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SSWAA At Work for YOU!

Welcome Back to School! 

We wish you a smooth start.  As we start the new school year, SSWAA would like to remind you of the many resources we offer to assist you. You can locate "Resources by Topic" (Public access to Resources),  Organizational Links,  Evidence Based Practices,   Crisis Response Resources  (Public),  School Social Work Evaluation Tools  (Public)Publications, numerous Parent Resources,  as well as Resources to assist your Administrators.  These and much, much more.    As a SSWAA Member, enjoy FULL access to all of our website resources.  Not a member yet?  We would love for you to Join us or if you have been a past SSWAA member, we hope you will consider Renewing your membership.

Conference Closing Keynote: Dr. Howard Glasser

SSWAA is pleased to announce that Dr. Howard Glasser will be providing our Closing Keynote address at the 19th National School Social Work Conferencesm on March 12, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Dr. Glasser, creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach, is a psychotherapist, author, and Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Success Foundation. He has authored multiple books about the approach, including Transforming the Difficult Child, which remains a top seller in the ADHD category more than a decade after its initial publication. So many School Social Workers have become the change agents in education by discovering this approach that allows them to inspire everyone to a new way of interacting with children. Join us for this workshop and learn how to light up the runways for children of all levels of intensity. Let's help them discover that they are no longer the bad kid, or the good kid, but rather the great kid with great things to contribute.   Read more.

Workshop Presenters Needed 

We have our awesome Keynote presenters in place and now we need workshop presenters.  We need YOU to share your expertise and experience with others.  See Topics of Interest.   Please consider presenting a workshop at the 19th National School Social Work Conferencesm March 9 - 12, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland!   Students and/or faculty are also encouraged to submit Poster Session Proposals.  Every year we have a few  more and would like to highlight research projects even more.   We know school just got started but please take some time to submit Workshop and Poster Session  Proposals.  Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015 for workshop proposals and September 30 for Poster Sessions.  Read more

MSW Student Representative to the SSWAA Board Wanted

The School Social Work Association of America is seeking a 2nd Year/Advanced Standing MSW student for a Board position. This year’s student board member must be enrolled in a MSW program in the Northeast Region as defined by SSWAA (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia).  Each year a student from the region in which the upcoming SSWAA National Conference will be held will be selected to serve on the Board. This year the conference will be held March 9 – 12, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The term of the position will be from September 2015 to December 2016.  . Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2015.

7th Delegate Assembly: 2015 in Alexandria

On July 10 - 12, 2015 21 Delegates from  SSWAA's 29 Affiliate States met as the Delegate Assembly (DA) to discuss important topics related to the profession of School Social Work and to assist with the vision of SSWAA!   This year's meeting was held at the Residence Inn in Alexandria, VA (across the river from Washington, DC) immediately followed by SSWAA's Summer Leadership & Legislative Institute.  We were especially pleased to have Carmen Cooper-Davis observe as a representative from Alabama who is interested in developing a state association.  See 2015 Notes/Minutes for more details as well as some DA photos.

DC Update: 

There's Still Time to Connect With Members of Congress:

The SSWAA Government Relations Team wants to remind you that members of Congress will be on their summer recess until after Labor Day. What does that mean for you?  It means you still have plenty of time to make contacts with the district office of your Representative and the State offices of your Senators. Senators and Representatives may also be holding forums around the State, attending community functions, and getting out to see what their constituents have to say.  This is a great opportunity to educate them about the important role of school social workers.  Read More.

"If at first you don't succeed..."

As the vice chair for Charlevoix Democrats and former SSWAA Legislative Chair, I tried to get Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), to travel to northern Michigan to talk with our members while she was home.  I should say that northern Michigan is a very Republican territory.  I have known the Senator for years (many of my visits were on behalf of SSWAA during SSWAA's Summer Institutes).  I hoped hearing from me, she might come up.  Her DC scheduler, however, would not commit to a visit. I then met with the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, Lon Johnson. I told him of my disappointment and that I was still hoping to have the Senator come to Charlevoix this summer.   Lon contacted me later and reported  that the Senator was excited to hear of our progress in getting votes for Dems.  Within a couple of weeks we were informed she'd speak to our members.  On August 14 about 150 people came and were delighted to have her talk with us.  Perseverance paid off.  Capitalize on YOUR Congresspersons' time at home to keep connections going or start new ones!     Submitted by Richard Spring (MI) Former SSWAA Legislative Chair

SSWAA Legislative Advocacy Team
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Resources for School Social Workers

Get the School Year Off to a Good Start

The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools provides a number of resources to consider as we start a new school year including:  Welcoming Strategies for Newly Arrived Students & Their Families  (2 pages),  Is the School Year Off to a Good Start? (2 pages)      Addressing School Adjustment Problems (2 pages),  Welcoming and Involving New Students (133 pages) and much more.   Check out additional  Practitioner Toolkits, guides and other resources(Click on "Practitioner Toolkit & Networks" or "Quickfind" [by topic] for easier access.)    Source:  UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools.     

