Social Work at Elm

Sometimes circumstances outside of the classroom get in the way of students learning up to their capabilities.

The job of a school social worker is to help identify those external obstacles, regardless of whether a student is general or special education, and then work with the student to get the services needed to overcome those difficulties.

Ms. Katie Blunier is Elm Middle School's social worker. She can be reached at her District email address.

How School Social Workers Help Students

So how does a school social worker go about helping students? As the National Association of Social Workers puts it:

School social workers pick up where teachers leave off. They are perhaps the professionals best equipped to address the social and psychological issues that can block academic progress. Through counseling, crisis intervention and prevention programs, they help young people overcome the difficulties in their lives, and as a result, give them a better chance at succeeding in school.

About 5 percent of the nation’s approximately half a million social workers work in the schools, primarily in public school settings. Besides helping youth with traditional academic problems, social workers aid others whose specific social, psychological, emotional or physical difficulties put them at risk for falling through the cracks. These include homeless youth, gay and lesbian youth and young people with physical or mental health disabilities.

Because social workers are trained to think of innovative solutions to complex problems, their interventions often make a strong difference for young people at risk for academic failure.

For More Information

We invite you to learn more about social work at Elm by visiting the following pages:

Social Work FAQ

Social Work Resources