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Social workers embody the message of “Be the change you want to see in the world.”


This year’s conference theme, “I Am Somebody: Inspiring Innovative Practice” is meant to anchor us, invigorate us and unite us in collective work for positive change. We want to expand our systems thinking beyond the here and now.


We want to inspire social workers to systematically explore possibilities, using our expertise in finding connections and patterns in the human experience.


Ultimately, we hope to embolden social workers to embrace our collective power, delve into new approaches to our practice, and rise to our higher purpose. Come join us!



LEARN new and innovative content.

NETWORK with your Social Work colleagues from across the state.

REFRESH your practice.






Conference Registration




Click here to view the full Conference brochure.

 *Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled keynote for pre-conference track 1 (Abigail Echo Hawk) is no longer able to attend. Click here for updated pre-conference track 1 flyer.



Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities


Connect with providers and job-seekers. Promote your organization and its services. Support the social work community.

Click to register online as a Sponsor/Exhibitor or to view the paper form.




Conference at a glance

  • FREE and convenient parking!
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea provided each day!
  • New this year!  Pre-conference Monday (6 CEUs) featuring two distinct tracks:
    • "Cultivating Health Communities: Policy, Equity and Innovation" (click here for the flyer)
    • "Protecting Yourself & Your Practice: Navigating Risk, Liabilities, and Client Complaints"
  • Tuesday and Wednesday include 17.75 CEUs:
    • 36 breakout options (7.5 CEUs)
    • Numerous poster sessions (3.25 CEUs)
    • Keynotes (3 CEUs)
    • Book Club (4 CEUs)

  • Diverse workshop content, including:
    • Advanced Clinical
    • Macro Practice & Policy
    • Self-Care & Holistic Health
    • (New this year!) New Social Worker
    • Ethics
    • Supervision 

  • Exhibitor fair to make connections and learn about new resources
  • Happy Hour on Tuesday evening for continued networking and connection
  • Book Club on Wednesday morning for an additional 4 CEUs
  • Chapter Updates and Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding social workers




Conference Keynote


Using the Tools of Futurism to Solve Society's Biggest Challenges


Trista Harris - Author / Advocate / Philanthropic Futurist



Opening Keynote

The Future Started Yesterday
An increasing rate of change makes the already challenging work of doing good, even more difficult. We are all are trying to make the world a better place but are often using yesterday’s information to do so. What if we could predict the future and prepare for the coming realities that will impact our clients and our communities? Join Trista Harris as she takes us on an interactive journey where she’ll uncover tools to create the future.



Closing Keynote

The Future of Good and You
Humans are wired to help each other. The problem is that society’s challenges are becoming more complicated and an increasing rate of change is accelerating those challenges. It would be easy to become overwhelmed with the 24-hour news cycle of despair and do nothing. What we have to remember is that we create the future by the choices that we make today. Trista will help you make the lessons that you have learned at the conference become a part of your day to day practice to create a better future.





Pre-Conference - Monday, June 10

*You will be asked to select the sessions you wish to attend during registration; please make note of them here.

You will be able to change sessions at the conference, if you wish; this pre-selection will help us in our planning.



New this year! NASW-MN is proud to offer a pre-conference day with two distinct tracks to choose from.

  • Track 1 - Cultivating Healthy Communities: Policy, Equity and Innovation (6 CEUs) - in partnership with St. Kate's/St. Thomas School of Social Work HEALS Program
    Click here to view the flyer for this pre-conference track.

    • Keynote by Patina Park, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center*
      • Mitakuye Oyasin: An indigenous perspective on community, systems, and health
        Mitakuye oyasin. All things related. The modern narrative about Native Americans is often focused on negatives; health disparities, incarceration rates, overdoses, homelessness, historical trauma, and on and on. However, Native American communities are resilient and encompass many strengths, several of which are overlooked by dominant society. The Speaker will demonstrate how emphasizing strengths, rather than deficits, and using a value system grounded in the interrelatedness of all people can improve health outcomes and conditions for Native Americans. She will also explain how this approach can be used to work within and across systems to improve individual outcomes for all. 
    • Respondent to Keynote: Bruce Thao, Director of the Center for Health Equity and Office of Minority & Multicultural Health at the MN Department of Health

    • Afternoon breakout sessions:
      • Transforming Organizations through an Equity Lens
      • Innovative Approaches to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
      • Maternal and Infant Health 

  • Track 2 - Protecting Yourself & Your Practice: Navigating Ethics, Liabilities & Client Complaints (6 Ethics CEUs)
    • Morning session: Ethics & Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work (Ann Abbott, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW)
    • Afternoon session: Protecting Your Clients: Ethical & Regulatory Responsibilities (Presenters from the MN Board of Social Work and MN Health Professionals Services Program)


 *Please note the change in keynote presenter. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previous keynote (Abigail Echo Hawk) is no longer able to attend



Conference Breakout Sessions

*You will be asked to select the sessions you wish to attend during registration; please make note of them here.

You will be able to change sessions at the conference, if you wish; this pre-selection will help us in our planning.



Tuesday, June 11


Breakout Sessions A – 10:45 a.m.

