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School Social Worker

What is a School Social Worker?

School Social Workers (SSW) are a vital part of the educational team, working together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children.

School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students.

What do School Social Workers Do?
School social workers help STUDENTS:

   Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities
   Understand themselves and others
   Cope with stress
   Develop decision making skills

School social workers help PARENTS:

   Participate effectively in their children’s education
   Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
   Understand programs available to students with special needs
   Utilize school and community resources effectively

School social workers help SCHOOLS:

   Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students
   Abilities to make maximum use of their school experience
   Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students
   Promote a safe school environment

School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

   Understand school policies, programs, and practice
   Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning
   Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families