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The WSW Initiative is a collaboration among the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, the UW School of Social Work in Seattle, and the state’s four other accredited schools of social work. Additional core partners include the Washington Association of School Principals and the Washington Association of School Social Workers.

The WSW Initiative will expand the number, diversity, and career development of school social workers serving in high-need K-12 public and tribal schools, while increasing the use of evidence-based approaches to school mental health. WSW students will serve high-need public and tribal schools that have a minimum of 20% or more of their students eligible for free and reduced lunch. WSW students will participate in a year-long, 30-hour community of practice focused on school mental health, including provision of evidence-based practices, multi-tiered systems of school support, and culturally responsive school-based programming.

WSW cohort members will attend an annual retreat to build networks with other social workers, experts, and mentors in the field of school social work and youth mental health.


The Workforce for Student Well-being (WSW) Initiative is a collaborative effort between the University of Washington School Mental Health, Assessment, Research, and Training (UW SMART) Center and School of Social Work, the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Washington Association of School Social Workers. The program offers financial support, academic mentoring, and professional development opportunities for second year MSW students in Washington state who are committed to working as social workers in high-need public schools or tribal schools for at least two years following graduation.

Interested students can find more information and application materials on the WSW websiteThe deadline for applications is April 30, 2024.

Please help us recruit diverse and committed applicants by using the social media posts and images provided below between now and April 30th.
(Be sure to right click (mouse) the image to download/save image as…). Tag your partners and networks plus UW SMART Center.

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The Workforce for Student Well-Being Initiative (WSW) is recruiting MSW students eager to make a difference in #schoolmentalhealth. This project focuses on expanding & diversifying the pool of skilled School
Social Workers in WA state. 

Interested, visit: 

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Join the Workforce for Student Well-Being Initiative!

The WSW is seeking passionate MSW students to enhance #schoolmentalhealth in WA state. Take this opportunity to help
expand and diversify the skilled School Social Worker pool. 

Apply Today:

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Advance your career by joining a community focused on evidenced-based school mental health & inclusionary practices! Connect with students & mentors statewide through the WSW Initiative & get career placement support. 

Learn more:

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Attention MSW students!
Join the WSW Initiative for free training & scholarships up to $30,000! Enhance your social work career, support K-12 students in Washington
& gain mentorship in high-need public & tribal schools.

Apply & learn more:

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Did you know that over 20% of all K-12 students experience social & behavioral problems that compromise their readiness to learn?

If you’re a MSW student, apply to join the WSW Initiative to help all
K-12 students in WA to thrive!


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Are you a MSW student looking to earn up to a $30,000 scholarship?

Join the WSW project to help ensure that K-12 students have access to skilled and trusted adults in schools who can support their mental health.

Apply now:

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Reminder: Apply by 4/30 to be part of the WSW Initiative!

MSW students participating in the project may earn conditional scholarships up to $30,000 and will have access to enhanced training opportunities.

If you are interested, apply here: 

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Attention: Last chance for MSW students to apply to the WSW Initiative! 

Help make a difference in students’ lives by providing mental health support where and when it’s needed by becoming a school social worker.

Applications close 4/30! Apply now: