Upcoming Events

    • 01/01/2020
    • 06/07/2020
    Registration is closed

    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

    • 02/28/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Owatonna Community Education Center, 122 East McKinley St. Owatonna, MN room #115

    MSSWA Region 1 Winter Meeting


    Suicide Awareness and Prevention

    2 CEU’s

    Participants will understand their role in evidence-informed

    practices for suicide prevention in the school setting including:

    *How your personal bias plays a role in suicide prevention

    *Warning signs of suicide

    *What to say and what not to say

    *What to do with the information a student shares with you

    *What happens after you report


    This training meets the new (Aug 2017) MN teaching licensure renewal

    requirement on suicide prevention.

    Presented by:  Nancy Williams, MSW, LICSW 

                        Carol Belmore, MSW, LICSW

    When:  February 28th, 2020

    Time:   12:00-2:30

    Where: 122 East McKinley St. Owatonna, MN room #115

    Why:     Meet MN teaching licensure renewal requirement                     requirement and best practice

    Cost:  Region 1 MSSWA members: $10.00 *

                                    Non-Members: $25.00

    Register at: http://www.msswa.org/event-3738601

    Early Bird Incentive: Register and pay in full by 2/14/20 to have

    your fee reimbursed when you attend on the 2/28/20!

    *A light lunch will be provided



    With every school social worker in the state of Minnesota joining MSSWA and providing quality services to Minnesota students, we can make a difference in our schools and be leaders statewide through our legislative efforts.




    • 02/28/2020
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Jake’s Stadium Pizza, 330 Stadium Road, Mankato

    MSSWA Region 2B Meeting

    Film Viewing & Guided Discussion Facilitated by Region 2B

    Reps: Michelle Halverson, MSW, LICSW &

    Kris Madsen, MSW, LICSW

    "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope" 

    (see movie details below)

    DATE: Friday, February 28, 2020

    TIME: From 12:30-3:00 pm

    LOCATION: Jake’s Stadium Pizza, 330 Stadium Road, Mankato MN

    COST : MSSWA Region 2A & 2B Members: FREE

    MSSWA Members: (Outside of Regions 2A & 2B): $10.00

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

    Please register and pay By/Before February 21, 2020

    REGISTER ON-LINE AT:       MSSWA Region 2B Meeting


     Film Synopsis: click below

    Resiliency Trailer Resiliency Website

    RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. "The child may not remember, but the body remembers." The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what's predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they're using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.


    Contact: Michelle Halverson  OR  Kris Madsen

    • 03/04/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ed Minnesota, 41 Sherburne Ave, St Paul, MN 55103
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          Minnesota School Social Workers Association Presents:

    The 17th Annual

    MSSWA Day at the Hill 

    March 4th, 2020

    Education Minnesota Building

    41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103

    2020 MSSWA DOH Brochure.pdf





    8:15-8:30…..Christy McCoy, MSSWA Legislative Chair: Welcome & Review of Day

    8:30-10:30...Keynote: School Social Work Ethics: Advocacy at the Micro, Mezzo and Macro Levels: Cathy Dalnes, LICSW, MSW & Panel Members


    10:40-11:00...Cat Salonek, OUTFRONT MN Policy and Organizing Director

    11:00-11:15...Legislative Updates from MSSWA & MSPA Lobbyist Brad Lundell and Education Minnesota Lobbyist Paul Winkler

    11:15-12:15...Working Lunch: Developing Our Message - Review talking points provided for appointments with legislators; Identify a personal story of how your interventions promote school safety and violence prevention

    12:15-3:00...March to the Capital & Meetings with Legislators


    Cathy Dalnes, LICSW, MSW

    Cathy is currently Manager of Social Work Services for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She has been a Mpls Public Schools Social worker for the past 29 years.  She is also a member of the MN Social Work Association (MSSWA). 


    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 Secretary & Incoming Board President

    Register here:  http://msswa.org/event-3695544

    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 2/28/20
    RSVP by February 28th, 2020

    • 04/05/2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    MSSWA Members Appreciation Event

    April 5, 2020/ 5:00- 7:30 pm

    Bauhaus Brew Labs

    1315 Tyler Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    MACMH Youth Performance, Food, CEU’s, & Fun!

    This event is Free for MSSWA Members!


