Social Work Services
School Social Work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers are trained in mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as with individual and group counseling techniques. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student support services team.
They are instrumental in furthering the purpose of the schools - to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving that mission (http://www.sswaa.org).
Why do today's schools need School Social Workers?
Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students.
The family is in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, in whatever form, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school.
Who are School Social Workers?
Baldwin-Whitehall's School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Master’s degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.
What are some of the specific services that School Social Workers provide?
· Participating in special education assessment meetings as well as Individual Educational Planning meetings.
· Working with those problems in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community)
· Counseling (group, individual and/or family)
· Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program.
· Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.
Services to Students:
· Providing crisis intervention.
· Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success.
· Assisting with conflict resolution and anger management.
· Helping the child develop appropriate social interaction skills.
- Identifying positive decision making skills and coping skills.
- Helping the child with their transition into adulthood.
- Assisting the child in understanding and accepting self and others.
- Helping the student handle daily stresses and regulate emotions.
Services to Parents/Families
· Meeting with the family to assess problems affecting their child's education.
· Working with parents on their involvement and support for their child's educational success.
· Helping families identify stressors that are interfering with their child's school success.
· Assisting parents to access programs available to students with special needs.
· Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.
Services to School Personnel:
· Providing staff with essential information to better understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) affecting a student’s performance and behavior.
· Assessing students with mental health concerns.
· Developing staff in-service training programs.
· Assisting teachers with behavior management.
· Providing direct support to staff.
· Obtaining and coordinating community resources to meet students' needs.
· Helping school districts receive adequate support from social and mental health agencies.
· Advocating for new and improved community/school service to meet the needs of students and families.
· Helping the system respond effectively to each child's needs.