Submit Your 2022 Presentation Proposals

MSSA and the MSSA Conference and Education Committee would like to invite all interested speakers to submit your education presentation proposals for the MSSA 129th Annual Training Conference & Expo, March 16-18, 2022. We are seeking energetic and engaging speakers and leaders who can share their knowledge, experiences and best practice techniques to provide professional development relevant to the health and human service field.

NEW for 2022

    Presentation Long Description: In addition to the short description used for publication in the conference schedule, this year we are providing an additional space to share more details about the content to be covered and its relevance to practitioners. This is a great place to also indicate how the presenter(s) background and positionality enhances/supports the presentation content. This information is for internal use only in the selection process and will not be shared with conference participants.

    Diverse Perspectives: With a continued goal to share diverse perspectives in our sessions, both in content and presenter experience, we have added questions for submitters to help us identify sessions that stand out in these areas.

    Return to In-Person Conference: We are planning for an in-person conference, but to increase access we are also providing 20 CE hours of recorded content post-conference. We will be selecting some live sessions to record, but there is also an opportunity for speakers to pre-record sessions for the virtual on-demand content as well.


Submit your ideas for the opportunity to present at the conference and make a difference in communities across Minnesota. As an added bonus, lead presenters get a complimentary conference registration and a 1-year complimentary MSSA Membership!

Submit Your Proposal »

Please contact Sharon with any questions. 

Student Opportunities:

Students can submit a proposal for the student poster session or a presentation for the Student Showcase Session. Student memberships are always free.
The student submission deadline is extended to January 31, 2022.

Students: Submit a Poster or Showcase Proposal »

Learn more about student opportunities  at the conference and all year with MSSA.

Audience Information

Our goal is to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by knowledgeable presenters. Over 3,000 social service professionals attend this event including social workers, social service specialists, child and adult protection staff, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional clinical counselors, and others in the health and human services field. Approximately 60-300 people attend each session. Presentation proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected, and a focus on MSSA’s Core Values  of Social Responsibility, Equity, and Inclusion is appreciated.

    Education Session Topics

    We are accepting presentation proposals for 60 minute, 90 minute, and 120 minute breakout sessions. Any sessions that fit within our track topics below are welcome. Additional topic ideas for 2022 include:
    • New programs and innovative solutions to current community needs
    • Presentations featuring personal testimony or centering first-hand experiences of clients/community members.
    • Pandemic-related topics such as Grief and Loss, Mental Health, Workforce Shortages, Loneliness, SUD, etc.
    • Topics related to MSSA’s 2022 Legislative Agenda

    Track Topics     
    • Adult Services (Adult Protection, Guardianship, Person-centered Planning, MN Choices Assessment, Aging, Supported Group Decision-making)
    • Behavioral Health (Mental Health, Addiction/Recovery, Chemical Health)
    • Child Well-Being (Child Protection, Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship, Licensing)
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Racial and ethnic disparities in systems, Cultural Responsiveness, LGBTQIA, Access to services)
    • Ethics
    • Health & Wellness (Self-care, Safety)
    • Macro Practice (Program Development and Evaluation, Grant Writing, Government and Non-profit Management, Research, Social Justice, Advocacy)
    • Supervision & Leadership
    • Additional Topics (Housing/Homelessness, Gender-based Violence, Veterans Issues, Criminal Justice, etc.)

    Dates to Remember

    • Proposal Submissions Accepted starting: December 16, 2021
    • Proposal Submission Deadline: Extended to January 15, 2022
    • Conference Invitations by: January 31, 2022
    • Final Day and Time Assigned by: February 9-11, 2022
    • Session Materials Due: March 2-7, 2022
    • MSSA 129th Annual Training Conference: March 16-18, 2022.

    Students, please view the Student Poster Session and Showcase  information for important dates.

    Commercial / Promotional Presentations

    Presentations must be educational in nature and may NOT sell or otherwise promote a product, service, or organization in which you have a financial interest.