MSSWA Intensive Workshop Series for School Social Workers Featuring Anne Gearity, Part 2

  • 02/08/2019
  • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Maplewood Library Community Room, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109
  • 3


  • (Includes MSSWA Membership)

Registration is closed

Schools, Learning and Mental Health: Using Your Setting, Your Knowledge and Your Position Most Effectively: Part 2: Anne R. Gearity, PhD, LICSW

In this intensive workshop series participants will learn how to assess their school culture and genuine receptivity to services, will better describe how learning and mental health are intrinsically intertwined, and examine how to use their roles to effect educational practices that support students who are most at risk for academic and social despair. 

Learning Objectives:

-     Participants will work on methods to assess readiness and engage staff colleagues in culture change;

-     Participants will build language clarity and confidence to explain complex factors that compromise learning (such as emotional arousal, behavioral agitation, cognitive impairments, relational distrust, motivational collapse, executive function deficits etc.). 

-     Participants will actively work on cases that illustrate these obstacles to learning, to improve coherent assessment data and case planning.

-     Participants will explore our own obstacles to being effective —role uncertainty, knowledge insecurity, conflict management,etc.)

5.5 Clinical Social Work CEU's / Post Test's Available

Includes Continental Breakfast/Coffee/Snacks


Priority Given to MSSWA Members - Registration for Non-MSSWA Members Opens Dec 11th, 2018

 While these two sessions can be stand alone, they are best as paired experiences.  Emphasis in first session will be on school culture and assessment of students, recognizing both how students (and staff) are impacted by the school environment, but also how school attitudes and beliefs are internalized by students to (and staff) in ways to encourage or discourage progress.  We will examine and expose assessment and intention biases that influence outcomes.

Emphasis in second session will be on role clarity and confidence — building and using knowledge to effect improvement in case plans (instruction and management); and increasing social work impact on the social structure of schools that, at best, promote protection and resilience for every student. 

 The format of these workshops will encourage active group participation and learning.  School social workers bring a wealth of real experiences with real students, but often lack time and space to process their own learning discoveries.   Enrollment will be limited to permit continual conversation about your cases.

*Requirement: Attendees should come prepared to discuss challenging cases you are working on currently or in your past. *

Anne R Gearity, PhD, LICSW, started her career as a school social worker, serving very young children as educators embraced children birth to 21.  I learned two critical realities: that understanding early development is essential because so much is organized in these years before formal academic learning starts, and for many at risk children, schools offer protection when learning stays possible.  These truths have directed my professional life of over 4 decades.  I have an independent practice in Minneapolis, working with children, adolescents and adults, I consult to schools and agencies, and I am a clinical faculty with the department of psychiatry/ child psychiatry.  Because I have passed on my UMN social work elective to lovely colleagues, I am thrilled to be working with social work colleagues again in this series.

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* No refunds available but registration may be transferred to another by contacting Dan Porter at: 

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