Social Work/Individuals in Need

School social work services are specialized services that provide systematic interventions to remove barriers to student learning and success. Services may be either prevention or intervention approaches, and both district wide or student specific. The school social worker holds a primary focus in providing clinical counseling to students that supports progress in the educational setting. School social workers are licensed professionals that adhere to the code of ethics regarding confidentiality and the delivery of professional services. 

These goals are accomplished by working with the following systems:

Working with Staff

The school social worker is responsible for the development and implementation of classroom or district-wide programming that supports students’ basic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. 

School social workers are also instrumental in supporting classroom teachers through the provision of training, consultation, and offering coaching for strategies to utilize in the classroom. 

Helping Students and Families

Social workers seek to facilitate connections between home and school environments to promote student success. Social workers regularly conduct individualized assessments with students and their families. These assessments focus on social history, developmental history, family dynamics, student behavior, and learning ability, and are used to advocate for students, as well as connect students and their families with available supports and resources.

Working with the Community

School social workers are responsible for the coordination of resources for parents, teachers, and students. The community has a tremendous amount of support to offer, and the school social worker creates bridges between the resources and those in need.

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Nondiscrimination Policy and Statement The Dover Area School District is an equal opportunity institution.  It will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in the treatment of individuals, or any aspect of its operations, including its employment practices, as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district's activities and programs. The district offers CTE programs in Business, STEM, Visual Communications, and Agriculture. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedure, contact Dr. Troy Wiesting, Title IX Coordinator, [email protected] or 717-292-8066. For information regarding Section 504, contact Mrs. Katherine Guyer, Director of Exceptional Children, [email protected], or 717-292-3671.