Support delivered by the School Social Worker*Individual Counseling A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making
*Small Group Counseling A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 5-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling A process that requires the School Social Worker to develop and implement K-8 classroom curriculum. The classroom guidance will address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs and teach developmental skills using age-appropriate, classroom-based lessons. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. I am very excited to be implementing the Second Step Violence Prevention Program in our K-5 classrooms.*Providing Parents and Guardians with Community Resources and Referrals A process where the School Social Worker provides family with information about different community resources such as Medi-Cal programs, Free group counseling services, Parenting Workshops, and any other social service a parent might be interested in accessing. The School Social Worker can also do a direct referral to some of the agencies in the community to help parents get connected easier.