What do School Social Workers do?
"School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy." (School Social Work Association of America)
For more information on how School Social Workers can assist in your school or with your child/family, please visit the VDOE webpage.
In Bedford County, School Social Workers:
Connect families with services such as: food pantries, housing, medical needs through community resources including the Department of Social Services.
Follow up on truancy and safety requests through home visits.
Work with families, teachers, and staff to meet the educational needs of students when home is the best place for their over-all well-being.
Help parents develop parenting skills
Participate in School Crisis Teams
Conduct Socio-Cultural Assessment
Have an active role in Special Education Eligibility
Participate in FAPT meetings which assist in funding of students in many ways including alternative school placements.
Help identify incidents of family and or child abuse/neglect
Conduct Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessments.
Are responsible for coverage of 6/7 schools per social worker.
And drive all the highways, back roads, and gravel roads in Bedford County to service the children in our schools.
Amy Herrmann, MSW, CSSW
School Social Worker Office: 540-586-7735
Mobile: 540-216-0224 Fax: 540-586-4957
I now have a Facebook page which is SSW-Liberty Zone so you can access this page on the go! Just click on the Learn More button and you will be directed to this page.
Christmas Station Screening Dates -- NEW 9/22/21
Additional RESOURCES (non-Covid specific)
The Bedford office of Horizon Behavioral now schedules appointments for intake of children/teens for services. Contact: Amber Duff, Clinical Coordinator 434-455-1737