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Michigan School Social Work rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Models of practice and guidance documents are also featured on this page. Social work rules are included as well.
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Public Comment Period for Social Work Rules Open Until June 25

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Public Comment Period for Social Work Rules Open Until June 25 The period for making public comments on the social work rules is again open. The current rules are being revised to fix typographical errors, update accrediting agency information, and clarify the existing language regarding the social work examination. It will remain open until June 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Here is the link that will provide you with the public hearing notice http://dmbinternet.state.mi.us/DMB/DTMBORR/Rules.aspx?type=Number&id=R+338.2921 and draft rules http://dmbinternet.state.mi.us/DMB/ORRDocs/ORR/1771_2017-094LR_orr-draft.pdf. ;


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Social Work Rule Revision Comments are Open through June 25. The period for making public comments on the social work rules is again open. The current rules are being revised to fix typographical errors, update accrediting agency information, and clarify the existing language regarding the social work examination. It will remain open until June 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Comments can be emailed to Dena Marks, at MarksD1@michigan.gov. There also one opportunity for social workers to make in-person public comments: Monday, June 25, 2018. 9:00am* G. Mennen Williams Building-Auditorium 525 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 
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SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER- Michigan Department of Education Adminstrative Code

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER- Michigan Department of Education Adminstrative Code | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
R 340.1011 Role of school social worker. Rule 1. A school social worker may function in any of the following roles: (a) Provide individual and group counseling to students and their families in need of assistance utilizing an ecological framework addressing variations in development and learning, as well as reciprocal influences of home, school, and community. (b) Provide consultation, collaboration, and advisement services to students, their family members and school staff regarding students' social, emotional, and behavioral status impacting learning, development, mental health, and school success. Encourage developmentally appropriate student self-determination and self-advocacy. (c) Implement school social work services within a multi-tiered intervention model for programs and services. (d) Provide instruction, modeling, and coaching to students, parents, and school staff in the implementation of effective behavior intervention strategies and techniques. Provide ongoing guidance and training services to parents and school staff on topics pertinent to the development, mental health, and learning needs of students. (e) Provide liaison, coordination, and case management services with schools, families, community agencies, and other resources to influence positive school outcomes for students. (f) Develop functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans to facilitate successful learning and socialization opportunities. Provide services and disseminate information to encourage school wide positive behavior supports. (g) Identify and coordinate accommodations and modifications of school environment for a student to obtain access to general education curriculum and instruction. (h) Provide support to facilitate successful transitions in areas that affect students' learning opportunities. Page 2 Courtesy of www.michigan.gov/orr (i) Provide crisis prevention, planning, and intervention services, including assessments of the impact of trauma on development, learning, and school performance. (j) Provide comprehensive written reports of assessments and evaluations of students that specifically address the reasons for referral. Utilize multiple methods of collecting data, and provide appropriate measurable goals for intervention and anticipated outcomes from service. (k) Provide and interpret assessments and evaluations to determine eligibility for special education, and identify needs for programs and services. (l) Utilize home and community settings, as appropriate, to collect assessment information, collaborate with parents, and provide interventions. (m) Collaborate with parents, multidisciplinary evaluation team members, school administrators, and other community agencies to develop an accurate understanding of a student's disability, the impact of the disability on students' educational performance, and provide information regarding whether behaviors and school performance are attributable to manifestations of the disability. (n) Conduct needs assessments and advocate for policies, programs, and services to meet educational and mental health needs of all students, and to support safe school climates conducive to learning. (o) Identify issues that may interfere with student development, learning, and school success. (p) Identify and work to prevent bias, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression that interfere with individual rights in the educational process. (q) Ensure that prevention, assessment, evaluation, and intervention services are sensitive to the diverse needs of the student's multi-cultural differences. (r) Consult, collaborate, and supervise school social work students and colleagues. History: 1979 AC;
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This is the official administrative code for School Social Workers in the State of Michigan.  It describes the duties of a school social worker and training requirements.
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Policy, Criteria, and Procedures for School Social Worker Approval- MDE

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School social workers must meet the criteria below and in the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE).
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For new grads, these are the procedures to be approved as a school social worker in Michigan. 
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Role of School Social Worker

ROLE OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER


 ​ WHY do today's schools need School Social Workers? Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students. The family is in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, in whatever form, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school. ​ 


 WHO are School Social Workers? School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success. 

