Upcoming Events

    • 07/27/2017
    • 05/01/2018

    Each June, the Minnesota School Social Work Association selects a school social worker who reflects the highest professional standards, demonstrates creative leadership and service within the professional and the wider community.  

    School social workers can be a vital link in coordinating student services between school, family and community. We would appreciate you making us aware of an individual who you believe is exceptional in their social work practice and who has made significant contributions in the service of children and families.

    Please keep the following things in mind when considering a school social worker for the nomination:

    • Currently employed as a School Social Worker
    • Minnesota School Social Workers’ Association Member
    • Professional Competency
    • School Involvement
    • Involvement in the Wider Community

    • 07/28/2017
    • 07/28/2018

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

    • 10/26/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Roosevelt School, 122 East McKinley Street, Owatonna, MN

         MSSWA FALL Meeting

    Strengthening Your Macro Practice

    Christy McCoy, LICSW 

    1.5  CEUs

    Participants will build an understanding of the value and necessary of macro advocacy, receive updates regarding legislative issues impacting our students and families, learn tools to reach beyond your advocacy comfort zone.

    Christy is an energetic and passionate speaker and very knowledgeable in macro practice.  Don’t miss this chance to learn what is happening in legislation and how it impacts our profession. 

    When: October 26, 2017

    Where:  Roosevelt School, 122 East McKinley, Owatonna

    Time:  2:00 pm-4:00 pm                                                  

    RSVP: http://www.msswa.org/event-2674180


    A light lunch will be provided

          Door Prizes will be given

           Hope to see you there!

    For questions contact:

    awarner@owatonna.k12.mn.us   or   amy.brouwers@schools.org 

    • 11/03/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • The Davis Center/Assembly Room, 1250 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411



    Minnesota School Social

    Workers Association (MSSWA)

    Region 5 Fall Meeting

    Please join us for an informative presentation by Dave Wilmes:

    Engaging and Understanding Youth with Challenging Behaviors

    David Wilmes has over 40 years of experience in the field of early intervention with youth whose behavior puts them at risk for being criminalized, pathologized or ostracized from the critical community-based resources that promote healthy youth development. He has authored numerous books, papers, curricula, and evaluation tools to help parents and professionals increase their capacity to engage youth with challenging behaviors. While Mr. Wilmes consults with and has worked with many treatment and correctional facilities, his most fundamental belief is that real growth and resilience primarily happens in the community and usually within the context of family, neighborhood, and school.

    8:00-10:00 am

    The Davis Center/Assembly Room

    1250 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411

    2 CEU Available

    MPS Employees Register on eCompass

    Register on eCompass  Course #90349  Section #110675

    Others register at:  http://www.msswa.org/event-2686204

    For questions contact:

    jennifer.frisbie@mpls.k12.mn.us or kelly.arrington@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Region 5 Co-representatives

    Print the flyer

    With every school social worker in the state of Minnesota joining MSSWA and providing quality services to Minnesota students, we can make a difference in our schools and be leaders statewide through our legislative efforts.


    • 11/12/2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sheraton Minneapolis West

    • 11/13/2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 11/14/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sheraton Mpls West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN

        2017 Annual MSSWA Fall Conference 

    November 13-14, 2017

    "Diversity is our Core"


    Monday, November 13th, 2017   

    Welcome/Conference Opens

    7:30am to 8:30am Registration/Vendor & Exhibition Exploration

    8:30am to 8:40am  Welcome & Overview

    8:40am - 11:00 am 

    Keynote:  What is the Matter With Diversity?  Raj Sethuraju, PhD

    11:00 am - 12:10 pm  MSSWA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

    12:10pm to 12:30pm Vendor & Exhibitor Exploration 

    & Silent Auction Opens

    Session 1 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

              1A  Messy Conversations About Matters That Matter

              1B  Trauma Informed Approach to Risk Management

    1C Must Knows For New School Social Workers

    1D Drafted to Serve: Supporting Unique, Diverse & Resilient Military Students


    Session 2 - 2:15 - 3:45 pm

              2A  "Chasing the Dragon: The Life os an Opiate Addict" Film & Train the Trainer Session

              2B  DBT: Basics and Beyond

    2C Teen Depression Awareness

    2D Ethical Decision Making in Schools


               3:45pm CEU's, Silent Auction Payments, Vendor Bingo and #Hashtag Picture Winners Posted


    Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 

    Session 3 - 8:30am - 10:00 am

    3A  "Very Young Girls" Film & Discussion

    3B  Adapting Evidence-Based Practice for Diverse Populations

    3C  Autism and Attachment: Together at Last 

    3D A Thousand Days: Helping Kids Tell Their Stories in 25 Minutes a Week 

    Session 4 - 10:15 am - 11:45 am

    4A  Sex Trafficking in MN: What School Social Workers Can do to Help Prevent & Respond (Part 1)

    4B  Understanding & Supporting Gender Diversity in Schools   (Part 1)

    4C  Trauma, Executive Functioning and Learning

    4D  "Children's Mental Health: The Whole Story" Film & Discussion

    Lunch on Your Own - 11:45am - 1:00 pm

    Session 5 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm

    5A  Sex Trafficking in MN: What School Social Workers Can do to Help Prevent & Respond (Part 2)

    5B  Understanding & Supporting Gender Diversity in Schools   (Part 2)

    5C  Identifying & Challenging Racist & Classist Discourse & Practice Among Students, Colleagues & Parents: Ethical Challenges for School Social Workers

    3:00  Evaluations/CEU's, Prize Drawing for Networking Bingo Winners and Nametag Descriptor Game Winner


    Up to 11 CEU's available for this conference

    2017 Fall Conference Brochure.pdf

Past Events

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

Liz Kruger-Hommerding

Nancy VanHorne

Christy McCoy

Susanne Schroeder

Professional Development Chair
Dan Porter

If you are having difficulty with your on-line membership or conference registration, please contact Susanne Schroeder - schfam@charter.net

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