June 2nd, 2015

Dear SSWAM Members,

Hello and happy summer to you all! I hope this finds you relaxing and enjoying a bit of a break from the hard work and stress of your work life.

We are thrilled with the accomplishments we have made over the past school year and have much to celebrate! I would like to highlight some key successes over this past year:

  • Presented 2014-2015 Friend of School Social Work Award to Dr. Jim Hammen, Director of Student Services, Liberty Public Schools
  • Presented 2014-2015 Missouri School Social Worker of the Year Award to Cherise Grandison, LCSW, Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Hosted Four Regional Conferences across the state
  • Appointed Regional Representatives to Four of the Five Regions and are actively engaging school social workers within their territory
  • Represented SSWAM members at the Midwest School Social Work Council Conference and Meeting in Kentucky and the Midwest Council’s Spring Meeting in Illinois
  • Endorsed the Supplemental Ethical Standards developed by the Midwest Council
  • Represented SSWAM members at university level leadership meetings regarding reciprocity and out-of-state certification changes involving Illinois
  • Increased presence on social media and updated to more user friendly website

I would like to thank all of you for your membership and continued support of the SSWAM organization. We will continue advocating for our profession at the state, regional, and national levels and encourage you to consider joining our efforts to advance the profession and promote the recognition of school social work across Missouri by taking a leadership role. We need helping hands like yours to make meaningful advances that will grow our profession and give us the credibility in Jefferson City that we all deserve.

Finally, the board has big plans for the 2015-2016 school year as it marks our 35th anniversary as an organization. We hope to see many of you return as members in the fall to take advantage of the ways we plan to celebrate this milestone with you.


Mary Ellen Trachsel

Mary Ellen Trachsel, LCSW
SSWAM President

President's Letter

September 10th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

Frontenac, MO

October 1st-2nd, 2015

48th Annual Midwest School Social Work
Council Conference

Omaha, NE

October 7th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

Frontenac, MO

October 16th, 2015

Kansas City Regional Fall Conference

Raytown Education Conference Center

10750 MO-350, Raytown, MO 64138

November 12th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

Frontenac, MO

November 13th, 2015

St. Louis Regional Fall Conference

SLU's Allied Health Building

St. Louis, MO

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Over the weekend, 19 state delegates participated at SSWAA's Delegate Assembly meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. Dot Kontak, SSWAM's State Consultant, who represented SSWAM at the assembly, reported that there was "incredible dialogues regarding issues impacting states and SSWs from across the country." She is currently attending SSWAA's Summer Leadership and Legislative Institute on behalf of SSWAM and is excited to share with members at upcoming meetings and conference all she has learned!

SSWAM is celebrating 35 YEARS! Be sure to join or renew your membership today to be eligible for all the great giveaways and contests we have planned to thank you for your continued support of the profession. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter and like us on Facebook so you don't miss out on great opportunities for school social workers and important developments in the profession.

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

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