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.  


COVID-19 Resources for School Social Workers:  See Below or Click Here.  

Re-Opening School Resources 

Many School Social Workers are assisting school districts in providing food/meals to students and families.      Governor Cuomo has recently highlighted the food insecurity needs at a state level and is asking for assistance.  You and others can help by donating directly to “Feeding New York State”.

Let us know how you are providing services during this pandemic—send pictures too!


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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August 18-19, 2020
NYSSSWA Board Meeting

October 2, 2020
Western Fall Luncheon

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

March 22 – 25, 2021
23rd National School Social Work Conference

Baltimore, MD

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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.

**your signature**

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