School Social Work

  • School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrations as well as students and families, providing leadership in forming school discipline policies, mental health intervention, crisis management, and support services. 

    As part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed, school social workers also facilitate community involvement in the schools while advocating for student success.

    How I can help…
    Services to Families—Helps families participate more fully in their child’s education by assessing needs and recommending appropriate support services.  The school social worker provides referrals to community resources, medical and mental health professionals, family support services, and emergency assistance agencies.

    Services to Students—Provides assessments of psycho/social/emotional functioning, intervenes with students in crisis, and assists those students participating in various school programs and support services.  The school social worker also provides supportive counseling to students struggling with home, school, and/or personal problems.

    Services to Staff—Provides direct support to staff through implementation of school programs, student observations, consultation, behavioral management strategies, communication with families, and accessing programs/services available to students .  The school social worker also collaborates with school staff regarding appropriate school-based interventions.

    Referrals may be made by school staff, family or student.