Within SWWC, school social workers work in different settings. Some school social workers work in school systems that serve general education and special education students while others provide services primarily for students under special education services. Others work in alternative school settings, like the Red Rock Ridge Learning Center in Windom, where students receive therapeutic services like groups, social skills instruction and more. Others work as mental health professionals providing more specific services in varying settings. Regardless of the setting, the school social worker is there to assist the student, staff, family, and community by providing a multitude of services. These services could include individual therapy, social skill groups, character education, attendance management, parenting assistance, and more.
School social workers in Minnesota hold licenses with the Minnesota Board of Social Work. They may hold license at one of four levels:
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
- Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
- Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
School social workers also hold license through the Minnesota Department of Education and must adhere to the Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of Social Workers. They believe in the core values of service, social justice, dignity, worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.