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National certification

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National certification for school social workers centers around the nine (9) competencies associated with the National School Social Work Model. The national certification competencies were derived from the Practice Features in the National School Social Work Practice Model. The performance indicators were developed by a diverse team of school social work professionals and academics representing all regions of SSWAA. The portfolio for national certification underwent further validation through public review (October 2017) and SSWAA Delegate Assembly review (July 2018). SSWAA Board approval of the document was obtained in December 2018. National Certification will launch and applications will be accepted starting April 1, 2021. Portfolios will be evaluated by experts in the field that have worked and/or taught in the field of school social work. The evaluators have completed a training and have been normed in the evaluation process.

Please consider the following requirements before registering for National Certification.  Applications will be reviewed to ensure that each candidate meets the following requirements:  
•    MSW 
•    At least 4 years post-MSW  experience as a School Social Worker or SSW educator in higher education
•    Current active licensure or certification in the state for a school social work position
•    Active SSWAA membership at the Full or Premiere level

The steps to obtain national certification include:

  1. Complete the application submitting proof of employment in the field and a cover letter

  2. Once the application is approved, pay the fee of $250 and receive an email with a link to access the course

  3. Begin working on your National Certification Portfolio

  4. Access the online course where you will upload your portfolio and submissions

  5. Attend orientation the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 pm ET

  6. Begin working on your National Certification Portfolio 

*Because the National Certified School Social WorkerTM course is self-paced, refunds are not available.  Individuals can apply for an extension if circumstances interfere with completion of the National Certification process within the one-year time frame.


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Tia Marie Brumsted

Tia Marie Brumsted is a clinical social worker, performance coach, and educational leader in the metropolitan DC area. She serves as the deputy assistant superintendent of health and wellness for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Smith College School for Social Work.

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Tracey Parker

After ten years working in various mental health agencies, I started my MSW and graduated from University of Illinois 2001.  I currently work at Rockford Public School District 205, where I have worked as a social worker, a behavior coach, and a MTSS interventionist and currently work as a school social worker at Spring Creek Elementary school serving all students including students with Autism.  I also was a board member of Illinois Association of School Social Workers for 8 years.

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Sheri Koller

Sheri - with over 20 years experience - is an expert in the field of student mental health and suicide prevention. She is an experienced clinician who focuses on individual and family therapy, supervision, program development, advocacy, data analysis, crisis intervention and training. As a professor for seven years, Sheri educated hundreds of MSW students on mental health and human behavior. Sheri develops programs to address the complex mental health issues facing our schools.

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Sheri Koller

Stacey Morrell

Stacey is an LCSW with 18 years of experience. Her experience includes emergency behavioral health medical social work, medical case management, addiction recovery, school administration, and school social work. She is currently a School Social Worker at Geneseo Middle School where she is responsible for individual, group, and classroom social, emotional, and behavioral instruction with an emphasis in Special Education.

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Lisa Dolan

Lisa is an LCSW and has been in a leadership position with Spotsylvania County Public Schools School Social Work Team for 20 years. She has worked in various settings within the community with a focus on attachment and trauma and mental health.  Professional accomplishments include being awarded the Touching Trauma at Its Heart Award from the Attachment and Trauma Network, having the opportunity to build SCPS social work team from five positions to 30 positions, and supporting new social workers.  

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