EDUCATING THE WHOLE STUDENT: New Study Highlights Implementation of Social Emotional Learning

“[F]ailing to meet students’ psychological, social, and emotional needs will continue to fuel gaps in opportunity and achievement for students—in particular, low-income students and students of color—who are frequently under-served by the large one-size-fits-all schools they attend,” MarYam G. Hamedani, associate director of Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Through in-depth case studies of three urban, socioeconomically and racially diverse small public high schools, a student survey, and a comparison of student survey results to a national sample of students, Hamedani et. al. investigate the ways in which school-wide social emotional learning can be implemented and how these efforts shape students’ educational experiences. Read moreDownload  Executive Summary (9 pages).   Download Research Brief.   (15 pages).   Source:  Standard Center for Opportunity Policy Education

Back to School:  Parent Checklist

As America’s 54 million students prepare to return to school this fall, the U.S. Department of Education, just released a parent checklist What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School   (3 pages in English and in Spanish) with questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information including bullying prevention, school based parent organizations,   homelessness, early childhood learning,  See Center for Parent Information for more re.sources including topics listed in English and SpanishSource:  U.S. Department of Education.

September 11 and Katrina's 10th Anniversary

The anniversary of a natural disaster or terrorist attack can serve as a powerful reminder of earlier reactions to the tragedy, and can trigger renewed feelings of anxiety, sorrow, and concerns about the future. These reactions even after 10 years can interfere with daily functioning at home, work, or school. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled resources for disaster response workers, educators, families, medical personnel, mental health professionals, and youth to help with recurring reactions and with current stresses and adversities.  Be sure to also review SSWAA's numerous Crisis Response Resources that have been compiled for you as well (Public access)Source:  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Attention School Social Workers:  Help provide School Social Work Research Data  on School Safety

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville are conducting a study to investigate school social workers’ practices and their perceptions and attitudes towards school safety strategies implemented within their schools. As a school social worker, social worker employed in a school setting, or a social worker with practice experience in the school setting; you are invited to participate in this study by completing a twenty-minute anonymous survey questionnaire.  Your responses to this survey will be kept strictly anonymous, and you will not be asked to provide any potentially identifying information. In no way can your survey responses be linked back to you.  Your feedback will provide invaluable information about school social workers and school safety that will contribute to social work practice, education, and research.For your participation in this study, you have the option to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of twenty $50.00 electronic gift cards to Amazon online marketplace. Contribute to research and support SSWAA at the same time. A donation in the amount of $5.00 will be made to the SSWAA for each participant who engages in this study.   Read more details  or start now!

Promoting Children's Mental Health

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “mental health?” Many associate "mental health" with "mental illness". The University of Minnesota Extension: Children, Youth & Family Consortium has produced a video: "Mental Health: Yours, Mine and Ours" that explains the relationship between mental health and mental illness as well as how children’s mental health is also a public health issue.  The UMN Extension has also published a brief:  SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Implications for Enhancing Children’s Mental Health  (5 pages).  Check out some of their other videos of interest to School Social Workers.  Source:  University of Minnesota Extension: Children, Youth & Family Consortium

Are you looking for a proven, evidence-based intervention to better serve tier 2 and tier 3 students? The University of Minnesota's Check & Connect comprehensive student engagement intervention is used with K-12 students who show warning signs of disengagement with school and who are at risk of dropping out. At the core is a trusting relationship between the student and a caring, trained mentor. Mentors systematically monitor student performance variables (e.g., absences, tardies, behavioral referrals, grades) and provide personalized, timely interventions to help students solve problems, build skills, and enhance competence. Learn more on our website: you can watch the C&C video, download the C&C flyer, preview the C&C implementation manual, review your training options (training not required), and register for our national conference, Celebrating 25 Years of Student Engagement Oct. 7-8 (space is limited,  register by September 18). Contact us at 1-866-434-0010 FREE or for more information.  Source:  Check & Connect

Guide to  Develop Trauma-Informed Approach for Helping Youth

SAMHSA published a Paper To Guide Providers in Developing Trauma-Informed Approach for Helping Youth.   Recognizing that the individual impact of the three “E’s” of trauma—the event, experience, and effects—require specialized care and treatment for youth to heal and thrive, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. Being trauma informed, according to SAMHSA, means understanding the impact of trauma and the potential for recovery, identifying symptoms in clients and their families, and responding fully to treat the harms arising from the trauma and prevent retraumatization.  Download Guide.  (27 pages).  Source:  SAMHSA

Dot Kontak, Director of Communications
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