A1: Use of a Structured Life Review and Its Impact on Family Interactions

Laurie Dahley, Ph.D, MSW, LISW


A2: The Intersectionality of Social Work and Law Enforcement: A Changing Paradigm 
Scott Marks, MSW, LGSW 

A3: Fresh Tech Ideas for Social Workers 
Jennifer Victor-Larsen, MBA

A4: Radical Compassion: How Can We Be Helpful If We Aren’t “Feeling It”? 
Alan O'Malley-Laursen, MSW, LICSW 

A5: Promoting Ethical Practice - Setting Guidelines for Technology Use in Social Work Practice 
Monica Roth Day, MSW, Ed.D, LGSW 

A6: How Can I Help My Client Who is Seeking Disability Benefits? 
Thomas Krause, JD  

Breakout Sessions B – 1:15 p.m.

B1: Addressing the Intersection of Chronic Pain and Trauma in Clinical Social Work 
Erin Brandel Dykhuizen, MA, MSW, LICSW

B2: Recovery from White Conditioning 
Devin Clarkson, MSW, LGSW; and Cristina Combs, LICSW

B3: Approaches to Establishing a Mindfulness Practice 
Erik Storlie, BA, MA, Ph.D H

B4: Confronting Mental Illness Stigma in Field Education 
Melissa Hensley, MSW, MHA, Ph.D; and Barbara Lehmann, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW S

B5: The Innovative Practice of Bibliotherapy 
Ted Bowman, M.Div C

B6: Confronting Ableism: Empowering Persons with Disabilities in our Everyday and Professional Lives 
Sharyn DeZelar, Ph.D, MSW, LICSW 

Breakout Sessions C – 3:00 p.m. 

C1: The Myth of the Strong Black Woman: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Assessment and Treatment for Pregnant Black 
American Women
Maima Fant, MSW, LICSW

C2: “We are Parents from the Community”: Parent Mentoring in the Child Protection Services 
Ruth Soffer-Elnekave, MSW; and Larene Randel-Wade

C3: Social Work Job Search in Today's Economy: For New professionals and Those Seeking Something New 
Panel of Hiring Managers

C4: Aromatherapy: An Effective Tool for Self-Care and Wellness 
Jen Shepherd, MSW, LICSW, CCA

C5: Transforming Primary Care in Rural Communities through Integration of Behavioral Health 
Kathryn Hart, MSW, LGSW; and Pat Conway, Ph.D, MSW

C6: Who Are You? Identity and Practice in the Age of Bias 
Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW

Wednesday, June 12

Breakout Sessions D – 9:15 a.m. 

D1: The DIRT GROUP Paradigm: Recent Findings in Neuroscience, Applied Theory in Practice, and Implications for Human, Community, 
and Economic Development
Kenneth Turck, MSW, LICSW

D2: Social Work and NonViolent Advocacy
Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW

D3: Pause, Post-it and Prevail – Self Care for the Professional Caregiver 
Coral Popowitz, MSW, LGSW

D4: Neoliberalism: What is it? And why should social workers care? 
Jessica Toft, Ph.D; and Molly Calhoun, MSW

D5: You’ve Heard of CBT and DBT - now there’s DBD! (Details that Begin with Death) 
Anne Archbold, MSW, LISW; and Marilaurice Hemlock, MPS, CFC

D6: Hoarding Behavior: Innovate through Collaboration 
Louise Kurzeka 

Breakout Sessions E – 11:00 a.m. 

E1: The Use of Self to Strengthen the Therapeutic Relationship from a Psychodynamic Perspective 
Mauricio Cifuentes, MSW, Ph.D, LCSW

E2: Minnesota and Marijuana: Perspectives on Policy and Practice 
Ross Aalgaard, DSW, LICSW, LADC; David Beimers, MSW, Ph.D, LISW; and Lindsay Simon, BS

E3: Career Path Wellness for Helping Professionals: Aligning Your Professional Development with Your Strengths 
Steve Ritter, LICSW

E4: The Art of Using Humor for Positive Change 
Emily Carlson, LICSW

E5: Social Workers and Unintended Pregnancy: Ethics, Health Disparities, and All Options Counseling 
Lizzi Kampf Janssen, MSW, LICSW

E6: Psychotherapy and Homelessness: Clinical Implications to Consider 
Jade Erickson, MSW, LICSW

Breakout Sessions F – 1:30 p.m.

F1: Applying Solution Focused Brief Therapy to Conversations with Chronically Ill Patients 
Leigh Hartenberg, MSW, LICSW, APSW

F2: A Closer Look—Disparities in the Child Welfare System 
Christina Zeise, BSW, MSW, MPP; and Kelis Houston

F3: Congratulations, You’re Licensed!  What’s Next? Insights from the Board of Social Work 
Michelle Kramer-Prevost, MSW, LISW

F4: Finding Peace During Your Busy Workday: Yoga & Meditation in Your Office or On the Go 
Marjorie Grevious, MS, MA, RYT-230

F5: Toward an Optimal System of Healthcare 
Gerard Niewenhous, MSW, ACSW 

F6: Insights from Social Workers in Elected Office: A PACE Panel 
Jenny Arneson, MSW, LGSW; Heather Edelson, MSW, LGSW; Rafael Ortega, MSW, LICSW; and others. 
Moderated by Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW






Register by May 15th to receive Early Bird rates. Join NASW-MN to get Member Pricing and other exclusive Member benefits!


  • Prices include continental breakfast and lunch each day.
  • Any cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds for any cancellations made after June 1.
  • No mail-in registrations after June 1.
  • Student/Retired members must have the "Student" or "Retired" label in their membership profile to receive those prices - no exceptions.
  • SPECIAL RATES FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE! Call 651-293-1935 or e-mail for more information.




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