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.

    • 02/02/2021
    • (CST)
    • 06/15/2021
    • (CDT)

    Opportunity for MSSW Members - 

    Two Opportunities:  Deadline January 1st and June 1st 

    Twice each year, MSSWA Mini-Grants will provide two awards,

    a $500 prize and a $750 prize,

    to support projects conducted by any Regular MSSWA member**

    in the schools where they work.  

    Good luck and be sure to get your applications in by the deadline!

    **the grants are not available to Affiliate or Student Members.  They are intended for licensed school social workers employed in a school setting

    • 04/30/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Virtual Training

    MSSWA Region 2B Virtual Meeting

    “The School Social Worker in Record Keeping, FERPA, and HIPAA”

    by Dr. Michelle Alvarez

    This will be a hands-on learning session where participants will be divided into small groups to read and discuss legislation and standards that impacts documentation of school social work services.

    Learning objectives include:

    Examine state laws that impact documentation of school social work services

    MN Board of Education

    MN Board of Social Work

    Examine federal regulations that impact documentation of school social work services



    Examine school social work standards and potential ethical issues

    NASW School Social Work Standards

    Midwest Council Supplemental Standards

    Analyze the resulting information for documentation of school social work services and create a tool to utilize in practice.

    DATE: Friday, April 30, 2021

    TIME: From 1:00 pm-3:00 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 here.   Download Flyer

    Please register and pay By/Before Wednesday, April 28th


    MSSWA Region 2B Members: FREE

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

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

    Questions?  Contact:

    Michelle Halverson- michelle.halverson@sibleyeast.org


    Kris Madsen-kmadsen@isd2135.org

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


    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



    • 06/15/2021
    • (CDT)

    Each summer, 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

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
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

Molly Fox

Sherry Murphy

Courtney Stenseth

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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