candidate seeking school social worker approval shall possess all of the
(a) Knowledge of
theoretical foundations and history of the school social work profession and
(b) Knowledge of
legal and ethical standards necessary for social work practice in school
(c) Knowledge of federal
and state special education laws and other legal aspects of the role of the
school social worker.
of organizational components and structural dynamics of public school agencies
at local, state, and national levels, as well as identification of methods
useful to analyze and influence these in order to maximize student
(e) Knowledge of other
professional educational roles to promote successful collaboration.
(f) Knowledge of a broad range of
experiences, personal characteristics, and background variables that influence
student learning and development, including the reciprocal and diverse
influences of home, school, and community.
(g) Knowledge and skills for identifying
factors that enhance strengths, resilience, and protection from adversity, and
that diminish educational and developmental risks.
(h) Knowledge and skills to provide crisis
prevention, planning, and intervention services, and the impact of trauma on
development, learning, and school performance.
(i) Knowledge and skills to promote positive
behavior supports for individuals and schoolwide programs.
(j) Knowledge and skills in development of
behavior intervention plans collaboratively with family members, educational
staff, and outside resources, personnel, and agencies.
(k) Knowledge and skills in mediation,
conflict resolution, and collaborative problem-solving models.
(l) Knowledge and skills in comprehensive and
systematic assessment and evaluation.
(m) Knowledge and skills in effective written
communication of the assessment and evaluation results that include
educationally relevant recommendations and, where appropriate, measurable goals
and anticipated outcomes from service delivery.
(n) Knowledge of normative expectations for
infant, child, adolescent, and young adult emotional, behavioral, social,
cultural, communicative, cognitive, learning, and physical
regarding similarities and differences between clinically-based definitions of
psychiatric disorders and educational disabilities.
(p) Knowledge and skills to evaluate
effectiveness of programs and services and modify these based upon individual
(q) Knowledge and
skills for locating, selecting, and applying empirically-supported,
evidence-based prevention and intervention methods appropriate for use with
individuals, groups, families, school personnel, and communities to enhance
student learning, development, and school success.
(r) Knowledge and skills to facilitate and
coordinate student access to medical, health, mental health, social services,
and other community resources, and to promote collaboration among school
personnel and other community agencies.
(s) Ability to verbally communicate in terms
understandable to students, parents, school staff, and agencies.
(t) Awareness of curriculum, teaching
theories, and methodologies.