They are divided into two main axes
A school to contribute to vocational training and professionalization, thanks to :
• Qualifying and / or certifying training :

State Diplomas :

Family Assistant - DEAF
Educational and Social Accompanist - DEAES
Social Work Assistant - DEASS
Special Educator - DEES
Social Engineering – DEIS

Certificates :

Middle Manager - CAFERUIS
Judicial Representative - MJPM
Apprenticeship Tutor and Master
Night Supervisor and Housekeeper– SNMM

Other :

Coordinator in ESMS and home help services


Today, training and research in social work have to be articulated to participate in the production of knowledge and the strengthening of the skills of organizations and professionals.
Aware of the numerous issues related to the analysis of social transformations, the ISSM engages in research applied to these evolutions. Research is available both in pedagogical terms in initial training, but also in cooperation with the professional sector and universities such as the University of Strasbourg - CERIS and the University of Haute Alsace.

These dynamics are built from the crossroads of knowledge, stemming from the research, the strategy and the positioning of the institutions, the experiences of the professionals and finally the experiential knowledge of the accompanied people.
The international dimension of research is another postulate of the ISSM, at a time of globalization of issues, based on the sharing of knowledge production and its dissemination to the actors concerned.
Our partnerships with the CREMIS (Montreal Research Center on Social Inequalities and Discrimination), the Universities of Barcelona (Spain) and Siena (Italy) are based on research objectives set in the fields of health and social policies, public participation and mobilization of citizens, discrimination, innovative practices...


Some strong convictions

Our activity makes sense around :

Solidarity, for a society where the effort made for the other returns more than it costs ;
Freedom, which only makes sense when it participates in emancipation ;
Equality, as an ideal of right and justice, to defend ;
Fraternity, as a way of building relationships.


The place of the accompanied persons, in the heart of our formations ;
An active contribution to social development ;
Opening up internationally, to develop another perception of difference ;
Attentive and responsive listening to the needs of the educational and social sector in relation to current issues ;
Personalized and caring support for students and trainees
The co-construction of actions and / or training courses ;
Adapted theoretical and methodological support ;
Innovation as a lever of transformation.


It allows students / trainees and professionals to access documents (periodicals, books ...) as well as online resources. The pleasure of reading is shared through the ‘Coup de coeur littéraire’, which is used to elect the book of the year, between students, professionals and people supported through partnerships with institutions in the sector. To know more about


Social work in an international dimension, one of the principles of the ISSM.
The ISSM is involved with dynamism in European exchanges and beyond, across the world, between students, professionals and trainers. To promote these meetings, we rely on a large network of partners (universities, training institutions and associations and socio-educational structures) and programs such as ERASMUS PLUS, RECOS, LEONARDO ... conventions signed with educational institutions, social and medico-social are all supports for developing and strengthening these dynamics of exchange.

A strong option
At the heart of the various approaches developed, we want to cultivate encounters, crossing borders and confronting other institutional and cultural systems that reinforce learning, understanding methods and arts of doing, and open up students to other realities. This mobility makes it possible to better understand what is being played "here", in the report to audiences coming "from elsewhere", it also gives access to the macro issues that are the migratory movements today in the world.
Students, trainers and professionals, in these movements, learn about the realities and particularities of social work in other countries ; they are then invited to question their own values, to question the intervention models they discover during their training in France. Finally, they open up to creativity and originality by measuring how much commitment is a universal value in the social work professions.
In addition, the reception of students from abroad is an element that contributes to the richness of these exchanges and mobilities, leading us here to re-examine and "translate" our practices.


The ISSM, as holder of the ERASMUS + charter for the period 2014-2020, supports mobility actions in Europe for students. It welcomes students from partner institutions and promotes the departure of students enrolled in the Specialized Educator and Social Worker training programs.

The Erasmus + program is open to the following countries :

Member States of the European Union : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

States not members of the European Union : Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Turkey. MOBILITY

Two types of mobility are open for students : study mobility and internship mobility.
Study mobility :

Host structure : ISSM-funded higher education institutions and partners
Duration : From 3 to 12 months
Amount of the allowance : 250 € / month

Internship mobility :

Reception structure : Companies, associations, institutions of the countries covered by the program
Duration : From 2 to 12 months
Amount of the allowance : 400 € / month

The ISSM supports ERASMUS mobility from the second year of training for both streams (ES and ASS).
The student applying for mobility will preferably be oriented towards a study mobility when his project is in a country in which the ISSM has a partner nearby.
In the opposite case, he will have the possibility to make a mobility of internship.
It is the Mobility Committee which examines the students’ ERASMUS mobility wishes under the same conditions as those set out in this document.

List of higher education institutions holding the ERASMUS + charter and partners (for study mobility) :

Germany : Katholische Hochschule-KH (Freiburg)
Belgium : Free High School Mosane-HELMO (Liège) Hogescholl (Gent) Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven - Leuven University College (Leuven)
Denmark : Peter Sabroe, Department for Social Education VIA University College (Aarhus)
Spain : University of La Rioja (Logrono) Universitad de Barcelona
Italy : University of Siena

For additional informations : Cyril VILLET


Social Work Training Centers in Alsace (ISSM, ESTES, CFEJE and EDIAC), in the North West of Switzerland and the South of the country cooperate within the Confederation of Higher Schools in Social Work of the Region (RECOS) and provide their students a specific training program.
This program consists of seven modules, students from all three countries can participate throughout their training.

It allows students :

To discover and compare the current social problems and the protection systems of each country in the region,
Participate in a one-week (semester 2 or 4) national tribal seminar on an educational and / or social theme in partner countries.
To do a week of training in a partner school (in a language other than their mother tongue),
To do a professional practice course of at least 2 months in a partner country
To produce a final report or a final thesis in which a topic related to social work training is treated in a comparative manner.

