School Social Work Parent Resources

Who Are School Social Workers and How Can They Help Me?

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School Social Workers Assist Parents and Families by:

  • Discussing and meeting with parent(s)/guardian(s) to understand issues that may be affecting their child’s education,
  • Collaborating together with caregivers to help reduce any family stress(ors) to enable their child to function more successfully in school & in the community,
  • Working with parent(s)/guardian(s) to assist them in finding ways to further support their children in school,
  • Assisting parents to be able to understand and access programs that are available to students with special needs,
  • Aiding parents in becoming aware  of as well as be able to access school and community resources.

A Brief Guide to School Social Work.   This document was developed by Lisa Bundrick, LMSW, to help parents, educators and administrators understand the role of the school social worker.

School Social Work Services:   A quick, resource outlining School Social Work services.  (1 page) Source:  Contributed to SSWAA & NYSSSWA by Dot Kontak

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Resources for Parents During COVID-19

Includes numerous activity links and resources you can do with your child(ren) as well as general information to assist you during this pandemic.




Helping Your Child Cope with Tragedy & Loss

Topics include:

  • Helping Your Child Cope With Tragedy:  Resources by Age
  • Helping Your Child Cope With Tragedy:  General Resources
  • Resources in Different Languages
  • Responding to Shootings & Mass Violence 
  • Responding to Media Coverage
  • Responding to Natural Disasters 

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Counseling Resources

When Should I Get Counseling for My Child?Student with emotional concerns

Child Mind Institute:  Tools for parents worried about a child’s mood, behavior, or success in school. Including a Mental Health guide, Symptom Checker, Developmental Milestones, Quick Facts on disorders and a Glossary of useful terms.

Kids Mental Health Info:   How do I know when to worry about my child’s mental health? Who do I turn to for help? How do I know if my child needs help right away? Find answers to these and other Frequently Asked Questions.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health   The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness:  Answers to frequently asked questions from parents about the treatment of mental disorders in children.  The National Institute of Mental Health offers a 6 page fact sheet that addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children may include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

How Can I Help My Child Cope?

With Injury, Hospitalization and/or  Trauma    Handouts in English and Spanish to assist parents in helping their child to cope.

Suicide Prevention

Parent Information:  Protecting Your Child From Suicide  (English)  Heath, Melissa.  2012. Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University.

Parent Information:  Protecting Your Child From Suicide  (Spanish) Heath, Melissa.  2012. Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University.

Document also available in  Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Hmong, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Tongan, Croatian, and Japanese   Translations provided to SSWAA by Melissa Allen Heath,   PhD,  Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University

Substance Abuse

Find Addiction Treatment Centers Near You.   If you or your loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, the Division On Addictions provides a national, easily searchable database.  There are various types of addiction treatment centers and facilities in the U.S., including alcohol detox and drug detox, so finding the one that suits both your needs and budget is not an easy task. At Division On Addictions, we list every single rehab facility in the U.S. in an easy to see and browse directory, sortable by state, city and even county. You are able to quickly and easy search for a nearby drug and alcohol rehab center that can be either free, offer a sliding scale form of payment, where they take your financial ability into account, and even luxury rehabs, that offer upscale services and amenities.    Source:  Division of Addictions

Find The Best Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Near You.  If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, get the help you need today.  You can search by city/state.  Note:  “ is not a medical provider or treatment facility.”  Source:  Addiction

What Can I Do If My Child is Being Bullied?

When you, your child, or someone close to you is being bullied, there are many steps to take to help resolve the situation. Make sure you understand what bullying is and what it is notbullying and the LGBTQ youth, the warning signs of bullying, and steps to take for preventing and responding to bullying, including prevention in schools and communities, and how to support children involved.   Source: 

What Are Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities Are Bullied–Parent Fact Sheet.


General Resources for Parents

American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families   Informational sheets on a variety of topics for families as well  as for youth.

Families Together in New York State.  A wealth of information for parents and families who have children and with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges.  A website created by the Office on Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage “healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16.” A good starting point for a parent-daughter chat on difficult topics.

Internet Safety is for parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web and mobile technology. Here you’ll find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe and productive use of connected technology.

YourChild: Development and Behavior Resources.  A Web site designed for parents and it is also useful for educators and administrators. As it states on their website- “It is a clearinghouse for comprehensive information on children’s development and behavior. We aim to help parents navigate the overwhelming amount of information available on the Internet and provide parents a means to link up with support groups, agencies, organizations, and other tools and resources. YourChild is a resource parents can trust, because University of Michigan experts have evaluated the information and links provided.” They have a very broad range of informational sheets on a variety of topics regarding child behavior and development.

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.