Article written by the New York State School Social Workers’ Association, August 7, 2020 (Click title)
Your Membership Dollars At Work!
- SSWAA Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis and the Role of School Social Workers Position Statement. Source: SSWAA
- SSWAA FAQ from COVID-19 Webinar 19 pages of Important Information 3/26/2020 Source: SSWAA
- SSWAA COVID-19 FAQ Qualifiers 2 pages. Source: McCoy, C. & Ochocki, S. 2020. SSWAA
- SSWAA April Featured Article: Creating Hope Through Connection: How to Empower Families and Bring Joy During a Pandemic. Source: Kaplan, J. 4/14/2020. SSWAA
TV Coverage of NY School Social Work Services
“Western New York school social workers helping students cope through virtual meetings, counseling sessions” Source: April 2, 2020 WGTC-Channel 2, Buffalo, New York
Many School Social Workers are assisting school districts in providing food/meals to students and families. Governor Cuomo has highlighted the food insecurity needs at a state level and is asking for assistance. You and others can help by donating directly to “Feeding New York State”. This link will also connect you to sources of food in your area to assist families.
Let us know how you are providing services during this pandemic—send pictures too!
- School Social Work: Self Care Plan During and After a Pandemic. Source: Carchedi, S. 6/17/2020. Medium
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health. Source: Center for Disease Control.
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health – Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak Isolation (4 page Fact Sheet) Source: 4/2020. SAMSHA
- 4 Keys to Making On-Line Learning Work Source: Spangenberg, J, 7/23/2020. SmartBrief
- Coronavirus COVID-19: 8 Ethical Considerations for Social Workers Source: NASW
- COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers & Therapists. Source: Social Work Career
- International Network for School Social Work COVID-19 Special Edition. This newsletter highlights School Social Work services mostly here in the states including reference to New York SSW Services as well as Finland. Source: Marion Huxtable. 4/30/2020. International Network for School Social Work
- NASW’s resources Supporting Clients Source: National Association of Social Workers
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus. Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis. Source: 3/23/2020. Teaching Tolerance
- 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety Source: Beth Daley| March 10, 2020 | The Conversation
- Korea SSWs respond to COVID-19 Source: 5/16/2020. International Network for School Social Work Newsletter
- Prioritizing Children and their Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic (U.S. & Finland) Source: 4/2020. International Network for School Social Work Newsletter
- What You Need to Know About Coronavirus and Grief Source: Allison Jame. March 13, 2020. The Grief Recovery Method
Mental Health During COVID-19
- Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster. FREE. 45 pages full of practical information and resources for practitioners and parents including step by step activities to help children relax and cope, after or during a crisis including this pandemic.
- Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19 (2 page) Source: 2020. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
- Managing Worry and Anxiety in a Pandemic World. “If you’re suffering from anxiety during COVID-19, you’re not alone. This link will take you to a free download* of a 1 hour video slide show with Coach Margaret Wehrenberg. *This is a completely free download, no strings attached. You will need access to Google Drive to access the download. If you’d like to fast-forward, Margaret starts the presentation at around 2:22.”
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: 3/19/2020. Child Trends
- Stress & Coping During COVID-19. Source: Center for Disease Control.
- With School Buildings Closed, Children’s Mental Health Is Suffering Source: 5/14/2020 Kamenetz, Anya. NPR.
- Emotional ABC’s Free for Educators a “research-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum providing teachers (K–3) with 20 sequential Workshops and extensive classroom support materials” Source: Emotional ABC’s
- “Howard B. Wigglebottom” Preschool and Elementary books, animated books, songs, posters and lessons. Source: How Do We Listen Foundation
- Leaning on Social Emotional Learning Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. Source: Cipriano, C. & Brackett, M. March 18, 2020. EdSurge.
