The school-to-prison pipeline is a system that currently harms our students, and we can do something about it. School social workers have the knowledge and skills – as well as an ethical commitment – to see it eliminated.
A consistent question from parents and teachers is, “how do I help my students regulate themselves?” A common answer has been to have parents act as the default co-regulators of their children’s learning. School social workers have an opportunity to directly address this concern during the pandemic.
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.”
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!
“Over the years, I’ve come across so many different SEL programs geared towards gen ed students and students on the spectrum — I’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t really work with my students, and then some things that actually resonated with them. I figured a good “jumping off point” for my SSWN post was to share some of the curriculum I’ve used that has been successful with my students in captivating their attention and helping them learn social skills.”
New study from IJSSW: “Youth from six intervention groups participated in this study through completing pre- and post-intervention surveys and focus groups. Our qualitative results identified a high level of acceptability among youth. Perceived benefits included improved coping and relaxation strategies, increased confidence and trust, increased peer connectedness and belongingness, benefits of sharing and exchanging stories with peers, and increased knowledge in the Canadian context. Youths’ scores on resilience and use of STRONG skills increased significantly from pre- to post-intervention, but there was no change in school connectedness scores. We discuss the convergence between qualitative and quantitative findings and highlight some of the areas that were only evident in focus groups.”