Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

St. Louis Bread Company | Plaza Frontenac, MO

4:00PM

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

St. Louis Bread Company | Plaza Frontenac, MO

4:00PM

March 1st-7th, 2015

National School Social Work Week

April 15th-18th, 2015

18th Annual SSWAA
National School Social
Work Conference 

Nashville, TN



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

11/30/2014
Each year, The School Social Workers Association of Missouri honors a social worker who best exemplifies the values and goals of the profession through that school social worker’s specific accomplishments and contributions in his or her services to students and families. This year, Cherise Grandison of Special School District of St. Louis County has been named Missouri’s 2014-2015 School Social Worker of the Year. Cherise Grandison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a highly skilled, compassionate school social worker with a high level of personal commitment of time and energy to help others. She has a unique ability to look beyond the initial snapshot to see the student. Then, through enormous effort and innovation, she is able to establish a level of trust and cooperation. For the past five years, Cherise has been assigned to Normandy School District’s high school where she has been a significant team member in addressing the mental health, academic support, and community needs of students and their families. Parents, students, and staff recognize that Cherise genuinely cares, and will go out of her way to ensure that their needs are serviced. Cherise has applied for grants such as those from SDNEA to help students with shoes, clothing, bedding, senior fees, among other needs to assist in diminishing barriers to their success in school. Every year, Cherise takes seniors shopping at the St. Louis Galleria to buy their graduation clothes and shoes. Cherise believes that school social workers are the key stakeholders in connecting, school, home, and community. “As many families within the Normandy School District are experiencing stress and facing critical challenges in adequately caring for their children, School Social Workers are that critical link in families accessing prevention services to reduce significant education interruption. Drawing from the experience I’ve had in my previous jobs, I feel well equipped to reach out to students and their families and eventually linking them to resources that would help eliminate barriers to their academic success.” Cherise has already received honors from SSD as a recipient of the Lasting Impression Award for her initiative in making a difference in the lives of Normandy High School students within and outside the classroom. She was recognized for this award at the 47th Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference in Louisville, KY September 24-28, 2014 and also locally at SSWAM’s St. Louis Regional Fall Conference held on October 17th, 2014. Pictures from both events are available on our News page.Nominations for the 2015-2016 school year School Social Worker of the Year Award will be accepted spring of 2015. SSWAM members, look for nomination information in your inbox then.
10/13/2014
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.
9/20/2014
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! 

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