The road to a child’s academic success is littered with an untold number of external factors. Outside influences have the ability to interfere with a classroom setting due to their increasing presence and strong ties to daily needs that help create a foundation for a strong academic setting.
As a great number of children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students, many families are in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, in whatever form, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school.
With the majority of American public school students living in poverty, the outside influences that accompany scarcity of basic resources create a cavernous divide for students. While students may have the ability and desire to learn, dealing with issues like PTSD, hunger, the Digital Divide, undiagnosed illness or disorders, and a host of other problems, students and their families may not know about available resources to help overcome these road blocks.
Student Distress Signals:
- In-school behavioral issues
- Dropping grades
- Skipping school
- Negative outlook on long-term success
This is where the role of a School Social Worker (SSW) becomes vital to the long-term success of at-risk students. SSWs are trained mental health professionals with credentialed social work backgrounds, providing services related to social and emotional needs for students. SSWs serve as the link between the home, school and the community, providing services to students in need, as well as their families to foster academic success.
In short, the SSW offers preventative services, redirecting students pointed towards negative outcomes.
Specifics of the School Social Worker role:
- Providing crisis intervention
- Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success
- Assisting with conflict resolution and anger management
- Helping the child develop appropriate social interaction skills
- Assisting the child in understanding and accepting self and others
As a student within the online MSW curriculum, you’ll learn how to work with at-risk students, empower families, and find solution-focused methods (Class: SSS 822 Clinical Social Work with Families), setting the ground work for a rewarding career as an SSW.
The School Social Worker has a measureable impact on education. They cause many beneficial effects, including but not limited to:
- Improved test scores
- Improved classroom and school environment
- Reduction in juvenile crime rates
For the troubled student, SSWs can have an immediate and lasting impact on their academic career. By establishing rapport and helping the child communicate his/her needs, SSWs gives the child a chance to have a voice in the school system. Often troubled children have tremendous emotional pain and this comes out in the form of disruptive behavior. Having a caring adult who can give them the one on one time they need to gain trust to express their emotions offers a profound opportunity to the child. Through understanding, patience and expertise, the SSW helps to create a structure of support and a healthy environment for the child to grow and flourish.
School Social Worker Training
If you have a true desire to serve the at-risk youth of this nation, the online MSW program at The Catholic University of America is the perfect place for you to merge your passion for change with a credential designed to move the meter on today’s social issues. Becoming a School Social Worker will be one of the most selfless decisions one could ever make. The online MSW faculty at Catholic University of America is excited to take this journey with you.
Click here to request information about the online MSW program, or call 855-295-5711 today.