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50th Midwest School Social Work Conference http://conference.osswa.org October 12 - 13, 2017 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:18:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.9 http://conference.osswa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-cropped-OSSWA-logo-new-32x32.png 50th Midwest School Social Work Conference http://conference.osswa.org 32 32 Find Your Tribe http://conference.osswa.org/find-your-tribe/ http://conference.osswa.org/find-your-tribe/#respond Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:14:50 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29228 I know you are out there…professionals who are giving it their all.   You may be doing everything you can to stay healthy and present… AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENS. For most of us, that  `SOMETHING’ is just the tip of the volcano of the many shocks you have endured, supporting clients through their most difficult times […]

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I know you are out there…professionals who are giving it their all.   You may be doing everything you can to stay healthy and present… AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENS.

For most of us, that  `SOMETHING’ is just the tip of the volcano of the many shocks you have endured, supporting clients through their most difficult times and coping with your own personal life traumas. If you have not yet experienced THE SOMETHING, you will. It will bring you to your knees.

Finding a `tribe’ of like-minded clinicians who are committed to exploring mind/body, heart centered practices and interventions is imperative to turning THE SOMETHING into a transformative experience for you and your clients.


If you have not yet experienced THE SOMETHING, you will. It will bring you to your knees.
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Practices including meditation, food as medicine, mindfulness, breathwork, energy medicine, guided imagery, yoga, drumming, dance, sound healing and hypnotherapy are foundational to YOUR WELLNESS so you can be present to heal your clients.

Be prepared for THE SOMETHING.  Step on the path. If not now, when?

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Kathleen Usaj, LISW-S, ACHT is a holistic psychotherapist at The Center for Integrative Medicine – Cleveland Clinic. She is presenting: “HEALING OURSELVES ~ HEALING OUR CLIENTS” at this year’s conference.

Be sure to register for her workshop to learn more about this topic!

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Featured Keynote: Nelson Lauver http://conference.osswa.org/featured-keynote-nelson-lauver/ http://conference.osswa.org/featured-keynote-nelson-lauver/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:13:46 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29334 For nearly two decades Nelson Lauver has inspired audiences from every walk of life in the US and over 100 countries, not only as a speaker, but as a nationally syndicated broadcaster, social entrepreneur, human rights advocate, award winning author, and businessperson. To meet Nelson today, it’s hard to imagine that until age 29 he was functionally illiterate […]

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For nearly two decades Nelson Lauver has inspired audiences from every walk of life in the US and over 100 countries, not only as a speaker, but as a nationally syndicated broadcaster, social entrepreneur, human rights advocate, award winning author, and businessperson.

To meet Nelson today, it’s hard to imagine that until age 29 he was functionally illiterate as a result of undiagnosed dyslexia. But it is his personal story, his very real struggles, his experiences, failures, and achievements that have made Nelson who he is today and form the basis of his capacity to move audiences.

Nelson became one of “those kids” who fell through the cracks of an educational system that was ill-prepared to deal with a student who couldn’t learn like the rest. He spent his school years in a no-win situation filled with conflict and severe punishment. Socially promoted, he graduated from high school and received a diploma he struggled to read. Unable to fill out a job application and exhausted by his school years of having to follow protocols that never worked for him, Nelson became an entrepreneur.

In 1992 while working as a contractor, a chance encounter with a gentleman who asked Nelson to write down directions – an impossible task – led the man to ask Nelson if he was able to read and write. After 29 years of secrets and personal shame, Nelson finally admitted the truth. The man mentioned the word “dyslexia” and gave Nelson an hour of his time, some good advice, and encouragement.

That was the catalyst. Nelson took the man’s advice. He got tested and was diagnosed with dyslexia. Nelson learned to read and write and embarked on a path few would have imagined.

Nelson has become a voice for those without a voice of their own. Come hear his story Friday, October 13th and be the catalyst for students at your schools.

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HEART CENTERED APPROACHES TO PRACTICE http://conference.osswa.org/heart-centered-approaches-practice/ http://conference.osswa.org/heart-centered-approaches-practice/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:12:41 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29605 Being a school social worker is the best foundation for practicing in any setting. I know, because I AM a school social worker and practiced in public schools for 20 years. TRUST YOUR HEART and join likeminded colleagues to explore establishing a heart- centered practice in your school. You will explore an overview of topics […]

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Being a school social worker is the best foundation for practicing in any setting. I know, because I AM a school social worker and practiced in public schools for 20 years. TRUST YOUR HEART and join likeminded colleagues to explore establishing a heart- centered practice in your school. You will explore an overview of topics such as clearing shock, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, energy work, breathwork, guided imagery, integrated/ functional medicine and their application to relieve mental health and behavioral symptoms.

This is an experiential workshop that will open your heart and release your stress. These practices will allow you to be grounded and present to facilitate healing for your students and staff regardless of trauma or crisis situations that arise. You will leave this session feeling calm and relaxed with multiple resources for your and your students! If you are unable to attend this workshop, I hope the handout will assist your on your healing journey! Namaste
Learn more at www.kateusaj.com

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Kathleen Usaj, LISW-S, ACHT is the Holistic Psychotherapist at Center for Integrative Medicine ~ Cleveland Clinic. They are presenting: “HEALING OURSELVES ~ HEALING OUR CLIENTS” at this year’s conference.

