Since 2011, Ed has worked with a dozen schools and hundreds of children, adolescents, and their families to build bright futures that match the most audacious dreams we have for our kids. 

Our training and consultation Mission

We believe in kids. We believe in families. We believe in organizations working to support kids and families. Since 2011, Ed Morales has provided consultation, supervision, and professional development services to agencies and organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Our areas of focus include collaborative problem solving, children’s mental health, school-based services, trauma-informed systems, and adoptive and foster care.

Since 2017, when he founded Socorro Consulting, Ed Morales has partnered with more than 20 organizations around the Midwest and beyond to provide training and consultation that is affordable, effective, and grounded in joy.

About Ed morales

Originally from Seattle, Ed Morales has long been dedicated to developing ethical, transformative social work practice in schools, organizations, and communities, and is now recognized as an engaging, energizing, and inspiring speaker. Since 2011, Ed has worked with more than 1,000 kids and families in charter schools, district schools, parenting organizations and youth-focused agencies in his capacity as a school social worker, school-based therapist, trainer, and therapist. Ed is a transracially adoptive parent of two remarkable sisters and lives in North Minneapolis with his wife, his kids, and his cat, Mocha.

Ed has presented for organizations and at conferences around the United States, for audiences ranging from 3-300. A highly sought-after speaker, Ed drives points home with humility, honesty, humor, and plenty of storytelling.

Previous presentation topics have included Rethinking Challenging Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach; From 0-60: De-escalation and Crisis Management; Seeing Color: Racial Identity Formation in Children and Adolescents; Exploring Cross Cultural Supervisory Practice; Who Are You: Identity in the Age of Bias; Working With Biofamilies, and more.

Previous presentation partners have included the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Minnesota Educator’s Association, the National Association of Social Workers Minnesota and Nebraska Chapters, the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health, MNAdopt, Richfield Public Schools, Rochester Public Schools, Ampersand Families, Family Alternatives, and parent groups, foster and adoptive organizations across the Twin Cities.

Since 2011, Ed has presented at conferences and trainings around the State of Minnesota and the country. Some highlights include:

2019:

  • Daniel Kids Independent Living Conference, Orlando, FL

  • National Foster Parent Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

  • National Association of Social Workers-Minnesota Annual Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN

  • North American Council for Adoptable Children Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV

  • National Association of Social Workers-Missouri Annual Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference, Duluth, MN

  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Supervision Seminar, Duluth, MN

  • Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN

  • Minnesota School Social Worker’s Association Summer Institute, St. Paul, MN

  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Winter Training Series, Minneapolis, MN

  • Dakota County Community Transition Interagency Committee, Apple Valley, MN

  • From 0-60: De-escalation and Crisis Management Webinar, MN Adopt

  • Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Group, MN Adopt

2018:

  • Rochester Public Schools Wings to Fly Conference (keynote speaker), Rochester, MN

  • North American Council on Adoptable Children Annual Conference, Saint Paul, MN

  • National Association of Social Workers-Minnesota Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • National Association of Social Workers-Nebraska Annual Conference, Omaha, NE

  • Education Minnesota’s Minnesota Educator Academy, Saint Paul, MN

  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference, Duluth, MN

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Foster Care Conference, Saint Paul, MN

  • MN Department of Human Services School-based Mental Health Conference, Brainerd, MN

  • Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving Training, Boston, MA

  • University of Minnesota School of Social Work CEUs-on-a-Stick, Saint Paul, MN

2017:

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Summer Mental Health Institute, Minneapolis MN

  • University of Minnesota School of Social Work CEUs-on-a-Stick, Saint Paul, MN

  • Minnesota School-based Mental Health Conference, Brainerd, MN


 
A selection of our clients and presenting partners 2015-present.

A selection of our clients and presenting partners 2015-present.

 

OUR consulting

In addition to our work with children and families, we provide consultation, professional development and training services to Twin Cities schools, organizations, parent groups and individuals interested in joining the movement to create public and private spaces that are trauma informed and responsive to the needs of developing kids.

Collaborations with schools and youth-focused organizations includes training around mental health concerns in children and adolescents, trauma-informed classrooms, collaborative problem solving, crisis intervention and support, and more. Since 2011, Ed has partnered with a dozen schools in the Twin Cities metro area, including district, charter, and private schools to build competency and enhance fidelity around responding to challenging behavior and mental health concerns in students. Socorro professional development sessions are tailored to the specific needs and concerns of each school, and receive high marks from staff and administrators alike. Previous or current clients include Richfield Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Rochester Public Schools, Ampersand Families, MN Adopt, The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, and Think:Kids, among others.

Parent support includes training, coaching and support around collaborative problem solving, issues related to foster care and adoption, and managing challenging behavior at home and in the community. Past presentations to parent groups include responding to depression and self-injury in adolescents and talking with children about grief and loss.

I found my worth when we started to work together.
— Note from a former 9th grade client.