March is National Social Work Month, a time to raise awareness about how social workers continue to break barriers in all communities, and how the contributions of this essential profession improve our nation.
It’s also a time to thank and recognize our school social workers and social work interns for all the hard work they do with and for our Santa Ana Unified School District students and families everyday!
Social workers in schools are especially skilled in providing services to students who face serious challenges to school success, including poverty, disability, discrimination, abuse, addiction, bullying, divorce of parents, loss of a loved one, and other barriers to learning.
In SAUSD, these services are provided through the SAUSD Mental Health Program, which falls under the Support Services umbrella. It is composed of six senior school social workers, 16 school social workers, and 10 social work interns from local universities.
SAUSD school social workers promote mental health and serve as beacons of hope for students and families as they navigate school and face challenges in their academic and personal lives.
Social work principles and practices embedded within education have been critical pieces of the fabric of SAUSD, and have ensured that SAUSD students and families feel safe, secure and are connected to necessary community resources.
In alignment with national recognition of all social workers, the SAUSD Board of Education has also adopted a resolution proclaiming March 2023 as Social Work Month.
Click here to read it.
Follow @sausd_support_services on social media for additional information about our school social workers and interns throughout the month.