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Evidence-Based Practice

SSWAA recognizes that the heart of school social work is that every student, family, and community has value. School social workers provide services to meet the unique and diverse needs of every individual they encounter in culturally sensitive, equity-focused, and trauma-informed ways. Our School Social Work Practice Model centers around providing services that are evidence-based through the implementation of multi-tiered programs and practices, monitoring progress, and evaluating the effectiveness of services provided.


Social workers are compelled to actively search for the best interventions, find the most effective treatments, and develop innovative programs that find solutions to big challenges. However, navigating and locating the most suitable and empirically sound interventions and practices can be a challenge during our busy days working in the school system. Evidence-based practice (EBP) includes the integration of the best available evidence (research from peer-reviewed and scholarly sources); clinical expertise (or practice wisdom); and client values (including client goals, desires, and their lived experiences).


To streamline this EBP process, SSWAA has many resources to help the busy school social work professional!

  • All SSWAA Members (excluding Basic Membership) can access the School Social Work Journal from their Member Portal under the Resources Tab

    • The School Social Work Journal is the peer-reviewed, biannual educational journal of the Illinois Association of School Social Work. The Journal contains high-quality article submissions that are primarily educational and have a high emphasis on school social work practice and practitioner reviews of relevant books. Articles are available online for a fee and a print-on-demand edition can be ordered from the website.

  • Premier Members can locate many EBP resources through our online School Social Work Resource Library from their Member Portal under the SSW Resources Library Tab

    • The SSW Resources Library (SWRL/SHELF) is a Premier Membership exclusive benefit that is like a mix between Teachers-Pay-Teachers (except it’s free) and a Pinterest Board!! Premier, Student, and Retired Members are able to add and upload resources to continue to expand our robust library of worksheets, tools, interventions, correspondence, and tip sheets to support everyone across our wonderful profession.



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