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Our Vision:

PASSWP envisions that all schools in Pennsylvania employ and value school social work personnel. 

Our Mission: 

PASSWP seeks to endorse highly qualified school social work personnel through education, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a commitment to social justice and enhancing human well-being.

Pictured above left to right: 

Front row: Dr. Dee Stalnecker (PD Chair), Dr. Christina Helfrick (President), Dr. Sylvia Bekele (Vice President)

Second row: Lindsay Knepp (Southern Regional Rep), Dr. Amanda Musser (Southern Regional Rep), Dawn Hoopes (PSEA Liaison)

Back row: Jamie Showers (Secretary), Chris Rich (Treasurer)

Online: Joe Werner (Past President), Leslie Rothberg (Eastern Regional Rep), Marisol Mantilla (Northern Regional Rep), Dr. Alicia Chico (Western Regional Rep)

Since 1978, PASSWP has been actively involved in the professional education of Home & School Visitors and School Social Workers in Pennsylvania.

Our board works with the Department of Education, and other professional organizations, to stay on the cutting edge of trends in the field.  We look to experts to provide training for the school social workers and home and school visitors who are delivering critical support services to students across the Commonwealth.

We are devoted to maintaining the highest possible standards for school social work personnel employed in our schools.  To that end, we work with Schools of Social Work and programs that provide education for Home & School Visitors in colleges and universities located within our state.

PASSWP strives to offer a variety of continuing education options and networking opportunities for our members and the broader social services community.



We are going through unprecedented times. PASSWP wants to support and encourage you to stay informed, healthy, and safe. Click here for information from the PASSWP Board.

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PSEA/DPS Conference

The annual PSEA/DPS Conference will be online this year with a variety of sessions from August 4 - 10! Registration is free for PSEA members and you can sign up for individual sessions - Zoom links will be sent in confirmation of registration.

The HSV SSW section meeting for the PSEA/DPS statewide conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th between 12.30 and 2.30. All SSW/HSVs who are PSEA members are invited.

CEUs are also available from NASW-PA at a very reasonable cost! Click HERE for the form.

Click HERE for more information and to register!

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Update from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), December 2019:

Multiple School Safety and Security Information Updates Added to PCCD Website

Free Threat Assessment Team Materials, NASRO Training Equivalent Standards,

and Third-Party Security Guard Vendor Application Process

Harrisburg, PA. — The School Safety and Security Committee (Committee) within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) recently posted a series of informational updates on the School Safety and Security Committee webpage, meeting the statutory requirements of Act 18 of 2019 and Act 67 of 2019

Specifically, Act 18 required the Committee to develop and adopt model procedures and guidelines, guidance for communication with school-based intervention teams, as well as free informational materials and training resources for schools to use in the establishment of threat assessment teams.  Act 67 required PCCD to consider training equivalents to the training provided by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and establish criteria and an application process for third-party vendors providing security guard services in schools.  All materials and policies were adopted during the Commission’s and Committee’s December 2019 meetings. 

Click here for more information!


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Did you know?? Dee Stalnecker is the Northeast Representative Board Member for the School Social Work Association of America! She serves as a liaison for Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, District of Columbia and DOD schools. In this role, Dee will share national/organizational information with the respective state Boards. Go, Dee!!

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A place for questions, comments, concerns, & requests for ideas!

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