NASW-MN's 2023 Winter Virtual Conference

3 Fridays highlighting social work practice and research in Minnesota via virtual platform (no in-person option)

January 27, February 3 & February 10

9:00am-4:00pm CST

16.5 CEUs through live training and independent learning*



NASW Student Member - $15
NASW Retired Member - $50
NASW Regular Members - $75
Not-Yet-Members - $150
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Pricing includes access to:

  • All 3 live conference dates
  • Winter Virtual Conference All-Access Channel to catch up on session recordings through end of March**
  • Sponsor Resources Folder, filled with useful materials from sponsoring organizations
  • Up to 16.5 CEUs available through live training and more through independent learning!*

Student and Retired Pricing only applies to NASW Student Members and NASW Retired Members, respectively.

Schedule At A Glance

(All times posted are in Central Time Zone)

Day 1 - January 27 // 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (5.5 CEUs)

9 AM - 10:15 AM Evidence-Based Practice from an Equity Lens: Challenges and Opportunities- Nancy M Fitzsimons, PhD, MSW, LISW

As social workers we are called to engage in evidence-based practice (EBP) and equity-minded social work practice.  Evidence-based practice in social work emerged in the early 2000’s. Funders of social work services, whether governmental or philanthropic, increasingly expect that our practice be evidence-based.  Yet, how many of us have a grasp of EBP beyond a very simple understanding.  Equity-minded practice is a relatively new focus.  Increasingly, we are called to center equity in our practice at all system levels.  This dual focus of EBP and equity-minded practice raise many ethical questions, including questions of compatibility or contradiction.  Both are explored to determine if and/or how we can engage in evidence-based practice from an equity lens. 


Dr. Fitzsimons is a professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She’s been connected to people with disabilities throughout her 35-plus year career, working in disability services, conducting research and scholarship, serving on disability advocacy organization boards, and supporting self-advocacy.  For the last 25 years, her scholarship has centered on exposing the problem and of sexual and other interpersonal violence against people with disabilities and the failures in our protective response.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Climate Change and Mental Health: Social Work’s Responsibility to People and the Planet - Dr. Leah Prussia, DSW, LICSW(Clinical)

2019, Minnesota researchers surveyed Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to climate change (CC) and mental health. Results indicate MHPs are seeing impacts of CC on client mental health. Further, a majority of MHPs indicate that while they feel positioned to address CC impacts, they feel unequipped in this area. This workshop will share key findings from the 2019 survey, discuss a model to train clinical social workers, and review social work’s responsibility to address personal and planetary health.


Dr. Leah Prussia is an Associate Professor at the College of St. Scholastica and founder of Natural Connections, a private practice and consulting organization. Leah identifies as both a micro and macro practitioner. They understand the relationship between personal and planetary health and actively collaborate with the natural world in the healing process. Leah serves on CSWE’s Commission for Diversity, Social, and Economic Justice and the Environmental Justice Committee.

12:00PM - 1:15 PM Three - 20 min sessions with Q/A
  • Student surveillance is not Social Work: Student monitoring and social work ethics - Ceema Samimi, PhD(Ethics)
    COVID-19 ushered in dramatic changes to American life, one of them being the intense surveillance of students through digital monitoring and algorithmic patrolling. These practices invade the privacy of students and their families, often falsely identifying students as threatening, and outing LGBTQI+ students without their knowledge. This session will overview of how social workers in and outside of schools can play a role in mitigating the negative impacts of the criminalization of technology in education.
  • Safety is Communal: Applying Polyvagal Theory to Conversations about Public Safety - Abbie Shain, MSW, LICSW
    This workshop begins with a comprehensive overview of the neuroscience of fear and safety. Through a series of interactive, reflective activities, we will learn how to name fear responses and apply specific coping skills to increase choice in how we respond to danger. Intentionally antioppressive, this workshop builds skill around applying practices that our nervous systems give us to manage stress and distress as practitioners and people committed to social justice.
  • Fairweather Model – Empowering Diverse Clients Living with Severe Persistent Mental Illness - Rosmarie Dauth, MSW, LGSW, LADC(Cultural Responsiveness)
    The Fairweather Model is a person-centered, anti-oppressive, peer-supported approach to psychosocial rehabilitation for adults with severe persistent mental illness. It is well-supported with evidence of significant decreases in hospitalization rates and increase in quality of life. Constituents intentionally live together and/or work together, forming multi-cultural communities, self-empowering their members with minimal need for professional intervention. This modality has not achieved the widespread attention it warrants given positive treatment outcomes. The program offers significant potential for change, from surviving to thriving, for those served.


