Join us on Friday, May 17, 2019 for the 6th Annual MSSA Region 9 Summer Conference, hosted by MSSA Region 9 and the Social Work Department at Minnesota State, Mankato. The full-day program will offer two tracks and a chance to earn up to 6 CEUs!


Current MSU Students:
$10 Early Registration (by April 30)
$20 Registration (May 1 - May 10, and on-site)

MSSA Members:
$40 Early Registration (by April 30)
$50 Registration (May 1 - May 10, and on-site)

Non-Members:
$45 Early Registration (by April 30)
$55 Registration (May 1 - May 10, and on-site)

Online registration opens April 1. Call 651-644-0556 with registration questions.



Region 9 Summer Conference

MSSA Region 9 and Minnesota State University Mankato Dept of Social Work

May 17, 2019
MSU, Mankato Campus 
Centennial Student Union

Campus Map
 
Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to 
park in the purple or green parking lots

Program Schedule
Below is a brief overview of the day's events. Stay tuned for more information!

7:30-8:00 AM  
Registration 

8:00-10:00 AM Session 1

Track 1
Minnesota and Marijuana: Practice and Policy Implication for Social Workers
Presenters: Dr. Ross Aalgaard, DSW, LICSE, LADC, CCTP & Dr. David Beimers, PhD, LISW
Agency: MSU, Mankato Department of Social Work
Level of Difficulty: Introductory
Session Description: Thirty-three states, including Minnesota, have comprehensive public medical marijuana programs. Ten of these states and the District of Columbia have also legalized recreational marijuana use. Public attitudes and laws around marijuana are changing quickly in the US, including here in Minnesota. This presentation addresses 1)   Marijuana policy, past and present; 2) Research-informed practice implications for social workers; and 3) Issues with expanded recreational and medical cannabis use.

Track 2
Working Effectively With Muslims
Presenter: Jaylani Hussein
Agency: Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota Chapter
Level of Difficulty: Introductory
Session Description: In the majority of complaints of religious, racial, and ethnic discrimination, we have learned that most discrimination occurs because of miscommunication and a lack of understanding of religious practices and culture. Our training will cover three different sections: 1) Bring awareness to eliminate a potential bias; 2) Highlight Muslim demographics and in-depth explanation of the religion and cultural norms, including keywords, holidays, and customs held in Muslim culture; and 3) How to provide religious accommodations. 
10:00-10:15 AM   
Break 

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM Session 2

Track 1

TBD

Track 2
Voting is Social Work: Integrating Voter Engagement into Social Work Practice

Presenter: Katharine Hill, PhD, MSW, MPP
Agency: St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work
Level of Difficulty: Introductory to Intermediate
Session Description: Social work's ethical commitment to empowerment and social justice makes voter engagement and ethical mandate. Seeing clients as voters affirms their equality as citizens in our democracy, and acknowledges the importance of their participation in their communities. In practice, social workers are well-situated to engage clients and agencies in voting, and should seek opportunities to do so. Thus, voting as a social work intervention makes practical and ethical good sense.
12:15-1:00 PM  
Lunch
 
1:00-3:00 PM  Session 3

Track 1
TBD

Track 2
See You At Your House: Ethics and Safety Considerations in Home-Based Services
Presenters: Dr. Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW & Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed.
Agency: MSU, Mankato Department of Social Work & Anu Family Services & Center for the Challenging Child
Level of Difficulty: Introductory to Intermediate
Session Description: Clients' homes are the locations where many practitioners build relationships and carry out their work. Common for those working in child and family services, adult and child mental health, among others, "home visiting" has a long history. Being "in home," however, tends to change the dynamics of work, may seem more informal, challenges boundary maintenance, and allows for observation in a real setting. It presents a myriad of ethical and safety issues. Presenters will discuss these issues drawing from experience in child and family services.
Consent to Use of Photographic ImagesAttendees agree that MSSA may use and distribute, both now and in the future, the attendee’s image or voice in photographs, video, electronic media, audio and social media, for publicity purposes and/or marketing collateral.
Registrant Substitution/Share Policy: If a registrant is unable to attend, a substitute may be sent in his/her place. Only one substitute is allowed per original registrant. Please email substitutions to info@mnssa.org as soon as possible. Each person attending the conference must submit a separate registration form. Conference attendance cannot be split between employees.
Liability Waiver/Release: As an attendee at the MSSA Region 9 Summer Conference, I release MSSA from all liability and agree not to sue MSSA or those acting on their behalf, for any expense, loss, damage, personal injury, theft or actions of any kind that I incur and I assume full responsibility.
Questions? Contact the MSSA office at 651.644.0556 or info@mnssa.org for assistance.