Be sure to register for their workshop to learn more about this topic!

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Full Conference Brochure http://conference.osswa.org/full-conference-brochure/ http://conference.osswa.org/full-conference-brochure/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:04:01 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29707 Full Conference Brochure available here for printing.

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Full Conference Brochure available here for printing.

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Welcome Conference Goers! http://conference.osswa.org/welcome-conference-goers/ http://conference.osswa.org/welcome-conference-goers/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:28:47 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29360 Greetings conference goers and welcome to our great state of Ohio! We at the Ohio School Social Work Association are thrilled to be hosting (for the second time) a special anniversary year conference for the Midwest School Social Work Council. It’s hard to believe that 10 years has passed since we hosted the 40th anniversary […]

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Greetings conference goers and welcome to our great state of Ohio!

We at the Ohio School Social Work Association are thrilled to be hosting (for the second time) a special anniversary year conference for the Midwest School Social Work Council. It’s hard to believe that 10 years has passed since we hosted the 40th anniversary conference but we are just as excited this time around to be part of the Midwest Council’s now 50-year legacy of supporting the professional development of SSWs in the Midwest!

If this is your first Midwest Conference, we hope that you enjoy your experience and come back every year! Your participation keeps the Council’s vision growing since it’s inception in 1967. That winter, twenty-eight people from 8 states (Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) met in Grafton, Illinois to discuss the need for a movement that would clarify the role and function of SSWs.

From this meeting, planning began and the very first Midwest School Social Work Conference was held later that year (September 1968) at The Wagon Wheel Inn in Rockton Inn, Illinois with 600 people in attendance!

For the past 50 years the Midwest School Social Work Council has worked to actively support its (now) eleven member state organizations (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin), to create and sustain a system of communication between member states and national school social work organizations, and to support the professional development of school social workers.

The council and its member states have achieved great things since that first meeting in 1967, with many more to come in the future. Thank you for taking part in this movement and historical legacy of supporting the work of school social workers across the country!

1967: First meeting of SSW minds to address the need to clarify our roles

1968: First Midwest SSW conference is held in Illinois, attended by 600 people!

1981: Midwest Council’s first election of officers

1984: Council reaches out to 25 state associations about forming a national SSW organization

1994: Midwest and member states develop a framework for a national SSW organization and SSWAA is born!

1996: First national SSW conference held in Kentucky by Midwest Council, NASW, and SSWAA!

1997: Ohio School Social Work Association is born & joins Midwest Council as the 10th member state!

1999: Indiana’s state association engages with Midwest Council

2001: Nebraska engages with Midwest Council and works toward development of their state association

2001: The Midwest Council website is born

2002: Michelle Alvarez organizes SSW university professors who are invited to send a representative to council

2003: Iowa and Illinois SSW Journals merge with Jim Raines as editor

2003: Nic Dibble (Wisconsin) serves as Midwest rep on NASW’s SSW Specialty Section

2005: SSW Practice Guide developed by Midwest member state (Wisconsin)

2006: Council invites South Dakota to attend Council meeting

2008: Midwest 40th Anniversary Conference hosted by OSSWA in Cleveland!

2014: Supplemental Ethical Standards for SSWs (created by Wisconsin and Midwest Council) is endorsed by SSWAA

Here’s to 50 great years of learning!

From all of us in Ohio, we sincerely thank you for joining us and are excited to continue moving the field forward with you! In light of this being an anniversary year for the Midwest Conference, our theme this year points to the progress we’ve made as a profession throughout our history.  Our title “From Punishment to Progress: Breaking Barriers to Academic and Behavioral Success” reminds us of the punitive nature with which so many of our nations schools have functioned throughout history.

Although we have no-doubt made great strides in creating more positive and inclusive school environments and systems of education for all students, we unfortunately still see negative outcomes and deeply troubling trends with regard to discipline practices.  

This year’s Keynote speakers were recruited specifically with these issues in mind.  Both speakers contribute richly to the conversation and stand to educate, motivate and inspire us to keep moving forward in our work because change can and will happen.

Sincerely,

Rachel Meffe, MSSA, LISW-S
OSSWA President

Nicole Stacey, ACSW, LISW-S
Conference Co-Chair

Demitra Turner, MSW, LSW
Conference Co-Chair

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Cleveland http://conference.osswa.org/spend-48-hours-cleveland/ http://conference.osswa.org/spend-48-hours-cleveland/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:09:28 +0000 http://conference.osswa.org/?p=29352 The post How to Spend 48 Hours in Cleveland appeared first on 50th Midwest School Social Work Conference.

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TWO DAYS OF CLEVELAND, PLANNED OUT

With only a couple days to spend in Cleveland, you certainly won’t have not enough time to see all the city has to offer, but you can still get a great idea of what truly makes the city amazing. Here’s a sample itinerary for 48 hours in Cleveland that will give you a taste of The Land.

