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Jim Raines calls himself an accidental academic with the heart of a practitioner. He has been President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers, Midwest School Social Work Council, and now the School Social Work Association of America. He previously keynoted International Conference on School Social Work in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009 and the SSWAA National School Social Work Conference in St. Louis in 2010. He was the recipient of the Midwest School Social Work Career Achievement Award in 2012. As a professor of social work, he is the author of three books published by Oxford University Press, two dozen articles, and numerous book chapters. He won the Gary Lee Schaffer award for academic contributions to school social work in 2016. Jim has been Chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, & Public Policy and is currently a professor of social work at California State University Monterey Bay. You can follow his work on

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