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.

    • 03/05/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Capitol Ridge Event Center formally the Kelly Inn 161 St. Anthony Avenue Room 100 St. Paul, MN 55103


          MN School Social Workers’ Association and MN School Psychologists Association Presents:

    The 15th Annual

    Day at the Hill 

    March 5, 2018

    Capitol Ridge Event Center   





    8:30-9:00 ……Christy McCoy, MSSWA Legislative Chair & Sally Baas, MSPA:  Welcome & Review of the Day

    9:00-10:20…. Keynote Lenore Millibergity, Attorney from the Immigrant Law Center Advocating on Behalf of Dreamers and Best Practices in working with Undocumented Youth and their families

    10:20-10:30   Break

    10:30-11:00…Legislative Updates from MSSWA and MSPA Lobbyist Brad Lundell

    11:00-11:15  Association for Macro-Practice – Stephanie Plaster, Chair of the Social Policy Action Network, NASW-MN CORE Program Manager, The Link

    11:30-12:30…Working Lunch & Developing Your Message- Cathy Dalnes MSW LICSW Review talking points provided; Identify a personal story of how you support the Educational Model of Mental Health and overview of other ways to advocate after today

    12:30-3:00…March to the Capitol & Meetings with Legislators

    Last year we had over 100 attendees, let's break that record and have at least 150 School Social Workers, Students and supporters of school social work and education participate. There is power in numbers! This is an empowering day where you will walk away knowing that your voice matters! 

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

    See you all March 5th as we begin School Social Work Week embracing our macro-practice! :)

    Christy McCoy MSW LICSW

    MSSWA Legislative Chair and Secretary; SSWAA Legislative Chair and Secretary

    Register here:   http://www.msswa.org/event-2779717

    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 3/01/2018
    RSVP by March 1st

    Day at the Hill brochure 2018.pdf
    • 03/05/2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Wayzata High, 2nd Floor Forum Room, 4955 Peony Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55446

      MSSWA Region 4B Meeting:

    Date and Time: Monday, March 5th at 4:30-6:00

    Creating Awareness and Identifying At-Risk Students

    This presentation will describe tools used by Wayzata High School’s School Social Workers to identify students who may be in need of emotional and mental health support. Attendees will leave this workshop with tangible strategies for identifying at-risk students.

    Alison McKernan, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker &

    Cali Fielder, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker – Wayzata High School

    Location: 2nd Floor Forum Room at Wayzata High (right inside the main entrance)

    Free to Region 4B members

    $5 dollars for members of MSSWA

    $10 for non members


    1.5 CEU hours available 


    DeAnn Gendlin dgendlin@shakopee.k12.mn.us

    • 04/09/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Chili's 1800 Beam Ave., Maplewood, MN 55109; District Ed Center, 2520 E. 12th Avenue N., St. Paul, MN

    MSSWA Region 10 Meeting

    Network, share resources, & workshop/training on “Video Game Addiction”

    by Matt Meyers, LMFT, Traverse Counseling

    Networking (portion of this event) hosted by Region 10 Representatives: Dan Porter & Rachel Benedict

    DATE: April 9th  2018

    TIME: From 5:00-6:00 PM

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


    5:00-6:00- Chili’s Check IN- We will have an area of the restaurant for us to sit together, look for a MSSWA SIGN:

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

    6:00- 6:15- Drive to training

    6:30-8:00pm workshop/training on “Video Game Addiction”

    Training location: District 622 Education Center Board Room -2520 E. 12th Ave North St. Paul MN 55109

    COST: MSSWA Region 10 Members: FREE



    You must register By April 2nd REGISTER ON LINE AT: MSSWA Region 10 Meeting


    Contact: Rachel Benedict- rbenedic@916schools.org OR Dan Porter - danpporter@msn.com

    • 04/11/2018
    • 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
    • TIES Event Center, Grand Hall, 2nd Floor 1644 Larpenteur Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 (On Southwest corner of Snelling Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue)


            Suicide Prevention/Mastering Skills to Support Others  

    2018 MSSWA Spring Conference Brochure.pdf



    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    7:45-8:15   Registration & Refreshments 

    8:15-8:30   Welcome/Overview of Day 

    8:30-10:30 Keynote Presentation Joshua Stein, MD, PrairieCare

                        Suicidality & Self Injury in the School Age Population

    10:30-10:45   Break/Exhibitor Exploration

    10:45-11:45   Means Restriction Education, Kara Bennett, NAMI

    11:45-1:00   Lunch (included) 

     Announcement  of Don Rinkenberger Scholarship Winners  & MSSWA LIfetime Achievement Award & New MSSWA Officers

    1:00-1:30  Vendor/Exhibitor Exploration

    1:30-3:30   MSSWA Suicide Awareness & Prevention "TRAIN THE TRAINER", 

    Liz Kruger Hommerding, MSW, LICSW & Stephanie Ochocki DSW, LICSW, MSSWA

    3:30-3:45     CEU’s available with completed evaluation


    **Group Discount Available** Register 5 and get the 6thFree – Contact Tony Porter at mplstonyjoel@gmail.com for more details.

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

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter




Past Events

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

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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