“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…”
“Because of its ability to engage readers’ hearts, emotions, and experiences, the new book REENI’S TURN enables meaningful conversations that extend beyond the specifics of the story and reach gently and safely into the lives and concerns of Reeni’s readers. The story offers an opportunity for young middle-grade readers to feel seen, and to see themselves.”
We got our 5-part “SSW Practice During a Pandemic” series over at SSWNetwork off to a great start, with presentations from 4 SSW, (2 from MI, one from CT, and another from TX). You can read more about their bios and information here, and can get all their presentation slides in a Google Drive Folder we’ve created for all the presentations here. We’ll be having the next 4 presentations this week, and you can read about all the details here and RSVP to these free webinars on SSWNetwork. A big thank you to Kristin, Lisa, Rebekah and Dora for sharing their time and expertise!
This webinar will feature a panel of SSW from around the country (moderated by Kristin Miller LCSW from CT, pictured here) who all work in elementary schools and who are trying to figure out how to “do” SSW during this COVID-19 crisis. They will share their successes and struggles too, and invite all of you to continue to share what you’re doing to meet the needs of your elementary schools. This webinar is free to join and will also be recorded to share on our SSWN YouTube channel.
Another great LiveChat thanks to Krista Sodt and the other SSW who joined in. Check it out and join us on future Saturdays for more practice wisdom from our SSWNetwork colleagues. Check out Krista’s article for SSWN introducing her week of hosting on our sister social media site SSWNetwork, “Forming a Magical Implementation Team” and check the network for updates on our regular Saturday morning LiveChats, 9-10 a.m. central time. As Krista says later in the chat that follows, “Honestly, it’s walking through the project steps from what we learned at SMHAPP that has made this possible…Previously I would have had a good idea, but been lacking many of the implementation skills that make a change project possible.”
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.
Within this ‘journal entry’ of our school’s quest to implement tier I SEL, I continue to reflect on things not yet seen and adventures not yet taken. Strategies that we have yet to incorporate include ongoing training opportunities in the form of monthly meetings. It is with great excitement that we continue on this journey with our teachers, students, and the parent community.
My name is Krista Sodt and I am a school social worker at a PK-4 elementary school near Seattle. I am in my 3rd year working in this position. I am also in my final year of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) certificate at Loyola. Through that program I have reflected on, and continued to refine my practice. I have evaluated our current programming through an evidence-informed lens, and identified opportunities for improvement. I would like to share with you one effort that I am leading, to transform Tier One behavioral support in my building. First, I’ll share where I began.