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School Social Worker Role

School Social Workers' Role in Addressing Students' Mental Health Needs
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Advocacy Resources

SSWAA has created several tools to assist in your advocacy efforts such as a toolkit for State School Social Work Leaders and State School Social Work Associations. Simply click on the following title to strengthen your advocacy skills and efforts: SSWAA Advocacy Toolkit for State School Social Work Boards. (Members only)

SSWAA Position Paper: Guidance for Supporting Students, Families, and Staff Post Election

SSWAA Talking Points to Strengthen Your Macro Advocacy Practice (Members only)


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.  The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental disabilities through changes in policy and law.The Bazelon Center pursues a progressive mental health policy agenda, particularly at the federal level, to reform systems and programs to protect the rights of children and adults with mental disabilities to lead lives with dignity in the community.


Create a petition to the White House


How to Get Publicity for School Social Work  Media tips.


The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. NCSL is your organization. The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country.


The Legislative Process:  Can I Get That Grant Today? and other questions with not-so-simple answers 

To strengthen the impact of your advocacy at the local, state and national levels, SSWAA has a variety of Resolution Statements that can provide essential talking points and can be shared as educational tools to inform Legislators, School Board Members, Administrators, State Departments of Education and other decision-makers. Here are a few examples to support your efforts:


Advocacy Powerpoints

Members:  To view the following PowerPoints,  click here.

" 'A School Social Worker, a Representative, and a Senator Walk into a School'   Don't Let the Joke be on Us!"   Keynote by Myrna Mandlawitz,  March 22, 2013

"Influencing State Policy"  presented by Myrna Mandlawitz

"SSWs' Role in School Reform: Local, State & National Advocacy"  presented by Myrna Mandlawitz & Libby Nealis,   March 23, 2013

"Up on the Hill:  A School Social Workers' Guide to Advocacy at the State and Local Level"  presented by Doug Spohn,   March 23, 2013


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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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