School Social Work Services
Dedicated to helping students overcome emotional and environmental barriers to learning, our district provides School Social Work Services. Our School Social Worker is a Master’s level clinician, PA licensed in Clinical Social Work, and Home and School Visitor certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Social workers are required to obtain Act 34, Act 151, and FBI clearances. They are trained to provide services in the home and school environments. Social Work Services can help assist families, with children in kindergarten through 12th grade, obtain needed community resources, including mental health interventions, medical assistance, and Supplemental Security Income.
Once a referral has been received from the school district, the School Social Worker will meet or discuss with parents/caregivers to obtain family history and the nature of the concerns. Through this intake process, the School Social Worker is able to develop goals for treatment, research available resources, and provide feedback to parents/caregivers on how to first address the situation. Also as part of the intake, the School Social Worker will consult with others who are involved with the student/family including; administrators, school psychologists, teachers, and outside agencies involved with the family and the student.
Based on the information gathered through the intake process, the School Social Worker will provide information and resources that will meet the student’s needs. Social Work Services will assist those in need through the referral process to agencies such as; Behavioral Health, outpatient counseling, SSI, Medical Assistance, mental health services, addiction rehabilitation, and other community human service agencies.
School Social Workers work as members of both educational and community based teams to review interventions and programs for students that have been recommended based on their specific needs. School Social Workers will attend and participate by providing progress reporting at scheduled review meetings (IEP, ISPT, CASSP) and serve as a liaison between parent and school through home visits and phone calls to develop a home/school partnership.
The School Social Worker provides counseling services to students and parents individually and in groups to help them cope with a variety of situations, to alleviate social and emotional factors affecting educational progress, to address behavior management needs, and to promote communication and cooperation. Counseling services are offered to students regardless of their academic placement and available to the entire student body.
Services are provided at no cost to parents.
CONTACT: Heather Stankan MSW, LCSW (814) 444-3236 firstname.lastname@example.org
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