Minnesota School Social Worker Association (MSSWA) collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) in partnership to develop this exceptional reference guide for school social work practitioners and school administrators. The manual has been divided into sections for easier access.  Please click on the highlighted links below.

MANUAL FOR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE created 2007, revised 2015 & 2020

Purpose: Clarification of the role of school social work services in Minnesota schools

Cover and Preface: An overview of practice and collaboration, focusing on the unique contribution School social workers bring to children, schools and communities.

Acknowledgements: The manual tapped the expertise of many social work professionals who generously shared their time and resources.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Mission of the Social Work Practice
Chapter 2   School Social Work Practice
Chapter 3   Professional Development 
Chapter 4   Legal Mandates
Chapter 5   Student Evaluation and Assessment Procedures
Chapter 6   School Social Work Services
Chapter 7   Special Education Policies and Procedures for SSW Services in Schools
Chapter 8   Children's Mental Health
Chapter 9   Social Work Professional Association and Professional Resources
Chapter 10  Appendix

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The Original Authors of this Manual are:

Debra Brecht, MSW, LICSW
School Social Worker
Owatonna Public Schools
Lynn Bye, MSW, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Social Work
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kendra J. Garrett, Ph.D.
University of St Thomas, St. Paul
Kathy Lombardi, MSW, LICSW
School Social Work Lead
St. Paul Public Schools
Kathy Lowry, MSW, LICSW
School Social Worker
Prior Lake-Savage School District
Community Faculty, University  of MN
Anne McInerney, MSW, LICSW
School Social Worker
St. Paul Public Schools
Linn Ostberg, MSW, LICSW
School Social Worker
Minneapolis Public Schools
Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, MA
Interagency/Mental Health Specialist
Minnesota Department of Education

Julie Campanelli

Sherry Murphy

Courtney Stenseth

Brianna Nelson

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

Professional Development Chair
Abby Refsland

Kate Adams

Cara McGlynn

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