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Gayle Flavin, LCSW
St. Louis Coordinator



Gayle Flavin holds a BSW from the University of Missouri and received her MSW from The Brown School of Social Work through Washington University in St. Louis. 


Gayle’s professional work experience includes child welfare, family services, program development, program replication, consultation, and training. Gayle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Missouri. As a St. Louis native, Gayle is eager to assist the local social work community.


To discuss employment opportunities or staffing needs, Gayle can be reached at 314-963-3155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Of Interest

We Are Always Looking For New Social Workers

Social Work p.r.n. is seeking MSW and BSW professionals interested in temporary, temp to hire, and direct hire work in the St. Louis Metropolitan area in all fields of practice. We provides social workers with a bridge to temporary and permanent placement opportunities while working to promote social work interests. It is our goal to match social workers with an employment opportunity that makes a fit for your whole life. This is a great opportunity for new graduates, those looking to make a shift in their career, social workers wanting temporary employment, retired social workers, social workers new to the region, etc. Applicants must possess a social work degree from a CSWE accredited university.

Searching For Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting

Our founder, Joan Upshaw, was a strong believer that social workers could bring value to any position or organization. All of us at Social Work p.r.n. support that belief. This insightful article from USC's online Doctor of Social Work program details the challenges and benefits of moving from the nonprofit world into a corporate setting.

Innovation in the field of Social Work- How Social Work p.r.n. Began

When the late Joan Upshaw started the company Social Work p.r.n. in 1988, she had a vision for the way social work could branch out from its traditional mold of direct practice and advocacy roles and expand its reach into social enterprise. Learn more about the start of Social Work p.r.n. here

Recognizing the Need For School Social Workers

We encourage you to read this interview with Samantha Boatwright, a licensed clinical social worker who works with public school kids in Georgia. Those in these roles are stretched thin providing much needed mental health services to kids around the country.

In this article, Boatwright shares how she’s hoping to help families struggling to understand mental illness in children and why working with children on their mental health is crucial for development.

We Are Offering Supervision

Social Workers... Do you want to become a LCSW and don’t know where to get the necessary supervision? Do you want to jump start your career by becoming licensed?

Employers... Want to improve the skills of your social work staff? Looking for a way to retain great social workers?

Social work p.r.n. can help! The St. Louis office of Social Work p.r.n. is now offering clinical supervision.

Our clinical supervision meets the requirements of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration for individuals seeking licensure as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).

Location: Social Work p.r.n. office – Webster Groves
Cost:  $25 per person for group sessions and $60 per individual session
There is no cost for group supervision if you are currently working on assignment with Social Work p.r.n.
Groups are now forming! Contact Gayle Flavin, St. Louis Coordinator, to learn more. 

Why Companies Need Social Workers

Social workers can fill a variety of roles for companies, but as researchers are finding employing social workers for employees’ mental health can increase overall performance. Having social workers on staff can also help keep management’s decisions in check with ethical guidelines and evolve HR departments. Read this great article to learn more about why companies need social workers.

Updates to Missouri Licensure for Social Workers

On June 1, 2018, one of the last acts before resigning from office by Gov. Greitens was signing a variety of bills and House Bill (HB) 1719 was among them.  HB 1719 requires two (2) new additions to Missouri licensure for social workers regarding continuing education for health and mental health providers upon first being issued a license and for those that are renewing a licensing.  The bill indicates that 2 hrs. of continuing education shall be required in the areas of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management.  Section 324.046 is a blanket section for other disciplines that are not on a 2 yr. renewal cycle and does not apply to social work licensure, please adhere to sections 337.612 and 337.618. The State Committee for Social Work has determined that in order to implement the requirement for application and renewal; it will not take effect until 2019.  Thus, giving them time to notify licensees in the 2019 renewal cycle and to develop the form for new applications beginning in 2019.  

Licensure Application:

337.612. 1. Applications for licensure as a clinical social worker, baccalaureate social worker, advanced macro social worker or master social worker shall be in writing, submitted to the committee on forms prescribed by the committee and furnished to the applicant. The form shall include a statement that the applicant has completed two hours of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training

Licensure Renewal:

337.618. Each license issued pursuant to the provisions of sections 337.600 to 337.689 shall expire on a renewal date established by the director. The term of licensure shall be twenty-four months. The committee shall require a minimum number of thirty clock hours of continuing education for renewal of a license issued pursuant to sections 337.600 to 337.689, including two hours of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training.

Please watch NASW Missouri Chapter's website and email notifications for workshop opportunities at the Symposium, Conference, and in the CE Series Spring and Fall.  I am sure there will be live workshops and webinars as well as pre-recorded programs to register for as we want to make sure to assist with the new continuing education requirements for social workers.

If you would like to schedule an on-site ce program for social workers, please don't hesitate to contact the chapter office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 573.635.6965 and speak with Jennifer Engelby, Professional Development Coordinator.