In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for school-based social workers continues to rise. School closures and distance learning has made it even clearer that home and school life overlap, impacting one another in a myriad of ways.

When you partner with Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS) we act as an extension of your special education department and related services program by placing highly qualified, dedicated social workers in your school. Our school-based social workers work with your education team to bridge the gap for students. Learn more about our school-based social workers below!

School-Based Social Workers & PTS’s Multidisciplinary Team of Related Services Providers

School-Based Social Workers According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities and disorders may be entitled to social worker services. Students qualify for these services if they are necessary for them to benefit from their education. School social workers often serve as part of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams along with:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Other professionals like school psychologists and counselors

To become a social worker, professionals must earn a bachelor’s degree in either social work, psychology, or sociology and hold at least the minimum credentials required for a school-based social work position. Additionally, they may earn a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) and get approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

How do School-Based Social Workers Serve Students, Schools, & Communities?

School-based social workers strive to secure students with the support they need to succeed. PTS’s school-based social workers act as case managers, counselors, advocates, and mediators to enhance students’ social, emotional, and physical well-being. They create the necessary conditions for students, including those with special needs, to access their education by accurately identifying and distributing the right resources.

School-Based Workshops, In-Service Trainings, & Direct Consultations

PTS’s social workers also train school administrators, teachers, and staff how to support students and families to the best of their abilities. They provide workshops, lead in-service trainings, and offer direct consultations. This level of integrated support ensures the carry-over of therapeutic strategies into the classroom environment.

Direct Therapy Services & Crisis Interventions

School-Based Social Workers In addition to providing referrals and connecting students and families with resources, social workers provide counseling services, including one-on-one, small group, and family sessions. These counseling services help students and families address mental health challenges, adverse circumstances, and other educational barriers.

With the help of a dedicated social worker, students can develop key problem-solving skills, master important social skills, and learn how to regulate their emotions and practice self-care. In the event of an emergency, social workers can also provide necessary psychological support.

When you partner with PTS, you help the students and families in your district receive the support they need.

Partner with PTS & Serve More Students with School-Based Social Workers

More students than ever need the extra support that school-based social workers are uniquely positioned to provide. Partner with PTS to connect with a talented team of school-based social workers and provide your students with the support they need.

Since PTS acts as an extension of its partnering districts’ special education and related services, you won’t have more work on your plate. Contact PTS to learn more today!

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