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Special Thanks to Our   SPONSORS

 Platinum Sponsors: 

Advance Therapeutic Solutions

Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS) is a new organization based in Oak Brook, IL specializing in selective mutism treatment. Selective mutism is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a "consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (in which there is an expectation for speaking, e.g., at school) despite speaking in other situations." Led by clinical psychologist Dr. Carmen Lynas, ATS is best known for Adventure Camp, Intensive Treatment for Selective Mutism. In addition to Adventure Camp, ATS also offers outpatient treatment, parent guidance, school consultations, school observations, and school in-service trainings. To learn more, visit

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) prepares students to become leaders in the field of social work. SSA offers graduate work leading to both the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees. SSA is dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community. As one of the oldest and most highly regarded graduate schools of social work, SSA prepares professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by developing new knowledge, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

Gold Sponsor:

University of New England

The University of New England offers a flexible 100% online Masters of Social Work. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this program offers both clinical and policy based concentrations to help prepare you for licensure. Gain the skills you’ll need to take a stand against inequality, violence, and social injustice, as this comprehensive master’s degree program focuses on empowering social workers to create positive change in the lives of those in need. Start learning now and open the doors to a rewarding career helping others and championing social justice. Call an advisor at 1-877-UNE-MSW1 or visit

Bronze Sponsor:

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Alexian Brothers provides a continuum of care for children and adolescents with behavioral health issues. We offer acute inpatient care, Partial Day Hospital, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient therapy. Our specialty programs include school anxiety/refusal, eating disorder, self-injury, mood disorders and chemical dependency. No charge assessments are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (800) 432-5005


SSWAA is very grateful to our  Exhibitors and Sponsors for their participation and support.  Please check out their organization's information and web pages for resources and/or products that may be useful in your practice or to your school district.  


AMAZE works to create safe and respectful learning communities for all children. Helps schools challenge bias and bullying in every classroom through literature based practical classroom tools. Engages children directly in making their own environments safe and welcoming for everyone. Ending bias and bullying can literally save children’s lives.

Aurora University

Pursue lifelong learning through the Aurora University School of Social Work. Explore our social work programs: *Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); *Master of Social Work (MSW); *Doctor of Social Work (DSW); *Graduate Addictions Certification (CADC); *MISA / Board Registration; *Post-MSW Illinois Educator's License with School Social Work Endorsement.

Backpack Gear:  
Backpack Gear, Inc. is a wholesale source for backpacks, school uniforms and general merchandise. In addition, we sell custom order and prepackaged educational and hygiene kits, to Education, Community, and Foundations organizations both public & private that assist with transitional children and families impacted by economic hardship or disaster relief.

Beyond OCD

Leading provider of consumer-friendly resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), works to increase public/professional awareness, educate/support people with OCD and their families, and encourage research into new treatments and cure. Beyond OCD, a resource for individuals, families, mental health professionals, educators, clergy and the media.

Chestnut Health Systems

For more than 40 years, Chestnut Health Systems has offered a broad array of behavioral healthcare services throughout Illinois. Known as one of the leading providers of addiction treatment and prevention, mental health counseling and housing, credit counseling, substance abuse related research, training, and publications, and employee assistance and workplace services.

Family Works, Inc.

Family Works, Inc. is one of the largest providers of evidence based parent education. With interactive formats, including online and in-class curriculum, we strive to fit any agency’s needs. By targeting parents, our training programs are proven to significantly reduce child and adolescent behavior problems including substance abuse.

Genesee Lake School

Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive residential treatment, educational and vocational services for children, adolescents and young adults with emotional, mental health, neurological and developmental disabilities. Genesee Lake School provides an individualized, person-centered, integrated team approach, which emphasizes positive behavioral support, therapeutic relationships and developmentally appropriate practices.

Healthmaster Holdings, LLC

HealthOffice® Anywhere Mental & Behavioral Health Case Management System developed for School Social Workers to schedule, document and control their caseload with ease and efficiency. IDEA, FERPA and HIPAA compliant, a hosted, web-based product giving 24/7 access to your files and records from anywhere, anytime using desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad.

Illinois Army National Guard Child & Youth Program

Illinois National Guard Child & Youth Program provides support/resources to military children experiencing challenges as a result of deployment (including lifestyle changes, difficulty at school, child care, etc.). Life skills such as leadership, resiliency, and confidence are strengthen. Support provided throughout Illinois at camps, Yellow Ribbon events, and Education Outreach briefings/trainings.

