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Author: Michael Kelly

Lunchroom Intake at School Parent Night: A SSWN Memoir by Michael Kelly

  Editor’s Note:  From 1992-2006, I worked as a school social worker in the Chicago suburbs, before I finished my PhD and became a social work faculty member at Loyola Chicago School of Social Work. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming memoir of my school social work practice years that I will be publishing on SSWN over the next year, talking about what it was like to do school-based family counseling at our school’s Parent Night. Happy School Social Work Week! Michael Kelly, SSWN Co-Editor September 1995:  School Happy Daze It’s a mild September evening, and I am...

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Calling B.S. On Current School Safety Efforts: Legislators, Not Educators, Must Act To Protect Schools From Mass Murderers

A SSWN Editorial by Kate Phillippo Ph.D., LCSW & Michael S. Kelly Ph.D., LCSW Like millions of Americans, we were horrified to learn of yet another school mass murder, this time at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We individually processed our reactions as we talked with loved ones, sifted through news sources, read our Facebook feeds, and talked with our students and professional colleagues in the fields of school social work and education. We were inspired by the Stoneman Douglas high school students who angrily spoke out out and started translating their grief into activism. Both of...

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Sharing Research that Matters: Announcing our Research Briefs for School Social Workers

School social workers are busy people. Finding good research takes time. We want to help. Starting in December, we will post  Research Briefs (RBs) each week. These RBs will be completed by school social workers like you, taking research they’ve found and applying it to their school contexts.  These RBs will describe research articles and what the particular study could contribute to your school social work practice, starting as soon as tomorrow. They will cover the kinds of things you see every day in your practice and (hopefully) be written in a way that you can use the information...

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Free Article Of The Week: Getting EBP Right In Schools

Anxiety is a significant problem for youth, and routinely is in the top 5 of all the school-based clinical issues that I consult with school social workers to help them address.  One of the better-known evidence-based practice (EBP) programs to address anxiety in schools is the FRIENDS Program, developed by Dr. Paula Barrett.  This article from our featured journal School Mental Health, written by Skryabina et al., “Child, Teacher and Parent Perceptions of the FRIENDS Classroom-Based Universal Anxiety Prevention Programme: A Qualitative Study,” offers one of the most detailed qualitative explorations yet of the program and the challenges it...

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Featured Journal: School Mental Health Journal

Our next featured journal is one that I’ve been directly involved in over the past 7 years, as both an author and now as an Associate Editor,  School Mental Health Journal.  In existence since 2009, the journal has established itself as a go-to resource for multiple disciplines who are exploring what works in school mental health. In this journal, you will find articles written by researchers in social work, psychology, education, and other school mental health fields, many of them writing about interventions and specific school populations that school social workers serve every day. Starting today, we will feature...

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