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The principle tasks of the School Social Worker are to help students and families make the best use of available opportunities and resources to fully develop each student's individual potential. The Social Worker brings to the educational process an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences as they interact with the educational process.
The School Social Worker provides the necessary professional skills to assist students and communities in problem solving and conflict resolution in a safe and healthy manner. The Social Worker will provide:
Direct Services with students – the School Social Worker employs appropriate social work methods in situations affecting the student's educational process.
Direct Services with Families/Communities – the School Social Worker employs appropriate social work methods to assure students' positive academic and social outcomes.
Program Planning and Evaluation – the School Social Worker facilitates, participates in, and provides input for system wide, school based, and departmental program planning, evaluation, and development of policies. All program planning and evaluation activities are done in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations and school board policies.
Advocacy – the School Social Worker operates as an advocate with all community populations utilizing skills that respect issues of cultural and ethnic diversity and equity for every student and family.
Consultation and Education – the School Social Worker provides specialized consultative services to school staff, community agencies and other professionals. Services are designed to assist families, students, and educational professionals in providing quality interventions, which allow students to reach their highest educational, developmental and social potential.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work.
- Michigan Full Approval as School Social Worker.
- Minimum three years’ successful social work experience.
- Current knowledge of best practices.
- Prior Special Education experience preferred.
Qualified candidates must also pass a state and federal criminal background check.