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MN Fall Workshop Day 10-31-2019
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NASW-MN's Fall Workshop Day

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy N
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55104
United States
Contact: NASW-MN

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NASW-MN's Fall Workshop Day

Thursday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, 55104



Connect with social work colleagues across practice areas and refresh your practice!


NASW-MN has put together an array of incredible workshops on a wide range of topics most requested by social workers in MN. Our Workshop Day will permit you to attend your choice of half-day workshops on the topics most interesting or relevant to your practice and passion. Whether you're in clinical practice or a macro practitioner, new to social work or a seasoned professional, supervising or in supervised practice, there are workshops for you! 



Attend one workshop in the Morning or the Afternoon, or attend the full day - it's your choice!


Click here to view the event flyer or scroll down for workshops, presenter information, and pricing.




Morning Workshop Choices - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (3 CEUs)


- Ethical Dilemmas in Homeless Work (Ethics CEU)

Presenter: John Petroskas

This session will consider the ethical dilemmas that frequently arise in direct service with people experiencing homelessness. Come engage in small group discussions that examine real-life scenarios illustrating these dilemmas, and participate in a facilitated conversation about the ways these dilemmas can be resolved.


- Cross-Cultural Communication: Flexible Approaches to Resolving Conflict

Presenters: Cardina Esparza, M. Ed. and Angie Brown, M.A.

Facilitators will introduce the Intercultural Conflict Styles ® model. Participants will complete an individual checklist, gain tips for remaining flexible in conflict, and use short written scenarios. In small groups, participants will improve cultural self-understanding, deepen their understanding of cultural patterns that differ in problem-solving, and discuss resolving misunderstandings and disputes.


- The Innovative Practice of Bibliotherapy (Clinical post-test available)

Presenter: Ted Bowman, M.Div.

Healing social work practices often include a re-working of one’s story. Victims become survivors; life after loss is transformed to life living with loss; and there and then morphs into a new here and now. The use of published narratives, poems, lyrics, and case studies will be presented, practiced and discussed for use in social work settings.



Afternoon Workshop Choices - 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (3 CEUs)


- Taking Care of Our People: Healing Organizational Trauma through Team Care

Presenter: Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW

Organizations, like people, experience trauma that impacts both workers and clients served. Come explore how people in both formal and informal leadership roles can address organizational trauma, and create a culture of team care. Learn tools to address trauma that influences organizational culture, and consider how organizations can support teams in caring for each other. 


- Power and Language: Engaging in Difficult Dialogue Across Difference (Supervision CEU)

Presenters: Cardina Esparza, M. Ed. and Angie Brown, M.A.

Facilitators explore types of conflict and how power and language impact conflict. Participants will discuss the factors of power dynamics and intersectionality that come up in supervisor and employee, and work team relationships. The dialogue model offers an intentional approach to honor multiple perspectives and offer to remain in dialogue.


- The DIRT GROUP Paradigm: Recent Findings in Neuroscience, Applied Theory, and Implications for Practice (Clinical post-test available)

Presenter: Kenneth Turck, MSW, LICSW

Come learn about an award-winning, resiliency-informed children’s mental health application based in social emotional learning in the context of a gardening, farming, foods, and creative arts project. Get engaged and inspired to consider how you can incorporate elements of this dynamic approach to social work with groups in your own practice.





Presenter Information


Ted Bowman, M. Div.

Ted Bowman is an educator who specializes in change and transition, whether it occurs in families, an organization, or the community. For over 40 years, Ted has provided consultation and training for organizations throughout Minnesota, other states and countries.  For a decade, Ted served on the board of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.



Angie Brown, M.A.

Angie is a part-time trainer for the Wilder Center for Learning & Excellence and provides expertise in intercultural assessment and community engagement. She has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit programming, guided by a background in LGBTQ youth organizing and leadership development. 



Cardina Esparza, M. Ed.

Cardina leads the Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence as the program manager. She has over ten years of experience in nonprofit service focused on organizational change and building inclusion through training and culture change. Ms. Esparza leads work related to multicultural organization capacity building and uses various tools and practices to make processes for change inclusive.



Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW

Jenn is the Executive Director of Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW). Jenn has worked in non-profits, and has experience building and developing programs, managing volunteers, and engaging communities. She is a Macro practice social worker and believes in using the principles of Social Work to build and develop strong organizations to effectively serve clients and communities.



John Petroskas

John is a policy specialist for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Before DHS, John worked in programs serving homeless families and adults. At Catholic Charities, he helped start the Housing First program, then managed social services at Higher Ground, an innovative shelter and supportive housing program for homeless adults.



Kenneth Turck, MSW, LICSW

Kenneth is a psychotherapist, adjunct professor, and field instructor who has worked in children’s mental health for 30 years. He holds an MSW from St. Cloud State University. He is the President/CEO of Crow River Family Services, LLC & DIRT GROUP Global, Inc. and received the 2010 NASW-MN Paul and Shelia Wellstone Social Justice Award.








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Optional $12 lunch available; includes sandwich choice, chips, cookie, and beverage. Make your selection during Registration process.

Call the NASW-MN Office at 651-293-1935 or e-mail with any questions.

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