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Deadline to join or renew your membership at discounted rates is November 30, 2012!   The SSWAA Board acknowledges that many former members may still be upset that in the past, SSWAA dues were drastically and unexpectedly increased and would like to offer some small amends.  As we celebrate moving forward and as a reward to those members who have been faithful in their support of SSWAA,  the SSWAA Board would like to extend a special invitation to EVERYONE to  join or renew your membership in SSWAA and is offering reduced membership for only $75!     You may become a Full/Regular Member or Associate Member for only $75.00  rather than $120.00 if you do so by credit card on-line on the SSWAA website.    Check out the website for Membership Benefits including liability insurance.   Time Is Running Out.    Click here to take advantage of this offer TODAY! 

Affiliate State Members Can JOIN FOR $60!

If your state is one of SSWAA's 25 Affiliate States and you have joined your state association,  you can join SSWAA for only $60.   If you join an Affiliate State association, you will be provided a code you can use when you go to SSWAA's website and join/renew by credit card on-line.   Contact your state association for details.  Deadline is November 30, 2012, so join/renew TODAY!   

We want everyone to SPREAD THE WORD!    Let ALL of your colleagues know of this opportunity to promote and support our profession with this limited time Reduced Membership Dues offer to join SSWAA.   In return, current SSWAA members who refer a new member between now and November 30, 2012 will receive a $75 Email Certificate that can be used for your next 12 month membership.  Certificates must be used within 12 months of receipt and ONLY ONE PER MEMBER!   To get credit,  just be sure to have your colleague put your name on their Membership Application where it asks  "Referred By".     It's that easy!  

Together we can make the profession  of School Social Work STRONG!


"PAR Assessment Tool Training for Tier II & Tier III" November 29 & 30, 2012

SSWAA and PAR are partnering to provide their first SSWAA Regional Workshop "PAR Assessment Tool Training for Tier II & Tier III"   which will be held November 29 & 30, 2012 at the University of Mississippi in Long Beach, Mississippi.  SSWAA and the School Social Work Association of Mississippi would like to invite everyone to attend.  Thursday's agenda is dedicated to school social work topics.  Friday's sessions will provide training on possible Tier II and Tier III assessments, including the Achenbach.    Click here for complete information and how to register.


Brochure is Ready! 

The School Social Work Association of America would like to invite you to be a part of our 16th National School Social Work Conferencesm to be held on March 20 - 23, 2013 in San Diego, California at the scenic Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.   We are pleased to announce that the Conference Brochure is ready!   Brochure contains complete information regarding nationally recognized Keynote Presenters and over 70 workshops where you can earn up to 21.5 CEUs.  Plan to join us on Wednesday, March 20, for  Pre-Conference presenters including Dr. Howard Glasser, author of Transforming the Difficult Child, Jane Riese, National Director of Training for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program; Dr. Chris Kearney & Rachel Loftis addressing “Interventions for School Refusal Behavior”; Tony Alvarez, et. al. presenting on “P2P: An Adventure Based Program for Students in Regular Ed as Well as on the Spectrum”, and Dr. Josie Woodson presenting on "Rating Scales to Facilitate Clinical Interviews, Student Mental Health Assessment and Outcomes Management”. Hear from a panel of School Social Workers from 3 states who have addressed “School Social Worker Evaluation Rubrics in the New Era of Mandated Accountability" and ways to respond to new demands relative to student performance outcomes.  To download the Conference Brochure, click here

Opening Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michael Pritchard

Dr. Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences.  Drawing from his counseling background, Michael began to use humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.  As a professional comedian, he has performed with Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, The Tonight Show and has performed a variety of voices for Star Wars and cartoons. For over 35 years, Michael has traveled the country, wowing his youthful audiences while spreading his message of good choices, personal responsibility, and respect for others.   Some of his programs include:  Big Changes/Big Choices, Peace Talks, Life Steps, Saving Our Schools, The Power of Choice, etc.   Past awards include: President's Volunteer Action Award, Office of the Attorney General Commendation,  Duveneck Humanitarian Award and the California Probation Officer of the Year.   You won't want to miss hearing him!   For more information, check out his website! 

