Upcoming Events

    • 09/01/2021
    • 08/30/2022

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

    • 01/26/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Online via Zoom Platform

    MSSWA Region 11 Winter Meeting

    Topic: Youth Vaping & Drug Use

    Speaker: Annie Tepfer, Partnership for Success

    DATE: January 26, 2022

    TIME: From 2:00-3:15 p.m.

    LOCATION: Zoom


    Free for Region 11 Members

    $10.00 for all others


    CEU’S WILL BE emailed to participants.

    You must register by 1/21/22---REGISTER ONLINE AT:  



    Contact: Laura Foresman foresmanl@willmar.k12.mn.us or Melissa Sutlief -msutlief@browerville.k12.mn.us, Region 11 Co-Representatives

    • 02/28/2022
    • 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    2022 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference   

    Monday, February 28th, 2022

    8:15am to 3:45pm     

    Full day training on DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) -

    "DBT Skills, Tools and Techniques for School Settings"

    with Internationally Recognized Trainer and Author

    Dr. Lane Pederson, PSYD, LP, DBTC

    The Spring Conference will be recorded and registrants will have 30 days post conference to view the recording and still receive the CEU's, so if you can't attend the day of the conference, you can still attend on your own time!


    "DBT Skills, Tools and Techniques for School Settings"

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a practical therapy approach that helps people overcome problem behaviors and live more skillful lives.  Over the past three decades DBT has been used across a large number of treatment populations and settings, including with students of all ages in school settings.

    In this training, international trainer and author Dr. Lane Pederson will share the skills, tools, techniques, and philosophies that will empower students, therapists, teachers, and paraprofessionals to more skillful behaviors individually and as a school community. 

    You’ll learn:

            Philosophies that promote working together toward better outcomes

            Skills to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and have better relationships

            The best ways to change behaviors (that you don’t need to be a therapist to use)

            How to effectively consult with colleagues

    Learning Objectives:

            Practice the DBT assumptions and philosophies that promote effective treatment

            Use strategies to help students regulate emotions

            Teach distress tolerance techniques

            Implement the most effective behavior change strategies

            Learn how to use self-monitoring and behavior analysis tools

            Establish consultative guidelines to increase collaboration

    Dr. Pederson, PSYD, LP, DBTC, has provided DBT training and consultation to over 20,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East through his training and consultation company, Lane Pederson and Associates, LLC (www.DrLanePederson.com). Notable organizations he has trained for include Walter Reed National Military Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the US Navy, the Canadian Department of Defense, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Omid Foundation, and Psychotherapy Networker. He has provided DBT training for community mental health agencies, chemical dependency treatment centers, hospital and residential care settings, and to therapists in forensic settings.

    Dr. Pederson s DBT publications include the award-winning The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, Second Edition (PESI, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PESI, 2013). He also authored the best-selling DBT Deck for Clients and Therapists and the recently released DBT Skills-Building Card Deck for Clients and Therapists.

    A real world practitioner, Dr. Pederson co-owns Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the United States with five clinic locations in Minnesota (www.mhs-dbt.com). At MHS Dr. Pederson has developed DBT programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities. He has served as clinical and training directors, has directed practice-based clinical outcome studies, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients in need of intensive outpatient services. Dr. Pederson also co-owns Acacia Therapy and Health Training in South Africa (www.acaciatraining.co.za)

    Dr. Pederson currently serves on the advisory board for the doctoral counseling program at Saint Mary ’s University of Minnesota and is a peer reviewer for Forensic Scholars Today.

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

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter




    • 03/08/2022
    • 8:45 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Virtual Online via Zoom Platform



    The 19th Annual

    MSSWA Day at the Hill - Virtual

    Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

    Virtual Online via Zoom Platform




    8:30 - 8:45 Zoom Log In Opens

    8:45 - 9:00 Christy McCoy MSW LICSW, MSSWA Legislative Chair and SSWAA President - Welcome, Introductions and Review of the Day

    9:00 - 10:20 Keynote: School Social Workers as Nepantleras: Working for Racial Justice and Systemic Change; Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa

    This presentation will review the role of school social workers as advocates, bridge builders, and transformative leaders.  Schools have historically been a place of forced assimilation and reinforcement of racial and class inequities, but schools can also be a place of empowerment and transformation. School social workers play a key role in leading schools in this process and advocating at all levels given their knowledge of lived realities and systems on the ground. As our code of ethics states, social workers must take action against oppression, racism, discrimination, and inequities, and acknowledge personal privilege.

