NASW-MN's Annual Conference

Conference registration, sponsorship and Award Nominations are closed. 

Thank you to our presenters, sponsors, and all who joined us this year!

Monday, September 21 through Thursday, September 24, 2020

PLUS, 3 ADDITIONAL WEEKS to watch sessions you
through our Conference All-Access Channel

Over 40 CEUs up for grabs!

Check out our conference brochure for more details.*

The Road We're On: Honoring Yesterday, Building Tomorrow

NASW is celebrating its 65th year as the largest professional association for social workers. The impact of our profession has shifted throughout history, and today’s social workers have learned valuable lessons from the mistakes, as well as the successes of our predecessors. We can look back on how these lessons have paved the road for us to arrive where we are - here and now. As we move forward, they serve as a map for how we will continue to evolve in our practice, and for how we will collectively create the paths for tomorrow’s journey.

We are proud to be in the 30th year of NASW-MN’s Annual Conference. Yet, our theme has taken on new meaning in the current context: a global pandemic has rocked our reality in a mere moment, and events here at home have shone new light on the ongoing push towards racial justice. Social workers have been called to engage and lead on the front lines – as we have always strived to do. Now more than ever, our theme is meant as a reflective reminder to honor the generations, communities, and movements that have led us to the present moment, and to serve as a call to build the road of tomorrow with intention, unity, and resolve. Join us at this year’s conference to recognize and celebrate our history, while supporting, equipping, and inspiring social workers to continue doing innovative and empowering work!

*Session 5A has changed as of 8/26/2020. The previous session, "Evaluating Evaluation: Examining Impact on American Indian Programs (Amanda Colegrove, MA; and Jennifer Schorn, MSW) " has been cancelled.

Conference Pricing and Registration

Not yet a NASW Member? Join today and save on your conference registration!
(Please allow 48 hours after joining for Member Pricing to appear on your account.)

Registration open from August 3 through September 28.

Early Bird prices end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 31!

- All four live conference days (Monday-Thursday), including keynotes and Lunch Hour CEUs
- 3 additional weeks to view recordings on our Conference All-Access Channel
- Sponsor Resource Folder, where you can browse and download materials from our sponsoring organizations
- More than 40 CEUs through live training and independent learning!


NASW Student or Retired Member
- Early Bird: $75
- After 8/31: $125

NASW Regular Member
- Early Bird: $100
- After 8/31: $150


Not-Yet-Member Student or Retiree
- Early Bird: $175
- After 8/31: $225

Not-Yet-Member (non-student, non-retiree)
- Early Bird: $250
- After 8/31: $300

Register an unlimited number of students and faculty from your school or program for one simple price of $1200! E-mail to request the Group Registration Form. All registrants in the group must be current NASW Members.

*ALL NASW MEMBERS: You must be logged in to your NASW online account to access member pricing. Contact Member Services for login assistance at or 800-742-4089.

NASW MEMBERS FROM OUTSIDE MINNESOTA - Having trouble accessing member pricing? 
Please e-mail your Member ID number to for us to call for your registration (after membership verification); or, contact NASW Member Services to change your Chapter Affiliation (, 1-800-742-4089).

Conference All-Access Channel - so you won't miss a thing! 

When there’s so much great content, don’t you wish you could attend everything? We’ve got you covered – with the Conference All-Access Channel! Check out all the sessions you missed - and more. Never before have you had the chance to attend ALL the breakout sessions at a conference – until now! We’re hooking you up - breakout sessions will be recorded and added to the channel during the live conference.

...and after the conference ends, you’ll have 3 MORE WEEKS of access! Browse and view sessions at your own pace and leisure* – you decide what and when to watch, all included with your conference registration. WHOA!

Can't attend the live conference? You can still register!

Get your pass to the Conference All-Access Channel - even if you don't attend the live conference. View recorded breakout sessions and earn over 30 CEUs!* Register by September 28 to get your access!

Check out our conference brochure for more details.

*Viewing recorded, non-live sessions counts as independent learning CEUs.

Registration open through September 28. No mail-in registrations will be accepted. We recommend using a personal e-mail address to register; not a workplace e-mail address. Payment must be received by September 13 to guarantee receipt of conference materials prior to conference start. No refunds or cancellations after 11:59 p.m. on September 13. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we recommend making your payment via credit card during online registration to expedite processing your conference registration. We do not accept American Express. E-mail with payment or registration questions.

