professional development


National School Social Work Conference

The School Social Work Association of America offers a National School Social Work Conference in the spring of each year and rotates the location of the National Conference around 4 geographic regions of the country. Those include the West, Midwest, South and North East Regions of the United States. The Annual School Social Work Conference is the premier staff development opportunity in the country for the profession of school social work and brings together hundreds of school social workers and other related school professionals from all over the US and Foreign Countries as well. Click here  for more information.


SSWAA Webinar Series

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is pleased to offer a webinar series on research topics related to school social work.  Members and Non-members may participate.   Click here for more information.


Legislative Institute

SSWAA hosts a Legislative Institute in Washington DC each summer. The focus of this event is Development for state association board members and persons aspiring to state board office. All SSWAA members are encouraged to participate in this Institute whether they are in a state leadership position or not. A strong legislative component is included which provides updates from key WA/DC officials, key agency personnel and is paired with a visit to Capitol Hill where SSWAA members have the opportunity to speak to their elected members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. Members are trained in using the SSWAA legislative talking points and learn to be effective lobbyists both in DC and also when they return to their state following the Institute.  

Leadership Institute

SSWAA’s inaugural Leadership Institute occurred in July of 2018 in conjunction with the Delegate Assembly in Charleston, South Carolina. The purpose of the Leadership Institute to provide professional development for emerging state association leaders and officers. Based on an online survey of the leaders in 2018, the initial Leadership Institute offered four 90-minute workshops on Change Management, Cultivating Member Engagement, Social Networking, and SWOT Analysis. Topics will continue to evolve based on the needs of SSWAA’s state affiliates. The Leadership Institute is offered in even-numbered years and alternates with the Legislative Institute in Washington, DC.

On-Line CEU’s

SSWAA in partnership with Minnesota State University offers an on-line CEU program for members and non-members. The program involves reading any one of a number of available School Social Work related books published by Oxford Press. You must complete a Webinar Evaluation.  Upon submitting the completed evaluation, you will receive a CEU certificate in the mail. This is a very easy way to earn CEU’s that does not involve travel to a conference plus it can be accomplished in your living room.  Click here for more information.


SSWAA Regional Workshop

The School Social Work Association of America has begun to explore opportunities to provide workshops at a regional level.  We will keep you posted


P.O. Box 3068  

London, KY 40743

Our Mission

The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students nationally and globally.

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