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You might hire a school social worker to:

  • Mobilize family, school, and community resources to support a child’s learning

  • Provide crisis intervention, behavioral therapy, and social skill development assistance

  • Gather information to help school staff understand student performance and behavior

  • Assist in developing educational programs that serve a broader base of student needs



Required skills and qualifications
Preferred skills and qualifications
Social work registration, certification, or licensing, depending on local regulations One to two years of social work experience relevant to the age group served
Supervised experience, whether through a university course, apprenticeship, or training program Background in crisis intervention, conflict resolution, violence and child abuse prevention, substance abuse counseling, character education, or family counseling
Knowledge of clinical interventions and the ability to put them into practice A growth mindset and collaborative approach to meeting student needs
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills Time management skills and the ability to multitask
Ability to pass a background check and commitment to ethical conduct Computer skills for recordkeeping purposes