Minnesota Rehabilitation Association

Promoting Ethical and State of The Art Pratice in Rehabilitation



If you attended the Fall MRA conference in St. Cloud you should have received your CRCC credits via email.  If you did not, feel free to contact Sara Sundeen, 2018 MRA Secretary and she will assist you,  Sara.sundeen@state.mn.us.


MRA Fall Conference 2018

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Description & Registration 

Looking for a way to develop your professional self? Look no further and register to attend MRA Fall Conference 2018 today! 

Come learn about Vocational Rehabilitation's (VR) new and trending best practices, technologies, strategies in service delivery, and more! Come and network with both old and new colleagues in the field of VR. Don't wait, register today and unmask your talent at MRA Fall Conference 2018!

Click here to register for MRA Fall Conference 2018

Location & Dates

Located at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, MN from Tuesday October 23rd to Thursday 25th 2018

Rooms are available for booking, mention MRA when you call.

Rates are $109.00 per night.

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn

100 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301

Phone(320) 253-0606


“Unmask your Talent” Speaker Topics & Schedule

Click here to download the MRA Fall Conference 2018 Unmask Your Talent Topics & Schedule or see below to access the agenda on your browser.

(Last updated October 16 2018, provided details to President's Dinner)


Tuesday October 23rd

Time: 12:30 – 4:15

Presenter - Michelle Uetz, Independent contractor with Rocky Hill Parent Peer Specialists and former Special Ed Teacher

Topic: Understanding and breaking through barriers of mental health for employment success. Information on identifying and implementing supports to people with mental illness. Experience mental health from several different perspectives.  


Time: 6:00-9:00

President’s Fundraiser Fun Dinner
Where: Olde Brick House Irish Pub
Note: You will need to RSVP so we may communicate with the restaurant accordingly about our numbers. When registering, be sure to also add the President's dinner.

Click HERE to download the flyer for details. 

The dinner will be held one block away at the Olde Brick House

102 6th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301

Wednesday October 24th

Time: 8:30-10:00

KEYNOTE Presenter - Dr. Fred Schroeder Director of the National Rehabilitation Association and former RSA Commissioner

Topic: Competitive Integrated Employment: Structural Challenges and Their Relationship to the CRCC Code of Ethics. Explaining changes to the Rehabilitation Act that prioritize integration for youth and adults with disabilities and the mechanical and ethical challenges they present for rehabilitation counselors.


Time: 10:15 – 11:30

Presenter - College Disability Services Panel — St. Cloud Technical and Community College, St. Cloud State University, St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

Topic: Discussion of what accommodations students can expect in a college setting, what documentation is needed to apply for accommodations, other supports offered, successful AT use.


Presenter - Dr. Michael Massey

Topic: Opioid Addiction and Rehabilitation


Time: 11:30 – 1:00



Time: 1:00 – 2:15

Presenter - Dr. Fred Schroeder Director of the National Rehabilitation Association and former RSA Commissioner

Topic: State of the union for people with disabilities


Presenter - Josh Dean, Customized Employment Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Topic: Visual Resumes: how to create them and how to use them


Presenter - Colleen Heffernan, VR Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Topic: Transition Age Youth and Career Development: Working alongside your client’s aspirations, inspirations, and career dreams.



Time 2:30- 3:45

Presenter - Dr. Skovholt, author and U of M professor in Educational Psychology

Topic: The Resilient Practitioner: helping develop resilience in the helping fields and coping with the challenges of working in the field.


Presenter - Independent Living Skills Panel, MN Association of Centers for Independent Living.

Topic: A discussion of ILS: success of consumers, not only in their day-to-day life, but preparing for vocational success, creative ways to use IL to help consumers achieve their goals.


Time: 4:00 – 5:00

Division Meetings


Time: 5:30 – 7:00

Dinner & Awards

Time: 7:30 – 11:00

Costume Party and Celebration


Thursday October 25th

Time: 8:15 – 9:45

KEYNOTE Presenter: Frank Weber,

Topic: Guiding Individuals with Mental Illness and Sexual Issues into Employment


Time 10:00 – 11:15

Presenter - Christa Martin, Placement Specialist, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Topic: Job Seekers & Social Media: Implications for Employment Specialists and Ethical Practice. Ethics credit for CEU’s


Presenter - Eric Ringgenberg and Lucas Scott, MCIL

Topic: Autism & Employment


Time: 11:15 – 12:45

LUNCH Provided


Time 12:45 – 2:00

Presenter - Christa Martin, Placement Specialist, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Topic: Unconscious Bias: Overcoming Ethical Obstacles While Increasing Multicultural

Competencies. Ethics credit for CEU’s


Presenter - Eric Ringgenberg and Lucas Scott, MCIL

Topic: Autism, Executive Function Strategies


Presenter - Pat Moore, Partner at Joslin & Moore Law Offices

Topic: Special Needs Trusts: what are they, knowing how and when to set one up.

Placement 101 - JPD Track Only

Placement 101 is being offered during the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association 2018 Conference in St. Cloud, October 23 – 25.

Placement 101 – An Introduction to the Work of Placement Professionals

This Placement 101 Training Program is designed to meet the learning needs of newly hired job placement/job development staff employed in Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Rehabilitation Programs and other partners and referral sources. It is designed to provide a basic, introductory level of knowledge and skills on best practices when providing job placement services for individuals with disabilities. The program will address the following key objectives:

  • Partnering with the Job Seeker’s team
  • Partnering with Job Seekers
  • Partnering with Business
  • Job Offer and Placement Follow-up
  • Challenging Cases
  • Workload Management and Self-Care

The Placement 101 Track begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday the 23rd, ends at 2:00 pm on Thursday the 25th and includes all 6 break-out sessions throughout the conference. Please note that attendance of all sessions is required. 12 CEUs and CRCC Credits along with a Certificate are offered upon completion.


Registration for the Conference Includes:

  • 12 hours of Placement 101 instruction
  • Nationally recognized Keynote speakers
  • Tuesday night President’s Fun Fundraiser @ the Olde Brick House (additional cost)
  • Wednesday Breakfast and Dinner & Awards Banquet
  • Wednesday night Celebration and Costume Party
  • Thursday Breakfast and Lunch

Click here to register for Placement 101 - JPD Track Only

note: if you choose this track, you must attend the FULL Placement 101 - JPD Track Only

$200.00/MRA members
* $35.00 President’s Fun Fundraiser @ the Olde Brick House

Rooms are available for booking, mention MRA when you call. Rates are $109.00 per night.
Best Western Kelly INN St. Cloud, MN Phone: (320) 253-0606

If you have any questions about the training please contact me at MNJPDVicePresident@gmail.com

Stephanie Kruger, JPD Vice President

President's Dinner 



Interested in Speaking at MRA Conference?

Speaking at MRA conference is fun and rewarding. To present, please download and complete the Call for Presenters Proposal Form. Completed forms may be sent to Tristen Moulzolf at MRAConferences@gmail.com.

MRA is open to many topics, but example topics include but are not limted to assistive technology, mental health, counseling, worker’s compensation, labor market information, employer needs, today's best practices, RSA legislation, and transition planning for high school and college students. 

We hope to see your requests! 

Have Questions?

Have questions or comments regarding conferences? Please contact MRAConferences@gmail.com and we'll  get back as soon as possible!