What is a school social worker??
A social worker is a trained mental health professional with a degree in social work who provides services related to a persons social, emotional and psychological needs.
A school social worker is a mental health professional working in the school enviroment to specifically assist students who may be experiencing difficulties that are inteferring with their academic success. School social workers can be a link between home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students in achieving academic, social and emotional success.
The school social worker professionally assesses the problem. Through consultation, observation, interviews and clinical measuress, he or she will develop a plan to assist and /or referr the student and his or her family to the necessary services. The plan may involve school and/ or community resources and interventions.
How A School Social Worker Can Help;
- assist in meeting physical, social, emotional, mental and academic needs of students
- case management
- collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams
- conflict resolution
- crisis intervention
- family support
- group counseling
- individual counseling
- liason with community providers
- mental health evaluations
- pbis interventions
- prevention programs
- student advocacy
- student Support Team involvement
- suicide evaluations