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School Social Work: 

"There is no greater

joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference

in someone’s life."

– Mary Rose McGeady


What We Do

School Social Workers are an important part of the educational team that works to help students be ready to learn. Our team consists of administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists, and other staff. In addition to working with this team of professionals, we are the link between the school, home, and community, bringing all systems together in the best interest of the child. 

School Social Workers help STUDENTS:

  • Develop positive problem solving and decision making skills through classroom, group, and individual work
  • Cope with stress due to situations at home, school, and in the community
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Increase academic success
  • Develop self-esteem and self-discipline

School Social Workers help SCHOOLS:

  • Promote a safe school environment
  • Utilize available resources to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of all students
  • Develop and implement policies for the safety of all students (i.e. bullying, LGBTQ)
  • Understand how cultural, societal, socio-economic status, physical and mental health, and familial factors affect students
  • Coordinate community resources to meet students’ needs
  • Educate faculty and staff in areas such as anti-bullying and Positive Behavior Supports
  • By being part of the crisis and multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention teams
  • By providing evidence-based social work services as a component of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

School Social Workers help PARENTS:

  • Understand how students with special needs can access available programs
  • Participate effectively in their children’s education
  • Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
  • Utilize school and community resources effectively

School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

  • Understand school policies, programs, and practice
  • Develop strategies and resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
  • Navigate available resources and collaborate to provide the best possible care for students and families


A person wishing to practice as a school social worker in Indiana must hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), the LSW and/or LCSW through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) (IC 25-23.6-4-1), and obtain a Student Services License from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE)(515 IAC 8-1-48), which requires practicum experience and knowledge of the school environment. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children.

In summary, Indiana School Social workers must 

  • Have a Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Be a Licensed Social Worker or License Clinical Social Worker from the IPLA

​          (IC 25-23.6-4-1)

  • Have a Student Services License from the IDOE (515 IAC 8-1-48)