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Social Workers and Counseling

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Help and Support

Our school social workers are trained and experienced professionals specially equipped to identify and address the social and psychological issues that may be hindering a child’s academic progress. Through counseling, crisis intervention, community resources, and prevention programs, our social workers help children and youth overcome the difficulties in their lives so that they may have a better opportunity to succeed in school. Social workers serve as a resource to school personnel, parents, and students regarding problem-solving, behavior management techniques, crisis intervention, and the development of strategies to teach appropriate social, behavioral and adaptive skills. To ensure we are addressing the whole child, we look to involve and facilitate collaboration amongst the school, the student, their family/guardians, and all appropriate service and community agencies.

As per the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA) and the America School Counselors Association (ASCA) school counselors are certified professionals whose education provides them with unique qualifications to address the academic, career, and personal/social developmental needs of students. Our counselors follow the standards set by the ASCA to support the students’ social, emotional, and mental health needs.

For school-age Bucks IU classroom programs (kindergarten - grade 12, and Transition Programs for ages 18 - 21), these services are embedded in the program design and do not require any special request for services.  Services for preschool students (ages three - five) can be assessed should a need be identified. Counseling for any individual student (all ages), is accommodated through a request from their IEP Team. Some school districts contract with us for part-time or full-time counselors.

Working for the Student

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed by a designated team of educators, and service support providers, and is based on their evaluations and observations. Our social workers and counselors consult, coordinate, partner, and advocate with the student’s IEP team to ensure that the supports they identified in their evaluation are integrated into the student’s classroom plan and structure. This process is boosted significantly by the excellent relationship we have with all our Bucks County school districts, with whom we work regularly and therefore have a greater knowledge of their services, allowing us to prescribe programs we know can be easily integrated.

Our social workers and counselors work with the following professional organizations:

Many of our counseling staff are licensed or certified with: 

  • Pennsylvania State Certification in School Counseling K-12
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)