Submit Your 2023 Presentation Proposals


Information for Presenters

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 services field. 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 more. 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. Read our tips to help you submit a successful proposal.

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 receive a complimentary conference registration and a one-year complimentary MSSA membership!

The deadline to submit a proposal has passed. Please contact Shereen with any questions. 

Important Dates

  • Proposal submissions open: October 12
  • Deadline to submit a proposal: November 9
  • Notice of proposal acceptance or denial: January 6
  • Deadline for student poster or showcase submissions: January 15
  • Notice of assigned presentation dates and times: January 31
  • Session PowerPoints and materials due to MSSA: March 2
  • MSSA 130th Annual Conference & Expo: March 15-17, 2023

    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.

    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 Nonprofit Management, Research, Social Justice, Advocacy)
    • Supervision & Leadership
    • Additional Topics (Criminal Justice, Gender-Based Violence, Housing/Homelessness, Workforce Shortages)