School Social Work Association of Nebraska

Membership for the 2022-2023 school year is now open!

Please navigate to Join SSWAN for more information.

FIRST TIME SSWAN members will receive a FREE membership in 2022-2023.

This is made possible through our partnership with Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

**Remember that all current members must register and pay each year**

SSWAN Member Meetings

September 8, 2022 ( Zoom only)

November 11, 2022 (Regional in-person)

January 12, 2023 (Regional in-person)

May 11, 2023 (Zoom)

A Message from the President:

Greetings to all Nebraska School Social Workers!

The excitement of the coming school year is starting to set in, along with the disbelief that the summer is drawing to a close. I hope you were all able to spend time with friends and family during the last couple of months, making positive memories as well as taking some time to do some things just for you! It’s important that we, “the helpers” walk the walk and talk the talk about prioritizing good self-care!

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Molly Schnabel, outgoing SSWAN President, for all of her leadership, dedication and service on behalf of SSWAN over the last several years and particularly as SSWAN President the last 2 years. I am very grateful to Molly, as well as all of the SSWAN board members, committee chairs and committee members for their service to our state organization.

It is very important to me that our state’s School Social Workers see our organization as one that recognizes and honors the “calling” that they, as school social workers, have chosen, the calling to serve students, families, and school staff. I want SSWAN to be a place where School Social Workers come together to celebrate their common purpose of service to these groups, as well as feel heard, represented, and supported. SSWAN should be a community where all School Social Workers feel they belong, regardless of the size of the district or ESU they work for, whether they are serving in an urban or rural area, or whether they serve birth to 5, elementary, middle or high school students!

It is clear that our organization is already working toward this goal, as illustrated by our growing membership, particularly that of first time members. My goal is to continue to build on this momentum, by seeing more and more school social workers joining our organization, as well as members increasing their engagement and involvement in our organization.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our first meeting on September 8th, which will be held virtually. During the meeting the board will join me in sharing all of the exciting things we have to offer our members during the 2022-2023 school year at the local, regional and state levels as well as the national level, thanks to our partnership with Children's Hospital and Medical Center! (see below for more information)

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any ideas or feedback you might have at

Carrie Erks, LICSW

SSWAN President

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Community Health & Advocacy team is excited to partner with SSWAN during the 2022/23 school year to implement statewide efforts to expand supports to schools for youth mental health training and resources to create positive & supportive school environments that are trauma informed & promote suicide prevention best-practices. This partnership will include Children’s sponsorship of 25 new SSWAN Memberships, moderation of the Neurosequential Model in Education introductory training course, developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, as well as funding support for the annual SSWAN Conference. Children’s recognizes the amazing support, training and networking opportunities that SSWAN offers to its members and is thrilled to partner with them to enhance their support of School Social Workers across the state.

“...the most powerful form of reward is relational. Positive interactions with people are rewarding and regulating. Without connection to people who care for you, spend time with you, and support you, it is almost impossible to step away from any form of unhealthy reward and regulation.”

― Bruce D. Perry, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing