Tag Archives: school social work

Trauma-Informed Restorative Justice Practices in Schools: An Opportunity for School Social Workers

Restorative justice (RJ) is both a philosophy and a set of practices meant to repair harm and maintain connection in the face of wrongdoing. While RJ is becoming increasingly popular among K–12 educators and in schools, emphasis is typically on its social justice applications, including its use as an alternative to zero-tolerance discipline policies and its role in dismantling the ... Read More »

One Size Does Not Fit All: Advocating for Young Clients With Developmental Disabilities

Social Work Advocates Magazine

By Dinah Wisenberg Brin The obstacles and stresses that children with developmental disabilities and their families face can become overwhelming. The need to navigate a complex services landscape, get help from school officials, deal with social isolation and manage financial strains, among other challenges, often create daunting pressure for parents seeking the right support for children who learn or think ... Read More »

From the Journals: Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Older Adolescents Engaged in a School-Based Stress Management Program

  [Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Sara Schjølberg Marques, MSc, assistant clinical psychologist, and Ruth Braidwood, DClinPsy, clinical psychologist, at DISCOVER Workshop Programmes in London. This article is free to be read on the Oxford University Press ... Read More »

Children’s Experiences with School Lockdown Drills: A Pilot Study

In response to the threat of school shootings, lockdown drills have become commonplace in K–12 schools throughout the United States. Educators, parents, and others continue to debate the potential disruptive and traumatizing impact drills have on children. A small number of quantitative studies have examined the effects of lockdown drills on students’ perceptions of safety, preparedness for crises, and fear ... Read More »

Constructions of Race and Equity in a Suburban School: Teachers, School Social Workers, and Other School Staff as Nepantleras and Border Crossers

Suburban schools, particularly those with majority white histories experiencing demographic shifts, are increasingly in need of addressing issues of racial equity. An article in a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press, reveals findings in a study on these issues. This qualitative study, using the extended case method, examined one suburban school ... Read More »

As School Social Workers, We Did What We Knew to Do

By Sakia Gable Dixon, LICSW I do not know one person who anticipated the challenges of 2020.  Each has his or her struggles, mishaps, and reasons for distress from year to year. An attack on our nation and world at large, COVID 19 proved that we would not remain the same.  This virus affected us physically, mentally, and financially. The ... Read More »

Social Work and School Reopening

September 11, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up Based on previous Social Work Responds emails and calls to action, ... Read More »

School Social Work and Sex Education: Expanding School-Based Partnerships to Better Realize Professional Objectives

School-based social work and sex education are both intended to provide education and services designed to support the healthy emotional and physical development of youths. However, school social work and sex education have been developed and implemented largely in parallel to one another, with little attention paid to the similarities of their objectives or potential for interdisciplinary partnership. In a ... Read More »

The Impact of School-Based Volunteering on Social Capital and Self- and Collective Efficacy among Low-Income Mothers

For more than two decades varied models of school-linked services and school–family–community partnerships have been advanced with the goal of improving the educational, developmental, mental health, health, and social outcomes for children and families. In a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, researchers revealed their findings from a study on ... Read More »