About the Session:
Parents remain critical caregivers to children, adolescents, and young adults. School Social Work provides individual, group, and family-based approaches in elementary and secondary schools and specialized programs. This presentation will speak about the role of Social Work and some models used to engage families of students experiencing emotional, social, and/or behavioural problems at school. Some of the School Social Work models highlighted will include single-session design, strength and competency-based crisis and safety planning, and bio-psycho-social approaches to assessing family treatment-readiness. The session aims to re-imagine ways that effectively support parents and families to build mental health literacy, and to navigate both formal and informal networking systems at school and in community, social service, and medical clinics. This workshop will centralize the primary role of parents and family in the support and development of personalized academic and counseling plans for growing healthy children and families at school and in the home.
Lisa Romano-Dwyer PhD is the Chief Social Worker at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Her Master of Social Work Degree was conferred at the University of Toronto in 1993 where she specialized in Child and Family Social Work at micro, and macro levels. Lisa also earned a PhD at the Faculty of graduate Studies at York University where she focused on building safe schools. Her research was sponsored by the highest academic award in Canada offered through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Lisa has extensive direct child and family clinical work experiences with families in Children’s Mental Health, Hospital, and School settings. She has also taught adult learners at community college, university, professional development, and academic conferences both locally and internationally.