In District 39, each school building has social work. Social workers support and empower students within our educational community by meeting with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. Various topics addressed with students include, but are not limited to: social skills, school motivation, anxiety, depression, confidence, self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, problem solving skills, school phobia, stress management, and crisis intervention. Social workers teach strategies and techniques that enable students to develop self-confidence, make good decisions, resolve conflicts peacefully and become effective problem solvers. Social Workers help students to develop a sense of understanding, individual uniqueness, and gain an ability to apply it to daily life. In addition to direct services, social workers also develop programs to address and meet the needs of students and the school at large.
Social workers are also part of the Student Assistance Team (SAT). Social workers, along with administrators, school psychologists, teachers, and parents collaborate and develop interventions to meet individual student’s educational needs.
Students are referred for social work services through various avenues when social/emotional concerns are impacting their educational performance. Referrals can be made through SAT, parent(s), teachers, and students themselves. When services are requested, the social worker completes an assessment to determine whether school social work services are appropriate. In addition, social workers can provide a list of community resources to parents.
Social workers also support children with special education needs. When a special education case study evaluation is deemed necessary, social workers complete a social developmental study. This component includes a parent interview, a student interview, and an assessment of adaptive behavioral functioning.