In this SSWNetwork Zoom workshop, Technology Learning Coach Eric Santos and School Social Worker and SSWN Senior Contributor Marjorie Colindres provided a range of online tools and strategies that school social workers can use to provide services to their students and families during the COVID-19 crisis.
Last night, SSWAA hosted a webinar: COVID-19 Health Crisis – Getting through this Together: School Social Work in a Changing Landscape. SSWAA is pleased to have been able to provide information on this important and timely topic. We know that these are challenging times and we hope that you find the attached resources useful and helpful for you work. Please find the attached PowerPoint from last night’s webinar as well as a link to the webinar recording.
Ice Breakers are a great tool for social workers to use when developing rapport with students. These activities can be used in either individual sessions or for groups. Ice Breakers are used in a variety of settings and can be changed to fit the context they’re being used in. Using these activities during the pre-affiliation stages of therapy, there’s more of a likelihood that students will loosen up, build rapport, and show up more authentically in sessions.
A big thanks to all the fantastic school clinicians who joined me today for this LiveChat–we’ll be back at the same time next Saturday 3/28, and we’ll have plenty of information, resources, and community activities to share with you between now and then as well, here at SSWNetwork and in partnership with SSWAA.
Along with teaching at Loyola, I am also the Director of the online School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) as well as the Family and School Partnership Program (FSPP). To date, the FSPP has provided advanced training CEUs to over 1,500 school mental health professionals. including our 15th Annual Summer Institute this July 16th & 17th. We’ll have lots more to tell you about the special stuff we have planned for our 15th year, including the speakers, registration links etc. by the end of February, but for now, save the dates to join us in beautiful downtown Chicago at our Water Tower Campus this July!
In response to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation and questions from our SSWNetwork members, we are sharing some resources here, first two FAQ documents from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the second, a transcript of our 3/14 LiveChat where we discussed our responses to the COVID-19 crisis in our states and school districts, and shared strategies for how to turn the school shut-downs happening in our districts into an opportunity to promote wellness and SEL for our students, staff colleagues, and ourselves.
The changing role of the school mental health (SMH) clinician is an urgent issue, as we see increased mental health needs in our schools, and a need for more prevention work to get to kids earlier–still, SMH clinicians tell us that they are overwhelmed and struggle to implement EBP and work effectively within a 3-tier MTSS prevention framework. For the past 4 years, in collaboration with the expert educational trainers at Midwest PBIS, we’ve been focusing on identifying some of the key barriers to why so many school clinicians struggle, and what things they might need to become the Clinician Leaders they want to be for their schools. This is the first of our 4 articles sharing what we’ve learned and how we are helping build clinician leaders.