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    Who are School Social Workers?

          School Social Workers are professionally trained service providers who act as the link between the home, school and community.  School Social Workers have extensive training in human development and behavior, mental health theory and practice, systems theory, organizational development, policy development and social science research methods. School Social Workers are skilled in providing individual, family and group counseling, completing assessments (identifying barriers to school and personal success) and developing and implementing prevention and intervention strategies.  School Social Workers serve on multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with various school personnel and community stakeholders to better meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students.

          School Social Workers are required to hold a Master of Social Work degree and are certified through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  Several School Social Workers hold community leadership positions, serve on child advocacy coalitions, hold clinical licenses, teach at the collegiate level and develop policies and procedures related to educational success.


          Reasons to Refer to your School Social Worker

             Services can include, but are not limited to:

    Mental health issues

    Crisis intervention

    Conflict resolution/mediation

    Medical/physical health issues

    Resource coordination/referrals to community agencies

    Academic and discipline issues

    School attendance problems/truancy

    Family problems

    School age pregnancy


    Domestic violence and student violence

    Suicidal/self-harm statements

    Substance abuse

    Child abuse and neglect suspicions

    Homelessness/transition issues

    SST and IEP involvement

    Teacher/Administrator consultation

    School improvement planning

    Evidence-based strategies for behavior intervention plans


    Resources Links:

    Articles on Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Child Abuse Reporting Form

    Community Resources

    Counseling Resources

    DFCS Guidelines for the Supervision of Children

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Medical Care and Clinics for the Uninsured

    Resources for Students Leaving High School Prior to Graduation 
    Shelters and Transitional Housing 

    School Social Worker's School Assignments 

    Student Attendance Protocol Procedures