How to Create a School Social Worker Toolkit

How to create an efficient school social worker toolkit.

As a first-year school social worker, tracking all the documentation and different types of meetings can feel overwhelming. This “one-stop-shop” school social worker toolkit creates a central location for all information and helps to make life easier for new and experienced social workers alike! What is a School Social Worker Toolkit? There are two types…

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How to Set Up Small Groups for Counseling: 8 Steps

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School social workers run small groups on a variety of topics. In this post, we discuss some of the most important steps to setting up small groups for counseling/ school social work. 1. Conduct a Needs Assessment The first step in setting up small groups is to determine a specific need. Some schools conduct formal…

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School Social Work Office Must-Haves: 5+ Tips

Setting up a school social work office.

School social work offices can be customized and look vastly different! Here are five of the most essential elements no matter your style. Paperwork Area We’ll start off with the least fun, but probably most essential area. School social workers have a ton of required paperwork and having a dedicated space to keep this paperwork…

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Step-By-Step Guide to Setting up a School Social Work Calendar

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Creating social work lesson plans for a whole school year can feel overwhelming! We break it down here into 6 manageable steps for creating a school social work calendar to create less stress and start the year off organized! I. Map Out Weekly Schedule The very first step is to set up a calendar. You’ll…

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Best Tips for Becoming a LCSW (in Colorado)

Infographic of various licensure types for school social workers.

The process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Colorado can be confusing and long.  In this post, we will untangle the process of social work licensure and help determine which pathway might be best for a school social worker. Types of Social Work Licensures There are a few different licenses school social…

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Information Sheets for Students with Difficult Behaviors

Social workers are often tasked with supporting students who exhibit unsafe or disruptive behaviors in school. An informational “quick facts” sheet serves as a helpful tool for not just social workers, but staff throughout the school to help support students in crisis. Key Elements for an Information Sheet While you may have a lot of…

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