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2016 Conference Keynote

2016 keynote: Kevin KlingKevin Kling

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis. He will be presenting The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into. His autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Opening Keynote music provided by Gaelynn Lea Music.

Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, who recently received national recognition, winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has played alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.


Call for Conference Presentations

Proposals are due by WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017. Presenter proposals will be reviewed by the Program Conference Committee, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of June. Complete the 2017 HHS Conference Presenter Proposal and submit it according to the instructions.


We’re looking for presentations topics on:

Aging & elderly services HIV/AIDS
Bereavement, loss & grief Homelessness & housing
Chemical dependency Immigrants
Child care Indian Child Welfare Act
Child welfare Juvenile justice
Clinical issues Leadership & supervision
Compassion, empathy, dignity Mental health
Culture specific training Organizational development
Disabilities - children & adults Policy & advocacy
Diversity & inclusion Poverty
Domestic violence Probation & corrections
Education Public health
Emergency preparedness Research
End of life & hospice Self care - wellness
Ethics Social development
Foster care Trauma
Health care Veterans
Health disparities Immigrants


Who you'll be training:
The target audiences for the presentations include social workers, public health practitioners, financial workers, support staff, social service specialists, child support officers, probation officers, program managers, directors, county commissioners, boards of directors, health and human service advocates, trainers, foster parents, child care providers, nurses, psychologists, chaplains, parish workers, and pastors. 


We encourage presenters to offer a 10-question POST TEST for participants who are seeking clinical specific MN Board of Social Work CEU's. Indicate your willingness to provide a post test on the online presenter proposal form.