"The school social work mission for O'Fallon Township High School is to help students improve upon the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of their lives in order to reach their full potential. Furthermore, the School Social Worker empowers students to develop skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and general social interaction. The School Social Worker provides to the school community an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences on the educational process. These objectives are achieved through the following methods: individual and group brief counseling, classroom presentations, consultations, and outside referrals"
What Does A School Social Worker Do?
School Social Workers serve as the liaisons between the school, home, and community. We help students who are experiencing problems that interfere with their academic or social adjustment. Each School Social Worker holds a Master's Degree of Social Work and is certified by the Illinois Department of Education.
School Social Workers:
- Provide individual and group counseling for all students.
- Address topics such as depression, self-harm, anxiety and stress, grief, anger management, drugs and alcohol, family conflict, divorce, peer-related issues, social skills, and behavioral issues.
- Provide crisis prevention and intervention.
- Present various topics to all Social Issues and Health classes.
- Actively participate in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Child Review Team (CRT) meetings.
- Consult and collaborate with faculty and administrators regarding students.
- Connect students and parents to outside community resources.
- Participate in policy development pertaining to attendance and discipline