School-Based Social Work Education and Network Development (SSWEND)


Applications for the AY 24-25 generalist and advanced generalist cohorts of SSWEND Scholars will open January 1st, 2024 and priority review will be given to those who apply by January 31st, 2024. Applications for post-MSW students are accepted year-round.

The School-Based Social Work Education and Network Development Program (Project SSWEND) is an innovative partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage School District (ASD). Project SSWEND will increase the number of qualified school-based mental health service providers from diverse backgrounds within the communities served and allow the district to promote inclusive and empirically supported practices within the district. 

Project SSWEND will train 31 SSWEND fellows to provide a positive impact on inclusive practices and child outcomes in high-needs schools across Anchorage School District. Additionally, Project SSWEND will meet locally identified needs for mental health service professionals. Program activities include placing MSW students in practicums in ASD high-need schools, advising fellows through the required coursework, enhancing fellows’ networks and education through professional organizations, and assisting SSWEND graduates in acquiring their Type C Certification and becoming employed as a school-based mental health service provider. 



Meet the Team


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    Hidden Homelessness

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    The UAA Hunger and Homelessness Support Network (HHSN) was created to identify and combat housing insecurities that students face. UAA Alumni and current Academic Advisor Jennifer Spencer is one of the three people serving as HHSN Chair. She explains how she uses her personal experiences with homelessness to help find solutions for students.

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    Social Work alumna and UAA’s newest fulbright scholar is New Zealand bound

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    Ever since she was six years old, Panikaa Teeple, B.S.W. Social Work ’21, knew that spreading love was her life’s purpose. Next year, Teeple will have the opportunity to spread love internationally as UAA’s latest recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant, which provides students in more than 140 countries the opportunity to pursue graduate study and research abroad.

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    Lifetimes of helping

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    When human services and social work alumna Cass Pook says she has always been a helper, she’s not just referring to her nature as an empathetic and compassionate listener. “Culturally, it's in my DNA to be a helper,” said Pook. “Looking back on it throughout history, 100 or 200 years ago I would have been doing the same thing. I was born to be a social worker.”

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    Growing Alaska's research community

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    UAA alumna and associate professor Holly Martinson hopes the new Biomed U-RISE program "lights a fire" in Alaska's research community by empowering undergraduate students with lab experience, mentorship and financial assistance. Martinson and co-PI, Professor Tracey Burke, welcomed the first cohort this academic year and will soon open applications for cohort two.

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    Alaska’s domestic violence council explores restorative justice methods in court sentencing

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    Restorative justice is a form of resolution that allows victims of crimes to work with the criminal justice system to address and correct the harm caused. UAA’s Ingrid Johnson from the Justice Center and Rei Shimizu from the School of Social Work spoke to the Alaska Beacon about how restorative justice can be used in cases of domestic violence.




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Matthew Cuellar, Assistant Professor, BSW Program Chair

Phone: 907-786-6901



UAA School of Social Work
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr, Suite 234
Anchorage, AK 99508


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3211 Providence Dr, PSB 234
Anchorage, AK 99508

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