interview here:

-National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 

-National Self-Harm Crisis Text Line: US and Canada: text 741741 

-Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri: 

-CHADS Coalition for Mental Health (Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide): 


See the research project “An Exploration of Culturally Grounded Youth Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American and African American Youth” which Rhoni contributed to: