Welcome to NYSSSWA!

Connecting with and serving students, families and schools, the New York State School Social Workers’ Association (NYSSSWA) is the only NYS professional association dedicated solely to the visibility and viability of School Social Workers and the students and families that we serve.  Be sure to check out our Advocacy pages for state and federal updates, our Calendar of Events for Professional Development opportunities as well as our members only Resources specific to assisting school social workers in their practice. 

NYS Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz, Peg Barrett & Evelyn Bautista-Miller

School Social Work Bill

On February 12, 2018  NY Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz  (D-Kings) along with Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) held a press conference with leaders of the New York State School Social Workers’ Association, as well as the National Association of Social Workers-New York State and New York City Chapters to introduce Bill A09533, legislation  mandating school districts to provide students access to a school social worker.  NYSSSWA at work for you!

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Sadly, Tragedy Strikes Again

Guidelines for Talking to Children About Terrorist Attacks and School & Community Shootings in the News.  Source:  National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement 

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event   Source:  SAMHSA   See also NYSSSWA’s collection of Crisis Response Resources.

Role of a SCHOOL

social worker consoling a child

School Social Workers, in New York State, are licensed mental health professionals as well as certified by the NYS Office of Teaching as School Social Workers. Responsibilities include:

  • Assessments
  • Counseling
  • Conflict mediation & resiliency building
  • Community referral and liaison
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Violence Prevention/Intervention
  • Youth suicide prevention & intervention
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Board in Action

Albany Capitol Building

Priorities that we are addressing now:

National News:

Click here for Federal news & advocacy.
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February 22, 2018
RESCHEDULED to March 1, 2018

Mid-Hudson Dinner Meeting

March 4 – 10, 2018
National School Social Work Week

March 6, 2018
3rd NYC Dept. of Ed. SSW Conf.

March 14 – 17, 2018

21st National School Social Work Conference
Columbus, Ohio

March 16, 2018
Superintendent’s Conference Day for Social Workers

May 4, 2018
Western Region Luncheon Save Date

May 18-19, 2018
NYSSSWA Board Meeting

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Call to Action…..

School Social Workers need to be school based.

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