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School Social Work: Skills and Interventions for Effective Practice



School Social Work: Skills and Interventions for Effective Practice

David Dupper

ISBN: 978-0-471-27112-3 October 2002 320 Pages


"This book is well written and inclusive with a realistic approach to problems encountered in schools today. Practical and useable interventions are included which makes this text a valuable resource to the school social worker."
-Terry Housteau-Hill, LSCW, Lead Consultant, Knox County School Social Services

"An invaluable resource . . . [and] extremely reader-friendly."
-Michelle Alvarez, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University of Southern Indiana

School Social Work thoroughly covers all aspects of this burgeoning field, from the history and function of school social workers and up-to-date, empirically and developmentally supported interventions to effective methods for implementing and evaluating school social work programs. Educational policy and legislation, community-based interventions, and prevention programs are also covered.

Supported by case vignettes and discussion questions that engage the reader in every chapter, this book:
* Provides proven and promising programs for change in classrooms, schools, families, neighborhoods, and communities
* Equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the unique political environment of the school
* Outlines the school social worker's essential role as a consultant to faculty and administrators as well as creator and mediator of school and community collaborations that enhance the academic success of at-risk students

In addition, this book provides current assessment methods for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions; recently developed standardized measures designed to assess change at the classroom, school, family, neighborhood, and community levels; guidelines for successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating new programs based on Comprehensive Quality Programming (CQP) strategies; and detailed information on the most current student-focused violence prevention programs.

Complete with lists of Internet resources and other references at the end of each chapter, School Social Work is a valuable tool for students and a hands-on resource for school social workers, psychologists, counselors, and administrators.

School Social Workers: History, Roles, and Functions.

The Social Organization and Political Environment of the School.


Externalizing Behavior Problems.

Internalizing Behavior Problems.

Social Problems.

Students with Disabilities.


School-Based Prevention Programs.

Interventions on Behalf of Vulnerable Groups of Students.

The School Social Worker as Consultant and Team Member.

Involving Parents and the Community in Restructuring Schools.


Evaluating Student-Focused Interventions.

Evaluating System-Focused Interventions.

Appendix: "School Survival Group" Curriculum.


Author Index.

Subject Index.
"...very accessible, generally clearly laid out and a fine introduction to some of the issues in this growing field..." (British Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 73(4), December 2003)
  • Only current, evidence-based, authored text on school social work
  • Contains chapter objectives, chapter summaries, and questions for discussion
  • Covers history of school social work; school social worker roles; educational policy and legal background; student-, teacher-, and community-based interventions and prevention programs; and program evaluation
  • Case studies bring material to life and stimulate critical thinking about effective and ethical practice