This course ends with a bilingual defense based on the final report with two trainers from two partner schools.
A certificate, in English Language and German, awarded to the students who participated in the success of the RECOS program.
For additional informations : Béatrice SCHMITT


The ISSM, in partnership with two Belgian social work training centers, the CHARLEROI SOCIAL SCHOOL and the KATHOLIECKE HOGESSCHOOL social department of LEUVEN, offers an international seminar for 3rd year students every year. "Social Service Assistant" and "Specialized Educator" courses on social policies in Europe, with Belgian students in social work. This seminar is organized alternately by each school.

For additional informations : Emmanuelle CENIS


The ISSM participated in the seminar of the National School of Specialized Social Work of Senegal, in partnership with IFRASS (Toulouse), from March 14th to 16th, 2017 in Dakar, on the theme : "Family mutations and becoming-subject in socio-educational action".
The purpose of this conference was to share opinions and analyzes around "The construction of the subject, the process of its emergence - in social or socio-educational support, with regard to the family dynamics marking contemporary societies in Europe and Africa.
Also participating in this seminar were representatives of the IRFSS - Toulon Red Cross (France) from the Hainaut High School in Mons (Belgium) and the Lutheran Social Service of Budapest (Hungary). More than one hundred participants took part in the work during three days between interventions in plenary, work in workshops, debates and many moments of exchange.
The Mulhouse delegation composed of five members : for the ISSM : JM. Klinger President, J. Dumel secretary of the ISSM and C. Mazaeff General Director ; for the association Le Lieu : M. Ngnafeu, President, and S.Castells, in charge of the structure.
J. Dumel presented a reflection on the theme :
"An ethno-clinical approach : you said" become-subject ", I will propose to you to welcome ..."
M. Ngnafeu and S. Castells spoke from the experience of the association "Le Iieu", on the following theme : "Principles of social reification to the reconstruction of the subject : creativity and freedom as resources for the educational practices.
These two interventions were highly appreciated, as were a number of other statements that showed us how education and "becoming subject" are enshrined in different cultural foundations, but the fact remains that for social workers, the question of the subject remains fondamental, even within a society with strong community structure as are the different ethnic groups in Senegal.
This seminar helped strengthen the links between the ISSM and the ENTSS, engaging other collaborations around the acceptance of students in the framework of mobility "Studies and internship", from a network perspective with the school from Toulouse.
These exchanges are part of a convention signed two years ago between the ISSM and ENTSS, which will develop around other forms of mobility (teachers, trainers and professionals in a reciprocal dynamic.
Finally, the warm welcome of another partner of the ISSM in Senegal, the association SPER (Solidarity for street children) led by Augustin Carvalho who welcomes four trainees each year in the framework of the territorial internship end of first year.

Incoming and outgoing mobilities are articulated in long-term dynamics of exchange and engagement between the ISSM and its partners. The formalization of partnerships is a guarantee of quality and duration, serving the mobility. These partnerships are twofold, with academic and / or training institutions, with qualifying sites within social and medico-social institutions within associations or public institutions.

Academic and / or training institutions :


University of Montreal / School of Social Work (Convention in the process of being finalized)
CREMIS (Center for Research and Study of Montreal on Social Inequalities) / Department of Sociology - University of Montreal
Ahuntsic Cégep Montreal


National School of Specialized Social Workers of Senegal


University of Syracuse

Qualifying sites :


Montreal Youth Consultation Office - http://www.bcj14-25.org/
Street Spectrum - Montreal - http://spectrederue.org/
Verdun Montreal Support Network - http://www.entraideverdun.org/home


SPER : Solidarity for street children - centreaccueilsper2006@gmail.com https://fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/Solidarit%C3%A9-Pour-les-Enfants-de-la-Rue/192834414104278?sk=info&tab=overview


Short-term mobility : the territorial study internship :
This pedagogical sequence lasting 5 weeks (or 8 weeks for apprentices) is implemented transversally in the first year between student social workers and specialized educators.
It contributes to the acquisition of the skills required for level III professionals in the area of skills 4 relating to involvement in institutional and interinstitutional partnerships (see Teaching project of alternating ASS and ES).

Here are some of the countries with which we are connected, where students have done internships :
This list is not exhaustive, students can propose other places of internship.

- Long-term Mobility : Education and / or Work Experience :
Students wishing to perform an international experience can rely on the network of partners in place.

For Social Service Assistant training :

2nd year internship : 18 weeks,
3rd year internship : 17 weeks - see educational project alternation. Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6. For Specialized Educator training :
2nd year internship : 15 weeks,
3rd year internship : 28 weeks - educational project of the alternation. Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6. These internships are an opportunity to explore professional practices that will allow students to build their future professional identities. The work expected makes possible to respond to the expectations of the certifications, the educational relationship, the partnership work and the project dynamics for the E.S. or for the SSA the aid relationship (ISAP) or the collective approach (ISIC).

Mobility aid of the Regional Council of Alsace
To facilitate the development abroad of a professional internship, validated as part of a training program in the health and social sectors.

For who ?
For students or apprentices enrolled in health and social facilities approved and funded by the Alsace Region, regardless of age or residence.

Under what conditions ?
The duration of the internship must be greater than or equal to 4 weeks. The aid can be combined with the scholarship awarded on social criteria. It can only be awarded once during the same course of study.

Or ?
The whole world, with the exception of France (DOM-TOM included) and the principalities of Andorra and Monaco.
International mobility assistance is not awarded if the placement abroad is less than 100 km from the student’s place of residence or place of study (verification by means of calculation tools itinerary on the internet -Via Michelin).

How many ?
Lump amount : 400 € whatever the place and duration of the internship. The aid will be paid once at the end of the internship on presentation of a certificate of internship.