School Social Work

School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession.

Core Duties of a School Social Worker

  • Working with those problems in a child’s living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community)
  • Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability.
  • Counseling (group, individual and/or family)
  • Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program
  • Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.

Suspect abuse? Report it!

In case of an emergency dial 911 or call your local police.
Then contact the Child Abuse Hotline, ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
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School Social Worker Services
Services to Students

Providing crisis intervention.

Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success.

Assisting with conflict resolution and anger management.

Helping the child develop appropriate social interaction skills.

Assisting the child in understanding and accepting self and others.

Services to Parent/Families

Working with parents to facilitate their support in their children’s school adjustment.

Alleviating family stress to enable the child to function more effectively in school & community.

Assisting parents to access programs available to students with special needs.

Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.

Services to School Personnel

Providing staff with essential information to better understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) affecting a student’s performance and behavior.

Assessing students with mental health concerns.

Developing staff in-service training programs.

Assisting teachers with behavior management.

Providing direct support to staff.

School-Community Liaison

Obtaining and coordinating community resources to meet students’ needs.

Helping school districts receive adequate support from social and mental health agencies.

Advocating for new and improved community/school service to meet the needs of students and families.

Helping the system respond effectively to each child’s needs.


Assist in developing and implementing educational programs for children for exceptional children.

Developing alternative programs for students with attendance concerns or involvement with the law.

Identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.

Providing consultation regarding school law and school policy including IDEA and Section 504.

Providing case management for students and families requiring multiple resources.

Meet our Social Workers

Nikole Heilmann
Social Worker
Department of Student Services
Joseph Cuff-Wright
Social Worker
Department of Student Services