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SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for providing limited social work services for students and their families. The incumbent exercises independent judgment in helping students and families by providing appropriate counseling, emotional support, crisis intervention, and advocacy with community agencies. The work is performed under the direct supervision of a School Social Worker or other administrative superior. Supervision is not a function of this class. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Links students and families with school and community resources.
Attends parent-teacher conferences as needed.
Assists in school-wide attendance initiatives.
Makes home visits as needed.
Encourages families to effectively participate in their childís education.
Helps families understand school policies, services, and programs.
Assists the school team in crisis intervention.
Refers Child Protective cases and make referrals to mental health agencies as needed.
Provides individual and group counseling of students and as indicated on students Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Collaborates with school teams to develop and monitor Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, Functional Behavioral Assessments, and behavior plans.
Actively participates in various meetings with families, school teams, and multiple agencies as needed.
Participates in team meetings and reviews data collected at regular intervals.
Collaborates with all school personnel to assess studentís social/emotional obstacles to academic success.
Consults with therapists, doctors, parents, child protective, law guardians, and family court.
Completes social histories as part of evaluation team and documents attempts to meet with families.
Assists in the development, facilitation, coordination of prevention activities and intervention strategies, programs and training.
Collaborates with various parties to report or investigate concerns.
Works collaboratively with college/university partners on District initiatives.
Assists the school social worker and other related service providers.
FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of practices and procedures of social work in a school setting.
Working knowledge of the community agencies and their services and programs available to students with special needs and their families including students with behavior concerns.
Working knowledge of the needs and problems associated with students with special needs and students with behavior concerns and their families.
Working knowledge of the school districtís operations and policies.
Ability to communicate effectively with others.
Ability to prepare case notes and reports.
Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in social work, counseling, human services or resources, sociology, psychology or a closely related field.