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Mirick, Rebecca G.; Berkowitz, Lawrence; Bridger, Joanna; McCauley, James – School Social Work Journal, 2018
Adolescent suicide rates are rising, particularly for adolescent girls, and increasing numbers of adolescents experience the suicide of a classmate, peer, or friend. School social workers can play an important role in suicide prevention with this age group. This article will describe one agency's experiences conducting universal screenings in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Suicide, Prevention, Screening Tests
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Pataky, Meghan Gabriel; Parent, Kathryn Tetuan – School Social Work Journal, 2018
Although schools are making the effort to support students grieving the death of a loved one, there is a large population of grieving students who have experienced ambiguous loss from causes other than death and who may need support. Ambiguous loss or a loss without closure can leave a person searching for answers, thus complicating and delaying…
Descriptors: Grief, Trauma, Coping, Peer Influence
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Rogers, Kelli R.; Maxwell, December; Robinson, Sarah R. – School Social Work Journal, 2018
Current research on the achievement gap between low-income minority students and their more affluent white peers is saturated with studies of academic failure rather than investigations that address the processes that mitigate failure and create success. Most of the existing research provides extensive critiques without exploring strategies that…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Minority Group Students, Student Experience, Resilience (Psychology)
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Harrison, Kimberly; Harrison, Richard; Ward, Julie; Amin, Akshaya – School Social Work Journal, 2018
During the 2014-2015 school year, a mixed-methods study was conducted in a Midwestern urban school district with twenty-five school social workers to assess professional practice utilizing an electronic data system. Given the emphasis in the literature on mandates for school social workers to be actively engaged in positive behavior support and…
Descriptors: Data Collection, School Social Workers, Urban Schools, Social Work
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Elswick, Susan E.; Cuellar, Matthew; Williams, Mallory; Albert, Wendi; Norfleet, Treshain; Carlson, Sally – School Social Work Journal, 2018
School social work is an integral part of the social work profession. This specialty area within the field of social work often focuses on direct service delivery with the student, sometimes in a more macro level form of intervention; however, it is evident that leadership skills in the field of school social work practice are valuable and needed.…
Descriptors: School Social Workers, Leadership Qualities, Social Work, State Departments of Education
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Klumpner, Susan; Woolley, Michael E. – School Social Work Journal, 2018
In this era of accountability, evidenced-based practice, and response to intervention, it behooves school social workers to identify and implement theory-informed and research-supported interventions to address school-level struggles that negatively impact school success for at-risk students. To that end, school social workers need to develop the…
Descriptors: Aggression, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Evidence Based Practice
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Acuña, M. Alejandra; Martinez, Jonathan I. – School Social Work Journal, 2018
The present study examines the feasibility and effectiveness of a short-term (five- to ten-session) school-based parenting intervention for children ages five to eleven. The intervention teaches parents to improve child behaviors at home and at school. Pre-test and post-test questionnaires were completed by parents at the beginning and end of the…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Back to Basics, Parent Education, Urban Schools
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Haddad, Kristen L. A.; Canfield, James P.; Harley, Dana; Mangan, Lori – School Social Work Journal, 2017
Urban hassles are daily stressors germane to urban environments. Stressors, being strong agents in the development and/or exacerbation of psychosocial issues, often overlap with academic success (Sanchez, Lambert, & Cooley-Strickland, 2013). This makes the presence of urban hassles a particular point of interest when serving at-risk…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Stress Variables, High School Students, Student Needs
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Dealey, Rhonda Peterson – School Social Work Journal, 2017
Play is widely believed to be vital to healthy childhood development. Yet play in schools, in the early childhood classroom as well as on the playground, has decreased markedly and in some cases disappeared completely. This phenomenon can be explained in large part by the increasing demand for educational achievement and accountability. School…
Descriptors: Play, Child Development, Social Work, School Social Workers
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Ciffone, Jerry – School Social Work Journal, 2017
School social workers are challenged with the responsibility to clinically assist students to the extent that they are ready to learn in school. Because social, emotional, and behavioral issues impact student readiness to learn, these issues clearly fall within the purview of school social work. However, many school social workers have a limited…
Descriptors: School Social Workers, Delivery Systems, Student Needs, Help Seeking
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Sugrue, Erin P. – School Social Work Journal, 2017
Since its inception in four cities in 1906, school social work has struggled to clearly define its unique professional contributions--its skills, perspectives, and purpose--as it has sought legitimacy and recognition within the fields of education and social work. The purpose of this article is to bring a historical lens to the professional…
Descriptors: Social Work, School Social Workers, Professional Identity, Counselor Role
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Gherardi, Stacy A. – School Social Work Journal, 2017
The history of school social work in the United States is nearly as old as the history of public education. Despite the presence of social workers in schools throughout this time, the profession has generally been established within schools through confluence of interests with broader social and educational movements or policy windows. These…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Social Work, School Social Workers, Educational History
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Wegmann, Kate M.; Powers, Joelle D.; Swick, Danielle C.; Watkins, Charity S. – School Social Work Journal, 2017
Untreated mental health needs can have serious negative consequences for the life outcomes of children, including greater difficulty in performing well academically. Elementary schools have a unique opportunity to meet the mental health needs of students through early intervention. One model for the implementation of mental health services in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Mental Health, Health Needs, Mental Disorders
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Cuellar, Matthew J.; Elswick, Susan E.; Theriot, Matthew T. – School Social Work Journal, 2017
School social workers and school security personnel are increasingly being integrated into U.S. schools; however, there is little available literature concerning the interactions between school social workers and school security personnel. This article will report descriptive findings of a study that investigated school social workers'…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, School Safety, School Social Workers, School Security
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Horton, Karla B.; Chahalis, Amanda; Huff, Pery, Jr. – School Social Work Journal, 2017
School social work licensure or certification has undergone dramatic policy shifts throughout the United States that have changed the eligibility requirements of the state credentialing agencies and influenced enrollment in school social work licensure education courses. These changes have affected the professional school social work workforce in…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, School Social Workers, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Certification
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