Our school social workers develop strategies that eliminate barriers to student learning and ease teachers' frustrations. For example, a student’s ability to learn can be significantly affected by abuse, physical or health needs, depression, substance abuse, or a school climate that induces fear.
The key is problem prevention and early intervention, especially in the areas of substance abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, underachievement, child abuse, family dissolution, aggressive behavior, and suicide. Social workers can help prevent or minimize the effects of such problems.
School social workers serve individual children, but they also operate in the school environment, the home, and the community. They provide support in the areas of basic needs, school attendance, social skills, social/emotional learning, counseling and therapy, and crisis response.
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