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Social Worker

Community Liason / Social Worker

CMSD 12

COMMUNITY LIAISON - SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

ROLES AND DUTIES

District Community Liaison-School Social Workers, are advocates who help students reach their potential in the school setting.  In order to fulfill this goal, a School Social Worker provides support services to help remove obstacles to a child's success in school.

A School Social Worker’s role and job duties are broad and comprehensive depending on the student, family, and community’s needs for support.   Some of these interventions take numerous hours that extend into evening, weekends, holidays, and school breaks.  The same for parents, counselors, teachers, coaches, adminstrators, support staff, and individual educators.

1:1 contact with students, families, staff, community resource agencies ~ (based on the indiviudals area of need), outpatient therapists, school-based therapist, hospitals, Department of Human Services ~ Adult and Child Protective Services, Police Officers, other school district’s personnel, direct services wth students and groups, referrals based on individual and family needs, and all these different entities may or may not be in the state of Colorado.  Dillegent and detailed documentation is required on all services.

All of these services have been provided to Cheyenne Mountain School District:

District Wide:

Tier II, III with (Tier III) Intervention services implemented as a School Social Worker’s highest area of expertise.

Tier I  = Whole Class Interventions – Teacher/Counselors in the Classrooms

Tier II = Small Group Interventions (Contagious Conversations Group) –

             Resource links            

Tier III = Intensive Interventions:  Hospitalizations

Tier II – Group Intervention

  • Signs of Suicide Program Presentation
  • Mediation and Student Group Process (Contagious Conversations Group)
  • Resource Links

Group Meetings include:

  • BCT - Building Crisis Team Meetings/mo
  • Child Fatality Review Team / mo
  • FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes/wk
  • Suicide Prevention Workgroup / mo
  • MTSS (Multi-Tiered Support Systems for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades/ Weekly)  Attend all schools Social Worker supports
  • MH Team – Mental Health Team Meeting / wk
  • DCT – District Crisis Team / mo
  • RADAR  - CMHS Multi-Disciplinary Team Weekly Team Meeting every Monday to discuss students with academic, social, and emotional concerns.
  • CMHS Counseling Department meeting / weekly
  • Elementary and Junior High Counselor Meeting / mo
  • FAN (Family Awareness Network) 3x a year
  • National Counseling Advisory Council / 2x a year
  • Elevate Program – Board Meeting / 2-4 x a year
  • University of Denver MSW (Masters in Social Work) Internship Training 1x a year / Field Liaison and Field/Task Instructor Meetings 3 x a year.
  • Preschool Advisory Council 1x/mo

Meetings attended on an as needed basis:

  • LINK Crew – CMHS
  • Parent Meetings district wide
  • Reentry Meeting after student Hospitalization
  • Collaboration meetings with counselors/agencies/therapists in district and out of district.
  • School admininstration meetings with Counselors and Principals to collaborate the needs of a student and family.

STAFF SUPERVISION: As a Master’s Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker  Providing Supervision for our CMHS Counseling and MSW Intern Staff:

  • LPCC – Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate supervision/ weekly
  • MSW Intern supervision – as the Field-Task Instructor / weekly
  • Plus:  Beginning of the school year training at the particular school of the Intern, develop student individual goals, provide written evaluations, (3) x a year meet with Student, School Liaison, and Field/Task Instructor meetings

INSTRUCTOR for:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • PREPaRE I & II  (District Wide School Crisis and Prevention Program) 

Tier III Intensive Interventions are:

  • Risk Assessments (immediate or imminent emergency (call) from a school in our district)
  • Safety Plan and Student Safety Contracts
  • Behavior Plan (collaboration with Dean and other team members)
  • Homelessness/Displaced Students and Families (Community Resources, Outreach, and Placement)
  • Transportation security
  • Home Visits for safety & welfare, attendance concerns, transportation issues, other basic life needs determination.
  • Housing Evictions (Attending court with families)
  • Food Insecurities (Making contacts with agencies)
  • Natural Disasters  ex. (Fire)
  • Emergency care needs:  Ex:  gasoline for transportation, clothing when a disaster strikes, food, quarters for Laundry, Documents that may need transported to an attorney..
  • Grief and Loss interventions when students and parents have experienced the death a parent or loved one through illness, death of a suicide, accidents, or harm.
  • Losses that occur for staff members
  • Staff member supports  ex:  acts of violence ~  triage and collaborate with police officers, and community agency interventions
  • Resources for CMSD staff:  Tier III counseling and referral sources, relationship safety, housing and food securities
  • Clothing for winter coats and school supplies
  • Signs of Suicide classroom presentations Fall/Spring

INDIVIDUAL STUDENT SERVICES:

  • 1:1 Check-ins (Daily, 2-3 x a week, weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly)
  • Direct Service provided on a student need basis for academic, social, and emotional continuity of care
  • Completed applications for: The government Free/Reduced Meal plan, Health Insurance for displaced or homeless students, Driver’s License access or referral
  • Support with Instructional, Instrumental, Athletic, and Academic fee needs (for qualifying students)
  • Referrals made to appropriate resources based on the students behavioral health assessment outcomes.
  • Collaboration with parents, teachers, counselors, deans, administration, Student Resource Officer, outpatient therapists, and the student based community resource connections.
  • Evaluate for suicide and threat reports
  • Safe 2 Tell report follow-ups
  • (Group) Process for particular and identifiable individual student needs that may include Mediation with peers, family, staff.)
  • 1:1 District wide individual student supports that may include weekly monitoring and processing of behavioral, social, communication and life skill education.
  • Home Visits for child safety & welfare checks, truancy, and other identifiable needs.

APPLICATION AND INTEREST PROCESS:

  • Sources of Strength application process (Suicide Prevention Program) continue into 2017-2018 school year.
  • PTO Grant fund request (2017)
  • Fundraiser organizing for Elevate (Annual Dinner at Paravicinis)