ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT
Cobb County School Social Workers exist to provide services to students, families and schools with the primary focus of removing barriers to academic success. School Social Workers are a vital part of the total educational process. They work in collaboration with school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, teachers, administrators, parents and various community agencies. Information obtained through these resources is then integrated to provide social, emotional, behavioral, and adaptive functioning support to the student, his or her family, and the school.
- Serve as a voice for students
- Guide families in pursuit of needs, goods and services
- Serve as a liaison between the student, family, school, and community
- Report concerns of child abuse and neglect
- Assist parents in understanding children’s social/emotional needs
- Represent school position and needs in crisis situations
- Provide counseling to students and families
We seek to Educate
- Educate school staff and community on issues of cultural diversity
- Facilitate support groups in the schools
- Help students achieve maximum academic success
- Inform parents of aspects of the educational process
- Participate in CORE Team/SST Strategy Meetings
- Encourage and monitor school attendance
We seek to Communicate
- Develop partnerships with faith based agencies and churches
- Encourage and facilitate community involvement with schools
- Serve on committees and take part in policy development
- Maintain visible presence in the community as a volunteer in agencies that advocate for the welfare of youth and children
- Build positive relationships with school staff, students, and families
What We Do
- Enforce the Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law
- Provide an array of services to students and their families
- Provide consultation to teachers and other staff
- Collaborate with community agencies for the improvement of the welfare of our students
Who We Are
- Over 40 school social workers serve Cobb County Schools
- Every school social worker has a Masters Degree in Social Work
- Several of our school social workers are bi-lingual
- Many of our school social workers are Licensed Clinical Social Workers
INTERNSHIP AND PRACTICUM PROGRAMS
The goal of Cobb’s School Social Work Internship Program is to train students to function as independent, ethical, and professional school social workers in a school environment which encourages the development of professional identity and fosters competence in the delivery of psychological services. The general goal of the internship program is to prepare students who are in the beginning stages of their graduate course work to experience field-based application of their university training and to prepare students who are in the final stages of their graduate course work to function competently and responsibly as a school social. Objectives are both to improve proficiency in providing clinical activities with children and adolescents, their parents and teachers, and to enhance the personal and professional qualities necessary to participate cooperatively in the public school domain while being responsive to the needs and skills of the student. The program allows interns to develop a variety of new skills and to interact with clients from diverse backgrounds. Interns will refine competencies in social work assessment, intervention, and consultation.
ORGANIZATION OF THE INTERNSHIP
The internships begin and end based on the calendar of employment for the 190-day school social workers. This will be posted at www.cobbk12.org when the final dates have been set by the Cobb County School District board.
Interns will receive the school social work livebinder handbook. Training will be held at the beginning of the school year in order to review such handbook.
Supervision is an essential and valued feature of the internship experience. The intern will be assigned to one school social worker. Internship supervisors in Cobb County supervise no more than two interns at any given time. The supervisor provides a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision. Assigned supervisor will work with the university professors to understand university internship requirements.
Interns will attend monthly staff and group supervision meetings along with the assigned school social worker (if they are working on those specific days of the week).
INTERN’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Intern shall work between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Holidays as defined by the Cobb County School District calendar for 190-day school social workers are observed.
The Intern shall maintain an accurate record of the time spent during the internship.
The Intern shall comply with federal, state and local laws and Cobb County School District policies relating to confidentiality of student records and communications. The Intern shall discuss any questions he or she has regarding confidentiality with his/her supervisor.
The Intern shall comply with all policies of the Cobb County School District as set out in the Cobb County Board of Education Policy Manual.
The Intern shall adhere to the Cobb County School District Employee Dress Code which requires: collared shirts, dress slacks, dress coordinates, suits, dresses, ties and sports coats.
At the conclusion of the internship, the Intern shall return all unused supplies provided by the Cobb County School District and participate in any exit interviews required by the Cobb County School District.
DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS TO THE INTERN
The Cobb County School District shall assign a primary supervisor to the Intern for the term of this Agreement who shall be selected based upon the career interest of the Intern and the interest of the supervisor and whose responsibility shall be the educational supervision and instruction of the Intern.
The Cobb County School District shall provide a minimum of one hour per week of direct one-to-one supervision which shall include, but not be limited to, discussion of individual cases before, during, and after contact with students.
The Intern’s primary supervisor shall comply with the university’s required evaluations. One evaluation shall be completed at the midterm and a final evaluation completed at the conclusion of the internship. The Cobb County School District shall provide a copy of all written evaluations to the Intern.
DISPUTES DURING THE INTERNSHIP
(a) The Intern shall contact in-person the individual with whom he or she has a dispute.
(b) If an adequate resolution is not achieved through personal contact, the Intern shall send the individual a personal, confidential memorandum, retaining a copy for his or her files.
(c) If an adequate resolution is not achieved through the personal, confidential memorandum, the Intern shall contact their faculty liaison in order to intervene.