Established in 2015, the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports raises awareness of the ways in which social work practice can partner with and contribute to all levels and all segments of sports. ASWIS promotes a social worker in sports perspective that is grounded in social and economic justice, strength-based approaches, and person-in-environment frameworks. ASWIS encourages the full range of social work practice in sports, from case management and clinical services through advocacy and policy practice for every level and segment of sports.
ASWIS finalized its incorporation in June 2016 and become an official 501(c)(3) in March of 2017.
EIN Number: 81-3890412
Social Work in Sports 2015
October 15th 2015
Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO
Social Work in Sports 2015: An Idea Whose Time Has Come was a one-day forum to discuss the role of social work in youth, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional sports. Presentation topics included youth development, student-athlete development, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault in collegiate and professional sports, high school or college athletes and community outreach, and sports focused community proposals that explored the intersection of social work content areas or social education and sports. The final agenda included the below presentations:
The Settlement House Movement & Sports as A Social Work Intervention
Jerry Reynolds, LMSW, University of South Carolina
Youth Sport Coaches’ and Administrators’ Perceptions of Organizational Child Maltreatment Policies and Training
Jeff Noble, EdD, Wichita State University
Mark Vermillion, PhD, Wichita State University
The Youth Impact Program: ONE team – from the Community for the Community
Wesley Ellison, University of Texas at Austin
Kayla Douglas, University of Michigan
Awakening the Origins of Social Work: Utilizing Sport to Impact Youth, Families, & Communities
Dawn Anderson-Butcher, PhD, Ohio State University
Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian, MSW, Ohio State University,
Jerome Davis, PhD, Ohio State University
Tarkington Newman, MSW, Ohio State University
A Tale of Two Disciplines: Social Work Interventions in High School Athletics
Kelli A. Monedero, MSW, LSW, Broad Ripple Magnet High School, Indianapolis Public Schools
Student-Athlete Counseling Program & Research Project: Valuing the Student-Athlete Not Just the Athlete
Jamal T. Jackson, MSW, Student-Athlete Counseling, Aurora Public Schools
The Relationship between Weight & Aerobic Training and Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse Outcomes –2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Jessica Ziembroski, Georgia Regents University
Penny Alderman, Georgia Regents University
Practicing an Optimistic Explanatory Style in Sports
Robert Blair, PhD, MSW, New Mexico State University
Not Good Enough: The Relationship between Shame and Self-Efficacy Among College Gymnasts
Ginger Gummelt, PhD, LCSW, Lamar University
The Education of the “Mis-Educated” Student Athlete
Catherine R. Gayle-PH.D, LCSW, MSW, BSW, MFLC, MIN, Tuskegee University
One Person, Three Perspectives: Examining the Psychosocial Risks of Sport from the Mindset of a College Athlete, Coach, and Social Worker
Matt Moore, PhD, Ball State University
The Under-Recognized Health Issue for Collegiate Student Athletes: Depression, Anxiety and PTSD
Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Samaritan Mental Health Services
Strength and Motivation: What College Athletes Bring to Social Work
Anna Scheyett, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Dean University of South Carolina
Bringing the Social Work Lens to Major League Baseball: A Social Impact Internship with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Macias, LCSW, University of Southern California
Carrie A. Lew, EdD, LCSW, University of Southern California
Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Mental Health Service Utilization by NFL Players
Tiffanie-Victoria Jones, PhD, MSW, Clark Atlanta University
Unique Vulnerabilities of Collegiate and Professional Athletes: How can Social Workers Respond?
Diana Rowan, PhD, MSW, LCSW, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Donald Sterling chronicles: Race and Empowerment for Black Athletes
Martell Teasley, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
Social Work Practice & Sports Panel
Moderated by Brian Anderson, Jackson State
Sponsor: The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Social Work
Tyron Braxton, MSW - is a former Bronco and 2-time Super Bowl champion, completed his MSW from MSU and works as a case manager with high recidivist offenders.
Dr. Larry Curry - has extensive experience in mental health and substance abuse and has been involved with a number of high profile athletes.
Cindy Aron, LCSW - is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist providing mental health services including the assessment, and treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, traumatic loss, with specializations in group therapy and sports psychology.
Jim Gillen, Associate Athletic Director, Metropolitan State University at Denver - spent 23 years in the NBA as the athletic trainer for the Denver Nuggets. He joined the Nuggets in 1991 after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos from 1987-90. He accompanied the team to three Super Bowls.
Joey Garcia, MSW - is currently is currently the new Student Life Assistant at the University of North Dakota where he is in charge of student-athlete development.
Panel Discussion Social Work Education & Sports
Moderated by Natalie Graves, LCSW, THE 1 IN 4 PROJECT
Sponsored by The University of South Carolina College of Social Work
Dean Louis Zayas, PhD, University of Texas School of Social Work – is in the midst of composing an effort to increase student-athletes majoring in social work.
Matthew Moore, PhD, Catholic University of America and Ball State University – has created a certificate program focusing on social work in athletics.
Juan Macias, LCSW, University of Southern California – will share his thoughts on integrating field instruction and social work research into community-based sports programming sponsored by professional sports teams.
Robert Ortega, PhD - University of Michigan (UM)– will discuss integrating sports related activities into field placements as well as the various social work in sports efforts at UM.
The University of South Carolina College of Social Work
The Metropolitan State University Department of Social Work
The Metropolitan State University Student Association of Social Workers (SASW)
The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Social Work
1 in 4 PROJECT