Illinois Association of School Social Workers

The Illinois Association of School Social Workers is dedicated to improving the quality of life and education for children by enhancing the professional development of school social workers. IASSW seeks to enhance the educational development of children, promote best practices and enhance communications among school service professionals and with the community.

Lakeside Specialty Hospital

Hillside School provides education for individuals with significant histories of disruptive, endangering, and/or high-risk behaviors. Located at Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab, Hillside offers full day/adjusted day programs combining academics and therapeutic services with an extended school year option; small classroom and individual academic programs guided by Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Luster Learning Institute – Calm Classroom

Luster Learning Institute NFP is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering preschool-12th grade students, school staff and school communities, by training teachers and school staff to lead its research-based, social emotional learning program, “Calm Classroom.” Breathing, stretching, focusing and relaxing techniques are incorporated into the school-wide daily structure.

Lyceum Books

Lyceum Books, a Chicago-based independent publisher, produces innovative books and journals that have earned a reputation of excellence in social work education. Our books and journal articles are attuned to current social work issues and policy. Visit our website for instructor’s materials, lecture notes, test bank questions, paper topics, etc.

MHS, Inc.

MHS is a publisher of psychological assessments specializing in the areas of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and executive function. 2014 marks 31 years of MHS helping professionals like you help others. Our large selection of assessment tools cover spectrum of mental disorders and aid in the identification and treatment management process.

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Runaway Safeline

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is the federally designated communication system in runaway and homeless youth. Through 1-800-RUNAWAY (24/7 hotline) and, NRS offers crisis intervention, information and referral, and conflict mediation to at-risk youth and their families. NRS provides free educational and promotional materials to communities across the country.

Northern Illinois Al-Anon Family Group

NIAFG are a non-profit organization that participates as a free community resource to aid friends and families of alcoholics. Alateen is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Young people in Alateen meet to discuss their common problems, exchange experiences, and encourage one another.

Oxford University Press

Visit the Oxford booth for discounts on new and classic titles from the SSWAA Workshop Series; Sabatino: Consultation Theory and Practice; the latest edition of The School Services Sourcebook edited by Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, and Paula Allen-Meares; and much more.


Review360® is a web-based, research-supported behavior solution that employs best practices with content, assessments, and progress monitoring. Review360® includes solutions for: Improving Student Behavior and School Climate, implementing RtI/PBIS, promoting practices to prevent bullying, and behavior solutions for improving behavior for Students with EBD, Autism, and/or Intellectual Disabilities.

Praise, Prizes & Presents

We believe that teaching and learning can, and should be fun. Our products include motivators, props, de-stressors, and anything else we think might help make that happen. While our focus is on young children and populations with special needs, our tops appeal to kids from 3 to 103.

Research Press Publishers

Research Press is an independent publisher and retailer of effective, practical and research-based resources for the educators and mental health providers. We publish books on social skills, social emotional learning, anger/conflict management, bullying prevention, life skills/character development, behavior management and more.

Rosecrane Health Network

Rosecrance, a private not-for-profit organization, offers behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and families throughout the country. Rosecrance offers comprehensive addiction services for adolescents, including prevention, intervention, detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, experiential therapies, dual-diagnosis care and family education. Rosecrance offers high-quality, efficient and effective outpatient mental health services for children.

Screening for Mental Health

The SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is an evidence-based program for middle and high school students. Created by Screening for Mental Health, SOS teaches students to recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide and respond effectively to at-risk peers though use of the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).

Sequel Youth and Family Services

Develops/operates programs for people with behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges, providing long term residential treatment, short-term impact programs, shelter care, therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, community-based services, in-home services, and alternative education programs. Populations include adjudicated delinquents, children with autism, adolescents/adults with physical disabilities or sexual, substance abuse, emotional, or conduct disorders.

Starr Commonwealth

Starr Commonwealth is a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1913. Starr is dedicated to the mission of creating positive environments where children and families flourish, specializing in residential, community-based, educational and professional training programs that build on the strengths of children, adults and families in communities around the world.

University of Southern California School of Social Work

The mission of the USC School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world.

Your Self Series

Your Self Series is a comprehensive social, emotional and character development curriculum often taught in health, advisory or after school. Its unique student-driven, teacher-facilitated structure is embedded within a project-based philosophy that aims to foster intrinsic motivation, innovation and creativity - hallmarks for life success.

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