  • Ceema Samimi, PhD Ceema Samimi (they/them) is a restorative and transformative justice practitioner, abolitionist, and academic focused on how societal structures and systems impact the power of young people. Ceema is a mixed-race first generation scholar and parent of two cats.
  • Abbie Shain, MSW, LICSW Abbie is a community organizer and clinical social worker who believes that we heal in relationships. She brings people together across lineages and disciplines to connect social change, individual healing, and celebration as essential elements of social transformation. Abbie earned her B.A. from Macalester College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota and is an adjunct at the Augsburg University School of Social Work. She specializes in complex trauma in her private practice.
  • Rosmarie Dauth, MSW, LGSW, LADC Rosmarie Dauth moved to the U.S. from Germany, via England, where she had earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. After her tenure as research scientist, she took the opportunity to lead and engage with coworkers and clients at various intersections such as race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status and age, before attaining a dual degree of MSW-LADC. Her professional focus has been with adults managing severe persistent mental illness, co-occurring chemical dependency, and trauma.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Applying WHO’s Community Social Determinants of Health Framework to Critical Conversations in Anti-Oppressive Practice - Dr. Rebecca Hoffman, DSW, MSW, LISW

Application of the World Health Organization’s Community Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) —a conceptual framework for examining the structural, socioeconomic, and intermediary causes of injustices—to anti-oppressive social work practice. The CSDH serves as the framework for understanding the social determinants of social, economic, and environmental injustices.


Rebecca Hoffman is an Associate Professor with the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University. She holds a Doctorate in Social Work from St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas, a Master of Science in Social Welfare from University of Wisconsin—Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bemidji State University. Prior to coming to Bemidji State University Dr. Hoffman worked as a social work practitioner for two decades. Her career centered on developing successful partnerships to create macro-level community and social policy development. During her tenure as Executive Director of Ours to Serve House of Hospitality she led a successful campaign to develop Village of Hope, a homeless shelter for families with children in Bemidji, MN. As the Community Services Program Director at Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Dr. Hoffman spearheaded a successful partnership with a local developer to create a transitional housing center with on-site services for youth experiencing homelessness in rural northern Minnesota.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Call to Serve - Gregg Levoy(Ethics or Supervision)

People fueled by a sense of calling about service—a deep feeling of passion and purpose—will bring that passion and spirit to their work/lives. They're called, not just driven, and understand that staking a claim for their own vitality stakes a claim for everyone’s. This presentation explores the call to serve, helping social workers gain clarity and courage to take whatever Next Steps will deepen their alignment (or realignment) with that call.


Author of 'Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life' (Random House) and 'Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion' (Penguin), former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today, current blogger for Psychology Today. He's Keynoted at Social Worker Education Day (NM), Association for Counselor Education & Supervision Conference, American Counseling Assn., International Conference on Positive Aging, National Career Development Assn. Conference, National Wellness Conference, and has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

Day 2 - February 3 // 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (5.5 CEUs)

9 AM - 10:15 AM Spanked: How Hitting Our Children is Harming Ourselves - Christina Erickson, PhD, LISW 

Spanked: How Hitting Our Children is Harming Ourselves is a historical and cultural analysis of the long-accepted practice of hitting children for learning and obedience. How did this discipline evolve with such wide acceptance? Spanking's connections to a variety of topics are clarified, including the feelings of parents, perceptions of children, potential child abuse, social work's untenable role in the protection of children, school corporal punishment, the legal language that allows hitting of one's children but not others, and the growing international effort that bans all forms of physical punishment of children.


Christina Erickson, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department at Augsburg University. Christina has been a social worker for 30 years with practice experiences across the human lifespan in settings that are community-based and non-profit to large medical and educational settings.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Are we Competent for the work? - Katy Amendariz, MSW, LICSW & Nick Zeimet, MSW, LICSW(Ethics, Cultural Responsiveness, or Clinical)

We are trauma-informed and evidence-based certified in TF-CBT, EMDR, PE, ACT, and DBT. We demonstrate our competency to work with our clients through these certifications on our walls and letters behind our names. We ask the question however, does trauma-focus, does evidence based equal competent? Bethel University's Social Work Department and MN Care Partner asked the question together then worked together to develop a new clinical course called Clinical Social Work Practice with Marginalized Populations.


