School Social Worker Program: Candidates who complete the program are school
social workers and interdisciplinary leaders who have the knowledge, skill,
ability, and cultural competence to develop and deliver school social worker
services that demonstrate continuous improvement, and advance the mission of
the school. Candidates:
(a) Know the history,
philosophy, and current trends in school social work and educational
(b) Work collaboratively
to mobilize the resources of local education agencies and communities to meet
the needs of students and families, and provide consultation to local education
agency personnel, school board members, and community representatives to
promote understanding and effective utilization of school social work
(c) Organize their time,
energies, and workloads to fulfill their responsibilities and complete
assignments of their position, with due consideration of the priorities among
their various responsibilities; and
(d) Align the school social work program with
the academic and student services program in the school.
(2) A school social worker shall demonstrate
commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession and shall use
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics as a guide to
ethical decision making.
social workers shall ensure that students and their families are provided
services within the context of multicultural understanding and competence that
enhance families' support of students' learning experiences.
(4) School social work services shall be
extended to students in ways that build students' individual strengths and
offer students maximum opportunity to participate in the planning and direction
of their own learning experience.
(5) School social workers shall help empower
students and their families to gain access to and effectively use formal and
informal community resources.
School social workers shall maintain adequate safeguards for the privacy and
confidentiality of information.
School social workers shall advocate for students and their families in a
variety of situations.
social workers shall conduct assessments of student needs that are
individualized and provide information that is directly useful for designing
interventions that address behaviors of concern.
(9) School social workers shall possess
knowledge and understanding basic to the social work profession.
(10) School social workers shall understand
the backgrounds and broad range of experiences that shape students' approaches
(11) School social
workers shall possess knowledge and understanding of the organization and
structure of the local education agency (school district).
(12) School social workers shall possess
knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home, school, and
(13) School social
workers shall possess skills in systematic assessment and
(14) School social
workers shall understand the relationship between practice and policies
social workers shall be able to select and apply empirically validated or
promising prevention and intervention methods to enhance students' educational
(16) School social
workers shall be able to promote collaboration among community health and
mental health services providers and facilitate student access to these
Resources and Technology: Candidates who complete the program are school social
workers who have the knowledge, ability, skill, and cultural competence to be
skilled in the selection and use of informational resources and technology and
use them to facilitate the delivery of a comprehensive school social work
services that meets student needs.
(18) Reflective Practice: Candidates who
complete the program are school social workers who have the knowledge, ability,
skill, and cultural competence to integrate their knowledge, skills, and life
experience to respond effectively to new or unexpected critical events and