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The Department of Social Work presents Dr. Ron Manderscheid, Jan 29-30th, 2018

The Department of Social Work welcomes Dr. Ron Manderscheid to campus for a two day, three event visit.



The Minnesota State University Department of Social Work welcomes you to a lecture by invited guest and national behavioral health policy expert, Dr. Ron Manderscheid. Dr. Manderscheid’s professional career has been rooted in the intersections of behavioral health care, policy, and advocacy. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. With more than forty years of experience in national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those living with behavioral health conditions, Dr. Manderscheid is one of the most trusted voices on behavioral health policy.

Dr. Manderscheid will be here for two days, during which we will be holding three events:


  • Lecture: Changes and Constants: Behavioral Health Policy Trends and New Directions

Monday, January 29th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, preceded by a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.


  • Special student conversation: Life after graduation – where will you be? #lifegoals.

Tuesday, January 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Dr. Manderscheid welcomes speaking with students at all levels that are interested in behavioral healthcare and will share tangible networking connections for students interested in social and behavioral sciences. This conversation is based on a capstone course Dr. Manderscheid teaches.


  • Lecture and dialogue: The Grand Challenges: A Call to Action 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 30th in Ostrander Auditorium. Dr. Manderscheid will define and explore the twelve Grand Challenges articulated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, of which Dr. Manderscheid is a fellow.



All events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested for the lectures through

CE's through the Board of Social Work are provided for the lectures.

Questions about these events can be directed to the Department of Social Work at 389-6190 or

These events are sponsored by the Southern MN Behavioral Health Initiative through the Health Resources and Services Administration (M01HP31315).


For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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