School Social Work
Hi! My name is Charlene Davidson and I am the school social worker for North Mecklenburg H.S. I graduated from the Distinguished University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a BA, degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. I am a native of Huntersville, NC and an alumni of North Mecklenburg High School. Go Vikings!
What is school social work?
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. 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 workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. (School Social Work Association of America 2020)
Services School Social Workers Provide (SSWAA)
SERVICES TO STUDENTS:
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.
SERVICES TO PARENT/FAMILIES:
Working with parents to facilitate their support in their children's school adjustment.
Alleviating family stress to enable the child to function more effectively in school &community.
Assisting parents to access programs available to students with special needs.
Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.