Office of Social Work

Lake Forest employs a full-time Social Worker.

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values are embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history. Values include:

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

Goal

Our school Social Worker is a vital part of the total education team. She works in collaboration with a school psychologist, school nurse, parents, teachers, and administrators.
The school social worker integrates the information from all of these sources to provide social, emotional, behavioral, and adaptive functioning support to strengthen the child, the child’s family and the school environment.
Services

  • Promote regular school attendance of students through on-going attendance monitoring
  • Counsel with students and parents
  • Provide teacher/administrative consultations
  • Manage crisis situations
  • Apply and teach conflict resolution/mediation skills
  • Plan, conduct, or assist with in-service training program for school personnel
  • Serve as a liaison between school and community referral resources
  • Make home visits
  • SATeam (Student Assistance Team) Chairperson
  • Conduct individual, group, and classroom sessions:
    • Grief
    • Bullying/Teasing
    • Divorce
    • Self-esteem – social skills/character counts
    • Academic/retention support
    • Test anxiety/relaxation
    • Suspension prevention
    • Diversity and cultural awareness
  • Social Activities/Student Incentives Programs
    • Student of the Month
    • Eagles that Beat the Bell (Tardy Improvement)
    • Perfect Attendance
    • Eagles with Etiquette
  • Manages and Implements the school’s Social Skills Program