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.
- 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.
- Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Liaison