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School Social Work

National Perspectives on Practice in Schools

Edited by Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Tory Cox, and Michelle Alvarez

Publication Date - 10 October 2016

ISBN: 9780190273842

296 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Approaches diversity from an intersectionality perspective, accounting for the experiences of students based on differences such as sexuality, race, and gender


School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in Schools aims to provide a contemporary understanding of school social work practice given the changing educational context. While unique in that the content aligns with the newly developed national practice model developed by SSWAA, the text includes several other useful features. For one, practice and policy are approached from an intersectionality perspective, which provides a framework for thinking about various systems of oppression and allows the practitioner to account for the unique experience of students based on migration experience, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and gender. Theory and practice (alongside case studies) also illustrate school social work across the United States in a variety of settings. And finally, the authors -- including school social work practitioners and school social work researchers/academics -- are representative of various regions in the country, thereby providing a national overview of the profession. School Social Work is an undeniably invaluable resource for school social workers, school social work students, and school-based clinicians.


  • Features intersectional approach to diversity
  • Aligns with the SSWAA Model
  • Pays close attention to an ever-changing educational landscape
  • Features practitioner/academic co-authorship

About the Author(s)

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, PhD, MA, is Associate Professor at Dominican University's Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to her work at Dominican, Dr. Sosa practiced school social work for 14 years in urban and suburban settings.

Tory Cox, MSW, LCSW/PPS, is Assistant Director of Field Education for USC's School of Social Work and the Field Coordinator for the Social Work & Business in a Global Society Concentration. Mr. Cox was a school social worker for 13 years with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD).

Michelle Alvarez, EdD, MSW, is Associate Dean of Social Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University's College of Online and Continuing Education. Dr. Alvarez was also the former President of the School Social Work Association of America.

Table of Contents

    Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Tory Cox, Michelle Alvarez

    Chapter 1: History of School Social Work
    Gary Lee Shaffer and Randy A. Fisher

    Chapter 2: The National Practice Model for School Social Work
    Andy Frey, Jim Raines, Christine A. Sabatino, Michelle Alvarez, Brenda Lindsey, Anne McInerney, Frederick Streeck

    Chapter 3: Changing the Paradigm for School Social Work Roles
    Martell Teasley & Laura Richard

    Chapter 4: The Evidence-Base for School Social Work
    Kevin Tan, Mimi Mumm, Stefan Battle, & Mary Sheehan

    Chapter 5: The Changing Context of School Social Work Practice
    Susan Stone and Y. Kafi Moragne-Patterson

    Chapter 6: Contemporary Federal Policy & School Social Work: Implications for Practice and Opportunities for Leadership
    Andrew Brake and Benjamin Roth

    Chapter 7: Special Education
    Joelle D. Powers, Danielle K. Swick, & and Janet Cherry

    Chapter 8: Ethical and Legal Foundations for School Social Work Practice
    James C. Raines & Nic T. Dibble

    Chapter 9: Multi-tiered Systems of Support: Schoolwide Evidence-Based Interventions
    Aaron M. Thompson & Tory Cox

    Chapter 10: Multi-tiered Systems of Support: Targeted Evidence-Based Interventions
    Aaron M. Thompson & Jane Piester

    Chapter 11: Mental Health Services in the Schools: Collaboration in a Multi-Tiered System
    Kateri Picard Ray & Chris Alhman

    Chapter 12: The School Social Worker: Supporting Academic Success Through Social Emotional Learning
    Annette Johnson & Cassandra McKay-Jackson

    Chapter 13 Progress Monitoring and Data-Based Decision Making
    Kimberly Israel & Julie O'Donnell

    Chapter 14: Evaluation
    Brenda Lindsey, Chris Sabatino, Kari Smith, & Rebecca Kunkel

    Chapter 15: School Social Work in a Global Context
    Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Sachiko Bamba, Gunay Ismayilova, Mei Ling Tan-Wu

    Chapter 16: Conclusion: The Future of the Profession
    Laura Hopson, Cynthia Franklin, & Mary Beth Harris

    Appendix A: Supplemental Ethical Standards for School Social Work Practice



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