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ERIC Number: EJ974084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
Selling the Need for School Social Work Services to the Legislature: A Call for Advocacy
Whittlesey-Jerome, Wanda
School Social Work Journal, v36 n2 p44-55 Mar 2012
Recent attempts to marginalize the social work profession have had an impact on school social workers in New Mexico. To better understand the quality of the workplace for these related services professionals, a past lead social worker for a large school district was interviewed, and three open-ended items were added to the 2010 statewide school social work survey. Responses from sixty-four school social workers across the state are presented. The questions focused on the impact of the economy, rising caseloads and attrition, and concerns about the future. Results indicate that school social workers here feel overworked and unsure and fearful about the future. Important historical information sheds light on the process of obtaining a three-tier pay schedule for school social workers and the potential legislative challenges to their work in the public schools. An interdisciplinary advocacy process model is presented that will identify and promote the need for school social workers to the New Mexico legislature. The advocacy process and the development of a Senate joint memorial that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration on practice outcome evaluation are discussed within the context of growing concerns about the economy and the future of related service providers in the state's public education system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico