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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice$
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Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.001.0001

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School-Based Clinical Practice and School Reform

School-Based Clinical Practice and School Reform

Application of Clinical Social Work to the School Development Program

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(p.322) 21 School-Based Clinical Practice and School Reform
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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice
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Joanne Corbin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.003.0021

School settings offer a wealth of opportunities for social workers to learn, practice, and enhance their social work knowledge and skills. Clinical practice in schools has generally focused on providing services to individual students related to behavioral, social, and academic issues, often involving collaboration with parents, caregivers, and teaching staff. Clinical social work practice may also involve group sessions with students around behavioral and social interaction issues. Working with site-based decision-making teams, taking an active role in leadership activities, or engaging in school reform are areas that generally have not been attended to by social workers. This chapter looks at the role of social work in the context of school leadership and systemic reform through the involvement of one school reform program. Recommendations are offered to support those desiring to work in this manner.

Keywords:   community-based clinical practice, school leadership, social work practice, school reform

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