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Social Skills Interventions for Students with Behavior Challenges: 2 New SSWN Research Briefs

Social Skills Interventions for Students with Behavior Challenges:  2 New SSWN Research Briefs

School social workers are busy people.

Finding good research takes time.

We want to help.

Starting this month, we will 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.

Editor’s Note:  Over the past decade, the research that we have been doing has shown that many of you want to learn more about effective clinical interventions for the kids on your caseload, in this case, kids who have trouble learning and practicing social skills with peers and adults. Today we have two RBs from Loyola SSW students Ms. Erin Kolba and Ms. Abby Duran.  The two papers they summarize lay out some interesting evidence about how SSW can teach social skills to kids with significant social and behavioral challenges. These are the kids that make up much of our caseloads as school social workers, and we are the ones who can help them make good social connections.   We hope that you’re able to share with us here and on our sister site SSWNetwork (click here to join, it’s free and no spam-messaging, we promise) what interventions you’re using to help your student clients build their social skills and make friends.

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About The Author(s)


Ms. Abby Duran is a SSW Intern in District 15 in Palatine, IL, and a MSW candidate at Loyola University Chicago.


Ms. Erin Kolba got her MSW from Loyola SSW in 2018.

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