National Schools Social Work Week
National School Social Work Week falls during the first full week of March and celebrates the dedication of school social workers across the United States. These education professionals help students gain access to the resources they need, assist with mental health and behavioral concerns, and provide individual or group therapy.
They do all of this in consultation with teachers, administrators, and parents. These professionals often are tasked with difficult jobs that they have to perform under challenging circumstances, so the least we can do during this week is to show them some appreciation. Let’s all come together during this week and show them our support.
The History of National School Social Work Week
Social workers started to be used in U.S. schools in 1906. At that time, the role of social workers was performed by special traveling teachers who visited different schools to ensure that students attended class. These traveling teachers were paid by special private organizations, not by the public school system.
During the 1920s, the focus of these social workers began to shift as the mental hygiene movement began. They then started to concern themselves with nervous disorders and various behavioral problems.
Although school counseling declined during the Great Depression due to funds being cut, it surged again during WWII as a more progressive movement began to be initiated in schools. Since then, the profession has evolved into the one that we see today. Currently, it’s unknown who started National School Social Work Week or when it was initiated.
Facts About Social Workers
Below are some interesting facts about social workers that we would like to share with everyone reading about National School Social Work Week.
- Social workers use their skills to not only promote good mental health but also to help break generational cycles of trauma.
- Social workers do what they do for the work, not for the income.
- Their jobs can extend well beyond the typical 8-hour, 5-day-a-week schedule.
Observing National School Social Work Week
This holiday week can be observed by simply showing school social workers the respect they deserve. This can be in the form of a simple ‘thank you,’ or by posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalSchoolSocialWorkWeek.
People who are interested in this profession can also take the time to learn what it takes to begin their journey on this career path.