• What is a School Social Worker?

    Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students.  School Social Workers provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school.  School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support student's academic and social success.

    School Social Workers are part of a multidisciplinary educational team that helps address the needs of students and their families. Students are referred to school social workers by parents, administrators, self and teachers.  Students receive assistance to help them overcome issues with self-esteem, social skills, depression, anxiety, anger management, and much more. Because of their specialized education and training, school social workers are adept to address the social and psychological issues that can block academic progress.  Through student screening, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and prevention programs, they help young people overcome the difficulties in their lives, and as a result, give them a better chance to reach their full academic and personal potential.

    The School Social Workers in North Tonawanda are licensed mental health professionals who are trained in many areas and therapeutic approaches including autism and attachment related disorders, play therapy, cognitive behavioral and brief solution focused therapy, trauma informed care, family counseling, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and crisis management.