The School Social Worker serves as an important link between the school and the community. They coordinate services with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, therapists, doctors and community agencies to address the specific needs of students.
The role of the School Social Worker can include, but is not limited to:
Mental Health/Treatment Services: Short term individual, family and group counseling, addressing issues such as: grief and loss, social skills, self-esteem, conflict resolution, bullying, anxiety, depression, ADHD and stress management. Psycho-social assessment, crisis intervention and referrals to long term mental health facilities, psychiatrists and therapists are also some of the areas covered by your School Social Worker.Case Management: Referrals to community resources including, but not limited to food pantries, clothing closets, economic assistance (medical, housing, utilities, etc.), community linkages for services (public assistance, health insurance, on-going case management, etc.), and collaboration with the Department of Families and Children, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Department of Human Resources.
Attendance Support: Collaborate with attendance clerks, guidance counselors, and teachers to aid in improved school attendance, participate in the Truancy Intervention Meetings (TIM) at the County level and facilitate the referral process for truancy cases to Juvenile and State Courts.
Consultation Services: Consult with teachers, administrators and other school staff regarding social, emotional, behavioral and cultural differences that may impact student performance and provide interventions for effective classroom management.