Social Workers and Psychologists
School social workers are available to work with students and their families in each school in the district. Social workers provide group and individual counseling services to students who are experiencing difficulites that interfere with their ability to adjust to the school setting. School social workers can function as a liasion between the school and the family. In consultation with the school staff and family, school social workers assist in creating plans for students targeted to their individual needs, for example, in the areas indicated below:
- crisis intervention
- maintaining peer and adult relationships
- conflict mediation
- stress managment
- promoting appropriate social behaviors
- child abuse and neglect
- depression and suicide prevention
- at risk behaviors
The role of the school psychologist is to provide services to students in collaboration with school staff to meet the individual needs of students. Psychological counseling and testing services are provided to students designated by the Committee on Special Education. Tests are adminstered to determine the intellectual, emotional and mental status of students. Attempts are always made to reach early diagnosis and appraisal of each child and direct assistance is given to students and parents, as appropriate, to help wtih the child's education.
For more information on the school social workers and school psychologists, please visit Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education on our district website.