Ohio School Social Work Association


HB 334 and Companion Bill SB 239 Position Statement

Bill 334 passed the house this week and the language changed to include psychologists, school psychologists and psychiatrists. At this time it does not include any social worker, not even a mental health counselor. This is a big opportunity to get school social work into a piece of Ohio legislation.

Read the HB 334 Position Statement

Dear Colleague Letter HB 334 SB 239

Contact your representatives. Senators and Congressman on the Education Committees are the most influential on this bill. Information about how to contact the committee members will follow soon.

Check your email and the website frequently for updates.

Annual Conference 2014

“FBAs Made Easy from Start to Finish: A Team Approach”

Thank you Brenda Rinkes for sharing such valuable knowledge! And all attendees enjoyed thought provoking and interesting discussion time.

2014 Awards

School Social Worker of the Year

Brenda Rinkes, LISW-S

Friend of School Social Work

Kara Penniman, LISW-S

Award winners bios 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

NASW needs help closing loophole in social work title

Please read and take action!

NASW loophole in SW title Nov 2013

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.

SSWAA advocacy update

SSWAA is a member of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and continues to make strides forward with advocacy. Ohio is a delegate state of SSWAA. Read Carve Turkeys Not Education to learn more about current efforts at the national level.

National School Social Work Consultation Survey

School social work surveys consistently identify consultation as a frequently used practice task. However, none of them define consultation or explore how it has changed as a result of recent federal laws and new educational frameworks. Consultation is an indirect method of practice that assists others to become more effective in dealing with their complex work-related problems. School social workers engage in some form of consultation on a daily basis, yet they rarely think about it or describe it as consultation. You are invited to take part in this national survey on school social work consultation developed by Chris Sabatino, Ph D., LICSW, C-SSWS, which has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of The Catholic University of America. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are not required to complete the survey in one sitting. If you stop before completing the survey and go back to it, you will have the option to resume where you left off or start over. Your answers are anonymous and confidential. By participating in this survey, you will be strengthening the field of school social work, helping to inform policy, practice, and research. To start the survey, please highlight the name of the survey -Survey for National School Social Work Consultation – then right click on the highlight and select Open Hyperlink.

A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

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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

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying

Information from Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services including an evidenced based practices enclosure.


2013 OSSWA Award Winners

Jill Miller, LSW

School Social Worker of the Year

Jill has been a faithful member of OSSWA for over 10 years and has sat as a member of the Board for about the same length of time. She has served as the Northwest Regional Director for at least 6 years and currently serving on the Board as the Communications Co-Director.

She is currently employed by the North Point ESC in Sandusky but serves as the district social worker for Bellevue City Schools and the counselor for Bellevue Elementary School grades 3-5. At Bellevue she provides individual and group counseling, classroom guidance sessions, attend and collaborate in IAT/IEP/MFE meetings, coordinates the District’s Red Ribbon Week, co-facilitates the District’s Safety Awareness & Prevention Program (SAPP), co-facilitates 5th grade “Be Bully Wise” Program, collaborates with outside agencies and chair of the school-wide Positive Behavior Support Committee. She also has a therapy dog in training. “Ace” has one more class he to attend and then pass the TDI (Therapy Dogs International Inc) test. He is projected to be their full time school therapy dog starting in August (2013-14 school year).

Jill is also involved in the Sandusky County Awareness Committee (committee to establish prevention projects/programs for Sandusky County Schools), Sandusky County Family and Children First Council- committee member, Sandusky County Bullying Prevention Committee (establish anti-bullying programs/projects throughout the county… in schools and the community), Huron County Mental Health committee- Committee of professionals committed to enhancing mental health services for residents of Huron County, and her Superintendent has nominated her to be trained and sit as a member of the Risk Assessment Team for her district, which is currently in development.

Phew! After all of that and most importantly, Jill is a married, mother of two beautiful boys ages 5 and under.

Jill is an ambitious, motivated, dedicated and phenomenal woman who represents School Social Work so positively she is transforming a small, rural community in Northwest Ohio!!!

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Friend of School Social Work

Dr. Maggie Jackson has the distinction of being a pioneer in many areas of social work. She has been an instructor at CSU since 1970 and a former Field Instructor and Faculty Advisor for Case Western Reserve University. From 2000-2010, Dr. Jackson was Director of the School of Social Work at Cleveland State and the University of Akron. She is currently an instructor and the coordinator for the MSW Program. As a productive, caring social worker, Dr. Jackson has conducted numerous workshops, given numerous presentations and shared the distinction of being a skilled board member for many organizations. From 1998 until the present, Dr. Jackson has been a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairperson for the Africa University (SW), Zimbabwe. Among her awards, are the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Service Award, CSU and the 2010 President’s Volunteer Award – President Barack Obama. She advocates and works tirelessly for the underserved and diverse populations.

Dr. Jackson has authored books, articles and publications. She is the founder of the Neighborhood Leadership Organization. In 2000, Dr. Jackson introduced a Support Services Curriculum to High School Students. Along with Dr. Edward McKinney, she advocated for the development of a program that would train social workers to be present in schools specifically to offer pupil services. While this project is still in the planning stages, Dr. Jackson welcomed the Ohio School Social Workers Association to the campus of Cleveland State University in an effort to support School Social Workers.

A firm believer that young people need trained, professionals to assist them in their growth and development, Dr. Jackson’s current work is “Social Work Interventions with Diverse Families.” In June, 2013 her latest book entitled, Social Work Practices with Families: the Four R Model, will be published and available for purchase. Dr. Jackson has always advocated for children. Her motto is “If we don’t make a way for children today there will be no future for anyone.” Dr. Maggie Jackson is truly a friend of School Social Work.

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Now Is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect our Children and our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence‏

When the time and opportunity presents itself, we need to be organized to speak up, get an invitation to the table to talk about who we are and what we can do.

PLEASE encourage your co-workers to join OSSWA. Only with a strong membership can we be visible, vocal and fiscally viable to create and KEEP jobs. According to the ODE there are over 300 certified school social workers in the state of Ohio, but only 50 some are members of their professional organization. The Ohio Department of Education may not speak for them when it comes to employment opportunities, but OSSWA will.

Read the President’s plan

Fact Sheet from the Dept of Education outlining their approach (interagency) to gun violence prevention

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

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

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Please take 3 minutes to complete our survey!!

We are attempting to gather more information about school social workers in Ohio. The more we know about our members and potential members the more effective we can be as an organization. Please consider taking just a few minutes to complete our survey.

Thank you!!

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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