New Hampshire School Social Worker’s Association
This school year we have continued to strengthen New Hampshire School Social Work Association (NHSSWA). Although we meet only quarterly, we have seen an increase in the number of inquiries and information sharing via technology. We have welcomed new and established members at our General Membership meetings and are currently seeking membership for the NHSSWA Board.
As an association we have accomplished tasks that had been “works in progress” for a few years. We remain a subcommittee of the NH-NASW and have become the New Hampshire State Affiliate to the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA). This recent affiliation has allowed our NHSSWA members to receive benefits, which include, but are not limited to malpractice insurance, school social work polices and databases. SSWAA also supports school social workers and families in the national legislature, which provides NHSSWA with a political voice through an annual Delegate Assembly.
Our marketing has progressed as well. We have designed a NHSSWA web page to use a tool to support and promote school social work in New Hampshire. We completed our brochure to distribute to our communities, schools, families and those persons who are interested in NHSSWA.
This past year General Membership meetings were rich with collaborative conversations. As a group we reviewed the NASW Standards for School Social Work, particularly confidentiality and ethical practice within schools. We shared knowledge regarding accurate data collection, behavioral and clinical modalities, assessments, and numerous training opportunities that enhanced our practice and assisted our clients. Importantly we gathered as a group of school social workers, adjustment counselors, and guidance counselors to learn, educate and support each other in our positions within New Hampshire Schools.
Although there is always work to be done, I am proud that we as a small group continue to meet to strive to make NHSSWA a valuable resource for those mental health professionals who work within our New Hampshire Schools.
Many, many thanks to all of you who have traveled collectively thousands of miles since our beginnings in 2008, to maintain your membership in NHSSWA.
Jayne Ludwig, MSW, LICSW