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What does a school social worker do? This page has links to many documents that talk about school social work.  It is a good resource document.
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Human Trafficking Training Requirements for Social Workers- Thanks #NASW-MIchigan

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This infographic answerrs the most frequently asked questions about the Human Trafficking requirements in Michigan. 
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HIPAA Compliance: Private Practice Security Tips

HIPAA Compliance: Private Practice Security Tips | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
Interview with Roy Huggins, Director of Person-Centered Tech about valuable HIPAA security tips for your private practice.
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What are your policies and practices around student or client information in e-mail?  Is the information secure?
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LMSW Exam Prep Archives - SocialWork.Career

LMSW Exam Prep Archives - SocialWork.Career | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
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This is a collection of several articles.  Not sure how they apply to the Michigan Exam, but they might be helpful in guiding your preparation.

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New Rules for Social Work Practice in Michigan - National Association of Social Workers Michigan

New Rules for Social Work Practice in Michigan - National Association of Social Workers Michigan | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
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This is the entire NASW-Michigan webpage on the NEW Social Work Rules. 
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Michigan Licensure Changes for Social Workers

Michigan Licensure Changes for Social Workers | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
In late 2016, the General Rules for Michigan social workers were updated by the authority of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), under the guidance of the Attorney General’s office and the Michigan Board of Social Work. These were the first updates since the initial rules were written in 2005 and include changes that impact all social workers seeking and renewing licenses. Below are some of the more significant changes. The updated General Rules document can be found at http://w3.lara.state.mi.us/orr/Files/AdminCode/1497_2014-157LR_AdminCode.pdf. Question can be directed to LARA at 517-373-1820.
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Great webinar handout from #NASW-Michigan.  Summarizes changes.  Changes will take place for your next Licensure cycle.  Human trafficing should be taken before May, 2018.
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If You Are a School Social Worker Transferring From Out of State...

If You Are a School Social Worker Transferring From Out of State... | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
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There are the guidelines if you are a school social worker from another state and want to practice in Michigan.
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Social Work Month 2016

Social Work Month 2016 | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
Social Work Pioneer Frances Perkins in 1911 witnessed the Triangle  Shirtwaist Factory fire, the...
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What are you doing for school social work week which is the first full week of March?

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What are you doing for school social work week which is the first full week of March?

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Medicaid Reimbursement- Oakland County Page

Medicaid Reimbursement- Oakland County Page | School Social Worker | Scoop.it

The goal of the Medicaid Billing Department is to administer the School Based Services Program for Oakland Schools and assist all districts in recovering as much of the cost of providing special education services to Medicaid eligible children as possible.

 

School Based Services is a program compromised of two components (1) Direct Service and (2) Administrative Outreach.  Oakland Schools participates in both of these programs.  Under Direct Service, Medicaid reimburses schools for health care services provided to Medicaid Eligible student in Special Education and/or Early On.  Under the Administrative Outreach Program, schools with staff who provide activities to assist the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) in "finding" potential Medicaid eligible students, are reimbursed for the administrative costs associated with these activities. 

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Great reference pages.

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4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create a Perfectly Organized Google Drive | The Gooru

4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create a Perfectly Organized Google Drive | The Gooru | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
Everyone organizes their Google Drive differently. Shockingly, many Google Apps users don’t organize them at all. I have found that, by using a few best practices, there is a system for making Google Drive much more organized and easier to ..more ›
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Goo ideas.  Thinking about coloring shared folders a different color.

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Credentials - Michigan Association of School Social Workers

Credentials - Michigan Association of School Social Workers | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
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Graduates should be checking out this page to know what you need to know about school social work credentials. 
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Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Contacts for Approvals for School Social Workers

Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Contacts for Approvals for School Social Workers | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
The following is a list of contacts from educator preparation institutions with programs for school social workers. These contacts verify if candidates completed the program at their institution during the approval process.
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This is a listing of those who will validate that coursework has been taken for school social work approval. 
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National SSW Model

National SSW Model | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
The Model: Outlines the general framework within which School Social Work services should be provided. Describes the skills sets and services needed for the delivery of high quality school social work services in schools Promotes consistency to guide graduate education, credentialing, and professional practice Provides a framework for the evaluation of services Provides a coherent model to guide advocacy efforts and service delivery decisions Provides frameworks for collaboration of services with agencies and other professionals Recommends a general ratio of 1:250 students depending on the characteristics and needs of the student population served. Students with intensive needs would require a lower ratio* Integrates training, standards and practice and is to be used in conjunction with NASW’s Standards for School Social Work Practice and Code of Ethics, as well as SSWAA’s Ethical Guidelines Series. Includes a School Social Work Practice Model Brochure, School Social Work Practice Model PowerPoint, and an evaluation framework (See below).
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What do school social workers do?  Here is a comprehensive model of the scope of school social work practice. 
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MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative

MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
The Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative (CEC) exists to
support Michigan social workers and ensure that all of the continuing
educational programs, trainings and practice needs meet the guidelines
established in the Social Work Licensure law.
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This user friendly website answers questions for all Michigan Social Workers about continuing education and licensure.  
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New Technology Standards Guide Social Work Practice and Education

New Technology Standards Guide Social Work Practice and Education | School Social Worker | Scoop.it

Multiple organizations have collaborated to update the social work technology standards of 2005. Representatives from those organizations discuss why the standards needed revision. Today's technological landscape is vastly different from what it was just 10 to 15 years ago. Smartphones have replaced home landlines. Texting has become an accepted form of communication, both personally and professionally. Across sectors—health and human services, education, government, and business—employees conduct all manner of work on tablets and other portable devices. Along with "liking" posts on Facebook, people are tracking hashtags on Twitter, sending messages via Snapchat, and pinning pictures to Pinterest. To top it all off, it seems that there's always a fresh controversy emerging because someone shared something questionable on a social media platform for the general public to see and critique. Like every other field, social work practice is dealing with issues, challenges, and risks that were previously nonexistent. The NASW and Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice, dating back to 2005, was in desperate need of a rework in order to address all the changes and complexities within the technological environment that social workers are forced to contend with. The newly released updated standards are the result of a collaborative effort between four major social work organizations: NASW, ASWB, the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). "The intercollaboration in the development of the technology standards provides one consensus product and resource for social workers to refer to," says Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT, clinical manager of NASW.

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This article summarizes the main areas of the new technology standards for social workers.  Gives various considerations. 
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Why You Should Join a Professional Organization

Why You Should Join a Professional Organization | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
Associations are stronger than ever. By joining, you get members-only perks, exclusive advertising and networking opportunities, and a whole lot of exposure for yourself and your organization. Get on board and see the difference!
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Support the Michigan Association of School Social Workers.  There are many benefits.  Go to www.masswmi.org  
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25 Social Workers Share Why They Love Social Work!

25 Social Workers Share Why They Love Social Work! | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
Social workers in different roles such as educators, therapists, case managers, authors and more share what they love about social work.
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The field of Social Work has many possibilities in making the world a better place.  Thanks @SWCareer for the thoughtful infographics. 
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Revised Michigan Social Work Rules

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Revised social work rules that took effect December 22, 2016.  
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What Are School Social Work's Grand Challenges? A SSWN Research, Training, and Practice Forum for 2017 - School Social Work

What Are School Social Work's Grand Challenges? A SSWN Research, Training, and Practice Forum for 2017 - School Social Work | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
12 3 1 2 3 This post will kick-off a regular series in our “Research That Matters” section here at SSWN, starting now through 2017.  Each post will address what we see as the “Grand Challenges” facing school social work today, drawing in part on the Grand Challenges framework initiated by social work researchers at …
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Harness technology for social good | American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Harness technology for social good | American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
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There are many challenges in the 21st Century.  How could you use technology and data to help make you more a more effective school social worker against a backdrop of chaos?  Check out this website about the future of social work.
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School Social Work History

School Social Work History | School Social Worker | Scoop.it

The mission of this site is simple.  It is to preserve the literature and history of the school social work field and to share it with practitioners, students, professors and historians.  Today we have internet resources that bring current resources to us in the matter of seconds.  The older resources are only in a print format and in order for them to saved they must be converted to an electronic format.  School social work is such a specialized field there are few resources to attempt such a project.  And even if the motivation and funding existed the documents are difficult if not impossible to find.  

 

Between the years 1973 and 1990 I made an effort to document the early writings from the school social work field.  The holy grail was to find the "Bulletins" of the National Association of School Social  Workers.  In order to complete my quest I visited countless university libraries.  I also communicated with school social workers who were members and officers of NASSW for help.  Some of these delightful retired school social workers shared their literature including many original copies of the Bulletins.  Other Bulletins were photocopied at libraries. The condition of the Bulletins and other early materials vary from poor to excellent.  The scanning process could not make up for poor quality of the photo copies. 

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This looks like an interesting website that gives you some perspective on our profession. 

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The big picture: Infographics for social work

The big picture: Infographics for social work | School Social Worker | Scoop.it
by Pat Shelly We've all heard the saying: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Aristotle said, "The soul never thinks without a picture." Pictures can inform and inspire us. One way to brighten a...
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Infographics say a lot visually.  They are extremely powerful  Check out these for Social Work. @masswmi @oaklandssw

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