About Miss Jill
Hello! I am the counselor at St. Bartholomew. The 2018/2019 school year is my 5th year at St. B’s. This year I will be at the school 4 days a week- usually Tuesday-Friday. I am employed by Catholic Charities as part of their school social work staff. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work with a concentration in School Social Work. If you would like to contact me or send me a referral to work with your child please email me at my school email and complete a Parent Referral Form. I look forward to working with you and your children this year!
Parent Referral Form (If you would like me to work with your child, please fill this out and return via email or to my mailbox in the school office)
Forma de Referencia para Padres (Si desea que trabaje con su hijo, por favor completar esto y devolver a mi buzon de correo en la oficina de la escuela. Usted puede llenar en espanol.)
Student-Self-Referral (middle school students may self-refer)
Formulario de Auto-Referencia para Estudiantes (los estudiantes de secundaria se pueden referir a sí mismos)
What is a School Social Worker?
- School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession.
- School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team.
- School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.
- School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence.
- School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district’s ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success. (School Social Work Association of America, 2016)
What does a School Social Worker do?
School social workers play a unique role in the schools as they work with school staff, students, families, and community agencies in removing barriers to education. Historically, the foremost role of the school social worker is that of a home-school-community liaison. Although the field of school social work has evolved considerably with the dynamic changes of society, and school social workers function as change agents more so than ever before, they continue to serve as the vital link between home, school, and community. Some of the many services provided by school social workers include the following:
Consultation and education
- Confer with school personnel to sensitize them to student-family-school-community relations which affect a student’s school performance
- Provide consultation at the system level to enhance classroom/school climate for success, promote optimal learning, improve interpersonal skills, and alleviate barriers to good adjustment
- Develop and present appropriate parent education within schools
- Collaborate with school personnel to develop additions to the curriculum in the areas of mental health, social welfare, and family life education
Direct services to students and families
- Screen/assess students referred by school staff and/or parents to determine appropriate interventions
- Provide clinically appropriate counseling and/or therapeutic services to individual students or groups of students
- Provide crisis intervention, counseling, and behavior management
- Consult with and work with community agencies providing services to students and their families, particularly as the needs and services impact the educational adjustment of students
- Serve as liaison between school and community agencies
- Refer to outside agencies to provide additional services to students as needed
- Promote and reinforce regular attendance with students, families, teachers, and administrators
- Intervene in instances of chronic truancy and non-attendance of students (ACPS, 2016)