Whether you’re a school social worker or a teacher, you’re in a very important line of work responsible for the education and well-being of our youth and our collective future. Of course, doing this work involves a lot of stress and likely poses daily challenges for us that can start to build up if we don’t make a conscious effort to maintain our mental health. This week on SSWN and SSWNetwork, we will provide suggestions and examples for improving your own mental health and supporting the growth of a school staff’s well-being, breaking down the barriers getting in the way of implementation, and research on the topic to illuminate the realities of mental illness and self-care.
Welcome to Super Vision, a new column dedicated to school social work supervisors and interns pursuing a school social work endorsement. The content provided herein is designed to help supervisors and interns with helpful questions, challenges and topics for their supervision hour.
As we move into our first week of 2020, it’s week #4 of our SMHAPP SSWNetwork Takeover! This week I’m thrilled to welcome Kara Kroculick and Jennifer Ferguson, members of the 4th Loyola SMHAPP cohort, who will be leading discussion and sharing resources about the topic of SEL and MTSS, and how school social workers are designing and implementing SEL interventions across the 3 tiers of MTSS .
This article talks about the development of a workload time study tool, a community of practice that tested the tool, the results from the time studies with this group, and the insights we gleaned from the participants.
By writing clear, specific and effective measurable goals, school social workers will be able to make data driven decisions regarding students’ needs. In addition, school social workers can monitor their effectiveness to determine if the social worker’s interventions are effective.
We’ve talked a fair amount over the years at SSWN about “open-access” (OA) but starting in 2020, we wanted to focus more fully on OA and how we’re working with individuals & partner organizations to create and share the most SSW-related OA content we can. We kick off this new decade with a brief introduction to OA, some details about OA resources we’re developing at SSWN, and introduce a powerful documentary on OA that you can watch and share with your colleagues, “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.”