Upcoming Events

    • 01/01/2020
    • (CST)
    • 06/30/2021
    • (CDT)

    Each year MSSWA hosts conference trainings to meet the unique learning and licensing needs of school social workers. MSSWA welcomes RFPs for potential workshops.

    • 10/01/2020
    • (CDT)
    • 10/02/2025
    • (CDT)

    Virtual Vendor/ Sponsorship would ALL receive:

    • Direct “thank you email” from MSSWA to all conference attendees of the virtual conference.
    • 2 Formal sponsor/vendor “thank you’ s” sent from MSSWA (one on our Facebook and one from our Twitter account).
    • Formal “verbal and slide recognition” at the conference to attendees (that include agency/company name and link to website of the vendor/sponsor).

    All Sponsors will additionally have these additional incentive/opportunities:

    • MSSWA will send/ include a 1-page flier (that will get sent to all attendees by MSSWA) included in our thanks to sponsors/vendor email.
    • MSSWA will read up to 5 sentences provided by sponsor (that will be read to all attendees during the slide recognition) at the conference to attendees.
    • Special sponsor conference reduced registration rate of $100.00 (for 1).

    • 01/29/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Virtual Training

    MSSWA Region 2B Virtual Meeting

    School Social Work Field Placements

    Presented by:

    Jennifer Parker and Laura Benesch, MSU Field Directors

    ● Will explain MSU BSSW and MSSW Programs

    ● Example of activities/projects students have done in the past in school settings

    ● Explain the benefits to hosting a practicum student and/or students

    DATE: Friday, January 29th, 2021

    TIME: From 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    ( Laura and Jennifer will talk from 1-2 pm and we will have resource sharing and consult from 2-3 pm)

    CEUS will be emailed to those who register and attend (virtually)!

    There will be prizes!

    LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Watch your email for a zoom link to be sent out the week of the event.

    REGISTER and Pay ON- LINE AT: MSSWA Region 2B Meeting -January 29th, 2021

    COST : MSSWA Region 2B Members: FREE

    MSSWA Members: (Non Region 2B): $10.00

    Others (Non MSSWA Members) wishing to attend: $20.00

    Please register and pay By/Before Wednesday, January 27th


    Contact: Michelle Halverson- michelle.halverson@sibleyeast.org OR

      Kris Madsen- kmadsen@isd2135.org

    • 03/10/2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual Online via Zoom Platform


          Minnesota School Social Workers Association Presents:

    The 18th Annual

    MSSWA Day at the Hill - Virtual

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

    Virtual Online via Zoom Platform

    2021 MSSWA Day on the Hill Brochure




    8:45-9:00…..Zoom Logon Opens

    9:00-9:15…..Christy McCoy, MSSWA Legislative Chair: Welcome, Introductions & Review of Day

    9:15-10:00...Keynote: Healing Centered Spaces: Why, Where and How!: Sheila Webb, MSW, LICSW; Judy Brown, MSW, LICSW; Kirsten Johnson. MSW, LGSW

    10:00-10:15...Legislative Priorities from MSSWA Lobbyist Brad Lundell and Christy McCoy


    10:25-10:45...Breakout Rooms - Networking discussions centered on strengthening the impact of our advocacy at the micro, meso and macro levels to ensure educational equity and to dismantle social injustices

    10:45-11:00..Large group share-out from small group discussions

    11:00-11:25...Meeting with Legislators

    11:25-11:30...Closing remarks and CEU’s


    Keynote Presentation: Healing Centered Spaces: Why, Where & How!

    Sheila Webb, MSW, LICSW; Judy Brown, MSW, LICSW; Kirsten Johnson, MSW, LGSW

    All presenters are Minneapolis Public Schools Social Workers

    Learning Objectives: Participants will acquire the knowledge & understanding of:

    1. Why Healing Centered Spaces are imperative to student engagement

    2. How the Healing Centered Engagement Approach is a “shift in the way we view trauma, it’s causes & it’s interventions”

    3. Where Healing Centered Spaces can be created

    4. How to create virtual and physical Healing Centered Spaces on-line, in our classrooms and in our homes

    For more information and questions, please contact  Tony Porter at mplstonyjoel@gmail.com or  (612) 803-2722

    Christy McCoy, MSW LICSW

    MSSWA Legislative Chair; SSWAA Board President

    Register here:  http://msswa.org/event-4104522

    or complete hard copy registration in the brochure, 
    Make checks payable to MSSWA and mail to* :

    MSSWA/Attn: Tony Porter

    762 Meyer Street N

    Maplewood, MN 55119

    * No cancellations or refunds after 3/5/21
    Register by March 5th, 2021

    • 04/05/2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom

    2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference   

    April 5th, 2021

    8:30am to 3:30pm     

    **Click HERE to Register NOW!!**

    AM and PM sessions will be recorded and registrants will have 30 days post conference to view the recording and still earn CEU's!

            7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools

    Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW

             **Click Here for 2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference Brochure**

    The 7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools is an introduction to the model of trauma informed care that SaintA has developed over the past ten years and has implemented across a variety of school environments. This training will provide concrete resources and strategies for school-wide practice.