  • Katy Amendariz, MSW, LICSW
    Katy began her social work career by working in post adoption services, reuniting birth parents and their adopted children. This work was personal and incredibly rewarding due to her own separation from her birth mother and trans-racial adoption. Katy obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2006 and completed her MSW as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her professional experience has been in ARMHS services, Case Management, therapist in private practice, Program Director of CTSS and ARMHS, and later as founder and CEO of Minnesota CarePartner in 2013. Her life commitment is centered around advocacy for racial justice and the liberation of Black and Brown people, and actively working to dismantle systems of oppression through collective protest.
  • Nick Zeimet, MSW, LICSW
    Nick was recently named the Director of Field Education at Bethel University and is a member of Mt. Sinai's pro-bono Remote Evaluation Network in their Human Right's Program. He is an MSW graduate of Augsburg University. His interests are humanitarian responses, international social work and ADEI professional development and practice in social work education.

12:00PM - 1:15 PM Three - 20 min sessions with Q/A
  • Peer Support Model in Schools - Denise Moody, MSW, LICSW(Cultural Responsiveness)
    Amid the shortage of mental health providers, the challenges of health reimbursement processes and the difficulty of engaging young people in traditional mental health treatment, there is a need to support the identification and management of symptoms of adolescents struggling with mental health diagnosis such as depression and anxiety. This session will cover a peer support model for youth developed within the high school setting and promising applications for further use.
  • Exploring the Stories of Minnesota Mothers to Improve Minnesota Maternal Health Outcomes - Jennifer Andrashko, MSW, LICSW
    This presentation will provide (1) critical context: a broad overview of United States maternal health outcome data and its comparative relevance as a maternal health crisis in the global community, (2) Minnesota state-level maternal health and mortality outcome data, and (3) an overview of our current study exploring and examining the stories of Minnesota mothers with hopes that these data will aid in the development of a Dutch-inspired maternal medical home pilot in south-central Minnesota.
  • Nothing about us, without us: images and stories from violence to healing in Mexico - Carliene Quist, MSW
    Women refuse to be silenced by violence and impunity, including in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico). Through compelling images and courageous stories, participants of a summer 2022 Photovoice initiative depicted the lived experience of violence and illustrated how they’ve reconstructed their lives. The presentation features their individual and collective her-stories of healing and transformation, which illuminate how families and communities can reconcile harm and create peace - shining light on a way forward for each of us.


  • Denise Moody, MSW, LICSW As an educator, therapist, professor and school administrator, Denise has discovered that the work that gives her purpose is working to transform schools to support the needs of all students and families. Denise has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Winona State University and Masters of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine’s. She also attended the University of Minnesota with a focus area of educational leadership.
  • Jennifer Andrashko, MSW, LICSW Jennifer Andrashko is a professor of social work, clinical social worker, and appointed member of the State of Minnesota’s Maternal Mortality Committee. Jennifer is a Humphrey Policy Fellowship alumna and is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Rural Behavioral Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She teaches across the social work curriculum with a special interest in growing the intersection of policy makers and those whose lives are most impacted by those policy decisions. Current research interests include health equity, behavioral health policy advocacy, and maternal health. She lives with her two little girls in St. Peter, Minnesota.
  • Carliene Quist, MSW Carliene promotes peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, by bringing people together in ways that honor authenticity and strengthen community. Social worker and educator with more than 15 years of experience at non-profit and public organizations in the U.S. and Mexico, Carliene lives out her steadfast dedication to empowering women and girls: through creating, implementing, and evaluating initiatives (in English and Spanish) that cultivate connection, promote health, and inspire inclusion.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Power and Liberation in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship - Silvia Dutchevici, MA, LCSW & Michael Madormo, M.Ed, LMSW(Clinical, or Cultural Responsiveness)

Traditional models of psychotherapy do not explicitly analyze power within the clinical room between the therapist and patient. This workshop will engage clinicians in conversations and analysis of power, exploring the connections between the personal and the political, and the interconnectedness of mental health issues and political realities.


