Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting

St. Louis Bread Company | Plaza Frontenac, MO


Advocate for the Profession

SSWAM stimulates the development of school social work in Missouri as a legitimate profession whose vital role is recognized and understood by all.

Advocate for Legislation

SSWAM advocates for the needs of children and utilizes all opportunities to influence determinations of policies and standards in Missouri schools.

Upcoming Events

Advocate for Professionals

SSWAM encourages and enables the educational and professional growth of persons practicing as social workers in Missouri schools.

Advocate for Students

SSWAM advocates for and promotes the total growth and development of children in schools through the application of social work knowledge and skills. 

The Purpose of SSWAM:

Promoting Growth and Development

Recent News

SSWAM would like to send out a big thank you to the 40 school social workers who attended the Kansas City Regional Fall Conference on 10/10/2014.  We would like to recognize Rachel Nelson, School Social Worker for Platte County and SSWAM Western Regional Representative, who organized the event and Karla Harris, School Social Worker for Grandview School District, for providing the space. Kim Harrelson, SSWAM President Elect, was also in attendance representing the Board of Directors. Thank you to Beth Schroeder, School Social Worker with Center School District and Western Missouri Coordinator for the Trevor Project for providing such a dynamic and engaging workshop on LGBTQ youth in schools. We would also like to thank Elizabeth Samples, U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Attorney for the important information regarding the implementation of 504, Title II and supporting students with disabilities.
Conference registration for our fall workshops is underway! Have you registered yet? If not, please head over to our JOIN page, take a look at our offerings, and sign up today. We now offer easy online registration and secure payment through PayPal. Registration deadlines are a week prior to the conference. Our volunteer school social workers have been working diligently to bring you workshops relevant to your practice in schools at a competitive price and hope to see you there! 

Did you know SSWAM is on Facebook? For easy access to the latest information and offerings, be sure to "like" us. Find us by searching "School Social Workers Association of Missouri" or click the link on our ABOUT page.

The 2014-2015 Friend of School Social Work Award was presented to Liberty Public Schools Director of Student Services, Dr. Jim Hammen, at the district's Board of Education Meeting on 8/18/2014.

The Friend of School Social Work Award recognizes one person in the state that strives to advance our professional organization’s mission. The recipient of the Friend of School Social Work Award must have demonstrated, over the past school year, dedication to the promotion of social work services in schools combined with a strong desire to help, not only our organization advance, but also advance our member’s professional knowledge base and foster a sense of community among our members.

Dr. Hammen has spent many hours inspiring and working alongside his district social workers creating innovative support programs to assist students in overcoming barriers to education, such as: the CCRD Group, BEST Task Force, a Back to School Community Event, a Necessities Closet, administration of Emergency Assistance Funds, and advancement of the district’s suicide prevention and intervention efforts. His oversight of Centralized Enrollment and discipline, as well as coordinator of long term suspension and McKinney Vento Homeless services, is administered with the utmost compassion and fairness.

Not only does he continuously put the best interest of students and their families first, but believes in the investment of school social workers. He has successfully advocated for the advancement of the profession through the addition of district social workers during a time when we are most needed but fiscally difficult to employ. He has supported the professional development of district social workers and encourages their involvement in their professional organization.

According to the nominations received, "Dr. Hammen demonstrates the social work values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. We cannot imagine doing our job without his support. He truly is a friend of school social work – and also to Liberty Public School students, families, staff, and to the Liberty community.” Congratulations to Dr. Hammen and a big thank you to those who nominated him and also to those who came to the Board of Education meeting to support him, including SSWAM's Western Regional Representative, Rachel Gabriel-Nelson and President-Elect, Kim Harrelson.

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS AND DUES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. SSWAM invites you to join or renew your membership for the 2014-2015 school year today! New this year, our Membership Committee Chairperson, Georgean Rustemeyer, is eager to accept ONLINE applications from members. Click on the "JOIN" tab at the top of the website, fill out the form, and feel secure about paying your dues through PayPal. Want to join or renew using our paper application and mailing a check? A link to this option is still available at the bottom of our "JOIN" page, as well.

SSWAA AFFILIATE STATE DISCOUNT INFORMATION. For those that join SSWAM by August 31st, you will be given a code to apply towards your SSWAA membership dues. This code will allow you to join SSWAA for just $75 (a $45 discount). If you're already a member of SSWAA and you are not up for renewal - good news - SSWAA will extend your membership 12 months from your current expiration.