What does a School Social Worker do?

  •                                             Overview of School Social Work Services

    School Social Workers bring a special knowledge base, skill and perspective to the educational process and within the Student Services Team. School Social Workers focus on the well-being of the whole child, and recognize the importance of nonacademic factors in a student's success in learning, adjustment and growth. They place a priority on identifying strengths within students and families, and working to eliminate any barriers that interfere with school success. School Social Workers are the link between home, school and community.  They work to bring together  resources within the school, student, family, and community to enhance the student's ability to benefit fully from his or her school experience.

    What is a School Social Worker? 
    Along with teachers, administrators and other education specialists, School Social Workers promote and support students' academic success. School Social Workers have a high level of expertise in family dynamics, child development, systems theory and clinical knowledge.
    In New York State, School Social Workers  are required to have a Master's Degree in Social Work,  a license to practice, and a public school certificate in School Social Work granted by New York State.
     
    School Social Workers help students:
    *Cope with stress and loss
    *Understand themselves and others
    *Improve relationships with others
    *Develop decision making skills
     
    School Social Workers help Parents:
    *Participate in their student's education
    *Understand and meet their child's social and emotional needs
    *Understand programs available to students with special needs
    *Find and use school & community resources effectively 
     
    School Social Workers help schools:
    *Understand factors (i.e.,cultural,economic,societal,medical) that affect students' abilities to succeed
    *Promote a safe school environment
    *Use school resources in meeting the social & emotional and educational needs of students 
     
    Relationship to School Psychologists and School Counselors
    School Social Workers serve along with psychologists and counselors to form a Mental Health Team. Together, they provide crisis counseling and short term and ongoing individual, group and family counseling.