What do School Social Workers do?
Overall School Social Workers help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with students to get the services they need. Social Workers work with general and special education students and their families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems. We do this through consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct services. School Social Workers help to bridge school, home and community to help students be as successful as possible. School Social Workers meet one-on-one with individual students to work on any problems students may be having including peer relationships, behavior problems, problems in the community, at home or in school. School Social Workers facilitate various groups to address student needs. These include but are not limited to social skills, friendship skills, girls and boys groups. Social Workers help students to develop social skills, coping strategies and to find positive solutions. School Social Workers help students and their families to find the resources they need including food, housing, medical, clothing, tutoring, substance abuse resources, counseling, domestic abuse support, and others.