We had a great conversation that day on SSWNetwork about ideas for a trauma-informed re-opening response for both the COVID-19 crisis and the BLM uprising that was happening around the country, and that is still challenging all of us as we head into 2021.
What I’ve learned over the years working with a multitude of school teams is that it’s easy to mistakenly think that students require Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions when in reality Tier 1 needs to be strengthened.
“The most important take-away from this study is that our results do not support the generally recommended scoring rule that a summed score of two or greater flags a seventh grade respondent as being at eating disorder risk. This scoring rule assumes that SCOFF items are equally weighted as indicators of risk. Our results suggest that items are not equally weighted either overall or within male and female groups.”
“Based on the findings of this research, it appears that the Therapy Box was a successful intervention for all of the 14 students that participated in this study. The frequency of student maladaptive behaviors for many of the participants decreased to 0…”
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.
On September 23rd, a virtual Congressional Briefing took place with the organizing title, “Bringing the Power of Social Work to Schools.” Organized by the Congressional Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP) and NASW, and co-sponsored by SSWN, SSWAA, and ACSSW, it offered an opportunity for Dr. Ron Astor, co-PI on our recent survey project, “Opening Schools Safely in the COVID-19 Era: School Social Workers’ Experiences & Recommendations” to offer testimony based on our report and to call for a coordinated national response based on our study’s findings.
Schools should not have to worry about finding resources that would be acceptable to their team members to read or use, particularly those that require translation to secondary school language. My co-authors and I understand the dilemma. We spent years trying to find examples and approaches that would be useful for secondary settings. That led us to write this book, Implementing Systematic Interventions A Guide for Secondary School Teams.
As we get our school week started, we wanted to share some videos from SSWN Archive that are housed on our SSWN YouTube Channel. In these videos, SSWN contributors share tools & strategies they’ve learned to help build their SSW practice, before and after this current pandemic situation.