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.

    • 02/15/2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
    • The Behavioral Institute for Children & Adolescents (BICA), 203 Little Canada Road E. Suite 200, Little Canada, MN 55117

    MSSWA Region 10 Meeting

    ACE Interface Understanding N.E.A.R. (Neuroscience Epigenetics Adverse Childhood Experiences Resilience

    Presented by: Dan Porter, MSW, LICSW, Joanne Hodgeman & Rena Moran

    Course description: Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities

    The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social mental and societal health and well-being. We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

    The Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities presentation provides information about the ACE study, along with neurobiology that explains why ACEs impact people’s lives, and what we can all do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations

    Hosted By MSSWA Region 10

    DATE: February 15th 2018

    TIME: From 4:30-7:00 PM

    LOCATION: The Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents (BICA)

    203 Little Canada Road E. Suite 200

    Little Canada, MN 55117




    4:30-5:00- Check IN (sign in, handouts, snacks, time to look at resources)

    5:00- 7:00- ACE Interface Training

    7:00- CEU and Evaluation

    Come EARLY or stay LATE...to peruse the library of resources or bookstore to purchase items


    MSSWA Region 10 Members: FREE

    MSSWA Members (Non-region 10): $15.00

    Others (Non Members) wishing to attend: $25.00

    You must register and pay by/before February 5th  (at the door cost will be 30.00) for anyone who has not paid in advance. No refunds

    REGISTER ON LINE AT: www.msswa.org


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


    • 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
    • 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

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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