WP Social Workers
Walker Partnerships believes that employing a social worker that is dedicated to providing services to severely emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and youth is essential for the successful inclusion of this population of students. WP social workers are uniquely trained to help districts bridge the gaps that are often found among school, home and the community. They are responsible for providing supportive services to vulnerable students that will enhance their capacity to access the academic and social/emotional curriculum offered in a public school setting. The social worker provides teachers, administrators, families, and collateral service providers specific strategies that are designed to aid students in their efforts to reach collaboratively defined goals. The job description for our social workers is comprehensive and includes the following:
WP Therapeutic Intervention Specialist
A Walker Partnerships Therapeutic Intervention Specialist (TIS) position can successfully support your school’s PBIS model. Through the expertise of a TIS, your school can improve capacity to implement PBIS strategies. A WP TIS can develop strength-based behavior plans, model and collaborate with general education teachers to optimize interventions identified in plans, co-lead social skill and affect-regulation groups, support students experiencing immediate crisis, provide direct support to troubled students throughout the school day, and help implement “check-in/check-out” systems. In the 2011-2012 school year, one Metrowest elementary school initiated the PBIS model and practices to address a growing concern of office referrals and student behavior, specifically physical aggression, non-compliance, and property destruction issues. In September of 2012, the school partnered with WP to enhance its efforts by employing a TIS. Examining discipline trends over the past four years has shown a significant decrease in behavioral incidences. School administrators saw a 71% decrease in year one of PBIS implementation, and an additional 60% decrease from year two with PBIS and TIS implementations. The secondary gains of reducing behavioral incidences are numerous, allowing your teachers and students to focus on learning and academic goals, improving social interactions among students, and creating a positive school culture of respect, care and support.
*All contracted Walker Partnerships staff receives on-site supervision and have daily access to their WP supervisors as needed.
*Districts that already employ social workers and intervention specialists can contract with Walker Partnerships for supervision and consultation.