Social Work & clinical resources for school-based interventions

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Improve your work using social work and clinical resources that include evidence-based practices.

I have been working as a clinician at elementary and middle school sites for almost three years. Prior to where I am at right now, I had worked at residential, clinic, and community-based settings for a little while and found that district work is very different from the rest. In my opinion, seeing students in a school setting throughout the day is fairly easy. However, conducting comprehensive assessments in that setting has been more difficult. Perhaps those receiving services weren’t placed in the right ones. In other words, sometimes students aren’t referred to services for the right reason. While working in schools, especially if you are barely starting in the field, it is imperative to understand these specific school-based models and terms to optimize your role as a clinician:

  • Dropout rates and truant behavior
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • The Three Tier Model for preventionImage result for pbis model

Image from PBIS.ORG

Here are resources that can help guide school-based therapists and social workers. Click the links below to view items on amazon:

Social Work Services In Schools (7th edition)

The School Services Sourcebook (2nd edition)

Here are a couple resources, with evidence-based practices, for clinical/ agency work:

The Essentials of Family Therapy (6th edition)

Doing Family Therapy by R. Taibbi

Emotional Regulation in Children and Adolescents by M. Southman-Gerow

Help those in need to the highest level possible. What is your mission? Please take a look at these resources, and consult, consult, consult! I hope these can help you in your clinical practice!

-Hannah, Associate Clinical Social Worker


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