Tag Archives: school social workers

Exploring School Social Worker Involvement in Community School Implementation

The community school movement represents a promising approach to school reform that brings much-needed attention to the intersections of child, family, and community well-being. Although the community school movement of today shares many core values and goals with school social work, it has undergone a different developmental trajectory. As a result, operation of the community school model may, no matter ... 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 »

School Social Work with Grieving Children

Many children will experience the death of a loved one, and naturally this can affect the performance of a child in school. School social workers can play a critical role in helping bereaved children to process their grief. However, the impact of the death of a loved one on a child is often not fully appreciated by school personnel. Children ... Read More »