• What is the role of Social Worker within the school setting?

    Social work is a helping process in which the school social worker provides a safe, nurturing environment to foster a trusting relationship with students. In this confidential relationship, students can explore their feelings and experiences in hopes of finding a meaningful, positive solution to their personal issues. The school social worker can help students grow socially and emotionally by providing a listening ear and by teaching skills such as: understanding and managing feelings, solving problems, making friends, and more.

    How do I work with students?

    Classroom Guidance- The school social workers goes into the classrooms to teach knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help students reach their full potential in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development.
    Individual Check in and Check out- The school social worker consults with each student for a brief meeting, not to exceed 5 minutes, to talk about what students goals are for the day and how successful they were at the end of the day.
    Small Group Counseling- The school social worker works with students in smaller group settings to address specific areas of concern. Group availability is selected by the social worker based on amount of need. 
    Individual Counseling- The school social worker meets with individual students to help solve problems that are interfering with their learning and sense of well-being.
    Parent and Teacher Consultation- The school social worker meets with parents and/or teachers regarding issues with students.
    Responsive Services- Includes crisis intervention, consultation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

    As your School Social Worker, I develop confidential relationships with students. This means that information gathered through meetings with students and parents/guardians will be shared on a "need to know" basis only. I work to maintain the privacy of students and their families. When information needs to be shared, I will assess who needs to know and what information needs to be known to best help students and their families. I tell students, "What you say in here, stays in here. Except if...someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, or you want to hurt yourself."