The goal of school social work intervention is to provide direct and indirect services to students and their families for the purpose of removing and lessening the impact of impediments to schools success.Posted May
Jasper County School Social Worker provides direct service of support, consultation, crisis intervention, linkage with community resources, case management, individual and family counseling, acts as a liaison for Homeless Children &Youth, and coordinates the Migrant Program. In addition, she is the Attendance/Truancy officer for Jasper County, a member of the Executive Cabinet for the school and a member of the Executive Board of Family Connection.
Jasper County School Social Worker consults with school personnel and parents on matters pertaining to living conditions, family issues, psychosocial factors and needs of students that are affecting school adjustment, attendance and achievement. She collaborates with community agencies regarding goods, services, and other resources, and she listens to and intervenes on behalf of students.
The following kinds of cases are appropriate for social work intervention:
- Potentially suicidal student
- Crisis intervention with student and/or family
- Consultation on abuse and neglect cases
- Emergency assistance to students/family
- Juvenile Court referrals when determined appropriate by social worker
- Acute family dysfunction affecting student's school adjustment and/or well being, and requiring resources beyond local school.
- Problems requiring agency coordination
- Attendance cases.
- Concern about the mental health of a student
- Migrant Issues
Generally, referrals are appropriate when the problems share some of the following characteristics: chronic, complex, multifaceted, directly affect school adjustment and/or achievement, and require multi-level interventions, services and resources beyond the local school.Posted May
School Social Worker interventions may include any or all of the following:
Student interviews/brief solution focused counseling
Home Visitation when determined appropriate by the social worker
Referral to community resources (i.e. for glasses, clothing etc.)
Supportive involvement with the family
Referral to Juvenile Court
Family consultation (via phone, at home, or at school)
Participation in SST's and staffings
Coordination of programmatic interventions targeted to meet the needs of specific populations.
- Attend SST's staffings and Parent Conferences to consult on psychosocial factors contributing to the problem.
- Mediate between parent(s), student(s) and school.
- Intervene with student(s) to work with causal dynamics underlying the school refusal and or truancy.
- Locate and refer the family to community resources when indicated and appropriate.
- Provide supportive assistance, counseling and consultation to families in addressing parent/child conflicts.
- Make referrals to Juvenile Court when deemed appropriate by the social worker and it would prove to be beneficial to the student and family to have this agency involved.
- Help the family to have a clearer understanding of the expectations of the school and, conversely, the school to have a clearer understanding of the family situation.
- Provide "case management" services to the student and family. Case Management is the ongoing and protracted involvement with a client (family) in delivery of direct services, linkage with outside resources, advocacy, and follow-up.
- Assist with the development of in-house programs for attendance intervention; plan and conduct group work with targeted students.
- Work with counselors, teachers, and Staff to be the "reach of the school" into the home to provide a continuous influence promoting school attendance, the importance of education and to encourage parent(s) and student to make the effort to develop better attendance habits.
- When determined appropriate by the social worker, make home visits to assess needs and provide family intervention(s).