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  • 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.

  • 08/06/2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Camp HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides weekend bereavement camps for grieving children and teens and their families.  For the past 30 years, Camp HOPE has offered spring, fall and winter weekend camps. 

    The 2019 fall camp runs Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29.  Registration for kids 5-18 is now open.  Because of generous donations and contributions, there is no cost to attend Camp and transportation may be made available at no cost if pre-arranged.  Camp welcomes all genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, etc. and is nondiscriminatory.  

    Camp is another wonderful way to help our kids smile again.  We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for families to make connections outside of their typical circle and for children to realize they can still have fun, build friendships, work through their grief and know they’re not alone.  Camp offers fishing, hiking, camp fires, cabin lodging, cafeteria meals, group ropes activities, candlelight vigils, arts and crafts, drum circles, music and more.  There is separate lodging and programming for the adults, including candle making, yoga, grief circles and other relaxing sessions.  Camp HOPE is held at the beautiful Lions Camp in Rosholt and free to all participants.

    Interested families can register on our website www.camphopeforkids.org

    Camp Brochure: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/bd54e6_ffd579287cc74524a7310438bb2d5784.pdf


  • 08/06/2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings 

    On behalf of SSWAA's Legislative Committee, Board of Directors, and Executive Director, we first would like to express our deepest sorrow on the recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend. Once again we are faced with the reality that we are in the midst of a public health crisis that requires immediate action. The grief, pain and trauma caused by these egregious acts of violence not only have a devastating effect on the families of those whose lives were lost and the injured individuals but are significantly impacting our communities and nation as a whole. We mourn with the families who have lost their loved ones. SSWAA will be issuing a statement in response to these events as well as the President's recent statement linking the cause of these mass shootings to be the result of mental illness. Once we have issued our statement, we are also planning to send an action alert to urge our policy leaders to come together once and for all to create legislative action to eliminate gun violence and to create a climate of inclusion, unity and peace where every human is treated with dignity and respect.

    Another critical issue facing our nation is our human rights crisis at the border. Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) introduced the Secure and Protect Act of 2019. This bill would effectively ban refugees from asylum protections and punish those that seek safety in the United States. SSWAA strongly opposes the bill as we believe it punishes those seeking safety and denies our national and international obligations towards refugees seeking asylum as outlined in U.S. law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our government should invest in protections and resources to ensure that every case where families, children and individuals seeking asylum are treated with dignity, fairness and processed with efficiency. WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TODAY!!! PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED ACTION ALERT TO GUIDE YOUR ADVOCACY. Our urgency to act is due to the fact that this bill has moved quickly to committee for a vote despite just being introduced last week. Thus, we are concerned about the devastating impact this legislation will have if passed. 

    We need all of our voices and we appreciate your advocacy as always. Thank you for taking action today and stay tuned for SSWAA's Statement and another Action Alert to address the immediate need end gun violence in our nation. 

    SSWAA_ACTION ALERT oppose Secure and Protect Act 8_1_2019 (1).doc


  • 08/05/2019 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The services that school social workers provide are invaluable. School social workers act as the connection for school, home, and community services to help children with emotional, developmental, and educational needs. This year, as children head back to school, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) and the NASW School Social Work Specialty Practice Section have prepared an online media toolkit to educate the public and media about the importance of school social workers. There are instructions on how to use the toolkit, which includes draft letters to school administrators and superintendents urging them to hire social workers; resources for families and school social workers; sample social media posts, images--including a Facebook frame--merchandise and more. For more, visit our introductory video announcing the campaign.

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