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Managing Staff Performance – Tackling the Sticky Wickets (2 Supervision CEUs)

April 26 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dan Porter, MSW, LICSW


Even though managing staff performance is critical to succeeding as a supervisor, it often involves some of the toughest calls and most stubborn challenges. Many supervisors have identified giving negative feedback to a supervisee as one of the most dreaded aspects of the job, and express doubts about their ability to do it in a way that maximizes the likelihood of a positive outcome. This course will focus on the practical problems supervisors face when they tackle difficult situations involving work performance, and offer practical, evidence-based solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review perspective-shaping concepts
  • Clarify multiple meanings of “performance”
  • Identify crucial influences on staff performance and ways managers/supervisors may utilize them
  • Learn and apply a systematic approach to performance improvement


Dan Porter has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in public, residential, hospital, and day treatment programs. He is currently the Lead School Social Worker for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 on special assignment to incorporate mental health initiatives district wide, provide supervision, direction, and support for over 30 social workers and has oversight and supervision of the Internship program that provides up to 12 internships for students. Additionally, Dan provides Clinical Supervision to Social Workers for the Professional Matrix, where he has worked for over five years. He currently provides supervision to 13 social workers working in a variety of settings through group and individual supervision.

Dan received his B.A. in Social Work and Sociology, his Masters in Clinical Social Work, and has a Director of Special Education License. Dan serves as the Board President of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) and is on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA).

Dan has presented at numerous conferences throughout the USA on topics such as: Ethics, Supervision and groups, Supervision styles, strategies for supporting youth, promoting self-esteem, and school based social skills programs. He was an examination item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and he has been published multiple times doing book reviews in the School Social Work Journal. Dan was named Minnesota School Social Worker of the year in 2012.


Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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April 26
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States


Julie Stender
(612) 567-4654