Who are School Social Workers?
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Master's degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.
What are some specific services a School Social Worker can provide?
- Knowledge about Special Education laws
- Work with families to remove barriers preventing consistent attendance
- Provide individual or group counseling
- Assist parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources
- Provide crisis intervention
- Assist in developing behavioral intervention strategies
- Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success
- Help children to develop appropriate social interaction skills and coping skills
- Work with parents to facilitate their support in their child's school adjustment
- Provide direct support to staff
School Social Workers are the link between home, school and community.
As members of the educational team comprised of teachers, administrators, pupil services staff and parents, School Social Workers promote and support students’ academic and social issues by providing specialized services.
In USD 259, we value children as individual persons and as the future of our diverse society.