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Registration Fees
Early Bird through 9/15/17:
Member $40
Nonmember $45
Student $20

After 9/15/17:
Member $45
Nonmember $50
Student $25

Exhibitor Information
Exhibit Table (includes one registration + one tabletop exhibit space + 1 chair): $35
Exhibit Table with Electricity: $40

A limited number of tables are available with electricity. 
Set up: 7:15-8:15 a.m.  
Tear down: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Exhibit at the conference!
MSSA offers a unique opportunity for your organization to connect with health and human service professionals - including social workers, child and adult protection, mental health professionals, case managers, county and DHS staff and others. This conference will attract 275-300 decision makers as well as direct service staff from public and private agencies in the greater southern Minnesota area. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Lisa Johnson at ljohnson@mnssa,org or 651.789.4331 to discuss options.

Up to 5 Continuing Education Hours possible from the MN Board of Social Work Provider # CEP-9.
 

Region 9 Fall Conference

Friday, September 29, 2017 

South Central College 
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN

AGENDA

7:30 - 8:15 AM – Registration Check-in/Continental Breakfast
Pick up your badge, conference bag and materials.

8:15 - 8:45 AM – Welcome and Awards
Christina Zeise, MSW, MPP, Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association
Bill Anderson, PhD, LISW, Professor Emeritus, MSU Mankato


8:45 - 10:00 AM – Keynote Presentation
Giving to Others and Believing in Yourself 
Jim Holler, Retired Chief of Police, Liberty Township Police Dept./President, Holler Training

This keynote is designed specifically for the direct service provider. The importance of building self-esteem in one another is stressed as we focus on the importance of knowing what our strengths are and how we can use these strengths in our daily life. Chief Holler will discuss the importance of having a stress reliever that each provider can use on a daily basis, because the bottom line is, if the service provider does not believe in themselves, is not reminded of their strengths, and does not learn to deal with their stress, they will crash. Using stories, humor and powerful examples, Chief Holler underscores the need for everyone to look at themselves in a different light, reminding them of the power and passion they need to believe in themselves!
 
10:00 - 10:15 AM – Visit the Exhibits

10:15 - 11:30 AM – Breakout Sessions

Making A Case for Safety
Jim Holler, Holler Training

Each day thousands of social workers make home visits in the United States and during these visits they investigate allegations of abuse and sexual assault, update safety plans for children, and monitor on-going foster care. Social workers are at risk for hostile behavior from the public when visiting clients at hotels, apartments or homes in unfamiliar or dangerous locations, especially at night. They have often been assaulted with knives and fists while attempting to visit homes where parents are facing various court actions, or where children are being placed into foster care. Most of these home visits are made by a single social worker, without a radio or other means of adequate communications, and social workers have been assaulted and/or killed while making such home visits. This workshop will address safety concerns from the law enforcement perspective by providing social workers with important safety related information that they can utilize each time they make a home visit on their own. The workshop will provide social workers with ways they can identify potentially harmful conditions and defuse volatile situations when encountered.

Ethical Slippery Slopes: How You Can Get in Trouble
Bill Anderson, MSW, PhD, LISW, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Social Work, MN State University, Mankato

Ethical problems don’t usually occur suddenly --- they develop over time, often in ways that escape the attention of workers and their supervisors, until it is clear that a violation has occurred.  Using data from the MN Board of Social Work and supervisory experience, this session will examine the slippery slopes that move workers from good to unethical practice.

Introversion: The New Diversity Topic
Lynette Crane, MA, Certified Life Coach, CEO, Creative Life Changes
Introverts, neurologically different fro extroverts, constitute an estimated 51% of our population, often the thoughtful and creative set, yet are frequently invisible in our extrovert-oriented culture. As a result, introvert employees, co-workers, and clients suffer as collaboration breaks down and conflicts, errors and stress levels rise. Ms. Crane presents concrete, simple steps introverts and extroverts can take to connect, communicate, lead and work together productively.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM – Buffet Lunch/Visit the Exhibits

12:45 - 2:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

Making a Case for Safety (repeated presentation) 

Jim Holler, Holler Training  

Each day thousands of social workers make home visits in the United States and during these visits they investigate allegations of abuse and sexual assault, update safety plans for children, and monitor on-going foster care. Social workers are at risk for hostile behavior from the public when visiting clients at hotels, apartments or homes in unfamiliar or dangerous locations, especially at night. They have often been assaulted with knives and fists while attempting to visit homes where parents are facing various court actions, or where children are being placed into foster care. Most of these home visits are made by a single social worker, without a radio or other means of adequate communications, and social workers have been assaulted and/or killed while making such home visits. This workshop will address safety concerns from the law enforcement perspective by providing social workers with important safety related information that they can utilize each time they make a home visit on their own. The workshop will provide social workers with ways they can identify potentially harmful conditions and defuse volatile situations when encountered.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (Part 1)
Debra Gohagan, PhD, LGSW, MSU - Mankato, and Barb Sorum, Director of Prevention Initiatives, Minnesota Communities Caring for Children

ACEs, prenatal and childhood experiences, have been found to have a significant impact on a person's lifelong health and well-being. ACE have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health and mental health conditions, decreased educational achievements, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Kari Fletcher, Minnesota Adoption Support Network   

We will discuss the signs of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and appropriate care. 

2:00-2:15 PM – Last Chance to Visit the Exhibits!

2:15-3:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

Social Networking: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!
Jim Holler, Holler Training 

Over the past several years all of us have enjoyed the benefits of social media and how it has impacted our everyday lives for the good but we have also seen how the “bad” and “ugly” has managed to creep into our lives and especially how it has affected the lives of our kids. This training is geared to address the challenges of the Internet as it relates to our school system and how teachers, administrators and staff can identify and respond to these incidents in the educational system. For educators, this presentation is designed to bring them up to speed on Internet-related issues facing adolescents today that may impact their classrooms. It covers a basic overview of the online technologies utilized by children and teens, and provides numerous real world examples of cyber-bullying that help to drive home the seriousness of this problem.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (Part 2)
Debra Gohagan, PhD, LGSW, MSU - Mankato, and Barb Sorum, Director of Prevention Initiatives, Minnesota Communities Caring for Children

Sex Trafficking Investigations in Southern Minnesota
Jeff Hohensee, Senior Investigator, New Ulm Police Dept.

This session will include an overview of sex trafficking investigations in Brown, Nicollet and Blue Earth counties in the past four years. It will explain the Safe Harbor Law and give real case examples of the successes and failures in sex trafficking investigations in Southern Minnesota.

3:30-4:30 PM – MSSA Member Business Meeting

We will elect a regional board, elect delegates, discuss Delegate Assembly proposals, and more.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

MSSA does not refund individual or agency member dues.

MSSA does not refund registration fees, unless MSSA receives written notification of cancellation 3 weeks prior to the event. There is a $25 processing fee for all refunds.

Event registration fees can be transferred to another person.

In some circumstances, refunds may not be available, in these cases the specific refund policy will be listed on the registration information.