Wisconsin School Social Workers Association:

Connecting and serving practitioners as they care for students, families and schools.

WSSWA board members met virtually in July for their annual board retreat.

You can help shape the direction of school social work in Wisconsin - Apply to be a board member!

WSSWA is seeking members who want to grow their leadership skills through participation on the board. Board members meet 5 times per year (Feb/May virtual and Oct/Nov/July in person) 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. More info here.  Application here.  Deadline to apply is October 1st, 2022. Must be able to commit to attending November 12th board meeting, 9-12:00 in Green Lake following the fall conference.

Registration now open for our Fall Conference, November 10-11th!

Come learn with us! Register for our upcoming fall conference on November 10-11th at Heidel House in Green Lake. This year's theme is "Promoting School Mental Health Through a Continuum of Supports." We will offer important and relevant workshops on topics such as: eating disorders in schools; interventions for students experiencing anxiety; supporting students with disabilities and invisible challenges; and creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. Our keynote presenter, Dr. Mindy Brooks-Eaves, is the author of the book “The A to Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and other Helping Professionals” and will be sharing strategies to care for ourselves so that we are best able to care for others. There will also be a Wednesday night film screening of the movie Hidden in Plain Sight (Part 2). 

Learn more about the conference and register here before registration closes November 1st.  Be sure to login as a member to enjoy our discount on registration for members! 

Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor for our conference? Click here to learn more!

Thanks for Attending Our April 2022 Conference!

Thanks everyone for a great conference! It was so great to be in community with you all and to take in so much learning to better our practice.

Board Welcomes New Members, Regional Reps

Our board met with our regional reps and welcomed new board members Joseph Liverseed and Karen Spann Turner at our November board meeting! We also welcomed our new president, Leah Kutschke, and said goodbye to treasurer Alex Schirmacher and Katie Eaton. Angela Baerwolf will now serve as past president. Learn more about our current board and regional reps in the 'About Us' section of our website.

Congratulations Carla Vorpahl, 2022 School Social Worker of the Year!

 Carla M. Vorpahl has devoted over 20 years of   her career to serving students as a school         social worker in the Sheboygan Area School     District in southern Wisconsin. In this time, she   has formed and championed diversity and   inclusion initiatives, such as a Hmong girls’   student leadership group and the Harbor   Program for students with mental health or   special education needs. Carla has established   a food pantry to serve her school community;   was   an important member of a collaborative   team to bring free school-based mental health   programs to Sheboygan; and has trained over   800 educators in trauma informed practices. 

 Her accomplishments are many, but they are   overshadowed by the impact she has on others.   In the words of her school’s principal, “My   confidence in Carla Vorpahl is unmatched as   she moves people forward. She continually   empowers those around her to work not only   harder but smarter. I would follow her   anywhere. So should we all."

Congratulations again Carla on an extremely well-deserved award!


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Board Meetings

  • October 8, 2022

Land Acknowledgement:

The Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA) is an organization based in Wisconsin. Throughout Wisconsin’s history, indigenous and First Nations individuals have been murdered, forcibly removed from their homelands, and involuntarily and violently assimilated to the culture of the white colonizer.

WSSWA recognizes and respects the inherent sovereignty, strength, beauty, and resilience of the twelve First Nations that reside in the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s dark history of colonization, oppression, and genocide towards native peoples must continue to inform our work as social workers and our commitment to the dignity and worth of all persons, the self-determination of all persons, and our fight for social justice for all.

Wisconsin First Nation Tribes: Brothertown Nation • Forest County Potawatomi • Ho-Chunk Nation • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin • Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians • Oneida Nation • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa • Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa • Sokaogon Chippewa Community • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin https://wisconsinfirstnations.org/native-land-map/

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