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


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.

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. 

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