VOLUNTEERS IN THE SSWAA PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY
Carlos A. Evans Jr. is a school social worker in Peoria, Illinois working in a K-8 school. His main practice is focused on managing RtI, MTSS, providing service for special education students, administrative support and teacher consultation. Carlos' passion is bringing all stakeholders to the table to increase access to education for all students. Carlos also enjoys exercise, cooking and traveling with his family & pets. Carlos is the current President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and is a SSWAA Delegate Assembly volunteer for 2018.
School Social Worker to School Social Worker (SSW 2 SSW):A Peer Assistance Network
The School Social Work Association of American (Hereinafter “SSWAA”) is excited to offer SSWAA members an opportunity to participate in peer assistance sessions with experienced school social workers. It has become apparent from speaking with SSWAA members that school social workers, many of whom work in relative isolation, want a way to seek ideas from peers in a manner that protects the confidentiality of both the school social worker(s), their clients, and their school district. It is intended to be a safe space for sharing strategies, providing support, and assisting one another with ideas that may help the school social worker with practice issues.
A peer assistance group is comprised of school social work professionals that meet on a regular basis to discuss ethical dilemmas, difficult case issues, and the impact of their work on their health and well-being. Peer assistance groups provide practical help and counter isolation and burnout. Although members of a peer assistance group receive input and suggestions for dealing with their clients, the individual receiving the support and advice is solely responsible for their actions and interactions with their clients. Being part of a peer assistance group may be helpful but does not replace all forms of professional support. Thus, it is distinguished from supervision, where a professional supervisor is legally and ethically responsible for the actions and interactions with clients. This Group should be a safe space to share ideas and experiences, both successful and unsuccessful, for the betterment of all school social workers.
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