Jim Raines, Ph.D., LCSW
Jim Raines calls himself an accidental academic with the heart of a practitioner. He has been President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers, Midwest School Social Work Council, and now the School Social Work Association of America. He previously keynoted the SSWAA National School Social Work Conference in St. Louis in 2010. He was the recipient of the Midwest School Social Work Career Achievement Award in 2012. As a professor of social work, he is the author of three books published by Oxford University Press, two dozen articles, and numerous book chapters. He won the Gary Lee Schaffer award for academic contributions to school social work in 2016. Jim has been Chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, & Public Policy since 2010 and is currently a professor of social work at California State University Monterey Bay. You can follow his work on www.academia.edu.
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Purpose and Goals of the Conference:
This year’s conference is focused on increasing our ability to effectively care for the mental wellness of our students, families, and ourselves. We will build on our understanding of situations that contribute to stress and how those stressors may affect our students and ourselves. We know what we do to increase coping and resiliency matters and helps students, families, schools, and communities advance and achieve.
Our keynote presenter is Jim Raines. Dr. Raines has been deeply involved in state, regional, and national school social work for many years. He is currently the president of the School Social Work Association of America and professor of social work at the California State University Monterey Bay. Additionally Dr. Raines is the Chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy since 2010. His keynote will set the stage for the conference by diving into the topic of mental health. There will be a variety of workshops to encourage practitioners to recognize that they are more effective when their own mental health is cared for. We hope that each participant chooses to attend at least one self-care workshop. Workshops will also focus on strategies for assessment and intervention in the realm of mental health that we can take back and implement in the schools. As always, there will be opportunities for networking, learning about school social work practices throughout the state, and supporting one another.
There are many quality conferences in Wisconsin in the fall, but this is the only state-wide conference that specifically addresses the role of school social workers. We hope to see you at the conference.
Each room overlooks beautifully landscaped wooded grounds or lake view. Amenities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, basketball and tennis courts, fishing and hiking, game room and three on-site restaurants. Room accommodations may be upgraded to suites and deluxe rooms for no additional charge pending available rooms at the time of check-in. Participants may extend their stay at the resort throughout the weekend at the same low conference room rate. Since 1945, (New Year’s Eve, to be exact), Heidel House has offered people a place to relax, unwind and reflect on the people and things that are important. Once a private residence, the fledgling restaurant grew in size and reputation to become a unique, family-run retreat.
Heidel House Resort & Spa
643 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake, WI 54941
Approximate driving distances:
From Milwaukee – 95 miles
From Madison - 75 miles
From Appleton- 50 miles
From Chicago - 185 miles
From Minneapolis – 250 miles
From Rockford - 135 miles
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