School Social Workers
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a masters degree in social work who provide services related to a student’s social and emotional adjustment to school, family, community and society. School Social Workers act as a link between the home, school and community providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social successes.
Why Do Schools Today Need Social Workers?
Children and adolescents today are faced with increasingly negative social forces that negatively affect their role as students. This negative effect can result in unmet physical and emotional needs that interfere with their ability to learn and succeed in school.
School Social Workers provide services unique to the school setting. They are involved in providing services to all students and can include working with the individual student or family and working with groups of students in groups and classrooms. Other services include crisis intervention, consultation with school personnel, and locating community resources for students and families. They also must be resourceful and flexible to successfully create individualized programs to help each child. Often we must be willing to advocate for new resources when needed services are not available in the community. School Social Workers are also part of the assessment team for at-risk and special education students and help students and families with transitions.
Who Are the Wallingford School Social Workers?
Wallingford school social workers all have masters degrees in social work and several are licensed clincal social workers. Some of them also have 7th year degrees in education. They are members of various associations including CASSW (Connecticut Association of School Social Workers), NASW (National Association of Social Workers), anf the NEA, CEA, and WEA (National,Connecticut,and Wallingford Education Associations). Wallingford has long recognized the important role social workers play in the educational process with students. Presently, there are fifteen social workers serving the Wallingford Public Schools.