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School Social Work (SSW) Services
School Social Workers are one of the few resources in schools for addressing personal and social problems that potentially inhibit a student’s ability to learn. There are nearly 10,000 school social workers in the United States today, and approximately 400 in Colorado, who realize that students who are hungry, sick, or worried about their families cannot achieve as well in school as students who do not have these concerns. School social workers, like many Americans, are concerned about the growing social problems affecting our youth – including substance abuse, teen pregnancy, HIV infection, suicide, abuse and neglect, and family violence. As a critical link between the school, the family, and the community, school social workers help make these environments more beneficial to students.
School social workers provide a range of services including:
- Assessment and diagnosis of students for special education services;
- Individual and/or group counseling with students experiencing mental health or social difficulties;
- Setting up student assistance programs and providing supports for all students;
- Crisis intervention;
- Encouraging parent participation through phone contacts and home visits with parents who are overburdened;
- Navigation of systems and accessing resources for students and their families; and,
- Collaborating with teachers.
Krista Klabo will host a six-part webinar series on foundational concepts of special education evaluation! This series will be held monthly series will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.
IRIS Center On Demand Professional Development
The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.
The School Psychology & Special Education Evaluation Specialist focuses their work on supporting school psychologists and school social workers in schools in Colorado. They can provide support in the areas of special education evaluation and eligibility, Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and mental health for students with disabilities. If you have questions regarding licensing, please contact the Colorado Department of Education Licensing Team directly (information below under "Resources"). If you have questions relating to private practice, please contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies (information below under "Resources").
Colorado School Psychology and Social Worker Positions
- Please note that this may not include all of the jobs open in Colorado. Visit individual district websites for a complete list of job opportunities. All applications should be submitted directly to the district in which you are applying.
Krista Klabo will host a six-part monthly webinar series on foundational concepts of special education evaluation! Throughout the series, we will cover essential topics, including comprehensiveness in evaluations, meaningful family participation and collaboration, cultural considerations, building a thoughtful body of evidence beyond standardized measures, and assessment interpretation and communication. These topics are crucial for ensuring thorough evaluations, fostering strong partnerships with families, addressing cultural diversity, utilizing alternative assessment methods, and effectively communicating assessment findings.
This monthly series will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 – 9:30 am. Registration is required to attend.
Dates and Topics:
- September 19, 2023 - Comprehensiveness in Special Education Evaluation
- Importance of comprehensive evaluations
- Different assessment tools and strategies
- Significance of considering multiple domain
- October 24, 2023 - Meaningful Family Participation and Collaboration
- Involving families in the evaluation process
- Strategies for collaborative relationships
- Incorporating family perspectives in decision-making
- informed consent, confidentiality, and the rights of students and their families.
- November 28, 2023 - Cultural Considerations in Special Education Evaluation
- Importance of cultural competence
- Impact of cultural factors on assessment outcomes
- Strategies for culturally sensitive assessments
- January 30, 2024 - Assessment Interpretation and Communication
- Effective interpretation of assessment results
- Clear communication with team members and families
- Understanding score types and assessment types
- Analyzing assessment data and making informed decisions
- February 27, 2024- Basics of Building a Thoughtful Body of Evidence
- Going beyond standardized measures
- Influence of informal data on formal assessment interpretation
- Introduction to alternative assessment methods
- Covering topics such as assistive technology, flexible testing formats, and individualized supports
- April 16, 2024 - Convergence of Data to Build a Stronger Body of Evidence
- Appropriate use of assessment data
- How different assessment data informs decision-making.
- Reinforcing the decision-making process
School Mental Health and Behavior Listserv
The School Mental Health and Behavior Listserv is a great way to receive information through periodic emails on statewide training(s), job opportunities, and mental health and/or behavior related events. If you would like to sign up for the listserv, please send your request to Holly Jackson, Program Support: Email Holly Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mental Health
- School Psychology Services
- School Social Work Services
- Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
- Colorado PBIS
- CDE - Professional Development
- Technical Assistance Documents
- Instructional Unit Samples - Comprehensive Health (includes Social and Emotional Wellness)
- Brain Injury in Children/Youth: A Manual for Educators 2013 (PDF)
- Technical Assistance (TA) for the Office of Special Education
Colorado Department of Education Related Offices
- Standards and Instruction
- School Nutrition Unit
- Office of Learning Supports
- Office of Special Education
- Accountability and Support
- Office of Health and Wellness
- Career and Technical Education
- Educator Effectiveness
- Field Services Division
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
- Child Find and Preschool Special Education
State and National Partners
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- School Safety Resource Center
- Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
- School Health Services, Colorado Access (Medicaid)
- Marijuana Use Prevention Resource Bank
- Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Resources
- Mental Health Resource Bank
- School Nursing and Health Resources
- Brain Injury Resources
- School Health Professional Resources
- Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - A Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (PDF)
- National PBIS
- The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing” (Spanish and English) as open access
- Colorado Education Initiative's Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services
- Colorado Society of School Psychologists
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Colorado School Social Work Association
- University Training Programs in Colorado:
- Colorado Bilingual School Mental Health Network
For more information, please contact:
Krista Klabo, Ed.S NCSP
School Psychology and Special Education Evaluation Specialist
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