Upcoming Events

    • 01/01/2019
    • 12/31/2019

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

    • 03/09/2019
    • 06/07/2019

    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

    • 04/26/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Christ the King Church, 222 Pfau Street, Mankato, MN

    Region 2A and 2B  Spring Meeting

    How to Navigate ICE and help

    our Undocumented Families

    Friday,  April 26th  12:30-3:00pm

    Christ The King Church,  222 Pfau St, Mankato

    Stephanie Morales,  is an immigration lawyer who has a wealth of information related to this field.  Recently, Stephanie left her private practice with The Bortel Firm in Minneapolis to help start the Volunteer Lawyers Network for families who are in need of immigration assistance.   Stephanie has launched several free legal clinics in Minnesota. Currently the closes one for our area is Northfield. Stephanie will share with us the latest information on what is happening in the immigration world and provide us tools to share with our families in need.    Please join us for a lively discussion and understanding in this difficult topic. Julio Zelaya from ACLU will also be present to offer information on policies related to Federal Programs and update us on the Freedom to Drive Act in Minnesota. ( 2 CEU's provided.)

    Lunch will be provided by Olive Garden:  Please let Mary Beth know if you have any food allergies.  Note: We will have a vegetarian option.

    RSVP:  Mary Beth Patterson at mpatte1@isd77.org or register here

    • 05/10/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Roosevelt Building, 122 E. McKinley, Owatonna, MN

    MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting

    “Paper Tigers”: A Documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    12:30-1:00 Meeting & Lunch

    1:00-3:00 pm Film and Discussion

    Roosevelt Building Owatonna

    122 E. McKinley

    Owatonna, MN 55060

    Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities - a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

    **Pizza and pop will be provided**

    2 CEUs Available

    MSSWA members = FREE

    Non-MSSWA members = $15.00

    Register online at:


    For questions contact:

    awarner@isd761.org    or      amy.brouwers@schools.org

    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.




    • 06/17/2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 06/19/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sugar Lake Lodge, in Cohasset, MN, near Grand Rapids , MN


    The 17th Annual Minnesota School Social Workers Association Summer Institute 

    June 1719, 2019

    Sugar Lake Lodge, Cohasset, MN

    Trauma Informed Practices: Evidence-Based Interventions & Strategies That Support Today's Youth

    Pre-Conference Agenda 

    Monday, June 17th, 2019   

    Pre-Conference Session: 

    7:30am to 8:00am Pre-Registration

     8:00am to 9:45am  

                    "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope" Film & Discussion to Follow   1.5 Clinical CEU’s

    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Special Education Law: Trends, Strategies & Ethical Considerations  -   2 Ethics CEU's

    Welcome/Conference Opens

    1:15pm - 4:15pm

                          Integrative Play Therapy: A School Based Perspective   -    3 Clinical CEU's


    Tuesday, June 18th, 8:00am - 4:00pm 

    Rethinking Challenging Kids  -  7 Clinical CEU's

    presented by 

    Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW


    Wednesday, June 19th, 8:00am - 9:30am

    PBIS: Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports   -   1.5 Clinical CEU's

    9:45am - 11:45am

    How to Influence When You Don't Have Power (Getting Through to Teachers, Administrators & Students)   -   2 Social Work CEU's

    2019 Summer Inst Master brochure.pdf

Past Events

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
05/04/2018 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
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

Liz Kruger-Hommerding

Molly Fox

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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