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A Week in the Life of a School Social Worker

Rapid-Fire Therapy, Creative Strategies, and Building Trust in an Instant

Howard Honigsfeld

By Howard Honigsfeld - Public School 48, where I’m on staff as a social worker, sits on a block between a juvenile detention center and a strip club. A week of work can be exciting, frustrating, and often hair-raising—anything but boring.

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Beating Back-to-School Anxiety

Three Therapists Share Stories and Tips

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - Back-to-school season can be one of the most stressful periods of the year for a child, no matter what age. From making new friends to handling a new workload, the challenges that come with the new school year are plentiful. Here, three veteran therapists, all of whom know quite a bit about back-to-school anxieties, share the clinical lessons they learned—and a few stories.

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How to Create an Anti-Bullying Support Group

Put an End to School Bullying in Just Six Weeks

Sue Young

By Sue Young - I met 11-year-old Gary after his mother called to ask what could be done about her son being bullied and now refusing to go to school. I suggested a support group for Gary would be an appropriate intervention since no one would be accused of anything and the children involved would enjoy participating. Students’ knowledge of their lives in school makes even young children skilled at knowing the small but significant actions they can take to help make another child happy.

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Finding Hope When the Odds Are Against You

An Inner City Social Worker Shares His Story

Howard Honigsfeld

By Howard Honigsfeld - As a school social worker in a South Bronx elementary school, the kids I see have a vast range of personal, social, economic, and medical issues, which can have disastrous consequences for their chances for success and well-being, even before they arrive at adolescence. With so much stacked against these children, what can a school counselor do? A few stunning miracle cures may be floating around out there, but the rewards of time, dogged persistence, and ordinary kindness in a supportive school environment can work their own kind of wonders.

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Bullying in Schools: What to Do When Officials Can’t Help

As Parents Become Frustrated with Officials Who Can’t Help with Bullying in Schools, They Turn to Another Source

Ron Taffel

Almost nothing evokes more fear and dread in parents today than the omnipresent specter of social cruelty and bullying in schools.

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