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Statewide Networking Events

Join us to connect with social workers in your region! FREE AND OPEN TO ALL SOCIAL WORKERS AND STUDENTS.

 


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 - NASW-MN 2024 Spring Networking Events: Increasing our Bottom Line  **IN-PERSON** 

Speaker: Dr. Karen Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW, Executive Director, NASW-MN
Come for the networking, stay for the CEU! 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 and connect with your colleagues and hear from NASW-MN Executive Director Dr Karen Goodenough on the topic, "NASW-MN 2024 Spring Networking Events: Increasing our Bottom Line".

Topic Description:

While both our profession and the need for services continues to grow, social work salaries and licensure supports have not kept pace. This social work month and throughout 2024, NASW-MN will deepen our focus on legislation and initiatives that empower and support the social work profession and improve their bottom line. Join our Executive Director and our Board Rep in your region for interactive discussions around the state regarding ways to increase compensation in all areas of practice, including paid internships for students.

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 - Ageism in Health Care and Social Services: 72 is Not a Diagnosis

Speaker: Phyllis Greenberg, PhD, MPA, FAGH (she series), Associate Professor, Gerontology; St Cloud State University

This is an interactive exploration of the role age can play in diagnosis, treatment and services. We will examine how age can determine access and question if and when it is appropriate.


May 7 - Power Moves: Utilizing Ourselves and Power Structures for Effective Change **IN-PERSON** 

Speaker: Dr. Karen Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW, Executive Director, NASW-MN

**Please note that this is a paid event.

Change is constant, and yet so often slow, ineffective, and terribly frustrating. In this session we’ll consider all sorts of change that social workers are trying to make in organizations and systems – from practices to ‘big P’ Policies and ‘little p’ policies, to culture shifts – attendees will set the tone with the changes they would like to see. We’ll discuss identifying and utilizing power structures, managing up, when to turn up/down the heat, use of self in tough situations (and more!), to help you be more effective in the changes you seek.

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.

June 4 - ARC Minnesota

Speaker: Anne Redezke, LSW
The Arc Minnesota promotes and protects the human rights of people with disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. The Arc Minnesota supports and advocates for all people with disabilities throughout Minnesota through cross disability solidarity. Our vision is to pursue lasting community change and connections that support people with disabilities, their families, as well as professionals serving and working with the disability community. 

About the Speaker:

Anne Redetzke is the Advocacy & Community Engagement Coordinator for The Arc Minnesota in the Midstate Region. This Region includes the counties of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Meeker & Kandiyohi. Anne’s role is to engage, connect, and network in the community, while advocating for community and system’s change and supporting people with disabilities in developing their leadership and self-advocacy skills.

July 2 - HOLIDAY - No Educational Holiday

August 6 - Legislative Panel

Speaker: Area legislators 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 12 - Trauma Therapy: What It Is, What It Matters, and When it is Needed
Speaker: Laura Hanley MSW, LICSW

Please join us to learn the basics of trauma therapy, including how it is different from talk therapy, the basic theoretical underpinnings, the basic treatment modalities, and when to know if your client would benefit from it (or not). Laura will also cover how to find a trauma therapist and different resources/networks that can be utilized.

About the speaker:

Laura Hanley is a creative writer, spoken poetry artist, and therapist in private practice. She has presented regionally and nationally and is trained in brainspotting and accelerated resolution therapy.

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