An important mission of the MSCSW is to promote excellence in clinical social work practice. To that end, we sponsor a range of educational opportunities, including workshops, seminars, consultation groups, networking opportunities, study groups and supervision groups for those working toward their LICSW.  

Feedback from members over the years has been that educational opportunities and networking with other practitioners are the two most valuable benefits of belonging to the society.

If you would like to be added to the email list to receive information about our educational events, contact Ben Snyder at

Workshops are either half-day (3 CEUs) or whole-day (6 CEUs) events, facilitated by experts in the field.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop fees are non-refundable if cancellation is 7 days or less before the workshop. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations any time before that.

These two-hour discussions covering a range of clinical issues are held 3-4 times a year. Clinical Conversations are free to members and $25.00 for non-members (2 CEUs).

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop fees are non-refundable if cancellation is 7 days or less before the workshop. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations any time before that.

Contact Ben Snyder at

Ethics seminars are 2 hours long and take place three or four times a year on both the east and west side of the Twin Cities. Group participation is highly encouraged in this process. They are a wonderful opportunity to discuss ethical dilemmas with your colleagues and to meet the two-hour requirement for social work licensure. Look for emails, as well as the calendar of events, about when and where future seminars will be held.

Free for MSCSW members. $25 for non-members.

Reservation for attendance is required.
East Metro Contact: Mitch Leppicello, 651-408-5132,
West Metro Contact: Bev Caruso, 612-374-2618,

Those considering private practice as well as those already in private practice can benefit from sharing in discussions about the “nuts and bolts” of creating and maintaining a psychotherapy business. The group is facilitated by a seasoned private practitioner and there is no cost. Any MSCSW member is invited to come.

Location: the office of Beth Matthews, Harbor Therapy Clinic, 3165 Fernbrook Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55447. For more information, contact Beth at 763-489-8430; or Mark LaChapelle at 952-928-8474;

No need to RSVP, this group is for MSCSW members only and is free.

Value, camaraderie and fun! Study Groups promote ongoing social work education, collaboration, peer leadership and the exploration of a wide range of clinical interests.

A Study Group can be a valuable resource for Society members, since no fee is charged for participation and members themselves can establish the size, time, place, frequency, content and learning objectives of the group. Groups are usually led by peers, though they may be leader-led. Group discussion may utilize resources such as books, articles, films, case examples, or even call upon relevant outside expertise. Each Study Group should select a coordinator to record attendance and document educational content for each session.

For MSCSW members only and are free.


  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Study Group

Study Groups seeking CEUs must record the following:

  • The learning objectives of the Study Group.
  • Educational content of the Study Group including a bibliography.
  • A list of participants and a list of their attendance at each meeting.


  • Identify a subject you would like to study that contains social work content.
  • Find two, three, four or more members to meet with you.
  • Identify a place and time to meet.
  • Obtain the study group paperwork from Membership Services Member and Newsletter Coordinator, or 612-374-2618.
  • Meet and brainstorm your goals, readings, etc.
  • Identify a coordinator to record meetings.
  • At various intervals, send a record of meeting times to the MSCSW President to ensure recording of meetings for CEUs.

The society offers supervision groups for MSCSW members who are preparing for the LGSW exam. These groups are provided by experienced Society members at a fee based on the member’s income.

MSCSW provides financial need based supervision groups to LGSW supervisees in order to ease the financial burden of obtaining LICSW licensure. MSCSW groups will have up to 6 members as stipulated by the Board of Social Work regulations. Fees range from $10 to 40 dollars per group. The sliding fee is based on certain variables such as school loans, family income, current salary, dependents, etc. An honor system will be employed as members will determine the fee that is affordable for them.

Attendance is not limited to those who need a sliding fee. All members, regardless of need are welcome. One must maintain membership in the society in order to participate in these groups.

The Minnesota Board of Social Work states that:

“An LGSW who is engaged in clinical social work practice must be supervised on an ongoing bases, at the rate of a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours of supervision for every 160 hours of practice, not to exceed 8,000 hours of practice. At least 200 hours of clinical supervision must be obtained over a minimum of 4,000 hours of clinical practice to be eligible to apply for the LICSW license. In order to practice clinical social work for more that 8,000 hours, an LGSW must obtain an LICSW license”.

For information, contact Membership Chair, Bev Caruso at