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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 the link between school and community in providing services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. For districts like ours, school social workers enhance the our ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community is the key to achieving student success. ‚Äč

Role of School Social Worker

School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. District school social workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.  School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence.

School social work services include:

Participating in special education assessment meetings as well as individual Educational Planning Meetings/Multi-tiered Systems of Supports Meetings; Working with those problems in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community); Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability; Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program; and, Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.

School social work student services include:

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; and, Assisting the child in understanding and accepting self and others.

School social work parent/family services include:

Working with parents to facilitate their support in their children's school adjustment; Alleviating family stress to enable the child to function more effectively in school &community; Assisting parents to access programs available to students with special needs; and, Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.

SERVICES TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL include:

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; and, Providing direct support to staff.

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY LIAISON include:

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; and, Helping the system respond effectively to each child's needs.

SERVICES TO DISTRICTS include: 

Assist in developing and implementing educational programs for children for exceptional children; Developing alternative programs for students with attendance concerns or involvement with the law; Identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect; and, Providing case management for students and families requiring multiple resources.

Find a School Social Worker

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Sharonne Allen

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Malicia Alston

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Nancy Blake

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Jacqueline Brown

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Janie Brown

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Mary Burke

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Denise Friday

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Krista Grabenbauer

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Paige Holcombe

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff

Kay Johnson

SOCIAL WORKER
Faculty & Staff