Texas School Social Work Survey Results – June 2020
School social workers have a unique multi-level perspective and are equipped with skills to address individual student mental health, family support and crisis intervention, while also keeping their eyes open to the systemic barriers that students face. While many social workers are practicing in Texas schools, their roles and responsibilities vary widely by position and school.
During the 2020 Texas School Social Workers Conference, our team recruited 212 school social workers to participate in a survey that will help develop guidance and tools that school social workers can use in their everyday practice.
This survey, designed by former school social workers and school social work researchers at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, was created to:
- Understand the roles of social workers in school settings and how service is provides to children and families through school social work in the state of Texas;
- Identify the barriers the school social workers face and the supports they need to better serve the Texas school social worker population; and
- Find out Texas school social workers’ attitudes towards earning their school social work certificate through the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin.