- Protection and Improvement – Studies have found that with the addition of meetings with a school social worker into a student’s schedule, there is a clear improvement of behavior noted by both parents and teachers and previously seen aggressive or hostile behavior displayed by the student decreases. In addition to these factor, school social workers also hope to decrease student absences and increase daily school attendance, help improve academic performance, provide resources to students with issues at home, and support students in a time in their lives during which they are discovering themselves. Protective and preventative measures are always used by these social workers in order to help the development of the student (Diehl & Frey 6,11).
- Kids Come First – To a school social worker, the needs and comfort of the student (or client) they are working directly with are of the highest priority. School social workers make it their duty to get to know the students they are working with in order for the students to feel comfortable with opening up to them about their needs. It may take only one initial meeting with a student, or it may take over a month for the relationship to start to blossom between a student and a social worker. No matter how long it takes, the concerns and the comfort of the student are what come first to the mind of a social worker. (Sam Bligen 4/7/2016).
- Love Over Money – While social workers in schools, who have the important task of working directly with students to address their problems and help them improve their academic, social, and home lives, are probably one of the most beneficial additions to any educational setting, most (if not all) are not in it for the money; they are working for the kids. While their paychecks may show smaller numbers, the help, guidance, and care that school social workers provide for students are priceless. A love of the job and the children is far more important to these professionals than a large pay check (Grobman 108) .
Diehl, Daniel, and Andy Frey. “Evaluating a Community-School Model of Social Work Practice.” School Social Work Journal32.2 (2008): 1-21. Spring 2008. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
Guest Speak: Sam Bligen, 4/7/2016
Grobman, Linda May., and Elizabeth J. Clark. Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 58 Professionals Tell “Real-Life” Stories From Social Work Practice. Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications, 2012. Print.