2021 MSSWA "Virtual" Summer Institute

  • 06/14/2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • 06/16/2021
  • 12:30 PM
  • Online Webinar - Link to be provided on Friday, June 12th


  • Early Bird (Includes MSSWA Membership @ $65)
  • Includes $65 MSSWA Membership
  • (Does NOT include MSSWA membership)
  • (Organization must already be registered as a conference sponsor. This rate available for 1 representative)
  • Includes Affiliate Membership
  • (must register as a student member of MSSWA & attach copy of student ID with your registration)



The 19th Annual Minnesota School Social Workers Association Virtual Summer Institute 

June 14—16, 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic MSSWA has made the difficult decision to not hold the Summer Institute as an In-Person training, but we are excited to be able to offer our full agenda in an ON-LINE WEBINAR FORMAT. Registered attendees will have 30 days to view individual recorded sessions, if you are unable to view the live webinar at the scheduled times.

Full Day Session Information (Tuesday, June 15th):

Utilizing the National Curriculum for Comprehensive School Mental Health to Support All Students: Mark Sander, PsyD & Cheryl Holm-Hansen, PhD

Learn about how to support ALL students with their social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health needs by implementing the Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems Curriculum. Developed by the National Center for School Mental Health, this curriculum provides a roadmap for implementing a comprehensive approach to support the mental health and social emotional needs of all students. The presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum, demonstrate ways that the curriculum could benefit your students, and recommend strategies for getting started with the framework in your school.

Now more than ever it is critical that schools and school districts develop an effective and strategic plan to address the mental health and social emotional needs for their students. Every year more than 1 in 5 students have the symptoms of a mental health disorder and yet only about 20% get the care and support that they need to grow and thrive. There are numerous evidence based interventions and programs to support and enhance students’ mental health but often schools, school districts and mental health providers don’t know how to implement a comprehensive program that can address the needs of all students. Over the past 15 years, there has been tremendous growth in school mental health across MN with therapists in over 1100 schools. With this growth comes the opportunity to develop and expand Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems which integrate social emotional learning (SEL) interventions, practices, and programs with Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/PBIS) and school mental health supports. This presentation will outline a roadmap for how mental health providers and educational systems can more effectively partner to support students’ wellbeing and educational growth by implementing this curriculum that helps schools support the whole child. This presentation will share the National Curriculum on “Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems” developed by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC) funded by SAMHSA. This curriculum outlines the critical components of an effective school mental health program to meet the needs of all students. The presenters will discuss the curriculum and share examples of how to implement the curriculum in local schools and school districts. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participant will being able to name the 8 components of the Comprehensive School Mental Health Curriculum.
  • Participants will be able to develop more effective systems and programs to support the mental health and SEL needs of their students.
  • Participants will have a strategic plan to guide them in meeting the mental health needs of students with tools to help them assess and monitor their progress.


Dr. Mark Sander, PsyD, is the Co-Director of the Midwest Center for School Mental Health. He is also a Senior Clinical Psychologist for Hennepin County and the Director of School Mental Health for Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is a Certified Master Training on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and a Visiting Scholar at Wilder Research. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Board Member for the MN Trauma Project. Dr. Sander has published journal articles and book chapters on school mental health and has presented extensively on school mental health and ACEs and developing trauma sensitive schools at local, state and national conferences.

Dr. Cheryl Holm-Hansen, PhD, is the other Co-Director of the Midwest Center for School Mental Health. She is a community psychologist with 30 years of experience conducting community-based research related to children’s mental health, including a primary focus on school-based mental health services. Dr. Holm-Hansen has conducted many evaluation and research projects designed to help schools, mental health providers, and local/state governments understand community needs, develop effective services, build stronger systems, and demonstrate impact. She previously served as a Senior Research Manager at Wilder Research for 21 years.

We will also have a viewing of the movie, "Children's Mental Health: THE WHOLE STORY, as well as a presentation on ACES.

Additional Agenda and Speakers will be Announced Soon, so Stay Tuned for Additional Information!

(Details will be posted here when available)

Conference Questions?


Tony Porter




Dan Porter



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software