Neil Armstrong School Social Work
GATES CHILI SCHOOL DISTRICT
Chris Magee, LMSW & Therapy Dog Kelsey
How to contact your School Social Worker:
247-5050 ext 40529 or
Social & Emotional Learning helps students manage their emotions and behavior
So What Does a School Social Worker DO???
School social workers work with students, parents and teachers to nurture school success. A major goal is to help reduce, and ideally eliminate, problems and obstacles that interfere with a student's learning. When a request for service is made I begin by looking at the student's unique situation and look to see what factors may be an obstacle. Next I develop a plan that works with the student's strengths. Attitude and behavior are areas where the student has the most personal power to work on improving. In addition, I look to use the student's positive influences such as support and involvement from parents, other school professionals, and community agencies. Utilizing student and parent strengths, as well as school and community services are critical in this goal planning process. The entire Neil Armstrong staff is here to assist in teaching students more effective skills, encouraging them in healthy directions and habits, and coaching them forward through personal and academic challenges.
Your School Social Worker has a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) and is licensed to practice by the state of New York. School Social Workers are school-based professionals skilled in helping to resolve your student's problems so they can come to school ready to learn. Your school social worker is trained to work with children and their families in many different areas such as:
More specifically, your school social worker can help with the following areas...
- CONFLICT MEDIATION
Helping to resolve disputes among peers
- CRISIS INTERVENTION
Intervention in student having a involving personal, school, and or family concerns
- SUPPORTIVE PYSCHO-EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING
Individual or small group counseling to support student needs
- CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS Problem solving, positive social skills, dealing with bullying and staying safe on the internet, stress managment & coping skills through a program called 2nd Step
- COMMUNITY REFERALS : To agencies for such as DSS, Health Care, or private counseling
- HELPING WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENTS
Meeting with parent/guardian for a comprehensive social history report for the special education assessment committee
How Students Are Referred to the School Social Worker:
- School Personnel
- Community Agencies
- Student Self-Referral
“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them” Dr. Steve Maraboli
*Please call or e-mail, or make an appointment through the school office to discuss any concerns you may have for your child’s success at school.
- CONFLICT MEDIATION