The mission of school social workers is to promote academic success by reducing social, emotional, economic and environmental barriers to learning.
School social workers are trained mental health professionals who provide an essential link between schools, homes, and the community. Social workers fill a variety of roles depending on the needs of their schools and students. They promote and support academic and social success by providing specialized services that may include the following:
- Providing direct, therapeutic service to both individuals and groups to support students’ educational needs.
- Designing and implementing interventions to address social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health barriers to learning.
- Raising awareness of how factors such as family, culture, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental health can affect students’ school performance.
- Performing social, emotional, behavioral, functional and/or adaptive assessments of students as part of the special education evaluation process.
- Consultation with parents/guardians, educational staff and administration about the social, emotional, and behavioral and mental health needs of students.
- Acting and collaborating in response to, and prevention of, crisis situations.
- Providing information and referrals to community mental health and human service agencies.
School social workers can help students to...
- increase academic success.
- increase self-awareness and develop self-advocacy skills.
- improve intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships
- learn problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making skills.