Conference Schedule

Each day of the conference will feature a keynote address, a Lunch Hour CEU, and breakout sessions. Explore the Sponsor Resource Folder throughout the live conference, and view the breakout sessions you missed through the Conference All-Access Channel for up to 3 weeks after the conference ends.

Conference content includes: Advanced Clinical, Macro Practice & Policy, Self-Care & Holistic Health, Generalist, Ethics, and Supervision.

Monday, September 21

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Address

History Lost, Stolen or Strayed: The Footsteps of NASW
Presenter: Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW, NASW President
Today as our nation faces two pandemics and NASW re-affirms its commitment to anti-racism, the social work profession must examine its steps toward justice. What action is our professional association prepared to take to build a “Beloved Community”? The social work community will continue to bend the arc of justice towards equity for all, no matter how arduous the journey.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

1A. Centering Diverse Ways of Knowing: A Self and Community of Care Model (Carey Winkler, MSW, DSW, LICSW; and Laurel N. Bidwell, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW) - Self-Care & Holistic Health; Supervision

1B. Ethnic Specific Professional Coalitions: Minnesota Hmong Social Workers’ Coalition (Pa Der Vang, Ph.D., LICSW & Kao Nou L. Moua, Ph.D., LGSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Hour CEU: Book Club
"How to be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi (Facilitated by members of the 2020 Annual Conference Committee)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

2A. From Confrontation to Empathy Building in Domestic Abuse Treatment: Transforming into Men Who Matter (Michael Chovanec, Ph.D., LICSW, LMFT) - Advanced Clinical

2B. Indulging in Self-Care: An Ethical Responsibility (Tracey Wilkins, MSW, LICSW) - Self-Care & Holistic Health; Ethics

2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

3A. Working Across Social Identity Difference through Whole-Person Relationship (Nancy Rodenborg, MSW, MIA, Ph.D, LGSW; Vivian Jenkins Nelsen; Richard Spratt, BSW, MSW; and Anthony Bibus III, MA, Ph.D) - Generalist

3B. Music is the Shorthand of Emotion: Musical Interventions with Youth (Jennifer Fuchs, LICSW) - Advanced Clinical

3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

4A. Homelessness and Grief: Approaching Homelessness through the Lens of Grief Work (Jade Erickson, MSW, LICSW) - Generalist

4B. Confronting Bias: How Stereotype Threatens Our Work with Clients and What We Can Do About It (Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW) - Generalist; Ethics

Tuesday, September 22

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Address

Demographic Change in Minnesota: The Long-Run has Become the Short-Run
Presenter: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer
The next two decades will bring big changes to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Susan Brower, Minnesota’s state demographer, will discuss the changing demographic patterns in Minnesota, and describe how demographic shifts are likely to play out in the years ahead. Join us for a lively discussion about what these changes will mean to current and future residents of Minnesota, and how social workers can prepare to serve their clients and communities

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

*5A. Intrafamilial Child Torture - A New Category of Child Maltreatment: Building Knowledge for Tomorrow (Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S) - Generalist

5B. Students in Crisis: Mental Health on College Campuses (Jessica Tye, Ed.D., MSW, LICSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Hour CEU: Poster Presentation Roundtable
Come hear from our poster presenters in this interactive session! Learn new information, take in dynamic perspectives, and get your questions answered. 

- Critically Deconstructing Socio-political Influences on CSWE's Community Organizing Curriculum Development Project (Rebecca Hoffman, DSW, MSSW, LISW)
- Student Debt and Social Work: Impacts on Financial Security (Jason Hirsch, MSW, LGSW)
- Critical Content Analysis of Social Workers in Popular Media (Katelyn Weber) 
- Meaning of NASW-MN Membership Across Generations (Joshua Klapperick, MSW) 

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

6A. We Need to Talk: Death and Dying, Now and Then (Anne Archbold, MSW, LISW, CFC; and Marilaurice Hemlock, MSP, CFC) - Self-Care & Holistic Health

6B. The Clinical Use of the Enneagram in Psychotherapeutic Settings (Karen R. Carlsen, MSW, LICSW) - Advanced Clinical

2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

7A. Empowering Effective Teams and Organizations: Applying Clinical Principles at the Macro Level (Steve Ritter, LICSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

7B. Be Aware, Be Prepared and Make A Difference: A Reflective Journey To Effective and Compassionate Helping (Alan O'Malley-Laursen, MSW, LICSW) - Advanced Clinical

3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

8A. The Student Parent HELP Center: Lifting Families Out of Poverty One Degree at a Time (Susan Warfield, MSW, LICSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

8B. GREAT Grief: Grieving the State of the World (Ted Bowman, M.Div) - Generalist; Supervision

*Session 5A has changed as of 8/26/2020. The previous session, "Evaluating Evaluation: Examining Impact on American Indian Programs (Amanda Colegrove, MA; and Jennifer Schorn, MSW) " has been cancelled.