Closing Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Marleen Wong

Recognized by the White House as one of the "pre-eminent experts in school crisis and recovery" and the "architect of school-safety programs" by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Marleen Wong from the University of Southern California has developed mental health recovery programs and crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel and Asia for the past 30 years.  Frequently consulted by the U.S. Department of Education to assist schools impacted by violence, shootings, terrorism and natural disasters, she has lent her expertise to the recovery from a range of major crises, from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the Columbine school shootings to the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles and the sniper shootings in Washington, D.C.   Formerly the director of crisis counseling and intervention services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Wong is one of the original developers of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, an evidence-based program using skill-based group intervention to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety among children traumatized by violence, bullying and trauma.  Dr. Wong currently serves on the American Psychological Association's Presidential Task Force on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents.


If you are planning to attend the conference, you can save money by joining SSWAA before November 30, 2012.   You can save even more money if you then register for the conference as a member before December 31, 2012 during the Conference Advance Rate special.  (Fees are much greater for non-members and will also increase on January 1, 2013.)  So  Join and Register Today to take advantage of maximum savings!   For complete Conference information and registration, go to SSWAA's  National School Social Work Conferencesm page    (All registrations must be made on-line.)


Nominations for School Social Worker of the Year Being Accepted

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is proud to announce the National School Social Worker of the Year Award.    In states where a state school social work association exists, the state organization should forward a completed nomination form for Social Worker of the Year to SSWAA for consideration. In states where no state school social work organization exists, individuals may be nominated using this form. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2012 to be considered.   See Website for details.  


Nominations for Randy A. Fisher Career Achievement Award Being Accepted 

 The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is requesting nominations for the Randy A. Fisher Career Achievement Award. Mr. Fisher was a founding member of SSWAA and contributed years of service to the organization both on the Board and as the Executive Director. SSWAA has commemorated his contributions through an annual recognition of someone who has made significant contributions to the field.    Candidates should have a variety of experience as a school social work practitioner, educator at the university/college level, author, presenter, and/or leadership position (volunteer or employment) that spans a significant number of years. Additionally, candidates should be long term members in state (when appropriate) and national school social work and social work organizations.   To nominate a colleague, please complete the Nomination Form and attach one letter of recommendation written by a state school social work organization, district administrator or a colleague and attach the nominee’s resume.  Nominations must be received by December 14, 2012 to be considered.   Click here to access Nomination Form and complete information.

SSWAA ACTIVITIES (To Name Just a few)

New Website

Have you had a chance to check out our new website?  We hope you will find it to be much more user friendly and full of resources to assist you in your practice.  Check it out  at 

Do You Want to be Evaluated Based on Academic Outcomes?

If you paid attention to this fall's Chicago teacher's strike, more and more districts are including Academic Outcomes as part of Teacher Evaluations. School Social Workers need to be alert since this movement will directly start impacting us as well.   SSWAA would like to pilot the implementation of a National Professional Learning Community (PLC) via electronic media such as Skype. The first PLC we will pilot is one for school social work leaders who are in the process of developing and implementing an evaluation rubric such as the Danielson Framework for Teaching. This PLC would meet once a month beginning as soon as it would be organized for 1 hour. If you are interested in being a member of the PLC and/or willing to facilitate the PLC please contact

National School Social Work Practice Model

Michelle Alvarez, president of the School Social Work Association of America, has been working with a committee for some time on a School Social Work National Practice Model. Recently the Executive Summary and the final draft of the School Social Work National Model have been completed and distributed for Public Comment.   Since this document will be used as a base to present who we are as a profession on a national level,  everyone was encouraged to review and provide feedback. The school psychologists completed a similar process a couple of years ago which can be referenced on their website.   The Committee is now reviewing comments received and will continue working on revisions.

SSWAA Partners with PAR, Inc. 

We have exciting news to share! The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has formed a strategic partnership with PAR, Inc.  PAR, Inc. is a leading publisher of assessment resources, software, apps, and related testing materials, such as the Achenbach, developed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals. Over the past three decades, PAR has earned a reputation for providing customers with innovative assessment solutions and unparalleled customer service.  Our two organizations have worked together to provide significant member benefits to you, the SSWAA member.  With the education and training, member purchase discount, event sponsorships and dedicated assessment consultant support; SSWAA is pleased to partner with PAR, Inc. to offer our members the support they deserve in assessing mental health issues in their schools.  You can learn more about PAR by visiting

Did You Know? 

Did you know SSWAA has a Resolution Statement defining  "Highly Qualified School Social Workers" ?   See the entire list of Resolution Statements on topics of importance to School Social Worker.    Please feel free to use these in your own advocacy efforts. 

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