Region 9 Summer Conference


Thank you to everyone who attended the Region 9 Summer Conference! For questions regarding presentations or training recordings, contact Suzanne at slamoreaux@mnssa.org.

Direct Practice Track


Dates: June 23, June 30, and July 14, 2020
Times: June 23 and July 14: 12:00 - 1:00 PM; June 30: 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Session 1: Building Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

June 23, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Presenter: Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, CCMHC, ACS

We are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. This workshop will examine how building resilience can help individuals effectively manage stress and improve emotional functioning. Participants can expect to: Define resilience and its function within preventative psychological care; identify strategies to build resilience; and learn skills to teach resilience-building techniques to others. The emphasis of the training will be on practical application of the materials within the participants' respective disciplines.

Session 2: Substance Use, a Disease of Despair, and the Role of Medication Assisted Treatment in Recovery

June 30, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Presenters: Rochelle Perry, MSN, APRN, CNP, FMHNP-BC and Almarely Guerrero Sanchez

This session will focus on reevaluating the treatment of substance use disorders to include a chronic illness model. In addition, attendees will learn the role of Suboxone in the recovery of patients with an opioid use disorder. Attendees will receive free overdose reversal kits via mail upon completion of the webinar, courtesy of the Rummler Foundation.

Session 3: Addiction Recovery in Small-town and Rural Minnesota

July 14, 2020,12:00 - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Amy Krentzman, MSW, PhD

We will present results of our qualitative study exploring the experience of addiction recovery in small-town and rural Minnesota. We interviewed 34 individuals in recovery, treatment providers, and people who were treatment providers in recovery. Participants described a range of challenges to recovery as well as strategies for success.


Supervision Track


Grasping Fog: The Reflective Use of Self and Its Application in Clinical Supervision

June 15 and 16, 2020, 1:00-4:00 PM both days
Presenter: Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW


The supervisory relationship presents some unique challenges and opportunities involving effective use of self. Supervisors are frequently confronted with situations that my evoke strong personal reactions. Attendees will develop a meaningful and accessible way to conceptualize, apply, and describe the process of "use of self" to themselves and their supervisees. This course uses didactic input and experiential learning, and attendees will explore how the whole person of the supervisor can be effectively engaged in the way supervision is provided. Strategies for managing obstacles will be introduced, including self-insight, self-integration, empathy, anxiety management, and conceptualizing skills.


CEUs: 6 Supervision CEUs. This training meets licensure requirements for social work supervisors.