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Recap of this Legislative Session

«June 2024»

Reconnecting with Our Emotional Nature: Integrating Clinical Practice with Climate Change Healing Momentum



Meet us and our trainer, Tessa Anttila, LICSW at the intersections of clinical practice and climate change awareness. In this immersive training, we deepen our collective understanding of the emotional repercussions of colonization, unveiling the layers of detachment it has imposed upon us. Through unraveling these emotional knots and integrating this practice more widely into our clinical and public health domains, we create a path for deep reconnection while enhancing our emotional capacity (and that of the folks we serve) to tolerate and hold that the line between Humans and Nature is vastly less perceptible than we’ve been taught. How would this change our overall thoughts, feelings and beliefs about the world as we know it, if it drove our behaviors, policies and practices? Through a blend of theoretical insights and experiential learning, we will navigate the intricate landscapes of healing and activism. Our mission is clear: to unearth the suppressed emotions, to honor the pain, and to ignite the momentum for change. Join us in this critical exploration, as we harness the power of our forgotten and ancestral emotional intelligence as living organisms on this planet in order to help heal ourselves and find renewed harmony with life on Earth.

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ARC Minnesota

Speaker: Anne Redezke, LSW


Free and open to social workers in the Central MN Region!

Central MN Region Educational Meetings

Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom




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2024 Minnesota Legislative Recap Session

Wednesday, June 5th - 12-1 p.m. CT via Zoom

1 CEU - Free for All

Presenter: Jenny Arneson, MSW, LGSW - NASW-MN Legislative Consultant 

Join NASW-MN as we review the highlights of this legislative session, along with the status of our policy priorities. We've been busy this session! After all of our advocacy, we are excited to share the status of our priorities including:

  • Expanding the provisional licensing pathway, allowing graduates to choose between an exam or additional supervision.

  • Social work licensure compact.

  • The use of the social work title in county settings.

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Red Flag Gun Law & Duty to Warn & Duty to Prevent Suicide

In 2023 Minnesota became the 21st jurisdiction in the USA to enact a Red Flag law providing a number of provisions to attempt to prevent harm to self or others with firearms. This law includes new duties for mental health professionals (specifically including social workers) as regards the contacting of county sheriffs in situations where a client possesses a gun and is deemed by the professional to be a risk to harm themselves or others.  These new duties will be reviewed and then examined along with other pre-existing duties which continue through the present: (1) the duty to warn or protect, and (2) duty to prevent suicide.  All of these duties – old and new – involve potential breaches of confidentiality. HIPAA allows for any breaches covered by laws, so there is no conflict with existing laws. However, ERPO has expanded the challenges related to clinical and ethical decision-making.  We will examine this expansion in duties as well as the companion duty to advise law enforcement as regards whether the client should lose access to a firearm. Some key issues will include ethical decision-making, risks of taking action, thresholds for breaching confidentiality, and the construction of client information informing them of the limits of privacy. One of the challenges in such situations is the slippery slope as regards inquiry about firearms and the danger of slipping into an investigative role that is not consistent with clinical focus on the client.   Furthermore, although the natural tendency is to focus on things learned of directly from the client who is at risk to harm self or others, as a practical reality family members, friends, or neighbors could consult the professional and might be the source of information which could trigger action.

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Virtual Licensure Exam Review Prep Course

For ALL licensure categories! Join us to prepare for your upcoming licensure exam.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CT via Zoom

6.5 CEUs

Presenter: Dawn Apgar, Ph.D, LSW, ACSW

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Supervisor Consultation Circle

Whether you are a new or experienced supervisor, these group sessions will allow an opportunity to consult with other supervisors on situations you face when providing group or individual supervision. Attend a few times to help meet your 6 supervision CEUs, or attend monthly and count it as general CEUs*.

These circles are for FREE for NASW-MN members who are currently providing individual or group supervision.

Each group will cap at 6 participants, so register soon to ensure your spot!

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Upcoming events

Licensure Exam Prep: Registration open!

No need to be nervous! We've got Dawn Apgar, author of the social work exam guides from Springer Publishing sharing her expertise and strategies in our prep course to help you feel confident and ready for your licensure exam. Plus, get tons of great tools and a study guide in hard copy and electronic format.

Students: Get a year of awesome benefits when you become a NASW member and register for the course - all for the same course price as a not-yet-member!

Online registration closes 10 days before the course, so secure your spot for one of our upcoming dates now!

Learn more about the prep course and register now

Post a job or promote your services

Spread the word to our members - and beyond! We are excited to offer several ways to promote your organization? Get the word out about your agency's services or share a job post through our website and member e-newsletter. Package pricing available.

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30-hour supervision training and certification: Registration open!

Complete our Supervisor Certification Series to earn the 30 hours of supervision training needed to be a licensure supervisor in Minnesota - plus, become a NASW-MN Certified Supervisor! 

Start, grow, or strengthen your supervision practice. Whether you’re new to supervision or close to retirement, join us for an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Learn more about the Supervisor Certification Series and register 

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