Highlands is a unique building where we have two School Social Workers. We have a General Education School Social Worker sometimes referred to as the counselor as well as a Special Education School Social Worker. These two positions work together to help eliminate barriers and support students as needed.
What does a School Social Worker Do?
School Social Workers help students to identify and eliminate barriers in their academics, improve their interpersonal relationships, cope with life difficulties, develop self-esteem/self-discipline, learn to problem solve and resolve conflict, and develop appropriate social skills.
School Social Workers serve as a part of the educational system, and support students in academics and social success. We are there for students who utilize both general and special education services. We accomplish this by providing some of the following services to you and your student(s):
– Assessment of student needs through observation, interviews and psychosocial evaluation.
– Individual and group sessions using research based practices that acknowledge all of a student’s resources and background information.
– Instruction and support regarding social emotional and behavioral difficulties.
– Crisis prevention and intervention
– Provide resources, education, referrals, and information for students, parents and staff.
– Work with community agencies, organizations and other professionals.
About our School Social Workers