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.  

Crisis Response Resources:

NYSSSWA has compiled and re-categorized numerous Crisis Response Resources to better assist you throughout the school year.   We have also compiled resources Supporting Immigrant Students & Their Families including: “10 Strategies for How Schools Should Respond to Help Children Impacted by ICE Raids”  Source:  IDRA, August, 2019

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 we are addressing now:

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March 1 – 6, 2020
School Social Work Week

March 3, 2020
UFT’s 5th Social Worker Prof Development Day

March 6, 2020
Western SSW Week Event

March 18 – 21, 2020
23rd National School Social Work Conference
Baltimore, MD

May 8, 2020
Western Spring Luncheon

November 5 & 6, 2020
NYSSSWA State Conference in Buffalo, NY


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Safe and Supportive Schools: A plan to improve school climate and safety in NYC 

The NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a 52 page report  reviewing current data related to school safety in New York City along with recommendations including adding MORE school social workers. See Executive Summary and Full Report.  Source:     June 18, 2018,  NYC Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer 
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National School Social Work News

School Social Work Association of America Resources

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Call to Action…..

School Social Workers need to be school based.

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Help School Social Workers

Help NYSSSWA gather enough signatures to stop the outsourcing of mental health services in public schools.

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