Social Work in Schools: Principles and Practice

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Guilford Press, 2008 - Social Science - 318 pages
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This accessible and authoritative text gives social workers the tools they need for effective and ethical practice in school settings. Readers learn practical skills for observation, assessment, intervention, and research that will enable them to respond to the needs of diverse students from preschool through the secondary grades. The book presents strategies for dealing with particular problems, such as violence, trauma, parental absence, substance abuse, bereavement, and mental health concerns. Also reviewed are developmental issues that can interfere with school success. Specific guidelines for implementing interventions, including group work, are provided. Student-friendly features include many concrete examples; study and discussion questions; and reproducible letters, forms, and checklists.

 

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Contents

The Role and Function of the School Social Worker
1
Community Connections
10
The Legal Mandate for Special Education and Other Laws
17
CHAPTER 2
23
for Practice in the Schools
29
Guidelines for Effective Treatment Plans
40
Understanding the Child within the Overlapping Contexts
46
Uncovering Problems and Working
54
Group Work in the School Setting
155
Violence and Trauma
178
Parental Absence
197
Parental Mental Illness
203
Conclusion
210
Death and Loss
227
Working with Noncitizen Populations
248
Mental Health Services in the Schools
262

School Social Work with Children in Preschool
71
School Social Work with Children in Grades 4 to 6
89
School Social Work with Children in Grades 7 and 8
105
School Social Work with Children in Grades 9 and 10
121
School Social Work with Children in Grades 11 and 12
137
Linking Community Home and School
280
References
296
Index
311
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Linda Openshaw, DSW, LCSW, is Associate Professor of Social Work, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her interests include school social work, child and adolescent welfare and counseling, clinical practice, and the role of spirituality in social work. Dr. Openshaw practiced as a school social worker for 14 years in Utah and Texas and worked for 3 years in community mental health in Utah and California. She received her MSW and DSW degrees from the University of Utah College of Social Work.

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