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


8:15 - 8:45 AM – Welcome and Awards
Christina Zeise, Executive Director, MSSA

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

Health and human service professionals will learn the importance of playing to their strengths, having positive self-esteem, and finding helpful ways to relieve stress in order to remain strong for their clients, family, co-workers and themselves.
10:00 - 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 - 11:30 AM – Breakout Sessions

Suicide Prevention
Community Effort Suicide Prevention Project, Madelia Hospital

Jim Holler, Holler Training

Speaker TBA

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM – Buffet Lunch

12:45 - 2:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

Jim Holler, Holler Training  

Sex Trafficking
Jeff Hohensee, Senior Investigator, New Ulm Police Dept.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
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.

2:00-2:15 PM – Break

2:15-3:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

Jim Holler, Holler Training 

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

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.
3:30-4:30 PM – Member Business Meeting (Central Meeting Room)