Welcome to the start of a new school year! The NASW Virginia Chapter staff thanks you for the work you’ve been doing in preparation to serve the children and families of the 2022-2023 year. You are making a critical difference in the lives of so many!
In case you need additional support, the National Association of Social Workers has created resources just for you to support you in your specialty:
The School Social Work Toolkit: Hands-On Counseling Activities and Workshops. By Alison Varianides. 2012. ISBN: 978-0-87101-438-2. 2012. Item #4382. 178 pages. Save 20% on select titles through August 31! Use code APAUG22 at checkout. The School Social Work Toolkit is a "how to" resource for social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals in education.
It covers the direct practice part of the school social worker's job, as well as the administrative and policy-driven aspects such as child abuse reporting, disciplinary interventions, training, and dealing with teachers and parents. Sample forms, individual and group counseling activities, school programs, and crisis intervention protocols and assessments and included.
Multisystem Skills and Interventions in School Social Work Practice.Edith M. Freeman, Cynthia G. Franklin, Rowena Fong, Gary L. Shaffer, and Elizabeth M. Timberlake, Editors. ISBN: 0-87101-295-2. 1998. Item #2952. 492 pages. $14.39 (a 10% saving off nonmember price of $15.99) when you enter your member number and discount code to receive member discount at checkout.
The 45-chapter book covers multisystem interventions at different levels to address challenges such as curbing aggressive child behavior, improving attendance in at-risk elementary school children, empowering families, working with teenagers with ADHD, preventing youth suicide and substance abuse, policy development and reform, Medicaid managed care and urban poor people, and more.
“Back to School for Social Workers: Bolstering Parent Engagement.” YouTube, 2021. Advice on gaining parent trust and engagement.
“Back to School for Social Workers: Social Workers Support of Social Justice.” YouTube, 2021. Guidance on how to help students through the pandemic and what social workers should know about social justice and racism.
“School Social Work During COVID-19.” YouTube, 1 hour, 2020. Discussion surrounding how this pandemic has affected school social workers, what available resources are out there, and how to continue to provide the best and most useful services during this unprecedented time.
Thank you for your commitment to the profession and to NASW. This will be another challenging year with the ongoing pandemic, but the chapter is here to serve and support you.
Please email me executive director, Debra Riggs, CAE at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance. Have a wonderful year!