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

    • 03/10/2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual Online via Zoom Platform


          Minnesota School Social Workers Association Presents:

    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 mplstonyjoel@gmail.com 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

    • 04/05/2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom

    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.

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter




    • 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.

    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

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

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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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