Ali Hearn comes back to the show to provide her unique spark of energy, positivity, creativity and strategy to school social workers. Ali has a unique background that extends from the micro (school social worker) to the macro (district consultant). When Ali comes on the podcast she brings authenticity and an understanding school social work that makes her perspective invaluable.
With this article, we start an exciting new series here at SSWN, where we'll share the articles from our just-published open-access International Journal of School Social Work with SSWN readers and to invite authors and practitioners to interact with this original research here and over at our SSWNetwork platform. Our first article is one of the first peer-reviewed empirical studies of an intervention that will be very familiar to SSW, the Zones of Regulation. In this paper, Dr. Stephanie Ochocki and her team raise significant questions about the effectiveness of this intervention and call for additional research on how best to implement it within MTSS structures.
Like many health care professionals, educators, and community members, we have been stirred to action by the Black Lives Matter movement and have written about our commitment to working to address the interlocking public health crises of racism, gun violence, and COVID-19. To that end, we are holding storytelling/organizing events through our Reframe events, where we use the power of first-person stories to foster connection, hope, and action. Our next event is online of course, but features a focus on Chicago educators, physicians, and community activists who are trying to make a difference and respond to these 3 interlocking crises.
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."
These Research Briefs (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 Amanda Trerotola, (BSW student, Ohio State University) based on a course taught by SSW researcher and doctoral student Michele Patak-Pietrefesa. The article (available also open-access below) describes the evidence for an innovative treatment for young people who have experienced sexual abuse--animal-assisted therapy.
Editor's Note: As the United States is embroiled in yet another science vs. politics battle, this time around school re-openings during a pandemic that is still raging in many parts of the country, we wanted to step back from that urgent situation and consider some of the deeper issues involved in how the work of science and scientists intersect with efforts to create a more just society. Today we're happy to welcome back Common Ground Host Charles Barr, a school social worker in the Chicago suburbs for another episode of his vital podcast, where he talks to ecology researcher Dr. Adam Cobb about these issues.