What is the School Social Work and Trauma Certification Program (SSWaT)?

The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that focuses on increasing diversity and mental and behavioral health competencies in school social workers. The DPI-funded grant supports MSW students in the school social work track with a stipend beginning in Fall 2022.

Who should apply?

  • Any MSW student admitted to the program who meets the program eligibility and requirements.
  • Any individual with an MSW who is interested in being a licensed school social worker in Wisconsin.
  • Students of color, students from low-income communities, and students who speak Spanish are encouraged to apply. Increased diversity in school social workers is an objective of this program.

MSW Students – Program eligibility and financial assistance for MSW students:

  • Must be admitted or enrolled in the MSW program in the school social work track.
  • Students must be admitted or enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care.
  • If enrolled, must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Accepted students receive a $5,000 stipend over 2 semesters ($10,000 total).

Post MSW – Program eligibility and financial assistance:

  • Individuals must have an MSW and an interest in being a licensed school social worker.
  • Must complete the school social work components of the MSW program at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Students who are post MSW do not need to complete the Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care. Additionally, students may be exempt from some classes.
  • Accepted students receive a $5,000 stipend for 1 semester.

When to apply:

  • Students should apply as early as possible once admitted to the MSW program or non-degree program.

Program requirements:

  • Must maintain MSW student status and a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Course plan must include trauma-informed care certificate classes.
  • Includes a field practicum in school social work setting.

How do I apply?

  • In order to apply, you will need to provide these application materials:
    • Your resume;
    • A short essay. In about 250 words, please describe your interest in the School Social Work and Trauma Certification Program (SSWaT Certification Program). Any MSW or non-degree student meeting program requirements is encouraged to apply for this program. Please document if you identify as a student of color, student from low-income community, and/or Spanish-speaking.