Social Work

School Social Work

School Social Work is specialized practice within the social work profession. School social workers are trained in understanding the interaction of the individual and his/her environment. They also receive training in crisis intervention. School social workers do comprehensive assessments within the school setting to determine student's needs.

School Social Work Services

School Social Work Services are provided to children from birth through their school years as required by state and federal law. School Social Work Services are offered when a student shows signs of social, emotional, physical, or environmental difficulties that interfere with their school adjustment and achievement. The following are some examples of behaviors that may indicate the need for services:

  • Constant discipline problem 
  • Irregular school attendance 
  • Aggressiveness toward others 
  • Poor peer/adult relationships 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Depression 
  • Lack of concern with appearance/apathy 
  • Suicidal verbalizations/gestures 
  • Excessive shyness 
  • Frequent physical complaints 
  • School age pregnancy 

School Social Workers Assist Students

  • To understand themselves and others 
  • To improve relationships 
  • To build their self-esteem 
  • To cope with stress 
  • To develop self-discipline 

School Social Workers Assist Parents

  • To identify and meet their child's social and emotional needs 
  • To actively participate in their child's education 
  • To understand programs available to their child 
  • In understanding school policies, procedures and decisions that will affect their child 
  • In becoming aware of community resources 

Students May Be Referred

Students may be referred by contacting the principal in the building where the child attends in order to discuss concerns.

Social Workers
Phone Extension
Schools they serve
Email Address
Stacey Bliss
ext. 30419
PVassar MS/HS,
 Amanda Bolzman 989.673.2144
ext. 30358
Akron-Fairgrove,  USA
[email protected]
Jeff Davis 989.673.5200 ext. 30551 Caro Center, Lighthouse, HPS [email protected]
 Rhonda Dennis 989.673.5200
ext. 30552
Cass City, Kingston
Heather Grigg
ext. 1228
Reese, Transition Center
Victoria Hahn-Parker
ext. 30434
Katie Bristol 989.673.2144
ext. 30475
Millington, 31n Liaison [email protected]
 Kristine O'Connor 989.776.0421 Pioneer Work & Learn [email protected]
Judy Stapleton
ext. 30439
Early On
Jamie Wallace 989.673.5200 
  ext. 30439       
Vassar Elem & Head Start, Lighthouse, Caro Center [email protected]