Wednesday, September 23

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Address

Social Work on the Right Side of Wrong
Presenter: Glenda Dewberry Rooney, MSW. Ph.D., LICSW
Since its beginning, social work has addressed the social and economic conditions that affected people. This presentation highlights defining historical and contemporary moments in which the profession has played a decisive role in exposing and responding to the common human needs of the period. Looking back and moving forward in a post-historical analysis, what lessons from our history are relevant today?

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

9A. Supporting Families in the Context of Substance Abuse: Perspectives of Key Professionals (Jessica Tye, Ed.D., MSW, LICSW; and Gayle Olsen, MS, APRN, PNP-BC1) - Generalist

9B. Navigating Trauma Exposure and Overwhelm: Theory and Tools for Sustaining Your Wellness (Anna Lifson, MSW, LGSW) - Self-Care & Holistic Health

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Hour CEU: Movie Club
"13th" (On Netflix and YouTube. Click to watch film on YouTube.) (Facilitated by members of the 2020 Annual Conference Committee) 

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

10A. Confronting the Trauma of ‘Jane Crow’: Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Parents Involved in the Child Protection System (Erin Sugrue, Ph.D, LICSW; and Miriam Itzkowitz, MSW, LICSW ) - Macro Practice & Policy 

10B. Health Care Directives: A Training on Purpose and Creation with Clients (Leigh Hartenberg, LICSW, LCSW) - Generalist

2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

11A. Professional Socialization of Macro Practice Social Workers (Mary Nienow, Ph.D, LGSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

11B. Family Inclusion in Assertive Community Treatment: Challenges and Possibilities (Lance Peterson, Ph.D, MSW, LICSW; and Michelle Gricus, DSW, LCSW-C) - Advanced Clinical

3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

12A. Supervision for the Road Ahead (Karen Goodenough, MSW, LGSW) - Generalist; Supervision

12B. Around the Globe: A Social Worker’s Role on Medical Mission Trips (Sarah Huiskes, LGSW) - Generalist

Thursday, September 24

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Address

Journey towards Racial Justice: Moving Forward as People and a Profession
Presented by a panel of Minnesota social workers
Minnesota has been cast in the spotlight this year: the murder of George Floyd, a call for defunding the Minneapolis Police Department, and protests highlighting the still very present need for meaningful change. Now social workers have been called into the discussion about racial justice, and are being asked to lead systemic change. Knowing that our profession has always strived for equity, yet has its own history of harm, how can we rise up and meet this opportunity with humility and resolve? Our panel of diverse social workers will consider our roles in the movement towards racial justice, and where they see our profession in the years to come.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

13A. The Art of Empowering: Navigating Difficult Situations and Teams (Chelsea Sherman, MSW, LGSW) - Generalist; Ethics

13B. Why Yoga!??! (Marjorie D. Grevious, BA, MS, MA) - Self-Care & Holistic Health

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Hour CEU: NASW-MN Chapter Update
What a year it’s been! Through a pandemic, a racial justice movement here at home, and an upcoming election, we’ve been working on behalf of our members and side-by-side with our partners to lead and inspire change. Join us to learn about the highlights and challenges of the past year, how we’re approaching the uncertainty of the future, and how your Minnesota chapter is representing our profession at both the state and national level.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

14A. Stop Making It Weird: A Road to Tomorrow (Jolene Thibedeau Boyd, MS, CESP; and Cassy Beckman, CESP) - Macro Practice & Policy

14B. Self-Care for Social Workers with Mental Health Conditions (Melissa Hensley, MSW, MHA, Ph.D, LISW; and Barbara Lehmann, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW) - Self-Care & Holistic Health

2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

15A. When the War Changed: Anxiety, Sleeplessness and Fear Following a Theater Ballistic Missile Attack (Eric E. Strom, LICSW, BCD) - Advanced Clinical

15B. Grief in Your System (Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW) - Macro Practice & Policy

3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

16A. Social Engagement and Children's Mental Health: A Universal Response (Kenny Turck, MSW, LICSW) - Advanced Clinical

16B. Politicizing NASW Chapters: The Minnesota Example, 2016-2018 (Jessica Toft, Ph.D, MSW, LISW; and Karen Goodenough, MSW, LGSW) - Macro Practice & Policy; Ethics 

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

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