School Social Work Services
What is a School Social Worker?
School social workers are the link between home, school, and community. As members of the educational team comprised of teachers, administrators, pupil services staff, and parents, school social workers promote and support students’ academic and social success. School social workers have a Masters of Social Work degree and hold certification from the Connecticut State Department of Education. They possess a high level of expertise in family dynamics, child development, systems theory and clinical knowledge.
What do School Social Workers Do?
Their main responsibilities are to provide assistance to students who are having difficulties in school due to attendance, economic, medical, emotional , and/or family issues.
School social workers help STUDENTS:
- Cope with stress and loss
- Understand themselves and others
- Improve interpersonal relationships
- Develop decision making skills
School social workers help PARENTS:
- Participate in their student’s education
- Understand & meet their child’s social & emotional needs
- Understand programs available to students with special needs
- Utilize school & community resources effectively
School social workers help SCHOOLS:
- Understand factors (i.e. cultural, societal, economic, medical) that affect students’ abilities to be success in their educational program
- Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, & emotional needs of students
- Promote a safe school environment
Bethel School Social Workers:
- Laura Filippone
Bethel High School
(203) 794-8600 ext. 424, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lisa Baker
STEP Program – Bethel High School
(203) 794-8600 ext. 437, email@example.com
- Theresa McGorty, Coordinator
Bethel Middle School,
(203) 794-8670 ext. 109, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kate Coffey
Berry, Rockwell, & Johnson Schools, Circle of Friends
(203) 794-8679, email@example.com