2018 MASSW Annual Conference

November 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2018

Join us this year in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Join us for 3+ packed days of information, resources and networking at the 2018 Annual MASSW State Conference. An optional pre-conference event will kick off the event on Wednesday evening. Our annual conference this year takes place at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center in Kalmazoo, Michigan. This is the only Michigan conference where school social workers hear from national and local speakers, and network with other school social workers from across the state. Attendees are guaranteed to be refreshed, refocused and re-energized to assist their students and teachers with new ideas and interventions.

2018 MASSW Annual Conference

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 6:30pm to Saturday, Nov. 10th, 12pm

100 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI


James Henry, Ph.D.

The Intersection Between Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress

This presentation will explore the links between childhood trauma, including the impact of trauma to the brain and the vulnerability that traumatized youth have to future social, emotional and physical issues. The connection between working with children who have experienced trauma, including school violence, and secondary traumatic stress for the educator will also be explored. 3.0 CEHs

Huda Essa, M.Ed.

Courageous Conversations for Truly Transformative Social Work

Social Workers serve as advisers, advocates and activists for equitable practices and learning opportunities. This influential role insists on Social Work Professionals authentically strengthening their critical and intercultural consciousness skills in order to effectively communicate messages that cultivate unity in an effective and practical manner. Join us as we explore the sources and impacts of unconscious bias as they relate to your professional practice and to society today. Learn how these factors influence the socio-emotional development of students and gain strategies to help you better serve your community in a meaningful way. There is no better time than now to gain the understanding and tools needed to become and create effective agents of positive change! 2.0 CEHs

Erica Giron, M.Ed.

Resilience 101

This workshop will guide participants through a mindset shift towards strengths based interventions when working with individuals to help foster characteristics of resilience. Participants will gain an understanding of trauma, it's effects on the body and the brain. The workshop is facilitated as an engaging session with group discussion and self reflection. 2.0 CEHs

Michigan Association of School Social Workers

Mollie Reynolds, President