The primary role of the school
social worker is to support and enhance the individual
student's educational program and adjustment.
The social worker is committed to making
the student's experience in school as positive and significant
as possible. The school social worker brings to the
educational process an understanding of the psychosocial
development of children, the influences of family and
community, and cultural diversity as they interact with
Essential Job Functions
Participate in the identification
and solution of school problems.
Consult with teachers, parents and
other professionals to design and implement interventions to
address students' academic, behavioral, and/or social
Serve as a liaison between schools,
families and community agencies.
Provide both direct and indirect
services to students, staff and parents.
Provide direct service/consultation
for students and staff during crisis situations.
Organize and/or participate in
inservice training programs.
Conduct social development
Evaluate need for special education
Evaluate students for potential
school social work services.
Participate in continuing
professional development to improve and enhance professional
knowledge and skills.
Be knowledgeable about and follow
legal requirements and ethical codes of the profession.
Program Development and Evaluation
Be knowledgeable about research
areas relevant to human development and social emotional
Illinois Type 73 Certificate
endorsed for School Social Worker