This volume offers a collection of nine case studies from clinical social workers in K-12 schools, each from a phenomenological perspective, with the objective of educating Master of Social Work students and early career social work clinicians. Each chapter is framed with pre-reading prompts, reading comprehension questions, and writing assignments. This casebook provides a resource for understanding the range of practice in school social work as well as some of the challenges that school social workers face in today’s complex world. Using a phenomenological perspective the contributors stay close to the lived experience of students, teachers, parents, and social workers, revealing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the genesis and treatment of students’ problems in school.
List of Contributors 1. Introduction: The Value of Case Studies in School Social Work M. Jaffe, J. Floersch, J. Longhofer, and W. Winograd 2. Educating Marta: A School Social Worker’s Role on a Child Study Team Lynda Fabbo 3. Resuming the Forward Edge of Development: Psychoanalytically Informed School Based Intervention Wendy Winograd 4. Finding Your “Selfie”: The New Crisis of the Affluent Adolescent in School Jessica Verdicchio 5. Healing in Loco Parentis: The Use of Schools as Therapeutic Communities Irma Sandoval-Arocho 6. School Social Work Redefined: Alternative Education Program Design Eric Williams 7. School Social Work and the Sexual and Gender Minority Student in the 21st Century Russell Healy 8. Rethinking Disciplinary Strategies: Reflections on White Privilege in School Social Work Alexis Kaliades 9. Mindfulness Group Work in the School Setting Ralph Cuseglio 10. School Social Work With Parents: Developmental Guidance Groups in a Preschool Setting Karen E. Baker