Midwest School Social Work Council
The Midwest School Social Work Conference was formed in 1967. Later the name of the organization was changed to the Midwest School Social Work Council. In 1968 it hosted a highly successful conference which led to annual Midwest Conferences which are held each fall on a rotating basis in member states. Between 1968 and 1976 conference proceedings were published. Participants in the conference received the proceedings many months after the conference was held. This was before there were any journals focusing on school social work. The current two national journals were started in 1978 (School Social Work Journal) and 1979 (Social Work in Education - Children and Schools). After the 1976 proceedings they were dropped in part because of the cost and time required. Also included in this page are a number of position papers by the council published in 1996. There are also two histories of the Council prepared in the 1970's.
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Most of the early materials were shared by school social workers who were once members of the National Association of School Social Workers. This site is a tribute to those colleagues from the past. In my quest to develop a bibliography of early school social work literature I had the good fortune of meeting leading school social workers active in the profession in the 30's, 40's, and 50's. They shared much original material.
Much of the early literature has been hidden and unavailable for the past 50 years. Collections of the early bulletins do not exist in libraries or on any other websites.
Today with the advent of online literature searches there is no need for a current school social work bibliography.
As a graduate student at the Jane Addams School of Social Work in 1973 I was a school social work intern when I began to gather items for a school social work bibliography. There were no textbooks for school social work, no journals, and no specific classes on school social work.