• Role of the New Hartford School Social Worker

    School social workers bring a unique knowledge and skill set to the school system and the student services team. The goal of a school social worker is to effectively assist students in identifying and problem-solving those non-academic barriers that negatively impact a student's scholastic functioning and success. School social workers are licensed mental health professionals who are specifically trained to:

    • Provide individual and group counseling/therapy
    • Assess and assist students with mental health needs
    • Provide crisis intervention
    • Develop intervention strategies designed to increase academic engagement and motivation
    • Assist with conflict resolution and anger management
    • Promote the development of positive social interactions and communication skills
    • Assist students in understanding and accepting self and others
    • Consult and intervene on school avoidance behaviors and/or a students transition and adjustment to the school environment
    • Develop and provide behavioral interventions both at school and in the home
    • Coordinate a team approach to intervention that includes the student, their families, school personnel and administration
    • Advocate for student's rights and provide confidentiality for those utilizing school social work services
    • Link individuals with community-based resources, referral and coordinate treatment planning
    • Assess students suspected of substance abuse issues, eating disorders and thoughts of self-harm
    • Prevent bullying and discriminatory behavior by promoting a positive and accepting school culture and climate
    • Participate in the Committee of Special Education process and work within a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement Individual Education Plans for students receiving special education accommodations and support

    All services are confidential and individualized to meet the needs of each student and family