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School Social Workers


Our Mission

Through relationships with students, families, community, and Fresno Unified staff, the Department of Prevention and Intervention strives to reconnect with the humanity in education. We help to bridge gaps in opportunity through providing access to resources that promote the academic success and well-being of the "whole-child" and support the optimum conditions for learning in our schools. 

School Social Worker Functions

School Social Workers (SSW's) function as part of a multidisciplinary team in addressing concerns presented in the school setting. The team may include administrators, school psychologist, school nurse, counselor, teacher, and other school personnel. School Social workers provide a variety of services to students and families in order to support students' academic and social success. 

School Social Work Services

Professional services provided include:

Evidence–Based Educational, Behavioral, and Mental Health Service

  • School wide interventions
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Supporting Counseling

School-based and community-based resources

  • Assist families in understanding school policies, services, and programs
  • Link students and families with school and community resources
  • Partner with community agencies to increase student supports

School Climate

  • Participation on School Climate and Culture teams
  • Provide professional learning and consultation
  • Develop and coordinate prevention and intervention strategies
  • Serve as part of a multidisciplinary team in addressing concerns presented in the school setting
  • Collaborate with school personnel regarding social and emotional concerns impacting student success
  • Complete home visits/meet families to understand and address barriers to learning

Contact Us

Buffy Bowers-Woods, LCSW, PPSC
School Social Worker
McLane High School

Department of Prevention & Intervention
1350 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-457-3940
Fax: 559-457-6001


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McLane High School   •   2727 N Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA 93703   •   (559) 248-5100

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