Roles and Services
School social workers are an invaluable link between the student, family, school, and community.
We are “trained mental health professionals who are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health crises and needs as well as provide support to administration and staff when school crises occur,” according to the NASW.
Although our primary client is the student, we also work to help link students and their families to school and community resources to promote student success.
Your School Social Worker is a licensed mental health professional who works in conjunction with the school staff, administration, and the school district to help eliminate barriers that prevent a student from being academically successful. The role of the school social worker on this team is unique, however, and should never be confused with the roles of the other professionals because of the specialized skills that we bring to the team including but not limited to:
- Resource linkage and development
- Preparation of specialized student reports such as a bio-psychosocial assessment
- Expert guidance in the area of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Truancy prevention and intervention services
- Individual counseling and crisis intervention
- Home visits to speak with family members to address student concerns
- Group therapy
- Expert training and guidance in the area of cultural competency and cultural awareness
More specifically, your school social worker can help with...
- CONFLICT MEDIATION
Helping to resolve disputes among peers
- CRISIS INTERVENTION
Intervention with students and staff with concerns related to personal health and safety, school concerns, and/or family concerns
- SUPPORTIVE PYSCHO-EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING
Individual or small group counseling to support student needs
- CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS
Problem-solving, positive social skills, bullying, online presence and safety, stress and anxiety management, coping skills
- COMMUNITY REFERRALS
Assist students and families with connecting with community resources including but not limited to DFPS, health care, private therapy, assistance, and support groups
- TRANSITION ASSISTANCE
Assisting new/incoming students with becoming familiar with the culture and community at school; support students struggling to attend class
Assist the Attendance Office with locating students and assisting families with resources to avoid truancy
Educating and promoting changes or considerations that will encourage equitable student access, opportunity, and education
School Social Work Services
School Social Work services are provided by a licensed Social Worker who is employed by the Houston Independent School District. Licensed School Social Workers are licensed under the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners and possess a master’s degree. The School Social Worker at Harvard Elementary School is Lindsay G. Fisher, LMSW.
Phone: (832) 930-6814 - call/text
Services provided by licensed school Social Workers are not intended to replace the services provided by Licensed Clinical Counselors/Therapists. School services are designed to assist students with behavioral, social, emotional, and family/community needs. The format may be either small groups or individual sessions.