People are mourning the passing of Toni Hsieh (46), the former CEO of Zappos Shoes. You may wonder why I would mention Toni on a blog dedicated to helping schools. When I connect with secondary educators, I often hear that we should not use positive approaches with our students. Their reason is that when students enter the “real world,” businesses do not do “soft skills” things like teaching and rewarding behavior. That’s true..except for companies that are both successful with their teams and their finances.
Here at SSWN we post Research Briefs (RBs) regularly. These RBs were completed by school social workers like you, taking research they’ve found and applying it to their school contexts. These RBs will describe research articles and what the particular study could contribute to your school social work practice, starting as soon as tomorrow. They will cover the kinds of things you see every day in your practice and (hopefully) be written in a way that you can use the information immediately. Today, we’re excited to share an RB by Lara Mangialardi, Loyola MSW student and SSW intern, on what she learned about the latest evidence for psychosocial treatments for students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
We are re-sharing this LiveChat Transcript from May 20, 2020 as we wind down our school semester, and take stock of what the ongoing disaster of the pandemic is doing to ourselves, our schools, and our students and their families. Fortunately, we have a fantastic SSW at SSWNetwork, Ms. Hope Bray from Netwown, CT, who shared how she has been working for years now as a trainer and clinician delivering the Bounce Back Program as a component of her school district's trauma-informed care work, work that became ever more vital after the Sandy Hook school shootings of December 14, 2012. Thanks again Hope for sharing all your evidence-informed practice wisdom with us!
Editor's Note: I'm excited to share this webinar recording and summary from the 6/18 panel I was on with national experts in school nursing, pediatrics, and educational leadership. I learned a lot and it was great to bring a SSW perspective to the table as well.
“ I was feeling pretty burned out at school, you know, working as a school social worker. I was feeling like I was spinning my wheels and I didn't have. I felt like I needed support I needed more tools. And so in this program I did find that I found a cohort, I found a cohort of other school social workers that have been extremely supportive and then I also learned so much about evidence based and evidence informed programs."
Today, we’re excited to share an RB by Rylie Dalton, a Loyola MSW student who has seen a lot of the students on her caseload dealing with anxiety during this pandemic time. She did her RB on the article "Online intervention to reduce pediatric anxiety: An evidence‐based review."
New Common Ground Podcast Episode: Dr. McMurtrey is an immunologist/virologist that's been working with Covid-19 since the inception of the pandemic in the United States. In August, Dr. McMurtrey began a phase two vaccine trial. Still unaware of a placebo or actual vacccine, Dr. McMurtrey walks us through his experience. Further, he answers questions about the virus and latest research. Who better to ask than an expert in vaccines currently using a Covid-19 vaccine?
"Through this pandemic time, I have had to rework what I envisioned a school social worker's life would be while still intentionally providing support to the staff and families I serve. In this time, I have seen a world of possibilities, where school professionals band together in ways that are just short of amazing, in order to meet the needs of the students where they are."