Statewide Networking Events

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Monthly Educational Meetings

1st Tuesday of every month from 5:00–6:00 p.m. (1 CEU) via Zoom

Free and open to all social workers in this region!

Please note: Content may be specific to Central MN 


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January 2 – Moving Beyond the Agency Safety Net - Social Work in Private Practice
Speaker: Sandra Kroll MSW, LICSW, Owner

This presentation will discuss the unique qualities social work brings to private practice - It’s more than just about how scary it can be to go solo. Come hear more about the practical business side and how the qualities of social work can make the journey easier than what may be expected.

About the Speaker:

Sandra Kroll is the owner of Refreshing Perspectives Therapy LLC. She holds her MSW from Boise State University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and Bachelor of Arts in Mental Health Studies and Animal Assisted Therapy from Carroll College. Sandra has worked in the social services field for the past 10 years starting with community organization, transitioning to advocacy for the homeless and then direct practice in mental health. Her clinical background encompasses community mental health, acute and residential treatment for both children and adults as well as outpatient individual and family therapy. She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Since June of 2023, she has served on the board of directors for the Central Minnesota Arts Board.

February 6 - Medical Social Work
Speaker: Jen Salzer, W, MBA, Centracare Health System, St Cloud

About the Speaker:

Jen is currently the Director of Inpatient Care Management at CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital and the Post-Acute Network and Relations program.  The primary focus of Jen’s continuing education training will include an overview of medical social work.  Jen has been a licensed social worker since 2004 after graduating from St. Cloud State University.  Jen started her career at Central MN Jobs and Training but transitioned quickly to the field of medical social work due to her passion for both health and social work.  Jen has worked in the settings of Skilled Nursing Facility and Assisted Living and hospital medical social work.  In 2014, Jen moved into a leadership role to support the care management program at St. Cloud Hospital and obtained her master’s in business in 2005.  Jen currently oversees both the inpatient care management team and new post-acute network and relations program which includes supervision to 70+ staff including RN’s, Social Workers, Administrative Assistants, and leadership.  In Jen’s spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three kids and doing anything that involves being outdoors.

March 12 - Networking  **IN-PERSON** 
Speaker: Dr. Karen Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW, Executive Director, NASW-MN

NASW-MN's Spring 2024 networking events are happening across the state in March and April in nine different locations! March 12 is the Central Region's networking event happening in St. Cloud. Come meet your colleagues and hear from NASW-MN Executive Director Dr Karen Goodenough! **Please note that spots are limited**

About the Speaker:

Dr. Karen E. Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW has 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.

April 2 - Aging, Everybodies Doing It: Gerontology and What You Need To Know
Speaker: Phyllis Greenberg, PhD, MPA, FAGH (she series), Associate Professor, Gerontology; St Cloud State University

May 7 - Ethics - 2 Hours, more to come! **Please note that this is a paid event.
Speaker: Dr. Karen Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW, Executive Director, NASW-MN

June 4 - ARC Minnesota
Speaker: Anne Redezke, LSW

July 2 - HOLIDAY - No Educational Holiday

August 6 - Legislative Panel
Speaker: Area legislators meet with area legislators to review Legislation results and discuss other state and local issues

September 3 - Homeless Outreach: Takin it to the Streets
Speaker: Denis Mcguiness, MSW, LICSW, St Cloud VA; Pam Ilig, Stearns Co Outreach Social Worker; Crystal Petersen, LSW, Social Worker 2, Stearns Co Human Services 

October 1 - Tattoos: History, Cultural Variations and Symbolism of Tattoos
Speaker: Ryan Schepp, Cream City Tattoos  

November 5 - To be announced

December 3 - Newport Health Care Services: Empowering Lives and Restoring Families
Speaker: Katie Richberg, MA, LCPC, Clinical Outreach Specialist, Newport Healthcare  

NASW-MN Board Representative

Sarah Meisinger, LICSW
(she/her/hers), Clinical Social Worker/Counselor at St. Cloud State University

Regional Hub

St. Cloud

Senate Districts in this region

12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 27, 28, 29