The School Social Workers Association of Missouri (SSWAM) and the Midwest School Social Work Council are excited to bring the 51st Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference: “Inspire. Motivate. Engage. Lead.” to Clayton, MO!

The conference will be held October 17-19, 2018 at the centrally located Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. Professionals in the fields of school social work, education, and mental health from across Missouri and eleven other Midwest states are expected to attend.


It's not too late! We have only a few open workshop spaces left and will accept workshop proposals through 5/1/2018, or until all workshop spaces are filled. Please submit a workshop proposal ASAP.

Keynote Speaker

Keith Herman, PhD

"Motivational Interviewing in Schools"

Dr. Keith Herman is a professor in the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs at the University of Missouri. He is also a licensed psychologist and co-director of the Missouri Prevention Center. Keith earned his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida and retrained in School Psychology at the University of Oregon. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to MU he was a faculty member in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Keith's expertise is in school and family preventive interventions for youth showing early signs of emotional or behavior problems. He routinely provides trainings and consults with teachers and families about a range of topics including parenting, behavior supports at home and school, stress management, and cognitive behavior therapies for youth problems.

He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international group of MI trainers. He presents nationally and has published four books and over 80 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Much of his work focuses on applying MI in working with teachers and families to promote effective environments for children. His key collaborator and co-author on most of his work is his wife, Wendy M. Reinke.



Attendees can expect many benefits from attending this conference! From networking, to browsing our exhibitor hall, to participating in meaningful workshops on relevant topics - this conference aims to help you inspire, motivate, engage, and lead in your professional role. 

Conference Highlights:

  • Earn up to 20 CEHs
  • Awards dinner banquet
  • Rooftop patio party
  • Exhibitor hall to purchase SSW materials, resources
  • Conference t-shirt available
  • Hotel discount for attendees
  • Early bird rates through 6/30/2018

Want to get involved? 

  • Presenting a Workshop. Now through 5/1/2018, we are accepting workshop proposals
  • Volunteering. When you register to attend, you can indicate your desire to volunteer during the event.
  • Conference Planning. If you are in Missouri and want to step up right away, contact today to help us create this event into a unforgettable experience for our attendees. 

Ready to attend? Check out our Schedule of Events.



We are currently seeking conference sponsors who are committed to making this conference a success. If you'd like to become one - please complete and submit a sponsorship form.

Gold Level Sponsorship

$800 and above

Bronze and Silver Level Recognitions

Recognition during the Awards Dinner Banquet

Silver Level Sponsorship

$500 and above

Bronze Level Recognitions

Handout/Brochure in Conference Folder

Bronze Level Sponsorship

$200 and above

Exhibit/Display Table at the Conference

Logo/Link on SSWAM Website

Logo in Conference Folder

University Sponsorship

Contact SSWAM at to explore unique sponsorship opportunities for Missouri colleges and universities.

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