    1. Understand the possibilities and potential of the role of SSW’s as social justice advocates. 

    2. Understand the historical context and function of the public school system. 

    3. Learn strategies for using your positionality to enact systemic change and equitable practices. 

    Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa, is a professor at Dominican’s School of Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Chicago. She has 14 years experience as a school social worker and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her research focuses on Latinx and immigrant youth, school social work, international social work, and school equity.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International School Social Work Journal. Her recent book, School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in Schools, promotes school social work aligned with the national practice model with a special focus on an intersectional approach to diversity. Her current research projects focus on utilizing Photovoice with the Muslim/Arab American and Latinx communities as a tool for advocacy, and an immigrant student equity project focused on understanding the role of school social workers in supporting immigrant students. She provides professional development and consultation for clinicians, school social workers, university faculty, and other professionals in areas such trauma, ethics, truancy, cultural humility, equity, and inclusive education. 

    10:20 - 10:50 Small Group Breakouts - 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.  

    10:50 - 11:20 Large group share-out from small group discussions 

    11:20 - 11:30 Break

    11:30 - 11:45 MDE Director of Government Relations Adosh Unni

    11:45 - 12:00 Legislative Priorities from MSSWA Lobbyist Brad Lundell and Christy McCoy 

    12:00 - 12:15 Senator Nick Frentz - Tips for Talking to Your Legislator

    12:15 - 12:30 Small Breakouts to prepare for Meeting with Legislators 

    12:30 - 1:00 Meeting with Legislators from Senate/House Ed Committees

    1:00 - 1:15 Closing Remarks and CEU’s 







    • 03/29/2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom Platform

    MSSWA Region 10 Meeting

    Network, share resources, self-care, WIN A PRIZE & reconnecting…

    Networking hosted by Region 10 Representatives: Dan Porter & Cara McGlynn

    DATEMarch 29th 2022

    TIME: From 4:30-6:30 PM

    LOCATION: Chili’s 1800 Beam Ave. Maplewood, MN 55109


    4:30-6:30- Chili’s Check IN- We will have an area of the restaurant for us to sit together, look for a MSSWA SIGN

    • Bring a self-care resource to share and you will be entered into drawing for 25.00 gift card given at 5:30pm (Must be present to win)
    • Bring a school social work friend that is not a MSSWA member (if they sign up at the event) you BOTH win an extra prize

    Resources, networking FREE APPETIZERS (for Region 10 members that sign up prior to the event)

    EVERY Region 10 attendee WINS A PRIZE

    Stay as long as you like!

    COST: MSSWA Region 10 Members: FREE


    CEU’S WILL BE available at the event

    You must register by March 25th 2022---REGISTER ONLINE AT:  



    Contact: Dan Porter - danpporter@msn.com or Cara McGlynn -cmcglynn@916schools.org

Past Events

01/07/2022 MSSWA Region 8 & 9 Winter Meeting 1/07/22
11/09/2021 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - November 9th, 2021
11/09/2021 School Social Worker Social
10/28/2021 2021 VIRTUAL MSSWA/MIDWEST Fall Conference
06/30/2021 School Social Worker of the Year Nomination
06/21/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
06/16/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
06/14/2021 2021 MSSWA "Virtual" Summer Institute
04/30/2021 MSSWA Region 2B Spring Meeting
04/23/2021 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
04/14/2021 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - April 14th, 2021
04/05/2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference 2021
03/10/2021 MSSWA Virtual Day at the Hill 2021
02/02/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
01/29/2021 MSSWA Region 2B Winter Meeting
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

Sherry Murphy

Courtney Stenseth

Susanne Schroeder

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

Professional Development Chair
Dan Porter

Molly Fox

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

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