Upcoming Events

    • 05/01/2022
    • 08/30/2023

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

    • 01/03/2023
    • 06/15/2023
    Registration is closed

    Opportunity for MSSW Members - 

    Two Opportunities:  Deadline January 1st and June 15th 

    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

    • 03/08/2023
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Education Minnesota, 41 Sherburne Ave, St Paul, MN 55103



    The 20th Annual

    MSSWA Day at the Hill

    Virtual & In Person

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2023


    Education Minnesota, 41 Sherburne Ave, St Paul, MN 55103

    **Click here for Day on the Hill Brochure**



    What is Day on the Hill?  Day at the Hill provides an opportunity for school social workers to come together to educate state lawmakers about how we address student barriers to academic success in cost effective ways. 

    Up to 6.5 CEUs awarded (Virtual Participants earn 4 CEU's). This is a staff development/Board of Social Work approved opportunity, not a political lobby day. 

    Who should attend? 

    • Current or past school social workers 

    • Students interested in the field of school social work 

    • Friends and supporters of school social work and public education 


    7:45-8:15 Registration

    8:15-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks - Christy McCoy MSSWA Legislative Chair

    9:00-10:15 Keynote Presentation -

    Saida Abdi clinical social worker, Professor of Social Work Practice University of MN and an expert in refugee trauma and resilience. Her area of focus is building individual, family and community resilience along with improving the responsiveness of systems of care to the needs of refugee and immigrant communities. 

    10:15-10:30 Break

    10:30-11:00  Legislative Priorities from EDMN Lobbyist, MSSWA Lobbyist Brad Lundell and Christy McCoy

    11:00-12:00 Networking discussions centered on strengthening the impact of our advocacy at the micro, mezzo and macro levels to ensure educational equity & Preparing for visits with Legislators. 

    12:00-12:30 Lunch and Large Group Share Out

    12:30-3pm Visits with Legislators


    Cost: The cost for in-person is $40.00 for members and $65.00 nonmembers which includes breakfast and lunch. Cost for virtual $25.00 members and $50.00 for nonmembers. All who register will receive a Day on the Hill T-Shirt. 

    School social workers play a critical role in advocating, promoting and impacting the realization of educational equity and social justice for all! Day on the Hill is one avenue in which all of us can engage as true change agents on a macro level! REGISTER TODAY!!!! 

    Christy McCoy MSW LICSW

    SSWAA President and MSSWA Legislative Chair

    School Social Worker

    Como Park Senior High School

    Register here  Or complete hard copy registration in the brochure. 

    Make checks payable to MSSWA and mail to* :

    MSSWA/Attn: Susanne Schroeder

    28 3rd Street N, Unit 231

    Faribault, MN 55021

    * No cancellations or refunds after 3/5/23
    Register by March 5th, 2023

    • 06/12/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06/14/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chase on the Lake, 502 Cleveland Blvd W, Walker, MN 56484


    The 21st Annual Minnesota School Social Workers Association Summer Institute 

    June 12—14, 2023


    Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN


    Register Online today at:


    Featuring a Full Day Session with Dr. Anne Gearity (Details below)

    Full conference schedule with session information coming soon.

    Full day session on Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

    with Dr. Anne Gearity


    Description:  Education has been remarkably stable for over 100 years and is built on a model that fit the industrial needs of our nation: workers who acquired skills that fit the work needs of a given community.  Sometime in the later 20th century the needs shifted from more physical labor to increasing access to knowledge-based skills.  But COVID exposed how faulty our current approaches to learning have become.  Not all children learn in the same way, and at the same pace.  There is decreasing need to memorize facts (thank you. google search). Technology is not the enemy but a core tool.  Critical and even innovative thinking is much more critical than compliant performance.  Specialization may happen sooner than later.   Artificial intelligence, and is there a need anymore for the humanities?  Diversity of experiences is more and more essential, even as some parts of the larger community wish that wasn’t so; this diversity demands that students and teachers appreciate divergent points of view and divergent needs.

    And in this changing culture, teachers are increasingly scarce.  COVID burnout took a toll but maybe there is more to understand about what teachers need to be effective and satisfied. 

    So how will school special workers be useful, even essential, in this changing landscape of education?  How do our models of learning, and adaptation, fit with the demands ahead?

    This workshop is a chance to be visionary, to be reflective and to be brave.  Rather than remain secondary citizens within schools, what if social workers became leaders, able to provide direction and support for change?

    Morning Session: The morning workshop is focused on social emotional education and school climate

    Afternoon Session: The afternoon session is focused on individual learning approaches, different family organizations, and students with special needs

    Conference Questions?


    Tony Porter




    Dan Porter



Past Events

02/06/2023 MSSWA 2023 Virtual Spring Conference
11/14/2022 2022 MSSWA Fall Conference
10/19/2022 MSSWA Region 8 Fall Meeting 10/19/22
10/12/2022 MSSWA Region 11 SY Kick-Off Meeting
09/21/2022 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - September 21st, 2022
09/01/2022 MSSWA Mini Grant
06/20/2022 2022 MSSWA Summer Institute
05/20/2022 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
05/17/2022 MSSWA Region 8 & 9 Winter Meeting 5/17/22
05/04/2022 MSSWA Region 11 End-of-the-School-Year Meeting
04/20/2022 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - April 20th, 2022 (NEW DATE)
04/01/2022 MSSWA Region 2A Spring Meeting
03/16/2022 MSSWA Region 11 Spring Meeting 3/16/22
03/08/2022 MSSWA Virtual Day at the Hill 2022
02/28/2022 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference 2022
02/22/2022 Region 4B Training-Flow with the Change
01/26/2022 MSSWA Region 11 Winter Meeting 1/26/22
01/07/2022 MSSWA Region 8 & 9 Winter Meeting 1/07/22
01/01/2022 MSSWA Mini Grant
11/09/2021 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - November 9th, 2021
11/09/2021 School Social Worker Social
10/28/2021 2021 VIRTUAL MSSWA/MIDWEST Fall Conference
06/30/2021 School Social Worker of the Year Nomination
06/16/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
06/14/2021 2021 MSSWA "Virtual" Summer Institute
04/30/2021 MSSWA Region 2B Spring Meeting
04/23/2021 MSSWA Region 1 Spring Meeting
04/14/2021 MSSWA Region 10 Meeting - April 14th, 2021
04/05/2021 MSSWA Virtual Spring Conference 2021
03/10/2021 MSSWA Virtual Day at the Hill 2021
02/02/2021 MSSWA Mini Grant
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

Sherry Murphy

Courtney Stenseth

Susanne Schroeder

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

Professional Development Chair
Dan Porter

Molly Fox

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