Region 9 Fall Conference 2022

Friday, September 23
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Join us on Zoom on Friday, September 23 for Region 9's annual Fall Conference! We have a full day of sessions planned—see agenda below for session details.

Pricing: $25 for members | $35 for nonmembers | FREE for student members
CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 6.5 live CEUs (including 2 Ethics CEUs) plus 2 pre-recorded/on-demand CEUs for a total of 8.5 CEUs.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 21 at 11:59 PM
Other details:

  • All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the conference.
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link to access the conference on Thursday, September 22.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring MSSA's Region 9 Fall Conference is a unique opportunity for your organization to connect with health and human service professionals, including social workers, child and adult protection workers, mental health professionals, case manager, county and DHS staff, and others. Topics include ethics, diversity and equity, clinical mental health, and co-occurring disorders. Sponsorships support MSSA's Region 9 Scholarship Fund.

Sponsorship Options and Details

Benefits  Gold Sponsor - $150
(Agency Members $125) 
Silver Sponsor - $100
(Agency Members $75) 
Bronze Sponsor - $50
(Agency Members $25) 
1 complimentary conference registration 
Thank you in 1 MSSA social media post on Facebook and LinkedIn 
Included in at least 2 event marketing emails*  Linked logo  Linked company name 
Included in rotating PowerPoint during virtual conference breaks  Full slide  1/2 slide  Logo and company name 
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8:00 - 9:45 am
Keynote: Racial Health Equity in Minnesota

Bukata Hayes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

The impact of systemic racism has taken a damaging toll on the health of our state, affecting the physical and mental health of thousands of Minnesotans. It's important for all of us to take an anti-racist approach to help dismantle racism and contribute to a more fair and just society. In this session, you will learn about health inequities in Minnesota and action steps you can take to be part of the solution.

9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 - 11:00 am

The DSM-V-TR: Important Updates

Dr. Christopher Vye, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas
Learn about important changes to the DSM-5 with the updated text revision (TR) version. We'll discuss reasons behind the changes, clinical significance of the changes, and whether the TR version is necessary for your practice.

11:00 - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Best Care Practices for Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Substance Use

Danielle Freitag, LADC, Action169
Take a close look into restorative care that emphasizes a strengths-based approach for a better outcome. This session will discuss best-care practices, including creative arts, that support the overall wellness of women who have survived commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and who may also have a substance use disorder.

12:15 - 1:00 pm
Panel Q&A with representatives from the Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health

Do you have questions about your licensure requirements? Here's your opportunity to get clarity! Ask your questions over lunch and get answers from representatives from Minnesota's three major health and human service licensing boards.

1:00 - 2:00 pm
This Is How We Do It: Speaking Up for the Mentally and Emotionally Wounded
Jasmin Boelter, LADC, Wellcome Manor

In this presentation we will identify the mental and emotional challenges that exist from unresolved trauma wounds, and how these wounds are correlated with addiction. Using what we have learned from women and children in our residential treatment program, we will provide participants with methods to expand the patient's ability to thrive by understanding and addressing the deep-rooted wounds.

2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break

2:15 - 4:15 pm

Build Your Ethics Toolbox: Applying Regulations to Social Work Practice
Kimberly Doran, MSW, LICSW, and Rebecca Moskow, JD, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Brush up on your knowledge of legal issues, licensure requirements, and practice standards in Minnesota.

Bonus On-Demand Sessions
Giving a Warm Welcome to LGBTQIA+ People

Dr. Ross Aalgaard, DSW, MDiv, LADC, CCTP, MSU Mankato
Despite advances of the last few decades, people with minority sexual and gender identities still experience discrimination. As "bathroom laws," threats to same-sex marriage, and "Don't Say Gay" bills are implemented across the country, it is important for health and human service professionals to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities. Service providers can offer a warm welcome to LGBTQIA+ individuals by learning about the LGBTQIA+ community, knowing best care practices, and recognizing current cultural attacks.

Addressing the Workforce Shortage: The Center for Rural Behavioral Health
Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, NCC, CCMHC, MSU Mankato
This session will examine the behavioral health workforce shortage in rural Minnesota. We will discuss current challenges as well as solutions, including the newly established Center for Rural Behavioral Health at MSU Mankato.



Thank you, Sponsors!