LSU SSW co-sponsors American Council for School Social Work Institute


The LSU School of Social Work, Tulane University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Southern California co-sponsored the American Council for School Social Work, or ACSSW, Mental Health in Schools Institute January 26-27 at Tulane University’s Lavin Bernick Center in New Orleans. The conference was opened with welcoming remarks from Dr. Ronald Marks, Dean of the Tulane School of Social Work.

ACSSW President, Judith Kullas Shine, MSW, MS shared that the institute offered new strategies for working with challenged children and youth as well as focused on the ways in which school social workers could work collaboratively with school administrators and community partners.  She continued that presenters were enthusiastically received, with attendees calling for another conference next year.

The national conference, entitled Standing Up for Children’s Mental Health in Schools, hosted social workers from states across the U.S. including Alaska, California, New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and more and focused on working to make schools safer and healthier places for children. 

Featured keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Sroka of Case Western Reserve University, shared insights as an expert and speaker on school violence and bullying on Monday, January 26.

Dr. Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, spoke on Tuesday, January 27 about a new, cutting-edge model of leadership that she developed, Leading by Convening.



The ACSSW is celebrating the powerful impact school social workers have on students, families, schools, and communities as they Stand Up for Children’s Mental Health in Schools. By virtue of its specialized training and perspective, school social workers are uniquely positioned to provide advocacy and leadership in school mental health services and other educational supports. Institute workshops highlighted the diversity of individual, small group and systemic needs school social workers are prepared to serve.

About SSW
The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree integrates theory, research, and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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