Ch 10 Soical work

Ch 10 Soical work - Introduction to Social Work Becoming a...

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3/31/2009 1 School Social Work Introduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent 1 y School social work is the provision of services in educational settings by credentialed school social workers. 2 y School social workers help ensure the success and social functioning of every student. The History of School Social Work y Prior to the 20 th century most children did not attend school. But by the early 1900s most states had passed laws mandating attendanc 3 attendance. y The original focus of school social work was to help support immigrant and “underprivileged” children.
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3/31/2009 2 The History of School Social Work y In the 1960s, school social workers began to incorporate more group work and community work in their interventions. 4 y School social workers became the case managers for children with disabilities after the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975. The History of School Social Work y Throughout the 1980s, school social workers emphasized coalition building and collaboration with other social service agencies and the community Parents were 5 agencies and the community. Parents were encouraged to participate in developing individualized education plans (IEP). School Social Work Roles and Skills y The purpose of school social work is “to provide a setting for teaching and learning in which children and young persons can acquire a sense of competence a capacity for 6 acquire a sense of competence, a capacity for problem solving and decision making, and a readiness to adapt to change and to take responsibility for their own continued learning” (Paula Allen Meares).
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3/31/2009 3 School Social Work Roles and Skills y To achieve this objective school social workers rely on systems theory and the ecological framework to guide their practice 7 practice. Responsibilities of School Social Workers y In many school districts, school social workers work primarily with students with disabilities. Their primary function is to ensure that these students receive free and appropriate educational 8 services in the least restrictive environment. y In other school districts, social workers focus primarily on group and individual counseling for regular education students and their families. Responsibilities of School Social Workers y Interdisciplinary “pupil services teams” make ongoing assessments of students’ 9 social, emotional and physical needs, as well as help them utilize their strengths.
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3/31/2009 4 Responsibilities of School Social Workers y School social workers are primarily advocates, mediators, and consultants. For example, social workers advocate for 10
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