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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Owatonna Conference

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About the Conference

The Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP) is hosted by the Psychology Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The conference has become known over the years as simply “The Owatonna Conference” because we hold the conference every March in Owatonna, MN. The goal of the conference is to promote the dissemination of empirically-oriented research from a variety of disciplines within the field of psychology. The conference is intended to involve a wide audience of students, faculty, and community professionals.  The conference typically begins on a Thursday afternoon, and runs through the end of the following Friday.  In general, presentations on Thursday are given by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from MSU.  The full day on Friday includes presentations by professional researchers and practitioners who are experts in their field.

For MCPP 2016, we are excited to present a themed track for this year's speakers: Ethics in Psychology.  Our guests come from a wide range of specialties in psychology, and they will discuss the many ethical issues and dilemmas that come up in psychology. The talks will include the following:

Moral Courage in an Age of Fear: Lessons from Working with Torture Survivors, presented by Andrea Northwood, PhD (University of Minnesota, Center for Victims of Torture).

Transforming Ethos: Consideratins for the Ethical Practice in Working with Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals, presented by Cesar Gonzalez, PhD, and Lauren Radziejewski, CNP (Mayo Clinic)

Ethical Considerations in Functional Assessments and Interventions with Problem Gamblers, presented by Benjamin Witts, PhD (St. Cloud State University)

Ethical Issues and Professional Boundaries when working with Sexual Abusers, presented by Lauren Herbert, PsyD (Department of Human Services, Minnesota Sex Offender Program)

Location and Dates

The 2016 MCPP will be held on Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Owatonna, MN. The Holiday Inn is located at 2365 NW 43rd St. (behind Cabella’s).


Benefits of Attending

  • Students can learn about new areas of research and practice in the profession of psychology, and formulate ideas about what they want to do with their degree.
  • MNSU students can take the conference as a 1-credit course (PSYC490/590, Workshop: MIdwestern Conference). Students seeking course credit will receive permission to register for the course only after completing the registration form and paying the conference registration fee ($35). Students must attend the entire conference in order to receive course credit.[PDF] The registration packet (130 KiB) includes additional details about the conference, how to register for course credit, and the conference registration form.
  • Professional psychologists can obtain continuing education credits (CEUs) through the Minnesota Board of Psychology. CEUs are offered for the Friday events only.The registration form can be found on page 4 of the [PDF] registration packet (130 KiB). You can also register online. Registration costs $100 for psychologists seeking 5 CEUs, or $60 for professionals not seeking CEUs.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact the MCPP coordinator, Dr. Eric Sprankle, at 507-389-5825 or at