The School As Client: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Working in Schools in the 21 Century

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The School As Client: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Working in Schools in the 21 Century

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


Presenter: Scott Bloom, LCSW-R, BFA

NASW-NYS Members: $10 | NYC-Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member: $18 | Non-Members: $20 

Students Members: $8 | Students Non-Members: $16

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

In school districts across the country, the dual challenges of increased accountability for the academic success of all children and the increasingly high rates of mental health referrals have generated a heightened sense of the importance of developing alternative options that can effectively address student needs. While many of our students struggle to meet new academic standards, often there are other contributing factors, such as lack of school readiness or emotional difficulties, which interfere with student success. Additionally, academic success is negatively affected by concomitant, chronic conditions, such as unmet medical or mental health problems. This set of factors creates a condition for the school social worker to adopt a new paradigm: a shift from actively providing health services, to becoming a part of academic services. How to balance this new shift, juggle the new mandates while providing quality mental health services, is the core of this webinar.] 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • List steps to successfully navigate a multi-tiered system of support in schools.
  • Describe how effective collaboration across integrated systems of care can lead to improved mental health supports for students and educators alike.
  • Outline best practices in school mental health collaboration and work alongside school staff to improve school climate and learning environment.
  • Devise communication and negotiation tools to promote positive interaction between social workers and school staff

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Scott Bloom, LCSW-R, has spent his career at the intersection of mental health and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating these programs into school systems creating opportunities for students to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to academic achievement. He is the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for the Office of School Health in the NYC Department of Education. The School Mental Health unit facilitates partnerships with mental health organizations, implements Mayoral ThriveNYC projects, and focuses on prevention initiatives that have created a citywide system of mental health services and resources in over 1,800 New York City schools. He has been working with children and families for over 30 years. He serves on the advisory boards for a number of cities, state and national mental health initiatives including the Center for the Advancement of School Mental Health and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center for Puerto Rico. Mr. Bloom has contributed to journals, magazine articles, book chapters, and has presented at local and national conferences on school mental health. Mr. Bloom has certification as a psychotherapist.  


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June 3rd, 2020 5:30 PM   through   6:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 10.00
NASW-NYC Member $ 15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 18.00
Non-Members $ 20.00
Students Members $ 8.00
Students Non-Members $ 16.00