School Social Work
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers serve as the link between home, school and community. As members of the educational team, school social workers promote students’ academic and social success by helping to access, mobilize and coordinate services for students and their families.
School social workers are licensed by both the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the Minnesota Department of Education.
School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists are skilled practitioners in the areas of psychoeducational assessment, childhood development, behavioral management, individual/group counseling, and consultation.
School psychologists must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education.
School counselors are professional educators with mental health training who can identify and respond to the challenges presented to today’s student population. School counselors do not work in isolation; They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students in their academic, social, emotional and personal development and to help them find the pathways to achieve their dreams.
Student support offices with school counselors are located at the middle school and high school.