2013 – 2014 SPICE Workshops & Events


Below is a list of upcoming workshops, conferences and other NASW-MN sponsored events. If you would like more information about a specific event, simply click on the event name. You can register for an event either by clicking the link below or via a link on each event page.


Confirmation: No confirmation will be sent. If you register online, your emailed receipt will serve as your confirmation. If you register by fax or mail, you will not receive a confirmation. You will only be contacted if there is a cancellation or change.

Refunds: Refunds will be given, minus a $20 processing fee, for full-day workshops and conferences if requested in writing at least one week prior to the event. If you cannot attend, you may send someone in your place. Your registration fee can also be transferred to other workshops within our fiscal year (July – June). All request regarding payments must be submitted in writing.

Registration: No telephone registrations will be accepted. Paper registrations may be mailed or faxed along with your payment. If you fax a registration, please indicate method and intended date of payment.

Payment: Payment is required at the time of registration. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, check or PO.
We have many ways for you to save money. 

  • Workshop Packages (for full days only) can be quite a savings. Numbered workshops below are eligible for the package rate. To view and select workshops for your package, click here.  Please print and send in your form to NASW-MN, 1885 University Ave W, Suite 340, St. Paul, MN 55104. To get the package rate, you need to pay for the entire package at this time.

  • Group Rates save you an additional $10. When you register with 3 or more, each person gets $10 off their registration price. To register at the group rate, members of the group need to send in their registration and payment together in one envelope.

  • Early Bird Rates save you $15 dollars from the regular rate.

  • Workshop Assistants - These workshops need your help. If you are interested, Rachel at 651-293-1935 or email rachel@naswmn.org


Ethic Trainings
  9:00am - 11:000am - Children's Home Society & Family Services
Ethics Committe Members

We have this training every month in the morning at the Children’s Home Society & Family Services on Eustice St in St. Paul.  The training is broken down into two parts.  The first part is a short PowerPoint presentation and after that are case discussions on sample ethical cases.

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License Exam Review Course
BSW - One full Day
MSW - One and half days
 Professors from different schools

Our licensing examination review course started in 1991.  Our teachers are social workers drawn from NASW and MSCSW.  Most of them are in clinical practice, and a few also teach at one of the local schools of social work.  This Course Will: Reduce test anxiety; Sharpen test taking skills; Review the knowledge base of Social Work.  And Includes: Test taking pointers; Exam content review; Written and oral practice questions; Comprehensive manual; CEH’s available.  An interactive course that builds confidence in helping you pass the licensure exam.  This course is offered quarterly (January, April, July & October). 

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 Psychopharmacology in Integrative Mental Health
Thursday, September 19, 2013; 9:00am - 12:00pm
At the Children's Home Society & Family Services

Gisli Kristofersson, RN, CNS, MS, PhD
Sue Towey APRN, BC, MS LP

This workshop will review common psychotropic medications used in psychiatry and mental health, along with their drug classifications, indications for use and potential side effects/adverse effects.  The workshop will also discuss “Functional Nutrition” and the basic nutritional supplementation to support neurotransmitter functioning for mental health.


  1. Identify commonly used medications for depression & anxiety

  2. Identify commonly used medications for mood and thought disorders

  3. Discuss adjunctive nutritional supplementation for brain and mental health

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 (1) Ready or Not... DSM-V
Friday, October 11, 2013;
8:30am - 4:00pm
Gary Johnson, Ph.D., LP. LMFT

The new edition of the DSM-5® (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) has been called revolutionary, brilliant, open,  & scientifically rigorous…as well as defensive, unscientific, & backward.  Good or bad, major changes will significantly impact clinical work, diagnoses, research and ultimately reimbursement.

Multi-axial diagnosis is out...severity & dimensional ratings of symptoms into syndromes are in. Intended to better fit with the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), the DSM-V requires understanding a new paradigm and new diagnostic skills.
Changes will be highlighted including the reorganization of the chapters, creation of new diagnoses and categories, consolidation of diagnoses, and the deletion of others.  Specific clinical examples will be used to help differentiate between cases that might be diagnosed differently in the DSM-IV vs. DSM-5. A “cheat sheet” will be provided to help interpret changes between the old and new diagnostic categories.

Controversies accompanying the development of the DSM-V including potential over-diagnosis of mental illness will be explored. This workshop will benefit clinical social workers (include other professions?) that diagnose and treat mental illness in all settings.


  • Changes to existing diagnoses – autism spectrum disorder, ADD, adjustment disorders

  • “The Winners - New disorders”: Hoarding, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia Spectrum (new catatonia specifier), Complicated Grief, Excoriation (skin picking), Gambling

  • “The Losers & the Controversies”: Personality Disorders, Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome, Mixed Anxiety-Depression, Internet Use Gaming Disorder

  • Reorganized trauma disorders, substance abuse criteria, ODD


  • Describe the structure of the DSM-5® diagnostic process and its new classification system.

  • Demonstrate improved ability to diagnose mental health issues.

  • Summarize the changes in autism spectrum disorders.

  • Describe a new approach to assessing personality disorders.

  • Explain changes in diagnosing substance use disorder.


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 (2) Intervention Strategies for Dissociation in Trauma Clients
Friday, November 15, 2013; 8:30am - 3:45pm
Noel Larson, MSW, PhD, LICSW

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December Half Day Workshop
Friday, December 20, 2013; 9:00am - 12:00pm
At the Children's Home Society & Family Services

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(3) Real Couples Therapy II
Friday, February 21, 2014; 8:30 - 4:00pm
Terry Real, LICSW

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18th Annual Day At the Capitol

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 April Half Day Workshop
Friday, April 18, 2014; 9:00am - 12:00pm
At the Children's Home Society & Family Services

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(4) Techniques for Better Supervision
May 2, 2014; 8:30 - 4:00pm
Kim Strom-Gottfried, PhD

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24th Annual Conference
June 5 & 6, 2014

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