The School Social Worker in Crisis Situations: The Right Skills, The Right Professional

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, LICSW, LCSW-C

School Social Work

Practice Perspectives


Communities view schools as perfunctory resources that not only educate students, but also keep them safe. Many parents assume that when they send their children to school, their children will have their primary emotional needs, such as a sense of security met. However, when a crisis occurs, schools are often unable to respond adequately to the pressing needs of the students and personnel. 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.

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