DAY 1

Downtown and Ohio City

RISE & SHINE: SADDLE UP!
Carpe diem with a classy breakfast at Urban Farmer, located in the equally-elegant Westin Cleveland Downtown. An elaborated brunch menu (all local- and organic-sourced) is popular on the weekends and takes a tour of all things biscuits, hash, Benedicts, and carbs with a hip Bloody Mary bar to hydrate.

 

MORNING: ON THE WATERFRONT
Head on over to the West Bank of the Flats and take a cruise in the Cuyahoga River via jetski, boat, or kayak. Rental information can be found here. Take the water taxi for $2 over to the East Bank Flats and walk along the boardwalk.

Or, rent the same toys along with paddleboards and boats in North Coast Harbor, and snap your touristy CLE pic in front of the Cleveland script sign with the perfect skyline backdrop.

After you’ve seen the city from the water, get a ground tour via Segway on an hour ride to scope out the town.

 

LUNCH: WEST 25TH
Ohio City is basically Cleveland’s go-to neighborhood for craft beer and next-level pub grub. But before hitting the beer scene, you simply must visit the famous West Side Market, where you can snag lunch at the cafe.

Next, afternoon pub-crawl along West 25th St. and sample a few Cleveland signature beers. Start next door to the West Side Market at Market Garden Brewery for any of their 14 beers on tap and small plates. Then head across the street to Great Lakes Brewing Co., with its famed Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and beer school on Wednesdays. Wrap up at Nano Brew, with its three bars and two-story patio complete with larger-than-life games like Jenga and Connect Four.

 

P.M.: RAISE YOUR ROCK FIST
Head back across the river into downtown and up to the water’s edge. Here you can explore the one-and-only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while you’re in the city where rock was born. Walk through seven levels of exhibits and gawk at artifacts and memorabilia from generations of rock legends.

 

DINNER: GO FOURTH
East 4th St. is one alley you need to see. Some of Cleveland’s most celebrated restaurants and entertainment hubs pepper this pedestrian-only street, including LolaThe Greenhouse Tavern, and Pickwick and Frolic.

 

EVENING: PLAY ON
Depending on what season you’re in town, you can cheer on one (or more) of our three major league sports teams or our minor-league hockey team. The Cleveland Indians (MLB), Cavaliers (NBA), Browns (NFL) and Monsters (AHL) are all located Downtown.

 

If you’re not feeling the sports scene or not around during a game, see a Broadway play in Cleveland’s theater district, Playhouse Square–and don’t forget to snap a selfie under the largest outdoor chandelier in the world.

DAY 2

University Circle, Little Italy

RISE & SHINE: BRUNCH OF CHAMPIONS
Head just east of Downtown for brunch at Washington Place Bistro & Inn. This B&B is known for eclectic filler-uppers to start your day including their Maine Lobster & Manchego Omlette or their Bananas Foster French Toast.

 

A.M.: LITTLE ITALY
Take a leisurely stroll around Lake View Cemetery. Hold up–a cemetery, you ask? Why would I ever want to do that?

Lake View Cemetery is something special, and it’s free. Not only is it beautiful with its walking paths through 285 acres of grounds, but it also is the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, Elliot Ness, and President James A. Garfield, among other notable Clevelanders. Definitely take a peek inside Wade Memorial Chapel at the Tiffany-designed interior.

 

Afterward, head down Mayfield Rd. and into Little Italy. There are mom-and-pop galleries and shops galore, but, let’s be real, we’re here for the food. Have lunch at one of the local favorites like Mama Santa’s for Sicilian pizza, Mia Bella for upscale Mediterranean, or Guarino’s for Italian home cookin’. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert from Presti’s Bakery or (…and?) Corbo’s Bakery.

 

P.M.: SMARTY PANTS
Nearby University Circle is a collection of world-renowned arts and culture institutions–one right after another all grouped together in an easily walkable square mile. Tour the Cleveland Museum of Art’s high-tech Gallery One — it’s free, and an absolute must-see.

 

Afterward, head to one of the other nearby cultural establishments. Dinosaurs and the Perkins Wildlife Center are the highlights at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Explore Madagascar and Costa Rica in the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glasshouse. Swing into MOCA for a dose of contemporary art. Or, brush up on your history and ride the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel at the Cleveland History Center.

 

EVENING: MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Round out your stay in Cleveland by treating yourself to what’s widely considered one of the top orchestras in the world. The Cleveland Orchestra performs at Severance Hall, a gorgeous masterpiece of a concert venue that offers free tours on select Sundays.

 

If you’re not in town during an orchestra performance or if you need something a little more casual, check the concert schedules at AgoraHouse of BluesOdeonGrog ShopBeachland Ballroom or Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica.

Cleveland’s got a personality and style all its own, and while you can’t get to know the city entirely in two days, you can get a taste!

To see more of what Cleveland has to offer, the Destination Cleveland app is your guide to art, culture and rock ‘n’ roll!

     

 

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