School Social Work Practice Tools

School Safety Resources

Mar 27, 2018

School social workers work to prevent mass killing in schools as well as guide schools in recovery after a crisis has occurred. Today more than ever, there is a growing need for school social workers to help prevent school violence and to support students in moments of crisis.

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Practice Perspectives - Graduation or Incarceration? How School Discipline Policies Shape The Path For Vulnerable Students

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Aug 01, 2014

The U.S. public school system previously acted as part of the social safety net for students and families. When a student had a problem at home that was presented in school, such as hunger, emotional distress, illness or even lice, the school often advocated on behalf of the student and engaged with the family to find resolution. Many times the school personnel involved with the student (e.g., the school social worker, teacher, nurse, and principal) collaborated for the student’s overall well-being in addition to the student’s academic success.

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Practice Perspectives - Shining A Light On the Dark Side of Adolescence: The Role Of School Social Workers In Protecting Youth At-Risk

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, LICSW, LCSW-C

May 01, 2014

The teenage years can be a tumultuous time for many young people. Balancing peer relationships, academics, body image and emotional instability are some issues that can prove to be confusing and unsettling for many teens. Many young people also experience depression, suicide risk and bullying behaviors during this turbulent developmental phase.

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Practice Perspectives - Call The Principal, Not the Police: Preventing The School To Prison Pipeline

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, LICSW, LCSW-C

May 01, 2013

The "school to prison pipeline" is a phenomenon that has occurred over the last few decades as school systems have increasingly relied upon zero tolerance policies and law enforcement to manage discipline in schools, resulting in rising incidents of suspensions, expulsions and school based arrests. This trend represents a shift from discipline being handled fully by the school administration in a more individualized manner, attending to the nuances of the student and the misconduct, to a shift towards criminalizing even minor offenses with rigid consequences that are often extreme for the offense.

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Practice Perspectives - Social Work Services With Parents: How Attitudes And Approaches Shape The Relationship

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Sep 01, 2012

Many adults struggle in their parental roles and with the tremendous responsibility that raising children encompasses. Their outlook as caretakers can perpetually shift. Feeling competent and well-suited in the role of being a parent can vacillate to feeling overwhelmed and defeated by children’s responses and behaviors. This fluctuation is often a normal transferal in parenthood. Because parents are frequently exhausted by the commitments of upholding a household and maintaining employment among other crucial obligations, they may not seek the emotional or educational guidance they need to support their relationship with their children. Many parents who come into contact with social workers are compromised in their ability to parent due to drug use, trauma or emotional issues. Social workers, in their many roles, can provide parents with support and guidance to assist them in their parental roles.

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The School Social Worker in Crisis Situations

Practice Perspectives

Apr 01, 2012

The primary goal of schools is educating students, but instruction and learning cannot effectively occur when the entire community, including students and their families, as well as the school administration and teaching personnel, are profoundly affected by crisis. Unfortunately, these crises are happening often.

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