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Dr. Judy Ebersole

Kansas School Social Work Association (KSSWA) is proud to announce the 2013 School Social Worker of the year is Dr. Judy Ebersole.

Judy received her award at the KSSWA Summer Institute and Annual Membership meeting being held in Wichita at Mayberry Middle School on May 30, 2013. She will then travel to the Midwest Conference of School Social Workers held this year in Iowa in November to be recognized as the Kansas School Social Worker 2013 during their conference.

On behalf of the KSSWA Recognition Committee, Dr. Judy Ebersole from Wichita, Kansas, has been selected as School Social Worker of the Year. Judy has been employed at USD #259 Wichita Public School District since 1989 & is currently the school social worker at Wichita Heights High School. Judy is married with two children. Judy obtained her bachelor degree in German & Sociology from Bethel College in 1984. She holds a masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work (1993) & obtained her PhD in 2011 from the University of Kansas. Judy is a faculty adjunct at Wichita State University in which she teaches the school social work class, fostering & supporting the development of new social workers. Judy is a member of KSSWA & currently serves on the Executive Board as the WSU liaison. She has served in many roles as an academic coach, peer leader, providing clinical supervision, publishing a journal article, developing specific programs & an instructor. Numerous letters of recommendation were received to attest to her efforts in working tirelessly promoting the practice of social work as well as supporting her fellow colleagues, students & their families.

Nominate Your 2013-2014 School Social Worker of the Year
Now it's your turn, complete the Nomination Form for Your KSSWA 2014 School Social Worker of the Year. Completed forms should be emailed to nla1@cox.net.

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From the President

Greetings and Welcome to Kansas School Social Work Association!

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We are only as strong as our members. Our purpose is to promote excellence among school social workers and enhance social and human services in the educational system. Becoming a member or renewing your membership is one way to ensure that KSSWA will continually strive to develop and maintain communication among school social work practitioners within our state, disseminate information, methods and materials relating to our practice, educating the public, legislators and other professionals who work in education about the role of school social work in supporting our students, families, and communities, and our continued liaison with other national organizations whose purpose is to enhance the social work services in schools.

Your KSSWA Board is made of School Social Workers (SSW) elected by members to represent your interests as licensed qualified mental health professionals working in many different capacities within the school system whether the school is urban, suburban, or rural. We collaborate with fellow educators, families, and community agencies to determine how to best meet the needs of our students. We educate the public, legislators, and other professionals about the role of School Social Work and what we, as professionals, do to contribute to reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 and what our role is in the different tiers of the Multiple Tier Support System as well as our role in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process.

School Social Workers are recognized and licensed by the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board (BSRB) as mental health professionals who are accomplished in the following skill sets:

  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of biological, psychological and sociological variables that affect the development and behavior of individuals and systems of all sizes.
  • Articulating diagnostic impressions with a range of client systems and problems.
  • Developing and implementing intervention plans based on assessments.
  • Culturally appropriate practice and consideration of client strengths.
  • Analyzing the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies, particularly as they relate to inhibiting or advancing social and economic justice.
  • Engaging in practice within organizations and service delivery systems and participating in necessary organizational and system change.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of their clinical practice interventions by applying evaluation strategies to client outcomes, and subsequently using the feedback from those strategies to modify case plans on an ongoing basis.

We continue to work with our national organizations in determining "best practice" for defining what a School Social Worker's role should be within the educational system, what determines "highly qualified" and how do we contribute to students succeeding under the MTSS process so that No Child is Left Behind.

Again welcome to the KSSWA Organization. We look forward to working with you and for you. Please free to share information, ask questions, and participate in the organization.

Sincerely,
SIG