School Social Work

  • WHAT do School Social Workers do?

    social worker sitting in group session

    School social workers are licensed as well as certified pupil personal providers with unique and diverse skills.  School social workers who are licensed as a Clinical Social Worker can diagnose mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities.

    A sampling of the scope of school social work practice includes:

      • Identifying biological, medical, psychological, cultural, sociological, emotional, legal, economic, and environmental factors that impact student learning.
      • Implementing appropriate school intervention and prevention programs in response to demonstrated needs,  which may include but not be limited to:
        • crisis intervention,
        • conflict resolution,
        • violence prevention,
        • substance abuse prevention,
        • child abuse prevention,
        • positive self-image,
        • social skills and character education,
        • consultation,
        • individual, group and/or family counseling.

    social worker consoling a child

        • Offering classroom management strategies and professional development programs to teachers to enhance their knowledge of social/emotional and behavioral needs to generate positive results in academics.
        • Forming collaborative relationships with community agencies and practitioners to address needs of student learners.
        • Conducting assessments, educational planning and transition services.
        • Understanding theories of normal and exceptional development in early childhood, latency, adolescence, and early adulthood and their application to all students.
        • Administering and interpreting tests and measures of psychosocial functioning, developing and implementing appropriate assessment based treatment plans, provide behavior therapy and psychotherapy as qualified.
        • Utilizing family strengths and structures, to enable families to function for their children’s education and well-being.
        • Incorporating diversity issues to plan for the unique educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
        • Providing resources and information on community services/agencies and making referrals to appropriate agencies.

    ** From the New York School Social Worker Association Website