Northwest District Fall Conference
Presented by the Region 4 Board
Bigwood Event Center
925 Western Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN
Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:00 - 8:30 AM -- Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit the Exhibits!
8:30 - 8:45 AM -- Welcome & MSSA Update
Christina Zeise, MPP, MSW, Executive Director, MSSA
8:45 - 10:15 AM -- Keynote Speaker
Bukata Hayes, Executive Director, Greater Mankato Diversity Council
Bukata Hayes has served as the executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council since September 2006. Prior to this role, he served as the coordinator of the Multi Ethnic Center at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, the first-ever position of its kind at the college. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. He has membership and/or is on the board of numerous organizations including the Mankato Chapter of the NAACP (President), Mankato Family YMCA (Membership Committee), Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board (President), Latin American Multicultural Association for Networking and Opportunity (LA MANO) (board) and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (board).
10:15 - 10:30 AM -- Visit the Exhibits!
10:30 - 12:00 PM -- Breakout Sessions
Personal Safety In and Out of the Office
Speaker: Sgt. Kevin Sonstebo, Fergus Falls Police Dept.
Sgt. Sonstebo will provide attendees with helpful tips for staying safe when visiting clients in their residences or public spaces.
This is What Advocacy Looks Like
Speaker: Christina Zeise, MSW, MPP, Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association
As health and human service providers, we play an important role in working toward social justice. There are many ways to advocate for yourself and your clients, and we can all find ways that fit with our unique strengths and expertise. Join us to learn how MSSA is revamping its public policy program to make advocacy easier and more accessible for our members. Whether you are new to advocacy, or have been active for many years, learn what you can do to work toward social justice and how MSSA can help you in your advocacy.
12:00 - 12:45 PM -- Luncheon/Membership Meeting/Visit the Exhibits
12:45 - 2:15 PM -- Breakout Sessions
Human Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
Speaker: Brie Sweeney, BSW, West Central Safe Harbor Regional Navigator, MN Dept. of Health/Heartland Girls Ranch
We will discuss the current state of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Minnesota. We'll also cover specific indicators and what to do if you suspect trafficking or exploitation.
Chemical Use and Abuse
Speaker: Vickie Schmidt, Schmidt & Associates
Chemical use and abuse will be discussed.
2:15 - 2:30 PM -- Last Opportunity to Visit the Exhibits!
2:30 - 4:30 PM -- Breakout Sessions
Ethics in Social Work
Speaker: Amy Phillips, PhD, Fargo Site Coordinator, Minot State University - Dept. of Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work
This session will review the potential ethical dilemmas faced by social workers.
Speaker: Heather Brandt, Program Director/Clinical, Centre Inc., Fargo
Learn the ins and outs of motivational interviewing.
4:30 PM -- Adjourn