  • Silvia Dutchevici, MA, LCSW Silvia Dutchevici, MA, LCSW, is president and founder of the Critical Therapy Institute. Dutchevici created critical therapy on perceiving a need for the theory and practice of psychology to reflect how race, class, gender, and religion intersect with psychological conflicts. She is a founding board member of Black Women's Blueprint and a member of the Physicians for Human Right’s Asylum Network.
  • Michael Madormo, M.Ed, LMSW Michael Madormo, M.Ed, LMSW, has over a decade working in education as a teacher, counselor, camp director, and teacher coach in public and private school settings. His experiences in education, activism, and spiritual practice led him to believe in integrated approaches to healing and the conviction that personal and systemic transformation are interconnected. In psychotherapy, Michael integrates interpersonal psychodynamic work with mindfulness-based practices and a commitment to social justice.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Beyond the DSM: Returning to Social Work Values and Social Justice in Clinical Assessment -  Sharyn DeZelar, PhD, MSW, LICSW & Lisa Borneman, DSW, MSW, LICSW(Clinical)

Despite being touted as “the bible” of mental health diagnosis, the DSM has questionable scientific basis and is heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. Due to these and other criticisms, alternative classification models are being developed. This workshop will highlight these issues and new developments, as well as present a model for clinical assessment that better aligns with social work professional values. Strategies for systemic change on this issue will also be discussed.


  • Sharyn DeZelar, PhD, MSW, LICSW Sharyn DeZelar is a faculty member at the St. Catherine University social work department, teaching in the MSW program. She has been a social worker in MN for almost 25 years. Her practice areas include: families without a stable living situation, disabilities, Veterans and their families, youth in foster care and mental health work. She teaches history and philosophy of social work, clinical assessment, and foundation and clinical practice courses. Her primary research interests center around disability justice and inclusion in social work practice and education.
  • Lisa Borneman, DSW, MSW, LICSW Lisa Borneman, DSW, MSW, LICSW is an assistant professor in the St. Catherine University Social Work Department. Her community practice has included work with children and adolescents with a primary focus on youth who do not have a stable living situation. Lisa has supervised interns and license eligible staff for 15 years. Her academic practice has included field, clinical practices, supervision, and program management. Lisa has over thirty years of experience as a social worker.

Day 3 - February 10 // 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (5.5 CEUs)

9 AM - 10:15 AM Scattered and Worthy – Self-Acceptance as Self-Care for the Neurodiverse Social Worker - Jamie-Sue Peterson, MSW, LICSW(Ethics or Supervision)

Social Work is an empathetic, action-oriented career which uses creative approaches to solve problems and support powerful positive change in individuals, families, groups, and systems. However, for social workers who might personally struggle with executive functioning skills or self-regulation, it can also be a difficult and draining profession. We will use reflection and compassion to identify personal strengths and challenges, and explore practical tools to manage stress and anxiety that work with our unique minds.


Jamie is a school-linked therapist, using holistic, collaborative, and trauma-informed strategies to support children ages 5-11 and their families. Her areas of expertise include ADHD, ASD, and twice-exceptional children, and she is particularly interested in using a blend of skill-based executive functioning coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and creativity (play, art, music, and metaphor) to support neurodiverse children, parents, and families. She is also a Certified Yoga Calm Instructor.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Addressing Religious Trauma in Clinical Practice - George Dupuy, DSW, LICSW (Cultural Responsiveness or Clinical)

Many individuals seeking social work services bring a history of religious trauma that impacts their daily functioning and their overall sense of identity. This training will explore various dimensions of religious trauma including acute, chronic, and generational trauma. We will explore recent scholarship in this field and consider practice implications for clinical social workers. Finally, we will explore the ways in which religious/spiritual identity might promote resilience and post-traumatic growth.


Dr. George Dupuy serves as assistant professor at St. Mary's University of Minnesota and he also provides private psychotherapy for adults. His primary research interests involve spiritual diversity in clinical social work practice and education, and he has provided trainings for clinicians and educators in this area. In his clinical practice, Dr. Dupuy works with individuals recovering from spiritual trauma (acute, chronic, or generational), many of whom find pathways for healing within their spiritual traditions.

