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Tag Archives: school social work

County Schools Mental Health Coalition: A Model for a Systematic Approach to Supporting Youths

Childhood emotional, behavioral, and social problems are serious developmental challenges affecting the lives of a substantial number of youths. Estimates suggest that 20 percent of children in the United States have difficulty with attention, disruptive behavior, and mood. Severe social, emotional, and behavioral health difficulties are predictive of a variety of pervasive problems, including substance abuse, criminal behavior, risk taking, ... Read More »

Classroom–Community Consultation (C3) 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina: A Retrospective Look at a Collaborative, School-Based Referral Model

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters to occur in the continental United States, and the effects of this disaster are felt to this day. Social workers played a vital role in the recovery efforts following Katrina, and important lessons gained from their experiences can aid social service providers in helping the public in the aftermath of ... Read More »

Open House as a Tool to Connect Schools to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Multiple reasons exist for the increase in grandparents raising grandchildren, and studies have found that most grandparents assume primary caregiving responsibilities during a crisis. At the same time, grandparents raising grandchildren are represented in all geographic regions, cultures, and socioeconomic levels. But regardless of socio-economic status, school-age students in grandparent-headed households often are at high risk for academic failure. Studies ... Read More »

Teachers’ Reports of Outreach to School-Based Providers of Mental Health Services following the 2013 Boston Marathon Attack

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in downtown Boston that injured over 260 runners and spectators and killed three spectators, including an eight-year-old boy. In the days that followed, residents in the Boston metropolitan area endured an intense and unprecedented manhunt for two suspects. Large portions of the city and surrounding ... Read More »

Relationships between Adolescent Well-Being and Friend Support and Behavior

Numerous studies have pointed out the correlation between adolescent delinquency and negative peer pressures. But do positive peer associations also impact adolescent behavior? In a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, published by NASW Press, Amy C. Traylor, PhD, Javonda D. Williams, PhD, Jennifer L. Kenney, PhD, and Laura M. Hopson, PhD, outline their findings on a study ... Read More »

Moving beyond the Emphasis on Bullying: A Generalized Approach to Peer Aggression in High School

Bullying has been a major topic in the media in the past decade, and many well-meaning activists and politicians have attempted to tackle this problem head-on. In some jurisdictions, anti-bullying legislation has even been introduced. By mandating anti-bullying measures for public schools, for instance, regulators have necessitated reporting requirements on incidences and trends in bullying in schools. But these efforts ... Read More »

The Evolution of School Social Work Services in an Urban School District

How do school districts go about implementing social work services for their students? In search for an answer to this question, researchers Robert Henry Ayasse, MSW, and Susan I. Stone, PhD, have published their findings from a case study of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), in the October 2015 issue of the journal Children and Schools. The case ... Read More »

Examining the Role of Peer Relationships in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Adolescents

School social workers are acknowledged as valuable supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. They provide counseling and support, and foster an environment of inclusiveness. Inclusiveness for LGBT students incorporates support from their peers in the school environment. But how do LGBT students experience the school environment? In a recent issue of the journal Children and Schools, Stuart ... Read More »

School Social Work in Louisiana: A Model of Practice

The role of school social workers has continually been fragmented and determined by the context in which they work as well as policy changes at the federal. School social work has evolved over the past 100 years from enforcing mandatory school attendance in 1918 to providing emotional support for children and families beginning in the 1930s. New and changing educational ... Read More »

Restorative Discipline: From Getting Even to Getting Well

As commonly understood, school discipline seeks to stop misbehavior, teach pro-social behavior, and motivate healthier decision making in the misbehaving student. In practice, the means to these ends often takes a punitive path that fosters a self-protective posture in the misbehaving student, amplified by a sense of powerlessness and a negative attitude that can contribute to an ongoing cycle of ... Read More »