MSSA Northwest District Virtual Conference 2020

Thank you to all who attended and presented at the annual Northwest District Conference on August 20! All registrants will receive their certificate of attendance, session recordings, and an event survey on Monday, August 24.



8:00 - 9:15  Native American Culture: Supporting Clients 
  Stephanie Jensen, Clinical Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 
  Shiela Zephier, Culture Specialist, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 
  Cultural competence is critical in supporting clients' social and emotional health as well as identifying the most appropriate resources and services. Our speakers will share their different approaches and a diverse generational perspective to encourage participants to see the diversity in the Native American Community in Minnesota and try new approaches in their work. 
9:15 - 9:30  Break 
9:30 - 10:45  Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents 
Dawn Beck, MA, Associate Director, Special Assignment, Olmsted County Administration 
Roger Heinen, Jail Division Commander, Washington County 
  Cross-disciplinary partnerships are critical in supporting families impacted by incarceration. In this session, the findings and ongoing work of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup will be reviewed. Participants will hear from a jail administrator's perspective about the importance of focusing on children, and learn more about a child's perspective of incarceration. 
10:45 - 11:00  Break 
11:00 - 12:15   Grief and Loss: It Isn't So Hard to Help 
Janna Kontz, MDiv, Grief Specialist and Chaplain, Hospice of the Red River Valley 
  This session will cover the basics of grief and loss and give some helpful suggestions on how to help yourself or another who is grieving. Grief and loss as a part of every life. Participants will take with them some tools to help navigate the waters of grief and loss instead of trying to avoid them. 
12:15 - 12:30  Break 
12:30 - 1:45  Human-animal Interactions: The Roles of Animals in Clinical Practice 
Amber Bach-Gorman, PhD, NCC, LPCC-S, Pet Partners Evaluator/Therapy Team, Pet Partners of the Red River Valley 
  Attendees will gain a broad understanding of the human-animal bond, human-animal interactions, and terminology associated with the practice of animal-assisted counseling. Attendees will also learn results of research conducted with at-risk youth and college mental health settings utilizing animal-assisted counseling. Lastly, attendees will be informed of core competencies necessary to begin an animal-assisted therapy program in addition to ethical implications when partnering with animals in clinical work.
1:45 - 2:00  Break 
2:00 - 4:00  Moral Distress in the Helping Professions: Recognizing, Addressing and Reframing Toward Resilience* 
Kristen M. Fischer, LMSW, NSW-C, Transplant Social Worker, Sanford Transplant Center - Fargo 
  Participants will learn to identify moral distress in themselves and colleagues, distinguish it from psychological distress (focusing on the ethical context), and develop processes to address and cope with the situations and constraints that contribute to moral distress. Case examples will illustrate common scenarios that lead to moral distress. A framework for addressing and working through moral distress, both personally and in a team environment, will be discussed. Specific factors inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic that contribute to moral distress will also be reviewed. 
  *This session counts toward Ethics CEUs required for social work licensure 

Thanks to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

                                                 Prime West
   LSS Guardianship Options and Pooled Trust

 Quality Disability Services
   Partners in Community Supports
   Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium
   Minnesota Association of County Health Plans

Silver Sponsors

Blue Sky Inc.