Welcome KSSWA Members and Friends!

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession. Get resources, network with school social workers from across the state and learn how you can become involved and advocate for our valuable profession. 

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SW Highlight

Amber Eder

1. Earned MSW (College & Year): Washburn University, 2018

2. Most Memorable Moment as SSW : My most memorable moment as a SSW was when a parent thanked me for helping keep their child alive. I never understood the magnitude of the impact SSWs can make until that conversation. 

3. Hobbies: I love being outdoors, especially to kayak, hike, or relax in my hammock!

4. Book with the most impact on you:  The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. This book had the greatest professional influence on me by forever changing the way I view trauma.

5. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  I would love to learn how to play the drums!

6. Favorite - song, movie, place to travel: I love traveling to anywhere with mountains or a beach. My favorite travel moment was swimming with sharks in Hawaii!

7. What do you wish others knew about your job?  I wish people had a grasp on how incredibly difficult it is to be a school social worker and how spread thin we are. Above all else, I wish people knew exactly what we did and how valuable social workers are in the school!


2021 Kansas

School Social Worker

of the Year

Angela Candelario


KSSWA 2022 Social Worker of the Year Nomination Form

2021 Champion for Children

Myron Melton


From the President:

Welcome to #teamKSSWA!

Our association, Kansas School Social Work Association (KSSWA), is growing in membership and becoming more and more of an advocate for the school social work profession. We invite you to join our team! You can become a member (student, regular, associate, or retired) and come alongside the other fabulous school social workers that make up KSSWA.

KSSWA is the state association that supports Kansas school social workers by advocating at the local, state and national levels for their needs. Our Mental Health Awareness Day in Topeka that is a joint effort with school psychologists and school counselors is one example. You have the opportunity to meet with your Senator and Representatives and assist them in understanding YOUR profession and YOUR needs.

Whether you are a seasoned school social worker or just beginning your journey, your voice, ideas and energy is needed. The networking and professional development that is a part of KSSWA is so beneficial. KSSWA offered 18 FREE CEU's this year!!

We are looking for Regional Representatives for our SE and NE regions. Please contact me at 16cheri831@gmail.com if you would like more information. Our board is passionate, dedicated and FUN. We are excited about this year and the impact KSSWA is going to have for our profession and the children, youth and families we serve.

I am beyond honored to represent you as the President of KSSWA.

Cheri

Cheri Koochel, LMSW

KSSWA President



KSSWA Mission: KSSWA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers  through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession. 


2022 - 2023 Focus 

Continue advocacy efforts through increased social media presence - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, KSSWA website.

Expand Legislative Committee and increase communication to members regarding legislative updates.

Strengthen relationships with KSDE, SSWAA, Midwest Council and KSSWA University Liaisons.

Continue to provide relevant professional development through book studies and our Fall and Spring conferences. 

Develop emerging leaders through increased participation on KSSWA and SSWWA committees.

Develop communication with members on a regional basis through the Regional Representatives.  Provide  opportunities to network by email, regional social events.

Continue to increase total membership by at least 20%.  January 1, 2022 total membership was 227. 

Retention of members by monthly member spotlights, engaging members in virtual contests.

        



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