Center for the Study of School Social Work


Establish school social work as an essential profession in the educational enterprise.


To prepare new school social workers, support existing school social workers, and help schools to recognize the purpose and value of school social workers.


1) Help educational entities recognize the purpose and value of social work professionals.
2) Support existing school social workers in their service to students and educational entities.
3) Prepare new school social workers for their role in educational entities.

Principal Investigators

John Vafeas, LSW, DSW

Janice Gasker, LCSW, DSW

Sharon Lyter, LCSW, MSW, Ph.D.

Legislation Information

Pennsylvania House Bill 390 (2019-20)

Pennsylvania House Bill 1500 (2019-20)

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 749 (2019-20)