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

The Annual Membership Meeting held on June 26th, 2014 was a productive and energizing meeting. Thank you to those school social workers from the Kansas City, Columbia, and Saint Louis metros who attended, as well as those who completed their absentee ballots. Those in attendance reported on the activities of the organization for the 2013-2014 school year and discussed the goals of the organization for the upcoming school year. By-Law revisions were approved and can be accessed through a link on our "About" page. Several new Board of Directors officers were elected, as well. Congratulations to Mary Ellen Trachsel as SSWAM's President for the 2014-2016 term and thank you to our outgoing president, Gayle Abram. For a current list of Officers, please visit our “About” page. 

It's that time of year again! Please take a moment to look around at your fellow Missouri School Social Workers and notice the positive change they have made on the lives around them. A great way to recognize him/her for the hours upon hours of dedication he/she has shown his/her schools, families, communities, and clients is by nominating him/her for SSWAM's Annual Missouri School Social Worker of the Year Award. Nomination and selection criteria, as well as the official nomination form can be accessed by clicking on the button below. Deadline to nominate is June 15, 2014. The winner will be chosen at the Annual Membership Meeting on June 26, 2014.


Welcome to the all new and redesigned SSWAM website! We hope you find the new design easier on the eyes and also fun to navigate! We still offer school social worker job openings on our site (now found under the "Careers" tab at the top) and merchandise should be available for purchase by the end of summer. We have heard your requests and are working diligently to role out an online membership application and conference registration in time for the 2014-2015 school year. Archives of "Recent News" stories will now be located under the "News" tab at the top. Be sure to check out how easy it is to navigate our website on your mobile device as well!


Kansas City's Regional Spring Conference was well represented with attendance of 50 school social workers. Thank you to Staley High School for hosting our event and to our speakers from Gillis and Lilac Center.

August 14th, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting  |  4:00PM

St. Louis Bread Company, 10336 Clayton Rd, Frontenac, MO 63131

September 19th, 2014

St. Louis Fall Conference; details TBD

September 24th-26th, 2014

47th Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference  |  Louisville, KY

October 10th, 2014

Kansas City Fall Conference; details TBD