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  • 02/22/2020 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 2nd-6th is School Social Work Week.  In our role as advocates, it's important to advocate for ourselves as a valuable resource to our school and community.  A big part of that is educating staff, administrators, and community members about what we do!  It is also important to take time to celebrate each other and our accomplishments so that we have fuel to continue to do the work!  Here are some resources to educate and celebrate!

    2020 poster for SSW Week

    Promote your practice - Be visible, viable, and valuable

    Ways to celebrate

    SSWAA role of school social worker - Scroll down to find downloadable 1-page handouts on why school social workers are needed, as well as engaging infographics about our role.


  • 02/08/2020 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    School-Based Sexual Violence Response
    with Rape Crisis Center and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault

    April 23rd, 9-3:30 at Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison

    Registration limited to the first 100 applicants, so act quickly!
    Register here: http://wsswa.org/event-3737487
    Members: $70
    Non-members: $110 - includes free membership!
    Food included in conference fee: breakfast and lunch
    *School Social Workers: Please invite your district's Title IX Coordinator to attend as well!

    Current members: log in to your account on the homepage to receive the member discount.

    Registration Deadline: April 12th, 4pm
    Purpose and Goals of the Conference:

    In the wake of the #metoo movement and many highly publicized cases of sexual violence, students are increasingly disclosing experiences of sexual harassment and assault, both in and outside of school. School social workers and counselors are often expected to support affected students and coordinate investigations while assisting school administration in managing the resulting school culture throughout the process. Through interactive sessions with attorneys, professional educator/advocates, and Rape Crisis Center’s GameChangers youth advisory board, this conference will provide participants with:

    1. A shared understanding of sexual violence;
    2. Knowledge and skills to balance the needs and rights of students with the legal responsibilities of schools
    3. Best practices in supporting students; and
    4. A plan of action to take back to their school.

  • 02/02/2020 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for workshop proposals for 2020 fall conference: Effective Strategies for Creating Student Success. The conference will be November 11-13th in Oshkosh.

    Enter your proposal here.

  • 12/06/2019 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have a unique and interesting idea to help students and families? 

    Wisconsin School Social Work Association is interested in supporting our members! We have mini-grants available to help our members try a new initiative or innovative idea in through their school social work practice. Grant money should be used to directly impact or benefit students and/or family needs. Applicants may request any amount up to $500 to support their.

    Requirements:

    Only WSSWA members are eligible to apply

    Grant monies should be used during the 2019-2020 school year

    Grant recipients must submit a brief end of the year report on the impact of their project.

    Applicant must be working as a School Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin.

    Project must directly impact students and family needs. 

     How to apply: 

    Complete on online application at 2019-2020 WSSWA Mini-Grant Application 


  • 11/27/2019 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 21, our lobbyist Jack O’Mera, along with our UW-Madison liaison, Jenny Braunginn, met with Representative Milroy to discuss the importance of requirements around the school social work profession in the state of Wisconsin, including licensure and coursework.  A letter was composed to outline the various ways one can obtain the education and licensure necessary for the position, which will also be shared with DPI and school districts who are wondering how they can participate in getting people qualified for vacant positions.


  • 09/17/2019 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read updates from the SSWAA Midwest Rep here!

  • 09/04/2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Friends,

    We are pleased to invite you to A Morning with Narcotics Anonymous. As we gather for our Multi-Regional Service Learning Days, we have created an opportunity for you to join us at the beginning of our event.

    Please join us at: 
    Delta Hotel in Racine, WI on Friday, September 13th, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Check-in 9:00-9:30 in the Society Room of the Grand Ballroom. 

    This presentation is dedicated to strengthening our relationship with professionals who work with drug addiction in any capacity. Many of our members started their journey of recovery from addiction through encounters with medical professionals, criminal justice professionals or therapists. It is important to us to build and maintain strong relationships with you.

    The morning's format will center around an informational presentation. There will be refreshments and plenty of time to answer questions you may have, to hear about your experiences working with addicts, and to network with other professionals. 

    Topics we plan to cover are:

    History of Narcotics Anonymous
    Basics of Recovery in NA
    What your clients can expect at an NA meeting
    How to find NA in your local community

    There is NO COST to attend this workshop. however, we do ask that you register so we can accurately plan for seating and food and beverages.

    If you plan to attend, please send the following information  to pr@wisconsinNA.org:
    First and last name
    Professional title
    Agency, organization or business
    Email address
    Phone number(s)
    (Please include the name of any colleagues who will also attend.)

    Feel free to call or email anytime with questions. We look forward to meeting you in September!

    Sincerely,

    Matt Lathrum and Laura Montalbano
    Public Relations Committee
    Multi-Regional Service Learning Days
    Narcotics Anonymous

    (414) 704-2227

  • 09/04/2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Board Positions Now Open – Applications for Nominations Accepted through October 1, 2019.

    Currently, WSSWA is seeking members who want to grow their leadership skills through participation on the board. Board members meet 5 times per year and do not need experience in any particular area to be qualified to serve. You may want to consider board membership as a way to learn and practice leadership skills, which will benefit your professional growth and career. You can help shape the direction of school social work in Wisconsin.

    Criteria:

    1. Must be or become a regular, retired, or student member of the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association

    2. Must follow through on commitments and work in the best interest of the association

    3. Must be willing to learn new skills, and commit to serving the best interests of youth, families, schools, and practitioners in Wisconsin

    4. Must be willing to serve on at least one board committee

    5. Must participate in at least 75% of all board meetings

    6. Must commit to the purpose and function of WSSWA: to promote the total growth and development of all school-aged children and their families through the application of social work knowledge and skills

    Further Information:

    1. Board meetings are held 5 times per year: January, April, July, October, and November, typically on a Saturday morning from 9-12.  

    2. Board members may attend meetings in person or via tele- or video-conference

    3. Board member terms of service are 2 years.

    Application:  Please find the short application here. You will be asked basic information about yourself and reasons for your interest in the board.

    Board Application and Election Time-Line:

    September 1:          Nominations Open/Applications available on website
    October 1:               Nominations close
    October 15:             Board reviews candidate applications
    October 15-28:        General Membership voting
    November 1:           New Board Members notified 

    Elected Board Members take office November 16th, 2019.
  • 08/21/2019 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Want to raise awareness about the integral role school social workers play in schools? Attend this free webinar by SSWAA and NASW on Sept. 18th at 11:00 to find out how!  Click here to register.

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