Neshaminy School District
Social Work Services
BARB FURPHY, MA, LMFT, HSV, NCC
Assignment: High School & Alternative Placements
GREG LAUSCH, MSW, LSW, HSV
(Home & School Vlsitor)
Assignment: Elementary & Middle Schools
What do social workers do in schools?
School Social Workers are licensed professionals who consult and collaborate with educational agency personnel, students, parents and community resources in areas that impact student learning. The primary role of the School Social Worker is to identify and assess student needs through behavior assessment and case management services. School Social Workers also advocate for students and consult with stakeholders to help facilitate an understanding of factors in a student's home, school and community that may be affecting their educational experience.
What needs and problems of students are addressed?
- Gender Identity Issues
- Cultural / Diversity
- Decision-making Skills
- Coping Skills
- Juvenile Probation
- Child Abuse / Neglect
- Home / Family Concerns
- Substance Abuse
School Social Workers help STUDENTS...
- Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities
- Cope with stress
- Develop decision-making skills
- Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning
School Social Workers help PARENTS...
- Participate efectively in their children's education
- Understand school policies, programs and practices
- Understand and meet their children's social and emotional needs
- Understand programs avaialble to students with special needs
- Utilitze school and community resources effectively
School Social Workers help SCHOOLS...
- Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students
- Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of students
- Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
- Promote a safe school environmen
What other services to School Social Workers provide?
- School representative for interagency panels to assist in effective integration of services to students
- Provide supportive case management for at-risk and needy students
- Referrals to community agencies for support and resources
- Provide direct interventions for students (e.g. behavioral intervention planning, individual / group counseling, consultation)
- Member of: Child Study Team; SAP Team; CERT Team
- Promote collaboration among community health, mental health and welfare service providers, and to facilitate easier access to these services for students and families.