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School Social Work Practice During A Pandemic: A Web Survey Assessing SSW Needs is LIVE–please join our study today, and share this link with your networks!
Starting today, you are being invited to take part in this research study about school social work practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are being invited to participate because you are a school social worker and already a member of the free social media platform SSWNetwork. The study is being sent to all members of this social media platform, and we hope that you consider participating in the brief survey we’ve created and are sending out here in the link embedded in this post to the entire SSWNetwork community. Your participation is completely voluntary and your decision whether or not to participate will have no effect on your membership in SSWNetwork, your further participation and usage of the site, or your professional standing as a school social worker.
The purpose of the study is to learn about school social work practice during this pandemic time of COVID-19. School social workers form a vital component in mental health and preventative service provision to children in schools around the United States, and many schools (and school social workers) have had to quickly adapt and adjust to this new situation of school closure, stay-at-home orders, and remote learning. Yet, little is known about the state of school social work practice during this time, and what specific needs school social workers are identifying for their school communities and for themselves as practitioners adjusting to these new and uncertain situations. This project will incorporate new survey research on school social work practice to inform educators, practitioners, and policymakers, as they shape school social work practice during this pandemic and after schools, re-open and school social workers are back in their schools.
It is our hope that you will assist us in our efforts to gain a solid national picture of school social work practice during this pandemic—and in doing so, assist our profession in clarifying and expressing the value of what we are doing right now to support our schools. If you have questions about how the survey data will be used or about the security plan we have in place to protect the identity and personal information of your involvement, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for your support and if you’re interested in participating, please click the link in this post. You can also feel free to share this link widely with all of your SSW colleagues, and we’ve attached it below one more time for you to share with others.
Thank you for your support and for all that you’re doing for your schools,
Michael S. Kelly, Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, Co-Editor, SSWNetwork, and SSWN
Ron Astor, Professor, Crump Chair in Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, UCLA
Dr. Rami Benbenishty, Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gordon Capp, Assistant Professor, California State University-Fullerton
Kate Watson, Doctoral Student, UCLA