March is National Social Work month and March 7th through the 13th has been declared School Social Work Week. The Dedham Public Schools are committed to the social-emotional wellbeing of our students and have School Social Workers at every level, with two in our elementary schools, two at Dedham Middle School (DMS) and one at Dedham High School (DHS). Additionally, DPS is training social work interns from Boston College and Bridgewater State University this school year.
Dedham’s social workers are Masters-level licensed mental health clinicians. Their training includes developmental and clinical theories, psychopathology, family systems, addiction, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, understanding the impact of racial and financial inequities, relational dynamics, gender and sexuality, crisis management, safety assessment and how to connect families to community resources.
In the schools, our social workers provide individual and group counseling to support our students’ ability to best access the curriculum, consult with faculty and families, develop 504 and District Curriculum Accommodation Plans, and collaborate with outpatient medical and mental health providers. Thank you to our DPS School Social Workers for supporting our school community each and every day!