Upcoming Events

    • 05/01/2022
    • 08/30/2023

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

    • 01/03/2023
    • 06/15/2023

    Opportunity for MSSW Members - 

    Two Opportunities:  Deadline January 1st and June 15th 

    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

    • 03/31/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Phileo’s Coffee and Eatery, 212 10th Street, Worthington, MN


    Please join your colleagues to collaborate and discuss school attendance.

    Friday, March 31st

    Phileo’s Coffee – Worthington MN

    11:30-12:30  lunch  (it does help to get here a little early and order)  We will be in the back room.  Lunch expense is on our own, but dessert is on us. 

    12:30-2:30 Truancy Panel Discussion – we will have representatives from at least 3 counties in various roles.  Please bring any paperwork/letters etc. that you use that you find helpful in this process.

    2:30- 3:00 Networking


    CEU’s will be available.


    Please pass this along to every social worker you know.  If you have questions, please let me know.

    Thank you.

    Melissa Ahlschlager, Region Representative 2A & 2 B


    • 04/12/2023
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom Platform

    MSSWA Region 10 Meeting

    Premiere Film Documentary:

    "On Sacred Ground"

    Presented in Partnership with Minnesota School Social Workers Association

    DATE: Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

    TIME: From 4:30PM to 7:00PM

    LOCATION: Online via Zoom Platform/Login information will be emailed April 7th to view film and for the post film discussion


    4:30 - 4:45 - Login to Zoom to view movie

    4:45 - 6:30 - “On Sacred Ground" Film Viewing - Film is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length

    6:30 - 7:00 - Join us for film discussion with Region 10 Representatives, Dan Porter & Molly Cirillo

    COST: MSSWA Region 10 Members: FREE

    MSSWA Members: (Non Region 10): $10.00

    Others (Non MSSWA Members) wishing to attend: $25.00

    THIS SESSION HAS BEEN APPROVED:BY THE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK: 2.5 CEU HOURS - for any registered attendees (that view the film and attend the film discussion)

    You must register and pay By/Before April 7th, 2023

      REGISTER ON LINE AT: https://msswa.org/event-5162383

    "On Sacred Ground"

    ON SACRED GROUND is based on the true events during the 2016 construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that runs through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota on land that is owned by the Lakota “Sioux” Tribe. The filmmakers worked alongside the Sioux tribe to ensure their depiction of the events to ensure their story was accurately told. 

    The film was written by Josh and Rebecca Tickell (Kiss The Ground / Netflix) and William Mapother (Lost, Another Earth) who stars in the film alongside David Arquette, Amy Smart, Frances Fisher, Irene Bedard, David Midthunder, Kerry Knuppe and Mariel Hemingway.

    The film follows Daniel (William Mapother), a journalist and Afghanistan War military veteran, and Elliot (David Arquette), an oil company executive, who find themselves on opposite sides of the fight during the construction of the contentious pipeline. As the story unfolds, Daniel starts to align himself more with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe than the oil company he was hired to write about favorably, and the two characters go down separate paths as the events unfold during one of the most heated protests and confrontation with Native American tribes in modern US history.

    Protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline occurred at several places because of concerns about the pipeline's impact on the environment and to sites sacred to Native Americans. Indigenous nations around the country opposed the pipeline, along with the Sioux tribal nations. In North Dakota, next to and on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, nearly 15,000 people from around the world protested, staging a sit-in for months.

    The film was produced by the Tickells’ under their Big Picture Ranch banner.

    Movie Trailer: https://www.filmplatform.net/impact-event/on-sacred-ground-two/


    Contact: Dan Porter - danpporter@msn.com or Molly Cirillo - mcirillo@isd200.org 

    • 05/17/2023
    • 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Kensington Bank 2800 1st St S, Willmar, MN 56201, USA

    MSSWA Region 11

    End-of-the-School-Year Meeting

    We are excited to see Region 11 SSWs in-person!  Our time together will include self-care, networking, and learning moments.

    PD Topic: Risk Assessment & Youth Suicide Prevention

    Speakers: Kelly Rosendahl & Jesse Alonso from Woodland Centers

    DATE: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

    TIME: 8:15-10:00 a.m.

    LOCATION: Kensington Bank, 2800 1st St S Willmar, MN 56201

    COST: Free for MSSWA Region 11 members

    $10 for MSSWA members from other Regions

    $20 for Non-MSSWA members

    Please invite your SSW colleagues to attend!


    CEU’S WILL BE provided to attendees.

    Please register by 5/10 on the MSSWA website.


    Laura Foresman: foresmanl@willmar.k12.mn.us, MSSWA Region 11 Co-Representative

    Liz Kruger Hommerding: lizkhommerding@gmail.com, MSSWA Region 11 Co-Representative

    • 06/12/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06/14/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chase on the Lake, 502 Cleveland Blvd W, Walker, MN 56484


    The 21st Annual Minnesota School Social Workers Association Summer Institute 

    June 12—14, 2023


    Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN


    Register Online today at:


    Featuring a Full Day Session with Dr. Anne Gearity

    ""Click HERE for Full Conference Brochure**

    Conference Agenda

    Monday, June 12th, 2023

    9:00am - 11:00am

    Pre-Conference: "Wake UP: Stories from the Front Line of Suicide Prevention" Film Viewing & Discussion - 2 Clinical CEU's

    12:45pm - 2:15pm

    Reclaiming Resilience - 1.5 Clinical CEU's

    2:30pm - 4:00pm

    In Their Words: Amplifying Student Voice to Address DEI and Well-Being - 1.5 Cultural Responsiveness CEU's


    Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

    9:00am - 4:00pm (with break from 12:00pm - 1:00pm)

    KEYNOTE: Whether We Like it or Not...Schools Are Changing. And We Must Too - 6 Clinical CEU's

    Presented by:

    Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW


    Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

    9:00am - 10:30am

    Cringe! - 1.5 Social Work CEU's

    10:45am - 12:15pm

    Restorative Justice: A Meaningful Response When Students Cause Harm - 1.5 Cultural Responsiveness CEU's

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter



Past Events

03/08/2023 MSSWA Day at the Hill 2023
03/06/2023 MSSWA Region 5 Meeting - March 6th, 2023
02/06/2023 MSSWA 2023 Virtual Spring Conference
11/14/2022 2022 MSSWA Fall Conference
10/19/2022 MSSWA Region 8 Fall Meeting 10/19/22
10/12/2022 MSSWA Region 11 SY Kick-Off Meeting
09/21/2022 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - September 21st, 2022
09/01/2022 MSSWA Mini Grant
06/20/2022 2022 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/20/2022 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
05/17/2022 MSSWA Region 8 & 9 Winter Meeting 5/17/22
05/04/2022 MSSWA Region 11 End-of-the-School-Year Meeting
04/20/2022 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - April 20th, 2022 (NEW DATE)
04/01/2022 MSSWA Region 2A Spring Meeting
03/16/2022 MSSWA Region 11 Spring Meeting 3/16/22
03/08/2022 MSSWA Virtual Day at the Hill 2022
02/28/2022 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference 2022
02/22/2022 Region 4B Training-Flow with the Change
01/26/2022 MSSWA Region 11 Winter Meeting 1/26/22
01/07/2022 MSSWA Region 8 & 9 Winter Meeting 1/07/22
01/01/2022 MSSWA Mini Grant
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
06/16/2021 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

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