Role of a School Social Worker and School Psychologist

School Social Worker 

The primary focus or goal of the school social worker is to remove any barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling his or her academic potential. Additional services include: 

  • Sociocultural assessments
  • Issues with poverty, chronic illness, & child abuse/neglect
  • Hygiene items, winter coats, backpacks

 

School Psychologist

The primary focus or goal of the school psychologist is to support the mental health and learning potential of students in both general and special education. Additional services include: 

  • Psychological testing
  • Functional behavior assessments
  • Behavior intervention plans

 

Shared Responsibilities of Social Worker and Psychologist:

  • Risk assessments
  • Threat assessments
  • Behavioral consultation
  • Crisis counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Counseling on IEP
  • Provide community referrals teams
  • Local screening committee
  • Child study team
  • Eligibility committee
  • Mental health team
  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) team