MSSA Region 4 Fall Conference

Thursday, September 15, 2022
8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Thanks for attending the Region 4 Fall Conference! We will see you in 2023.


8:00 am

8:15 - 9:15 am Connecting the Dots: Historical Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Our Communities
Linsey McMurrin
  Join us as we explore the relationship between our own experiences in our formative years and how that impacts the way we see the world around us. Taking into account adversity and trauma, as well as strength and resilience, helps us better understand ourselves and the people we serve. Practical tips and tools will be shared and attendees will leave with a more compassionate lens for ourselves, our colleagues, and the families we serve in our communities.
9:15 - 9:30 am

9:30 - 10:30 am Self-Care: Good for You and Your Work
Haylie Rawlings

Learn tangible skills for your self-care practice and participate in a yoga demonstration.

10:30 - 10:45 am

10:45 - 11:45 am Smart Living: Using Smart Home Technology for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Kevin Anderson

  Learn about how smart home technology can support individuals with intellectual disabilities. With the use of smart home technology, individuals with intellectual disabilities can live full and productive lives. Smart home technology includes devices that allow for voice control of daily functions such as monitoring a daily schedule, opening blinds or doors, and communicating with caregivers.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Break for Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm How Horses Heal
Lori and Victor Ricigliano

Learn about how horses can help people with everything from reducing stress and anxiety to relieving severe emotional trauma.

1:30 - 1:45 pm

1:45 - 3:45 pm Social Work Ethics: Cultural Competence
Tracy Neusser

Refresh your understanding of cultural competence, and explore a working framework for developing cultural competency skills. 

Speaker Information

Linsey McMurrin has a passion for and is well-versed in trauma-informed practices and healing-centered engagement, and is the statewide coordinator of NEAR Sciences at FamilyWise Services. A citizen of the Leech Lake Nation and White Earth descendent, she believes a firm understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the underlying historical and intergenerational traumas as the root of many of our societal issues today is key to community transformation. Linsey advocates for strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive frameworks to support community-wide change.
Haylie Rawlings is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
Kevin Anderson, PhD, ORT, ATP teaches in an occupational therapy (OT) doctoral program while also maintaining a private practice. Dr. Anderson has worked in public schools, hospitals, and community-based settings.
Victor Ricigliano is a retired police officer and certified life coach. Lori Ricigliano is a professional horse trainer. Victor and Lori own and operate Ricigliano Farms, located in the Northern Red River Valley of Minnesota.
Tracy Neusser, MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Tracy is also the Co-chair of MSSA's Region 4 Chapter.

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