Each year MSSWA hosts conference trainings to meet the unique learning and licensing needs of school social workers. MSSWA welcomes RFPs for potential workshops.
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
The 18th Annual
MSSWA Day at the Hill - Virtual
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Virtual Online via Zoom Platform
2021 MSSWA Day on the Hill Brochure
8:45-9:00…..Zoom Logon Opens
9:00-9:15…..Christy McCoy, MSSWA Legislative Chair: Welcome, Introductions & Review of Day
9:15-10:00...Keynote: Healing Centered Spaces: Why, Where and How!: Sheila Webb, MSW, LICSW; Judy Brown, MSW, LICSW; Kirsten Johnson. MSW, LGSW
10:00-10:15...Legislative Priorities from MSSWA Lobbyist Brad Lundell and Christy McCoy
10:25-10:45...Breakout Rooms - 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
10:45-11:00..Large group share-out from small group discussions
11:00-11:25...Meeting with Legislators
11:25-11:30...Closing remarks and CEU’s
Keynote Presentation: Healing Centered Spaces: Why, Where & How!
Sheila Webb, MSW, LICSW; Judy Brown, MSW, LICSW; Kirsten Johnson, MSW, LGSW
All presenters are Minneapolis Public Schools Social Workers
Learning Objectives: Participants will acquire the knowledge & understanding of:
1. Why Healing Centered Spaces are imperative to student engagement
2. How the Healing Centered Engagement Approach is a “shift in the way we view trauma, it’s causes & it’s interventions”
3. Where Healing Centered Spaces can be created
4. How to create virtual and physical Healing Centered Spaces on-line, in our classrooms and in our homes
For more information and questions, please contact Tony Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 803-2722
Christy McCoy, MSW LICSW
MSSWA Legislative Chair; SSWAA Board President
Register here: http://msswa.org/event-4104522
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 3/5/21
Register by March 5th, 2021
2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference
April 5th, 2021
8:30am to 3:30pm
**Click HERE to Register NOW!!**
AM and PM sessions will be recorded and registrants will have 30 days post conference to view the recording and still earn CEU's!
7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools
Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW
**Click Here for 2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference Brochure**
The 7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools is an introduction to the model of trauma informed care that SaintA has developed over the past ten years and has implemented across a variety of school environments. This training will provide concrete resources and strategies for school-wide practice.
Part 1: Participants will be able to:
1. Understand the use of trauma sensitive practice when applied to a multi-tiered approach
2. Describe the prevalence of adverse experiences and the scope of their impact
3. Define a trauma informed perspective and learn strategies to support a shift in the perspective of others
4. Define how trauma affects the brain and influences development, behavior and learning
Part 2: Participants will be able to:
**Attendance of Part 1 is recommended before viewing Part 2. Participants in Part 2 will need prior exposure to trauma sensitive school content
1. Learn school-wide regulatory practices that benefit all students
2. Identify factors that enhance the capacity for positive relationships for students who have adverse experiences
3. Describe how purpose, belonging and safety enhance student well-being
4. Identify techniques that enhance caregiver capacity and connect them to client outcomes
5. Identify action steps to create a trauma sensitive school environment for all students
Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW, is the Vice President of Educational Services for SaintA, an agency that is leading the way in providing trauma informed care to children and families in Wisconsin. Since 1997, Sara has been collaborating with school districts and early care settings to provide consultation and training in working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues or behavioral challenges. She oversees a continuum of services that provide for students, families and schools to support student success. Sara is currently a senior coach and consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive School Initiative and the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Module Series https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules. She has worked with countess school districts nationwide and trained thousands of school staff on the 7ei of Trauma Sensitive Schools. Sara is also certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and is the leader of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Interface Master Trainer Project for the state of Wisconsin.
6.5 CEU hours have been approved by the MN Board of Social Work.
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.
Agenda and Speakers will be Announced Soon, so Stay Tuned for Additional Information!
(Details will be posted here when available)
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:
Professional Development Chair
If you are having difficulty with your on-line membership or conference registration, please contact Susanne Schroeder - email@example.com