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The Art of Becoming Indispensable: What School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice

Tory Cox, Terence Fitzgerald, and Michelle Alvarez


Despite their academic preparation and lived experiences, new school social workers face a learning curve when moving from entry-level practice to proficiency. The Art of Being Indispensable: What School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice is the first book focusing specifically on the needs of new school social workers as they transition to this complex role. Each of the book’s 20 chapters features an academic scholar and at least one school social work practitioner; overall, there are 18 academics and 42 practitioners from 28 different states. The diversity of ... More

Keywords: school social worker, collaboration, equity, antiracist policies, education law, evidence-based practice, crisis intervention, special education, ethics, school politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197585160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197585160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tory Cox, editor
EdD, LCSW, California State University

Terence Fitzgerald, editor
PhD, MED, MSW, University of Southern California

Michelle Alvarez, editor
MSW, EdD, Southern New Hampshire University

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Section I The Host Environment

1 Working in a School Setting

Patrick Mulkern, Cindy Reide Combs, Jacqueline Cordova-Rodriguez, and Susan Stone

2 Understanding the Political Landscape in Schools

Lainey Collins, Wendy DuCassé, and Rachel Forsyth

3 How to Become Indispensable to School Administrators

Dee Stalnecker, Michelle E. Alvarez, Courtney Porter, and Ashley Rayne Leeds

Section II The Macro School Social Worker

6 A Brief History of Public Education and Its Impact on Marginalized Populations

Timmesha A. Butler, Shelbie Dixon-Brown, Rena′ Glass-Dixon, and Jennifer McLaurin

7 Advancing Antiracist Policies and Practices in Schools

Carolyn Curtis, Tynisha Jointer, Andrew Brake, and Ashley Bonton

9 Understanding Federal Law and State Regulations Relevant to School Social Work

Annette Johnson, Giesela Grumbach, and Maureen van de Water

Section III Integration and Interventions

10 Developing Credibility and Establishing Trust

Ricki L. Moran, Cristina Marquez, and James Garner

11 Multitiered Systems of Supports, Response to Intervention, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Samantha Bates, LaShonda Linnen, Stephanie Columbia, and Dawn Anderson-Butcher

12 Evidence-Based Practice, Data Collection, and Progress Monitoring

Whitney Freund, Brenda Coble Lindsey, and Kevin Tan

13 Social-Emotional Learning in a Multitiered System

Sheri Olson, Brenda Coble Lindsey, and Kevin Tan

14 Crisis Intervention

Jessica Chock-Goldman and Heather Meader

15 Special Education Evaluation Process

Kari Smith and Sharron Williams

Section IV School Social Worker Sustainability

16 Challenges to Ethics and Values

Mimi Mumm, Amanda Monaghan, and Jennifer Oesterling

17 Self-Care and Self-Advocacy

Jenny Braunginn, Katie Larsen-Klodd, Lauri Pagano, and Nancy Vargas

18 Professional Development, Supervision, and Mentoring

Robin DeLuca-Acconi and Denise Campbell

19 How to Become Indispensable and Stay Relevant

Emily Shayman, Jacquelyn Anthony, and Brittannee Jones

20 Emerging Trends in School Social Work

Christine Sabatino, Andrea Plasko, and Stephanie Ochocki