CESA 6 School Social Workers provide services to both regular and special education students and their families in order to facilitate the learning process for all students. These services help students resolve personal, emotional and social problems that interfere with their adjustment to school and their capacity to enjoy the fullest benefits of the education offered to them. Additionally, School Social Workers extend services beyond school buildings by striving to work cooperatively with families, community agencies, other educational agencies, local businesses, and support groups.
School social work is a specialized area of practice with qualifications that include a master’s degree in social work with school social work certification through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Because of this training, school social workers bring unique professional knowledge, skills and perspective to the school system and the pupil services team.
School social workers are employed to enhance the academic mission by providing services that strengthen home/school/community partnerships.
School social workers actively address barriers within the child, home, school, and community that interfere with student achievement.
School social workers serve as catalysts to bring people together and to create an environment that is conducive to effective problem solving and learning.
School social workers’ practice includes: assessment, crisis intervention, home visits, conflict resolution, supportive individual and group counseling, consultation, program development, and coordination of school and community services.