ERIC Number: ED352740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Family Service Workers: Facilitators of the Integration of Education and Human Services.
Nissani, Helen; Garcia, Wendy
The emerging role of the family service worker is investigated in this paper. The family service worker, whose role is a result of school/community integration efforts, acts as a special resource to both schools and families, linking the educational and human service systems to maximize support for families. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory conducted an informal survey of 21 Northwest agencies and organizations that utilize family service workers to identify their responsibilities and qualifications. The family service worker role differs from that of the traditional social worker in the following ways: guided learning versus dependency; family versus an individual focus; and participants versus clients. Cultural awareness is also emphasized. Emergent issues involve confidentiality, educational standards, and setting boundaries between the service worker and participants. A conclusion is that the role reinforces the power of families to make informed choices about what is appropriate for their children and helping them secure life necessities. A list of surveyed programs and an annotated bibliography of 24 references are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Community Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Human Services, School Community Relationship, School Social Workers, Social Services, Social Work
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.