Upcoming Events

    • 10/28/2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • 10/30/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Sheraton Mpls West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN

        2018 Annual MSSWA Fall Conference 

    October 28-30, 2018

    "50 Years...500 Strong"


    Monday, October 29th, 2018   

    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:  Using History to Propel School Social Work into the Future; Michelle Alvarez, MSW, EdD & Christy McCoy, MSW, LICSW

    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 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

              1A  Exceptional Leaders, Exceptional Learners

              1B  "We Can Smile": Experiencing Compassion Satisfaction in the Midst of This Work We Do

    1C ACE Interface Understanding N.E.A.R. (Neuroscience Epigenetics Adverse Childhood Experiences Resilience)

    1D Restorative Practice/Circle and Ways the Practices Can be Applied to those of African Descent as Well as the Lives of Individuals From Other Cultures That Bring Health and Healing to Mental Health Well-Being of Individuals (Part 1 of 2)


    Session 2 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm

              2A  Ethical School Social Work Practice Using Technology (2:15pm-4:15pm)

              2B  What Your Students Wish You Knew

    2C Debriefing as an Organizational Support for Self-Care

    2D Restorative Practice/Circle and Ways the Practices Can be Applied to those of African Descent as Well as the Lives of Individuals From Other Cultures That Bring Health and Healing to Mental Health Well-Being of Individuals (Part 2 of 2)


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

     6:00pm to 10pm MSSWA 50th Anniversary Celebration! (Additional $25 Fee Applies)


    Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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

    3A  Third Party Billing and Mental Health Services: Things You May Not Know

    3B  "Very Young Girls" Film Showing

    3C  7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools (Part 1 of 2)

    3D Must Knows for New School Social Workers

    Session 4 - 10:15am - 12:15pm

    4A  MSSWA Suicide Prevention & Awareness: Train the Trainer

    4B  Getting Through to Angry Students: Finding the Sea of Tranquility in the Storm of Anger

    4C  7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools (Part 2 of 2)

    4D  Strengthening Our Advocacy Skills to be Effective Agents of Change: The Necessity of Macro Practice in School Social Work

    Lunch (Included) - 12:15pm - 1:15 pm

    Session 5 - 1:15pm - 3:15pm

    5A  Ethics and Autism

    5B  My Journey on the Autism Spectrum: What Everyone Needs to Know About Autism From Someone Who Lives With It

    5C  Implementing Restorative Practices in the Classroom With Special & Regular Ed Populations - Hands On!

    3:15pm  Evaluations/CEU's, Prize Drawing for Networking Bingo Winners


    Up to 16 CEU's available for this conference

    2018 Fall Conference Brochure.pdf

    • 10/28/2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN

    Pre-Conference: “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” Film & Discussion to Follow: Charlene Myklebust, PsyD, & Dan Porter, MSW, LICSW Clinical Content - Post test available

    RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. "The child may not remember, but the body remembers." The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what's predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they're using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

     Resiliency Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We2BqmjHN0k&t=5s&pbjreload=10

    Resiliency Website: https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/

    4:00pm to 4:30pm   Pre-Conference Registration

    4:30pm to 6:30pm   Pre-Conference Session 

    6:30pm                      Check Out/Evaluations/CEU's



    • 10/29/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN

    MSSWA 50th Anniversary Celebration Party!

    Please join us for a celebration of MSSWA's 50 years and in honoring MSSWA's Leaders!

    Monday, October 29th, 2018, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    Hearty Appetizers and Cake

    Short Program

    Celebration party with music, networking, cash bar and fun!


    Past Presidents of MSSWA: FREE!

    Current MSSWA Board Members: FREE!

    All Other Guests: $25 (If registering to attend the Fall Conference this should be added in your conference registration process, not here)

    • 11/30/2018
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lake Agassiz Regional Library 118 5th Street South Moorhead, MN 56560


    MSSWA Region 9 Meeting:

    Ethical Dilemmas for All! Decision Making for Mental Health Practitioners and Professionals: Using the NASW Code of Ethics & A Decision Making Model

    Dan Porter, MSW, LICSW

    November 30, 2018

    10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


    Pizza, beverages, and prizes included!


    Moorhead Library

    Lake Agassiz Regional Library

    118 5th Street South

    Moorhead, MN  56560


    MSSWA Region 9 Members: FREE (if registered by 11/23/18)

    MSSWA Members from Other Regions: $20.00

    Non-MSSWA Members: $50.00

    *** Must pre-register, anyone not pre-registered/ paid in advance (by 11/23) will be charged a late fee of $10.00 at the door***



    10:30-11:00 - registration/ check in/ snacks

    11:00-11:15 – Overview of MSSWA and benefits

    11:15-1:15 - Ethics training

    1:15-2:00- evaluation/ CEU’s/ door prizes


    This Conference session will fine-tune your skills in ethical decision making. Attendees will work in small groups discussing ethical dilemmas that are based on actual ethical scenarios. Presenter will facilitate the discussion around the ethical dilemmas and introduce a decision making model. Attendees will utilize the NASW Code of Ethics to support their decisions. This session is highly engaging with lots of small and large group discussion.

    Presenter Bio:

    Dan Porter, MSW, LICSW has over 25 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and families in public, residential, hospital and day treatment programs. He is currently a school social worker on special assignment addressing mental health needs district wide with Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916. Dan provides Clinical Supervision to social workers for the Profession Matrix. He received his BA in Social Work and Sociology, his Masters in Clinical Social Work, and has a Director of Special Education License. Dan serves on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, Minnesota School Social Workers Association Region 10 Representative, Board of Social Work Advisory Committee, and the Special Education Advisory Committee with Minnesota Department of Education. He has presented at numerous conferences throughout the Midwest on topics such as strategies for supporting youth, promoting student self-esteem, ethical issues, school-based social skills programs, and program development. Dan was named Minnesota School Social Worker of the year in 2012.

    Register at:  http://www.msswa.org/event-2970293 

    • 01/01/2019
    • 06/15/2019

    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

Past Events

06/18/2018 2018 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/04/2018 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
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
07/28/2017 Call for Workshop Proposals
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

Molly Fox

Sherry Murphy

Susanne Schroeder

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

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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