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SSWAA's  Free Research Webinar Series

May 23, 2013 from 12 noon -1:30 pm (CST)

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is pleased to offer a FREE webinar series to members on research topics related to school social work. The next webinar in the 2012-2013 series will be offered on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 12:00 noon -1:30 CST pm. The topic and learning objectives are as follows:

The Self-Monitoring Training And Regulation Strategy (STARS):
A Data-Driven Selective Behavior Support Program for Students with Disruptive Behaviors

Speaker:  Aaron Thompson

Aaron M. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Missouri. His area of specialization is in school-based behavioral and mental health prevention services, program development and evaluation, and school-based information systems to appraise scientifically-based social work practice. Aaron is a former classroom educator, school social worker, and principal. Aaron’s recent pursuits include the development and testing of STARS, a data-driven self-monitoring intervention for students who display elevated levels of disruptive classroom behaviors.

How to Register:

Members can register for FREE.   Non-members can pay $20 by credit card.

IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE, please Register here.   

How to Participate:

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro requires the Flash Player browser plugin, version or above. Participants must FIRST install the Flash Player by going to and download the free version.

The webinar will be presented using Adobe Connect.  Participants should keep the registration confirmation email for the link to participate or click here for link.  

The webinar will be audio only so headphones are recommended though not mandatory. No microphone is necessary, as participants will post questions on the chat section of the webinar site. Adobe Connect will allow for 100 participants. The link will open at 11:30 CST, one half hour before the presentation. Please try the link at that time to make sure you do not encounter any technical issues. If you have technical difficulties please email Michelle Alvarez at


Any handouts for this session will be posted on the SSWAA website. Login to view and download.

Webinar Agenda:

Presentation 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, Questions  1:30 pm - 2:00 pm CST. Please post all questions in the chat section of the webinar site. Dr. Michelle Alvarez will read the questions during the Q & A time and the speaker will answer them.


In order to receive CEUs, complete Webinar Evaluation Form and submit to Michelle Alvarez.


1.5 CEUs will be available free of charge to SSWAA members (sponsored by Minnesota State University Mankato) who participate in this webinar. Non-members will be asked to pay a nominal fee of $20 for the CEUs. To register 

A CEU certificate will be emailed to you from Minnesota State University, Mankato within 3 weeks of completing the webinar and filling out the CEU form. 

June 19, 2013    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  CST  

The next SSWAA Webinar will be offered on Wednesday, June 19, 2013  from 12:00-1:30 CST pm. The topic and learning objectives are as follows:

Using Motivational Interviewing in School Settings

Learning Objectives

1) Participants will learn the core philosophy of and activities in Motivational Interviewing interventions.

2) Participants will learn about applications of MI in school settings.

3) Participants will learn about additional resources for training to competency in MI.

Speaker:  Doug Smith

Doug Smith is Assistant Professor of Social Work at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His area of expertise is using motivational interviewing with adolescents and young adults with substance use problems. He has served on the editorial boards of Research on Social Work Practice and Social Work, and was the 2012 winner of the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award given by the Society of Social Work and Research. He is currently implementing a study of how MI works with youth attending alternative secondary schools.

IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE, please Register here.   

Past Webinars:

The following past Webinars are still available for members to access and receive FREE CEUs.  

Ethics in School Social Work

Quick answers and simple solutions seldom work for ethical predicaments. Beginning with an introduction to the moral, legal, and clinical foundations that undergird ethical practice, the presenter will outline a seven-step approach to ethical decision making. These steps include: Knowing yourself; analyzing the dilemma; seeking consultation; identifying courses of action; managing the clinical concerns; enacting the decision; and reflecting on the process. Practical cases will be used to make these steps come alive for workshop participants.  Participants will learn a systematic way to manage ethical predicaments as well as apply ethical principles to real life cases in schools.  For information on how you can still access this 90 minute presentation,  click here

Speaker:  Dr. Jim Raines

Jim Raines Ph.D., LCSW has been a school social worker, Managing Editor of the School Social Work Journal, and President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and the Midwest Council of School Social Workers. He has written over 20 journal articles, numerous book chapters, and three books published by Oxford University Press. He is the current Department Chair of Health, Human Services and Public Policy at California State University Monterey Bay.


Mental Health Consultation 

Participants will learn the definition of mental health consultation, the roles and boundaries of a mental health consultant, and the process and procedures for providing mental health consultation services as well as learn the central assessment tools and intervention techniques of mental health consultation.  Presented by Chris Sabatino, Associate Professor of Social Work at The Catholic University of America. Her area of expertise is school social work and consultation theory, practice, and research. She serves as Director for the Center for the Advancement of Children, Youth, and Families at the National Catholic School of Social Service. In addition, she is a Contributing Editor for Children & Schools and a Member of the School Social Work Specialty Section for NASW. She has been involved in school social work practice since 1976.  For information on how you can still access this 90 minute presentation, click here.  

Technology and the School Social Worker: How Can the iPad Help Your Practice?

Participants will be made aware of different iPad apps that can be used in school social work practice and learn how to use several apps and how they can benefit their practice.   The webinar speaker is Jill Clodfelter, MSW, a Pre-K thru 12th grade school social worker at Bement School District in Illinois. Mrs. Clodfelter has been a school social worker for 10 years. She has served on the Illinois Association of School Social Work board for the last four years. She has been using her iPad with students for over a year and enjoys researching and finding new apps.  For information on how you can still access this 90 minute presentation, click here

Bullying in Schools: New Perspectives on a Growing Problem

Bullying is one of the most prevalent and insidious forms of violence in schools today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified cyberbullying as an emerging adolescent health issue. Rather than a “rite of passage” and “normal part of growing up,” bullying must be viewed for what it is: a systematic abuse of power. This webinar will address the complex nature of the bullying phenomenon and specific steps, based on best practices, that can be taken to combat all forms of bullying in schools. For information on how you can still access this 90 minute presentation, click here.

Speaker:  Dr. Dave Dupper

The webinar speaker will be Dr. Dave Dupper, Professor, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr. Dupper is an expert in the area of school climate and bullying. His most current publication on this topic is a book in the SSWAA Workshop book Series published by Oxford University Press titled School Bullying New Perspectives on a Growing Problem. See for an article written by the University of Tennessee. 

Adaptation of the Danielson Framework for Teaching to School Social Work:  One District's Experience

The series began with a presentation on the adaptation of the Danielson Framework for Teaching to school social work. Hillsborough County Schools was awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to implement a district-wide teacher evaluation system in 2009. Dr. Kenneth Gaughan, Supervisor of School Social Work Services and his leadership team who include Richard Lucas, Patricia Pili and Marta Rodriguez-Rivera, will share their experience with developing the process, they will share forms and tips on what to consider when participants are asked to embark on development of the same or a similar process. While SSWAA is partnering with Academics in the field of school social work to develop an adaptation of the Danielson Framework to share with members, Hillsborough was one of the first districts to develop a district-specific version and will provide great insight into the development and implementation process.  For more information as well as how to still access this 90 minutepresentationn, click here. 

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