12:00PM - 1:15 PM NASW-MN Update on the Profession - Social Work Interstate Compact, Exams, silos & partnerships, and more! - Dr Karen Goodenough & NASW-MN Leaders


Dr. Karen E. Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSWhas been Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers - Minnesota Chapter since 2018. She received her BSW from St. Olaf College, MSW from Augsburg University, and PhD in social work from the University of Minnesota. Previously, Dr. KG worked in direct practice, non-profit program management, and has been a consultant in evaluation, data utilization, and strategic planning. She has also served as adjunct faculty in numerous BSW and MSW programs throughout Minnesota.
Dr. KG is a skilled supervisor, trainer, and macro practitioner. She has supervised, coached, and trained interns, volunteers, contractors, board members, and staff from various professional backgrounds, and has provided hundreds of hours of training in such areas as supervision, ethics, policy advocacy, leadership, budgeting, evaluation, and research.
Dr. KG is passionate about using data and best practices to support the social work profession and build a purposeful future. Her dissertation research was focused on exemptions from licensure, and she is currently focusing much of her research and advocacy efforts on social work licensure issues. Dr. KG is a member of the MN Board of Social Work Advisory Committee and Legislation and Rules Committee, Co-Chairs the NASW Licensure Task Force, and is on the Document Writing Team for the Social Work Interstate Compact.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Allyship or Accomplice: How to take allyship to the next level - Jeni Kolstad, MSW, LICSW(Cultural Responsiveness)

If you claim the title "LGBTQ+ ally" then this presentation is for you. We will discuss the role of an ally and how to move the needle forward to becoming a LGBTQ+ accomplice. Being an ally is a great responsibility, so let's evaluate and then embody that role.


Jeni is a clinical social worker that takes a systems view in her work. Whether individual therapy, community organizing, or presenting to audiences, she views the systems as a central issue and challenges them with her constant curiosity and speaking of truths. Jeni has experience working within various systems and uses the lessons learned to empower others to make change.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Worldview Reflections as a Decolonizing Methodology: Internal Family Systems as Justice-Doing - Dr Susan L Herrmaan, MSW, LICSW, Dr. Susan Auger, MSW & Dr. Suzan McVicker, Ph.D. MA, LPC

Internal Family Systems is a non-colonizing, evidence-based body/mind/spirit/energy modality used in therapy, peer support, peace-building, and in business around the world. Participants will be introduced to the Dominant and Indigenous Worldview precepts, and the 7 Bs of of Indigenous-inspired IFS as decolonizing methodologies. Releasing oneself from the legacy burdens will be addressed. This presentation is certain to encourage and prepare participants to engage decolonizing work.


  • Dr Susan L Herrmaan, MSW, LICSW Dr. Herrmann’s clinical work focuses on worldview reflections as the central methodology to break up with the patriarchy, decolonize the mind, and promote optimal mental health. Dr. Herrmann is a researcher, and director of a non-governmental organization that funds university students critical service-learning efforts in Danang, Vietnam. She is a writer, psychotherapist, and singer-songwriter. She earned her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.
  • Dr. Susan Auger, MSW Dr. Auger is a management consultant, executive coach, researcher, social entrepreneur, and writer. She has dedicated her career to creating safe spaces that promote connection, lifelong learning, and multiple dimensions of health and resilience. Dr. Auger specializes in cultivating collaborative leadership skills vital to drawing out the full potential of individuals, organizations, and communities. Dr. Auger obtained a PhD in human and organization systems from Fielding Graduate University, MSW from the University of North Carolina-CH
  • Dr. Suzan McVicker, Ph.D. MA, LPC Dr. McVicker is a psychotherapist and community practitioner specializing in Internal Family Systems. Dr. McVicker utilizes IFS as a justice-doing methodology in bringing healing particularly to Indigenous communities. Dr. McVicker walks in the borderlands between the dominant and Indigenous worldview building bridges and blazing trails that lead to sustained well-being. She passionately studies Tsalagi (Cherokee), the language of her ancestors. Dr. McVicker earned her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Winter Virtual Conference All-Access Channel

View everything you missed - for months after the session! Catch up on virtual conference recordings through our All-Access Channel - on your own time, and at your own pace! All virtual conference sessions will be recorded and available for viewing through March 31, 2023.

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