- Mindfulness Classes for Kids (FREE for now) Live- on-line: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT
- Providing Effective Social–Emotional and Behavioral Supports After COVID-19 Closures: Universal Screening and Tier 1 Interventions. Source: 2020. NASP (Retrieved 8/11/2020)
- SEL Home Learning Packet supports Social Emotional Learning. FREE This take home packet includes 7 pages of activities to encourage students to find calming activities at home. Source: Teachers Pay Teachers
- Social Emotional Learning Activities (FREE) Source: Centervention
- SEL Resources During COVID-19 Source: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
- Social Emotional Learning and School Re-Opening. A Guide for Schools. Source: Prothero, A. 7/14/2020. EdWeek
- Supporting Our Kids From a Distance: Tools & Strategies to Provide SEL & SpEd Services by Eric Santos & Marjorie Colindres. 3/31/2020. School Social Work Network. In this Zoom workshop, Technology Learning Coach Eric Santos and School Social Worker and SSWN Senior Contributor Marjorie Colindres provide a range of online tools and strategies that School Social Workers can use to provide services to their students and families during the COVID-19 crisis. It also includes a list of SEL resources.
- Active Coping Calendar Source: Action for Happiness
- Calm Down Strategies–Problem Solving Wheel & Anger Wheel of Choice FREE Source: Teaching with Happiness–Teachers Pay Teachers
- Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman 25-30 minute character education videos. Source: Spring 2020 CBSNews
- P.O.I.N.T Problem Solving Activity Sheet Source: Grand Haven School District.
- Skills Group Manual: Grades 6 – 8. 10 Session Manual. Source: TRAILS. University of Michigan.
- The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. (186 pages of activities.) Source: Schwab, L. 2008. Instant Help Books.
- Dealing with Coronavirus-COVID-19 YouTube Video Source: Kati Morton, LMFT. UNICEF, Tonyeh Media.
- Depression–YouTube film by a teen regarding Behavioral Activation Source: TRAILs, University of Michigan
- Skills Group Manual: Grades 9 – 12 Source: TRAILS. University of Michigan
- S.T.E.E.R. The STEER process was developed to help you identify and change your patterns of behavior by changing your thought patterns. Source: Grand Haven School District.
- 25 Amazing Coping Skills YouTube Video (She has several videos.) Source: Kati Morton, LMFT. Tonyeh Media.
Referral Forms/Questionnaires/Feedback/Needs Assessment
- Student Self Report K-12 Example Example modules created by Rami Benbenisthy, Ron Avi Astor and Kate Watson, PhD. Student at UCLA, to help schools gather needed information from students,urrounding the COVID19 situation. Source: Ron Astor. UCLA
- Parent Questionnaire Example Example modules created by Rami Benbenisthy, Ron Avi Astor and Kate Watson, PhD. Student at UCLA, to help schools gather needed information from parents surrounding the COVID19 situation. Source: Ron Astor. UCLA
- Teachers K-12 Questionnaire Example Example modules created by Rami Benbenisthy, Ron Avi Astor and Kate Watson, PhD. Student at UCLA, to help schools gather needed information from educators surrounding the COVID19 situation. Source: Ron Astor. UCLA
National Domestic Violence Hotline. Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in over 170 languages. All calls are confidential and anonymous.
CRISIS TEXT LINE can be reached by texting HOME to 741741 and via Facebook Messenger from the organization’s website. “The ingredients for an increase in intimate partner violence are clear. Survivors are more isolated, their abusive partners are under more stress, and the options for escape have become more limited amid the outbreak.” (Axios)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text “Hablanos” to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support. TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517”
Call a Suicide Lifeline:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Center Hotline: 1-877-7-CRISIS or 1-877-727-4747
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Trevor Lifeline – LGBTQ 1-866-488-7386
Teen Line 1-800-TLC-TEEN or 1-800-852-8336
Veterans & Military Families 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
Response Resources: NYSSSWA Membership Dollars At Work
The New York State School Social Workers’ Association (NYSSSWA) is the only professional association dedicated solely to the visibility and viability of School Social Workers in New York State. Members are essential to our ability to support you and our profession. If you are not a member, join us today so we can continue to provide advocacy and services on your behalf.