56th Annual NYSSSWA State Conference in Buffalo

 OCTOBER 28 & 29, 2021
Aloft Hotel–Buffalo, NY

“Bridging the Gap: Meeting the Needs of Our Students in the New Decade”

Join us in Buffalo for our State Conference and receive up to 12 CEUs.

Greetings from the Aloft Hotel rooftop and some gorgeous views!  The New York State School Social Workers’ Association (NYSSSWA)  is thrilled to finally be able to  reschedule our State Conference on October 28 & 29, 2021 and we will still be at the Aloft Hotel in Buffalo, NY.   We hope you will plan to join us for this training opportunity  that will enhance your skill sets and energize you to return home to continue the critically meaningful work you do every day to meet the needs of students, families and schools.

Before registering, please be aware that NYSSSWA will be following current CDC suggested safety precautions at this event. Attendees will be asked/expected to comply with CDC guidelines. We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and hotel guidelines for large gatherings, so register early in case we have to make any adjustments.

We are so looking forward to finally seeing everyone again in Buffalo!

Wendy Castiglia, President & Peg Barrett, Past President

Keynote Presentations:

“Using Trauma Informed Strategies in Response to the COVID Pandemic”   by Laurie Belanger, LCSW-R, Kelli Cookfair, LCSW,  Margaret Perkins, LMSW & Tina Houston McCrea, LMSW

“Mental Health in Schools”  by David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW; Executive Secretary for the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners,  New York State Education Department 

“The Power of Laughter:  A Bridge to Personal and Classroom Well-Being”  by Caren Kolerski

Click Here for Schedule of Events

Click Here for Conference Program

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Want to Visit Niagara Falls?

We will still be offering an opportunity to visit one of the wonders of the natural world-Niagara Falls! Seeped in history for it’s beauty, mystical powers, and attraction to daredevils from all over the world, Niagara Falls never ceases to amaze visitors. You will be provided with a casual, Buffalo themed, dinner at the hotel and a round trip bus ride (in a comfortable coach style bus) to and from Niagara Falls. You do not want to miss this!

Only $35.  Just check it on your registration.  (Requires a minimum of 10 people and maximum of 20.   Please note that if there is not a minimum of 10 registrants for this event, we will need to cancel.)

New York State School Social Workers’ Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0057


Conference Rates:  

See Conference Rate Chart.
Retired & Student Members: $300
Non-Members: $450

Thursday Only:  Members:  $225     Retired & Students:  $200     Non-Members:   $300
Friday Only:   Members: $225   Retired & Students:  $200      Non-Members:  $300

Early Bird: Register by September 15, 2021 and deduct $50.
Late Fee: Register after October 14, 2021, add $50.

Current NYSSSWA Members who sign in with their membership email address will be provided reduced membership conference rates as noted above. BE SURE to use the email account associated with your NYSSSWA account with 123SignUp. If the system doesn’t recognize your email, try another one to see if your account is under a different email. You can always go into your profile and make contact information edits later. Contact Member.Services@nyssswa.org if you need assistance.

Non-Members: We would like to invite you to join NYSSSWA and support the work we do to promote and assist School Social Workers in the State of New York. You can register for the conference AND become a NYSSSWA Member for less than the Non-member rate. You will be given an opportunity to join NYSSSWA as part of the Registration process. Then as a NYSSSWA member, the Conference Rates will automatically adjust to the member rate still saving you an additional $15.


Full Conference & Thursday Only: 

  • When you register for Thursday, be sure to select General Session 1 as well as one of the presentations during Sessions A & B.
    (If you do not do this, your name will not be in the system to provide CEUs for that presentation and your name will not be on the sign in/out sheets.   You can always change your mind and attend a different session and just add your name to the bottom of the sign-in sheets.)
  • Let us know if you will or will not be attending food events.
  • Niagara Falls Scenic Trip is optional and at an additional cost of $35.  Please indicate if you are or or not interested in participating.

Full Conference & Friday Only: 

  • When you register for Friday, be sure to select General Session 2, a presentation during Session C as well as the Closing Keynote presentation.    (If you do not do this, your name will not be in the system to provide CEUs for that presentation and your name will not be on the sign in/out sheets.   You can always change your mind and attend a different session and just add your name to the bottom of the sign-in sheets.)
  • Let us know if you will or will not be attending food events.

Register today!

Cancellation Policy:  There will be a $25 administrative fee for any cancellations prior to October 15, 2021.   This must be in the form of an email sent to Member.services@nyssswa.org. After October 14, 2021, there will be no refunds.  If for some unforeseen reason NYSSSWA should cancel after you have paid, we will work out a refund or a transfer of funds for you.

Purchase Orders:

Purchase Orders can be faxed to: (315) 624-1266 Attn: Tricia Zupan  or emailed to: purchase.order.request@nyssswa.org  If you do not know your Purchase Order number when you register, you can put “pending” for the date and then submit later.

Be sure to provide a copy of your invoice to your district’s accounts payable department for payment.   See How To Print Your Invoice and Pay for Event“.   Please instruct your district to include your invoice on any communications as well as the check for payment.

Send checks to: NYSSSWA,  264 Rider Road, Clayville, NY  13322   NOTE ADDRESS!!

NYCDOE Vendor Number:  NEW668575


Aloft Hotel
500 Pearl Street
Buffalo, NY  14202

We are very pleased to be hosting our conference at the Aloft Downtown Hotel, the newest gem of Buffalo.   “Take in a show at the nearby Theatre District or cheer your lungs out at a hockey game at the Key Bank Center. Spectacular Niagara Falls is a quick drive away from our hotel and offers a sight that isn’t matched anywhere in North America. Our fresh-vibe styling provides an experience combining trendy appeal and utmost comfort. Charge up your morning with a quick bite from Re:Fuel and end your day with a cool and swanky cocktail at our W XYZ bar. From the comfort of your hotel room, step out onto your own private balcony and take in the views of downtown Buffalo or Lake Erie that move your mood. We offer fast and free Wi-Fi and the latest 55″ smart flat-screen TVs, perfect for streaming your favorite shows. Pamper yourself with your room’s rainfall shower head and signature Bliss Spa amenities.”   See Website.

Hotel Policies“All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.”    All room cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.   Please note that once the NYSSSWA hotel block is filled, conference rates may no longer apply so make your reservations today!

Room Rate: $106.00 plus taxes  (This rate DOES NOT include Parking Fee)
Deadline:  Register by Thursday, October 6, 2021 to receive the Conference Rate.
Phone: ( 855) 516-1090
Reservations:  Click  Online Link:  

How Do I Obtain Conference CEUs?

The provision of CEUs is a multi-step manual process.  Nothing is automated so please allow 3 weeks for processing all components.   For details see:

CEU Process

Photo Credit:  Visit Buffalo Niagra and the Aloft Hotel