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Social Work

Social Work Department

 

Welcome to the MLVRCS Social Work Department!

 

Please feel free to contact the Department at any time with concerns you may have. We can be reached directly at (862)-240-1779.

 

Why School Social Workers?

 

            School Social Workers serve a critical role in our educational system – tackling the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students that become barriers to learning. Their services improve academic and behavioral outcomes, promote a positive school climate, and provide effective and vital student support services by maximizing school-based and community resources.

School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrators as well as students and families; providing leadership in forming school discipline policies, mental health intervention, crisis management, and support services. As part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed, social workers also facilitate community involvement in the schools while advocating for student success. (National Association of Social Workers)

Through counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention programs, School Social Workers help students overcome the difficulties in their lives; giving them a better chance to succeed in school. Services provided promote the development of the school environment that supports a sense of belonging and connectedness, the development of positive relationships, enhanced self-esteem, and empowerment. They work to alleviate barriers to learning created as a result of poverty, health care, and environmental concerns. School Social Workers work with teachers, administrators, parents, and other educators to provide interventions and consultation designated to keep students in school and help families access the supports needed to promote student success.

 

Counseling Services

 

            Individual and small group counseling sessions are provided to students by our Social Workers. Parental consent is required for participation. Teachers, administrators, and parents may refer a student for individual counseling. Group counseling sessions run periodically throughout the school year.

          

Reasons for a refer may include the following:

 

  • Social skills
  • Friendship
  • Family separation/loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger
  • Conflict Resolution
 

Crisis Counseling/Intervention

 

            Social Workers are available for crisis intervention when students and families are experiencing serious distress and may need immediate assistance. This is in cases of serious mental health emergencies or when there has been a tragic episode. Social Workers are familiar with a full range of resources and can help provide support during this difficult time.

 

Helpful Resources

 

Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health –Depression

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Helpful information to understand the treatment of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders.

http://www.aacap.org

 

U.S. Department of Mental Health

Helping Children and Youth with Major Depression: Systems of Care

http://www.samhsa.gov

 

Suicide Prevention

2nd Floor Youth Helpline

http://www.2ndfloor.org/

 

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org