    Part 1: Participants will be able to:

    1. Understand the use of trauma sensitive practice when applied to a multi-tiered approach

    2. Describe the prevalence of adverse experiences and the scope of their impact

    3. Define a trauma informed perspective and learn strategies to support a shift in the perspective of others

    4. Define how trauma affects the brain and influences development, behavior and learning

    Part 2: Participants will be able to:

    **Attendance of Part 1 is recommended before viewing Part 2. Participants in Part 2 will need prior exposure to trauma sensitive school content

    1. Learn school-wide regulatory practices that benefit all students

    2. Identify factors that enhance the capacity for positive relationships for students who have adverse experiences

    3. Describe how purpose, belonging and safety enhance student well-being

    4. Identify techniques that enhance caregiver capacity and connect them to client outcomes

    5. Identify action steps to create a trauma sensitive school environment for all students


    Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW, is the Vice President of Educational Services for SaintA, an agency that is leading the way in providing trauma informed care to children and families in Wisconsin. Since 1997, Sara has been collaborating with school districts and early care settings to provide consultation and training in working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues or behavioral challenges.  She oversees a continuum of services that provide for students, families and schools to support student success.  Sara is currently a senior coach and consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive School Initiative and the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Module Series https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules. She has worked with countess school districts nationwide and trained thousands of school staff on the 7ei of Trauma Sensitive Schools. Sara is also certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and is the leader of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Interface Master Trainer Project for the state of Wisconsin.

    6.5 CEU hours have been approved by the MN Board of Social Work.

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter




Past Events

01/01/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
11/11/2020 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - November 11th, 2020
10/26/2020 2020 MSSWA Virtual Fall Conference
09/25/2020 MSSWA Region 2B Fall Meeting
08/04/2020 Webinar: Warning Signs for Early Onset Mental Illness in Children
06/15/2020 2020 MSSWA "Virtual" Summer Institute
05/18/2020 Webinar: Dr. Jim Raines: Ethics in an Epidemic
05/11/2020 Webinar: Anne Gearity: More Than Surviving - During COVID-19
05/04/2020 Webinar: Self Care & Well-Being During COVID-19
03/04/2020 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2020
02/28/2020 MSSWA Region 2B Meeting
02/28/2020 MSSWA Region 1 Winter Meeting
02/10/2020 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting (Ethics) - February 6th, 2020
01/01/2020 School Social Worker of the Year Nomination
12/06/2019 MSSWA Region 1 Winter Meeting
11/08/2019 MSSWA Region 2B Meeting
10/28/2019 2019 MSSWA Fall Conference
09/23/2019 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - September 23rd, 2019
06/17/2019 2019 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/28/2019 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
05/10/2019 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
05/03/2019 MSSWA Region 2A & 2B Spring Meeting (2 CEU's)
03/05/2019 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2019
03/04/2019 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - March 4th 2019
02/22/2019 MSSWA Spring Conference 2019
02/08/2019 MSSWA Intensive Workshop Series for School Social Workers Featuring Anne Gearity, Part 2
01/11/2019 MSSWA Intensive Workshop Series for School Social Workers Featuring Anne Gearity, Part 1
01/07/2019 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - Winter 2019
11/30/2018 MSSWA Region 9 Fall Meeting
10/29/2018 MSSWA 50th Anniversary Party ONLY! (No Fall Conference Attendance)
10/28/2018 MSSWA 2018 Fall Conference PRE-CONFERENCE ONLY! FOR MSSWA MEMBERS ONLY (No Fall Conference Attendance)
10/28/2018 2018 MSSWA Fall Conference
06/18/2018 2018 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/03/2018 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2018
04/11/2018 MSSWA Spring Conference 2018
04/10/2018 MSSWA Region 4B Meeting
04/09/2018 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - Spring 2018
02/15/2018 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting
11/13/2017 2017 MSSWA Fall Conference
11/12/2017 MSSWA Fall 2017 Board Meeting
11/03/2017 MSSWA Region 5 Fall Meeting
10/26/2017 MSSWA Region 1 Fall Meeting
06/27/2017 MSSWA Board Summer Retreat
06/19/2017 2017 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/18/2017 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
04/26/2017 MSSWA Region 6 Meeting
04/11/2017 MSSWA Spring Conference 2017
04/10/2017 MSSWA Spring Board Meeting
03/31/2017 MSSWA Region 5 Spring Meeting
03/07/2017 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2017
01/28/2017 MSSWA Winter Board Meeting
01/19/2017 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting: REINVENTING HAPPY HOUR!
12/06/2016 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting: Film Viewing & Guided Discussion
12/01/2016 MSSWA Region 4A Meeting
11/29/2016 MSSWA Region 4B Meeting
11/06/2016 2016 MSSWA Fall Conference
11/06/2016 MSSWA Fall Board Meeting
11/04/2016 MSSWA Region 5 Fall Meeting
10/19/2016 Region 1 Fall Meeting
06/20/2016 2016 MSSWA Summer Institute
06/15/2016 MSSWA Board Summer Retreat
05/21/2016 MSSWA Finance & Membership Meeting
05/12/2016 MSSWA Region 6 Meeting
05/12/2016 Region 1 Spring Meeting and Ethics Training
04/11/2016 MSSWA Spring Conference 2016
04/05/2016 Region 8 Ethics Training and Regional Meeting
03/29/2016 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting: Exploitation and Trafficking Training
03/15/2016 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2016
01/06/2016 Rescheduled: ICD 10 Code Presentation - Free
12/08/2015 MSSWA Region 4B Meeting
12/01/2015 MSSWA Region 4A Meeting
11/01/2015 2015 MSSWA Fall Conference
10/21/2015 Region 9 Fall Meeting
10/12/2015 Region 8 Fall Meeting
10/08/2015 Region 1 Fall Meeting
09/28/2015 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting: Ethical Dilemmas For All
06/24/2015 2015 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/08/2015 MSSWA Region 3 Meeting
04/27/2015 Region 7 Spring Meeting
04/13/2015 MSSWA Spring Conference
04/12/2015 MSSWA Board Meeting
01/28/2015 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting
01/20/2015 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2015
12/12/2014 MSSWA Region 3 Meeting
11/03/2014 MSSWA Fall Conference
10/31/2014 Region 1 Fall Meeting

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Susanne Schroeder

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

Professional Development Chair
Dan Porter

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