    5:00- 5:30   Registration (includes Free Drink and Prize/Game Ticket)

    5:30- 6:15   Free food, Cash Bar, Games, prizes, MSSWA Merch., More!

    6:15- 6:30   Event Welcome

    6:30- 7:15   "Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty - an LGBTQ+ Musical- MACMH (Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health) Production

    7:15- 7:30   Checkout, 1.0 Social Work CEU available! Hope to see you tomorrow for the Spring Conference!

    Overview for the Membership Appreciation Event:

    This event is to CELEBRATE our members and recognize the work that School Social Workers do to support our schools. This event is to recognize YOU. We will have prize drawings, games to play (for FREE MSSWA merchandise), free food and a drink ticket (for a drink of your choice). Cash Bar for additional drinks. MSSWA Merchandise Table (with NEW MSSWA items available for purchase).

    Booths to learn more about:

    • ·         Membership Booth: How to get the most of your membership
    • ·         MSSWA Legislative Booth: Advocacy
    • ·         Professional Development: Upcoming Trainings, Region Meetings
    • ·         MSSWA History Exhibition

    Registration is REQUIRED: We require everyone to register/ pay a REFUNDABLE $ 5.00 DEPOSIT (by or before March 30th).

    At the door you will get your $ 5.00 back J

    Register at:  http://msswa.org/event-3685148

    * Nonmembers can become members then are eligible to register for this event free!

    * Member Guests are invited with ($20.00) ticket purchase (includes free food, drink ticket) see registration page

    • 04/06/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126


            7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools

    Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW

    Monday, April 6th, 2020

    8:00am to 3:30pm

    2020 MSSWA Spring Conference Brochure.docx

    ** NEW LOCATION **

    Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

    Attendee Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, Shoreview, MN

    Hotel Booking Link - CLICK HERE



    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 seven years and has implemented across a variety of school environments. This training will provide concrete resources and strategies for school-wide practice.

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the prevalence of adverse experiences and the scope of their impact.

    2. Define and respond to behavior from a trauma informed perspective.

    3. Describe how trauma affects the brain and influences development, behavior and learning.

    4. Identify factors that enhance the capacity for positive relationship for students who have adverse experiences.

    5. Describe how purpose, belonging and safety enhance client well-being.

    6. Identify techniques that enhance caregiver capacity and connect them to client outcomes.

    7. 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.

    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




    • 06/15/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06/17/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chase on the Lake, 502 Cleveland Blvd W, Walker, MN 56484


    The 18th Annual Minnesota School Social Workers Association Summer Institute 

    June 15—17, 2020

    Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN

    "Practice Makes Perfect:

    Advancing Our Skills, Ethics & Supporting

    Student Challenges"


    Pre-Conference Agenda 

    Monday, June 15th, 2020   

    8:00am to 9:00am Pre-Registration

    Pre-Conference Session:

     9:00am to 11:00am  

                    "Broken Places" Movie Viewing & Discussion    2 Social Work CEU’s

    Welcome/Conference Opens

    11:00am to 11:45am Registration

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

                          Ethics in Action   -    2 Ethics CEU's

    2:15pm to 3:45pm

    Dog as Co-Counselor - 1.5 Social Work CEU's


    Tuesday, June 16th, 9:00am - 3:30pm 

    A Trauma Lens with Challenging Classrooms  -  5.5 Clinical CEU's

    presented by 

    Kathryn Jurado, MA, LMFT, CCTP, RPT; Abbie Lane, MSW, LICSW & Katie Mattson, MA, LPCC


    Wednesday, June 17th, 9:00am - 10:30am

    Building Healthy Relationships and Supportive Learning Communities with the Sanford Harmony CASEL SELect Program   -   1.5 Clinical CEU's

    10:45am - 12:15pm

    Working Across Difference in the Age of Bias   -   1.5 Clinical CEU's

Past Events

02/10/2020 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting (Ethics) - February 6th, 2020
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
01/01/2019 Call for Workshop Proposals
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

Past - President
Liz Kruger Hommerding

Sherry Murphy

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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