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School Social Work

School Social Work
A Direct Practice Guide

First Edition
  • JoAnn Jarolmen - Former professor of social work and a public school social worker

April 2013 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
School Social Work: A Direct Practice Guide is a text for courses in school social work. It covers the foundations of working with children and adolescents in schools, applying practice knowledge to the special school and population settings. The main goal of this text is to a provide hands on and practical experience for students studying to become school social workers. Each chapter will review a basic concept and then use two in-depth activities to apply the concepts to practice. It will be closely aligned with the EPAS standards and will have a strong focus on evidence based interventions, critical thinking, and diversity. The books will cover the following topics: Typical day in the life of a school social work; Introduction, special topics, and skills and techniques; special education; collaboration and school consultation; diversity; current issues in education; policy and evaluation; case studies and global issues.
Chapter 1: An Overview of the Theoretical Information Necessary in the Field of School Social Work
Chapter 2: A Typical Day?
Chapter 3: Introduction and Definitions: Discussion of the Skills, Techniques, and Essential Practices
Chapter 4: Special Education Component and School Social Work
Chapter 5: Collaboration and Consultation with Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Administration
Chapter 6: Ethical Dilemmas
Chapter 7: Proficiency in Working with Cultural Competence
Chapter 8: Current Societal Issues Affecting Children in Schools
Chapter 9: Engagement, Assessment, and Intervention Skills in the School for Individuals Using Evidence-Based Practice Modalities and Other Practice Methods
Chapter 10: Engagement, Assessment, and Intervention Skills in the School for Groups Using a Variety of Practice Methods
Chapter 11: Studies, Analysis, and Discussion From an Authentic School Practice Perspective
Chapter 12: School Policy, Program Development, and Evaluation
Chapter 13: Practice Evaluation
Chapter 14: Global Issues in School Social Work
Appendixes A-F

Cyberbullying, program development for bullying prevention, the Olweus anti-bullying program, PFLAG, conflict resolution and peer mediation are among the topics discussed in School Social Work: A Practical Guide. Researchers will be especially interested in the sections on innovations from abroad. Countries covered include: Canada, Ghana, Japan, Korea, Germany, Hungary, Malta, and the Scandinavian countries. Current problems faced by the world's children are also discussed. Solution focused therapy designed specifically for the schools is one of the guiding frameworks. On the practical side, substance abuse screening tools, a suicide screening tool, survey material, and guidelines for work on behalf of sexual minority students are provided. This book is an much-needed addition to the literature that will be useful for school social workers, social work educators, and researchers on social work with children and youths.  

Katherine S. van Wormer - University of Northern Iowa

Good review of school social work.

Professor Ross VeLure Roholt
School Of Social Work, Univ Of Minnesota-Twin Cities
September 18, 2014

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