The Catalyst

Minnesota Social Service Association

The Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) held the 119th Annual Training Conference & Expo entitled "YOUnited" at the Hilton Minneapolis on March 13-16, 2012.  Over 50 BSW and MSW SCSU students attended the event, known for being the largest human service conference in the Midwest.  Seminars, institutes, and workshops ranged from topics discussing mental health, ethical practice, chemical dependency, education, personal stories, legal advice, military families and individuals, sexual deviance, LGBT populations, cultural competency, emerging research studies, child predators, resistant clients, domestic abuse, professional safety, school-based therapy, chronic disease and hospice services, healthcare practice, technology, bullying, mind-body practice, working with children, cognitive behavior therapy, unemployment, community and international practice, reintegration, leadership management, financial suggestions, and many, many more! Countless social service agencies, universities, and health care companies, including St. Cloud State University’s Social Work program, set up booths for attendees to walk around and gather information. 

First year SCSU MSW student, Jen Czischke, attended a session entitled, "Military Culture, Readjustment, Deployment Related Mental Health Issues of Veterans."  Jen expressed how she enjoyed listening to the presenter, Faith Weiss, speak on the topic, "She is not only a social worker, but she also has served in the military for 26 years . . . she was able to give first hand advice and knowledge.  Faith did this in a way that was very relatable to the audience."

For more information on MSSA’s 2012 Spring Conference, visit the link: http://www.mssaconference.org/

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