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Ohio Dominican University 1216 Sunbury Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43219

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Hotel Information:

Staybridge Suites Columbus Airport is willing to let the OSSWA conference registrants use the Ohio Dominican University “family and friends” discount for Thursday, February 26th (and Friday February 27th if anyone is desiring a second night).  To do so individuals should contact Staybridge at 614.473.9888 indicate that they are using the ODU discount and will be billing the reservation to their personal credit card. Rooms are going fast because of different events in the area so please register for our conference and book your rooms!
For information on other area hotels close to the conference please visit Ohio Dominican University visitor webpage for a comprehensive list:

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Do you know someone who works to benefit School Social Work in other ways?

Consider sharing your knowledge of this person so we can all show our appreciation.


OSSWA Awards Nomination Form 2015

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Effective School Staffing Model:

Teaming School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers

A teaming statement from SSWAA, ASCA and NASP JOINT teaming statement.

2014 Awards

School Social Worker of the Year

Brenda Rinkes, LISW-S

Friend of School Social Work

Kara Penniman, LISW-S

Award winners biographies can be seen on the Awards page.

SSWAA presents national SSW model

Keep this powerpoint handy to help explain your role as a School Social Worker.

SSW Practice Model from SSWAA

Ohio’s representation at the Midwest School Social Work Conference

Understanding and Restoring Traumatized Youth

November 7 and 8, 2013 Ohio was represented at the Midwest Conference by our President, Nicole Stacey, LISW-S; Legislative Director, Becky Wilson, LISW; and Recording Secretary, Jill Miller, LSW. They spent the weekend sharing with others and gathering new ideas to bring back to Ohio. Anyone who has a chance should attend a Midwest Conference. The collaboration and energy of other SSW’s will inspire and re-invigorate you to persevere in the valuable work you do every day!

From left to right are Becky Wilson, Jill Miller and Nicole Stacey.

From the left are Becky Wilson, Nicole Stacey, Heather Alden Pope from Minnesota, Rhonda from Iowa and Christy McCoy from Minnesota.

A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

A joint statement from the American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Psychologists,

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School Social Work Association of America, National Association of School Resource Officers, National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals.

A Framework For Safe and Successful Schools

OSSWA’s President Nicole Stacey is now representing the needs of Ohio as Midwest Council Vice President!!!

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Our board member, Sarah Lundeen-Bonette in regards to losing school social workers in CMSD.

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If you are already a member, we invite you to become more involved by becoming part of one of our committees. As a school social worker or friend of school social work, your input and experience is integral to the success of our organization and ultimately to the success of our profession. Committee service from membership greatly increases the ability of our organization to do the work necessary to improve social work services in schools.

If you are not yet a member, please consider joining and becoming part of an organization Ohio that advocates for the profession of school social work in Ohio. Exciting changes in education are happening across the state and across the nation. Become part of and help influence change by getting involved in OSSWA.

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