October 2020 Newsletter

Larissa Rasmussen,
Jackson County

While the MFWCAA board is sad we are unable to come together in person next month, we are very excited to offer remote training opportunities for our MFWCAA members! Check out the details and schedule included in this newsletter. We felt the best way to reach everyone during this busy time would be to offer short trainings that are easier to fit into our schedules and give us a break from our day-to-day. Especially with the increased workload many of us are feeling right now! In addition to our informative trainings scheduled for October 23, we plan to throw in a few special surprises, so you don’t want to miss it! We also will be recognizing our FW/CA of the Year and will end the morning together with our MFWCAA Annual Meeting.

For November, we are very excited to partner with the People Incorporated Training Institute to offer a virtual training on Compassion Fatigue! If you came to our Mankato conference in 2019, you may remember Russ Turner who presented the De-escalation Training. He presented very useful information and received great reviews from our conference attendees! Mark your calendars now for Monday, November 16 from 1-3pm. We plan to offer another training from the Training Institute in Spring 2021, session topic TBD.

The tele-trainings are included with your membership fee, so encourage your non-member co-workers to send in their registration as soon as possible! We will be using Zoom to present the trainings and hope to also offer a Livestream option. If you are unable to fit the October training into your schedule, a recording of the training will be available to you. As we get closer to the day, members will receive an email with more information on how to join the meeting. Our goal is to continue to offer a couple more trainings remotely next year, even while gearing up to come back together in person for our October 2021 Conference in Brainerd! As usual, please contact either myself or your Region Representative with any questions, ideas or concerns.

Hope to “see” you in October!
Larissa Rasmusen

MFWCAA Virtual Training 2020

Friday, October 23

9:00am: VA Benefits – Greg Peterson,
Director of Veterans Services in Brown County
Greg will present Financial Resources for Former Military and their families, including information on two COVID grants in the amounts of $1000, and $3000 from the State of Minnesota.
About the speaker: Greg graduated from New Ulm HS in 1980 and
entered the Air Force spending 24 years flying as the Loadmaster on large jet transports hauling beans, bullets, Presidential Limos, and thousands of passengers around the globe. In his 16 years with the County he has helped his customers obtain millions of dollars in Federal and State Veterans and Survivors benefits. Just this year he helped a widow win her appeal for the Agent Orange death of her husband in 2006; the retroactive payment was $50 shy of $445,000!


10:20am: Special Guest – Lisa Holker, MAFAS Chair
Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year Award

10:30am: Immigration – Teri Juhl, J.D.,
DHS Immigration Law Specialist

Teri will present immigration updates, including recent updates regarding eligibility for individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Asylum applicants. We will discuss recent delays with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and how the delays impact our work, how to verify an immigration document from immigration court, and upcoming updates to SAVE guidance. We will only have time to briefly discuss each of these topics but additional resources will be available.


MFWCAA Annual Meeting

**Breaks will be flexible as time allows after questions

Monday, November 16

1-3pm: Compassion Fatigue, Russ Turner,
People Incorporated Training Institute

Compassion fatigue is a general term that describes the chronic and cumulative effect of different stresses at work and how it negatively impacts one’s ability to be effective with clients in helping professions. Most of the research focuses on self-care practices like mindfulness or physical exercise to re-energize workers and help them cope with the stress of their workplace. While this is helpful advice, this can add to a worker’s burden by giving them more to do in their already busy day, and can even affect them negatively if they hear that they are not doing enough to properly attend to their mental and physical health. This class explores the nature of compassion satisfaction, and offers strategies for cultivating resilience and compassion satisfaction that are both self-care and team-care oriented.

Wondering how can you sign up to attend our 2020 remote trainings?

If you are already a MFWCAA member, these trainings are included in that fee! If you haven’t paid your dues yet, there is still time! Fill out the membership form and mail your $20 payment today!

to our 2020 Scholarship Winners!

  • Stephanie Mashuga -Member: Liz Mashuga, Sibley County
  • Kaitlyn Berreau – Member: Karri Berreau, Swift County
  • Kristin DeJong – Member: Andrea DeJong, Chippewa County
  • Emily Holler – Member: Gini Holler, Beltrami County
  • Jenna Rickoff – Member: Chris Rickoff, Winona County
  • Erik DeSmith – Member: Janelle DeSmith, Crow Wing County
  • Carter Nachreiner – Member: Andrea Nachreiner, Brown County
  • Adam Malecha – Member: Kimberli Malecha, MN Prairie
  • Jennifer Peterson – Member: Self, Fillmore County
  • Jada Olivier – Member: Marika Olivier, Crow Wing County

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