Critical Conversations Series

MSSA's Critical Conversations series is an ongoing platform for MSSA members to learn about and engage in social justice issues and current events.

Restoring Hope and Imagining Justice
Tuesday, October 25
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Restorative practices are drawn from the traditions of Indigenous people and communities of color around the world. They are grounded in a belief that people are profoundly relational, interconnected, and inherently good, and include ways of creating community that honors the importance of relationships amongst all community members, as well as practices to repair relationships. Join us to learn more about building community, cultivating a restorative mindset, and repairing harm.

Presenter: Dr. Tamara Mattison, Assistant Divisional Social Services Director, The Salvation Army

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 1.5 CEUs

Pricing: $10 for MSSA members | $30 for nonmembers | FREE for MSSA Student members

Registration deadline: 11:59 PM Sunday, September 18

Other details:
  • Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting one day prior to the event.
  • The session will be recorded and made available to registrants after the live event.

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Thanks to our sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield

As MSSA's Critical Conversations sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is committed to ending racial health disparities and supporting Minnesota's health and human service workforce.

Past Critical Conversations Events


Immigration 101: Issues and Resources
Podcast Club: Conversations With People Who Hate Me
Understanding the Refugee Resettlement Experience
Healing in Action: Intentional Conversations and Practices
Ally or Accomplice? How to Take Allyship to the Next Level
Oppression and Interpersonal Violence: From Macro to Micro


Historical Trauma and Its Impact on the Brain
White Accountability in Action: From Intention to Impact
Book Club discussion: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Leaning into Difficult Conversations
History of Racism in Health and Human Services
The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma
White Accountability: Unpacking and Dismantling the White Savior Complex
LGBTQ Issues in Providing Social Services
Book Club discussion: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


Confronting "Jane Crow:" Trauma, Oppression, and Abolition in the Child Protection System
Guiding Your Clients Toward Informed Choice in Times of Chaos

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