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SSWO symposium focusing on social workers and safety

Minot State University's Student Social Work Organization will sponsor “Filling the Social Workers Toolbox,” its 10th annual Spring Symposium, Friday (April 15) in the Conference Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Typically, the emphasis is on prominent issues that social workers face, however, this symposium will focus on the social workers themselves and creating safety for them in an increasingly volatile work environment.  

“This year, SSWO is extremely excited to be partnering with the National Association of Social Workers to provide safety training for social workers,” said Dionne Spooner, SSWO faculty advisor. “We will provide strategies that social workers can utilize to keep themselves safe including developing a personal safety plan, dealing with personal predators, improving observation techniques and learning safety strategies. We are also providing ethics training that is now required of all social workers for their licensure.”

Spooner, MSU social work instructor, will present “Code of Ethics: What It Is All About.” She has provided direct social work for nearly 20 years in North Dakota and continues to provide those services through independent practice and contractual work.

Don Moseman, North Dakota Safety Council training director, will present “POWER Project: Promoting Social Worker Safety and Readiness in North Dakota.” Moseman served in the U.S. Air Force and as a state trooper before joining the N.D. Safety Council.

The cost is $85. MSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend at no cost. MSU discount code for registration is available from Spooner. To register, visit

“SSWO has never partnered with a national organization before to provide training,” said Kimberly Truax, SSWO event coordinator. “It is a state-of-the-art training that many times is not available in our local area and at a very effective cost.”

For questions, contact Spooner at or 858-3142.

Published: 04/13/16

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