MSSA Metro Region Fall Conference
Join us for the MSSA Metro Region Annual Fall Conference on October 3 with keynote Jason Sole, author of From Prison to PhD.
Includes a child welfare track and general sessions that will apply to all health and human service providers.
Up to 6 CEU credits available.
Online registration rates (by September 28th): Member $65 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25
Day of/Onsite registration rates: Member $75 | Nonmember $135 | Student $35
Exhibit: $250 (includes table top exhibit space + conference registration)
Jason Sole has been a criminal justice educator for nine years (served as an assistant professor at two academic institutions) and is currently an adjunct professor at Hamline University. He is a national keynote speaker and trainer. He’s the past president of the Minneapolis NAACP in which he launched several public safety initiatives that led to harm reduction in Hennepin County. Sole was a 2013 Bush Fellow who focused on juvenile delinquency and recidivism throughout the state of Minnesota. He helped launch Mayor Coleman’s Community Ambassador’s Program, which led to a 63% reduction in juvenile crime in the first year. In 2014, he published his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances. He is currently the Community First Public Safety Initiatives Director for the City of Saint Paul.
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8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 10:30 AM -- Keynote: Jason Sole
10:30 - 10:45 AM -- Visit the Exhibits
10:45 - Noon -- Breakout Session #1
• Elevated Autism Rates in Twin Cities' Kids
Anab A. Gulaid, Education Specialist 2 at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, a federally-designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
• Aging Out of Foster Care: A Youth Perspective
Panel with Jessica Rogers Connections to Independence
Noon - 1:30 PM -- Buffet Lunch / Membership Meeting / Legislative Proposals
• Compliments of Metro Meals on Wheels
1:30 - 2:45 PM -- Breakout Session #2
• Quality Parenting Initiative - Minnesota: Improving Experiences for Families Within the Child Welfare System
Kirsten Anderson, Executive Director of Aspire MN; Darlene Bell, Foster Parent at Family Alternatives; Kate Rickord, MA, LP, Senior Director of Treatment and Foster Care at St. David’s Center
2:45 - 3:00 PM -- Visit the Exhibits
• Sexually Exploited Youth
Dariann McCormick, MSW LICSW, Human Trafficking Child Protection Program Coordinator, Child Safety and Prevention Unit , Minnesota Department of Human Services and Sarah Ladd, Human Trafficking Child Protection Program Coordinator, Child Safety and Prevention Unit , Minnesota Department of Human Services
3:00 - 4:15 PM -- Breakout Session #3
• What is the Census, Why Does It Matter, and How Can You Help?
Andrew Virden, Director of Census Operations and Engagement, Minnesota State Demographic Center
4:15 PM Adjourn
• Hennepin County Child Protective Services: Reform and Child Well-Being
Jodi Wentland, Director of Hennepin County Human Services; Michelle Lefebvre, Area Manager, Hennepin County Child Protection