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Author: Scott Carchedi

Children’s Books to Supplement Your Second Step Lessons

I really enjoy using Second Step with my elementary students. The lessons are simple and the scenarios help my students grasp important SEL concepts. However, not all of my students get the concepts right away. Some need to revisit the concepts multiple times and in different ways. I have found the use of stories to be one of the best ways to increase understanding and retention of a concept. Finding the right story, however, can be challenging. The immense volume of children’s literature can make the process overwhelming. Fortunately, the Portland Public School District has compiled as list of books for each Second Step lesson. The list includes the...

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The Best Newsletters for School Social Workers

Subscribing to email newsletters is an easy way to stay up to date on current practices, research, legislation, and other news pertaining to school social work. Here’s a list of newsletters I find helpful: ACSSW Newsletter The American Council for School Social Workers puts out an excellent weekly newsletter. The newsletter includes recommended readings, professional development opportunities, practice points, leadership news, research highlights, school social work in the news, and job postings. The sidebar of every issue is packed with links to some really fantastic resources.  You can sign up for their newsletter for FREE. SSWAA E-BELL The School Social Work Association of...

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Suicide Risk Assessment and Action Plan Protocol

Looking for a comprehensive suicide risk assessment form which also documents a follow-up plan? Check out this suicide risk assessment protocol shared with us by Jim Raines, President-Elect of SSWAA. About the Instrument: The instrument is a slightly modified version of the Linehan Risk Assessment & Management Protocol (LRAMP, formerly UWRAMP). Read more about the LRAMP in this article: Linehan, M. M., Comtois, K. A., & Ward-Ciesielski, E. F. (2012). Assessing and managing risk with suicidal individuals. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,19(2), 218-232. What I like about it: The instrument assesses both the suicide risk and protective factors. I also like that it has a spot to complete a simple functional behavior analysis of...

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Motivational Interviewing With Students – Part 4: MI in Action

About Motivational Interviewing Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic approach that has gained attention in its application to school mental health. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is more than a set of therapeutic techniques. MI is a “way of being” with students and staff. It is both client-centered and directive. Motivational Interviewing is designed to strengthen and individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change. This is the 4th post in a series on using Motivational Interviewing with students. Additional posts in the series: Part 1: The Principles of Motivational Interviewing Part 2: Change...

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[Video] How to Copy Graphs from Computer Scored Assessments into Your Reports

Ever wish you could copy the beautiful graphs generated by the BASC, Vineland, or ABAS computer scoring applications and insert them into your reports? I’m going to show you how in 5 easy steps. The process will take you about a minute and will save you from having to create your own tables. Why You Should Do This: Computer scoring applications generate really informative reports with nifty graphs of the student’s scores. These graphs could be an effective way of communicating the assessment results. Here’s the problem: It’s not appropriate to give a parent the full computer generated report. It includes way more information than is...

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