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Social worker as the first port of entry

Five years ago, professional teams were established in schools. High school promotes social skills. A list

Social worker as the first port of entry

Schools today are not just an educational institution, but a company to repair what is not good in society. Teacher colleges are supplemented by social workers and psychologists who "provide preventative, supportive and intervention counseling and accompany children and adolescents in crises," says Alexandra Viehmeier. The school social worker is permanently installed in high school, as the first contact point for children, parents and teachers. "A student with a need for discussion can contact the secretariat and we will spontaneously gather together." Sometimes teachers also make contact.

Healthy Growing Up

Their task is described in the now-updated concept of action: Municipal social workers should help children in a successful educational career, support them in the development of their personalities, offer opportunities to promote social skills and help them to grow healthy. Also, part of the transition from elementary school to high school without stress. "Transitions always mean a change that also causes fears," says Viehmeier.

Under the motto "4 met 5", students of the fifth grade of high school visited the fourth grade of the school Hermann Gmeiner by 2018, who could then ask questions to the elders in the chair. "It helps to reduce fears and uncertainties."

Another offer covering all grades of the fifth grade is social training at the Youth Center. In five sessions, children are engaged in games and exercises on subjects of mutual respect, holding boundaries, nonviolent conflict resolution and communion. "Everything is under construction, raising awareness of the needs of others, raising awareness of how conflicts arise," said psychologist Claudia Dombois.

As a voluntary group offer, five to seven anti-stress courses will be set for class students. "Children learn how to express stress, how to control the feeling of stress and how to cure it with fantasy iron," says Dombois.

What about media dependency?

Recently Viehmeier also offers horseman training with RSV and Gut Blee. "It can help those who have problems associating with the class community or approaching others," she says. Further offers include the youth protection course, where teenagers should experience and re-examine their attitude towards media dependence and consumption issues.

Essential for the counseling work of school social workers is integration into multiprofessional teams: "We offer consultations twice a week for the faculty," says Viehmeier. For example, if a teacher notices that a student suddenly crashes in his notes or behaves remarkably, he can describe his observations there.

Then the team speaks about the possible causes and the first conversation that has the best connection with the student. "If, for example, parents' intention to split the cause, we invite them to talk about whether they can be aware of the child's suffering," says Viehmeier. Parents could then mediate in counseling centers. "For the affected child, we are available as a conversation partner and are trying to find recreational activities that give him mental relief and disruption."

Although school social work is offered in all schools for four years, there are still some disadvantages: in some places the cooperation of teachers and social workers does not work that well. Some schools want to see more promotions for youth promotion, reports Günter Pfeil from the Department of Extracurricular Education. There is no retreat for confidential discussions anywhere. In the future, the counseling center, which is offered in school psychology in elementary schools, should better cooperate with the city's forces.

School social work receives another 1.7 jobs

The city finances two permanent jobs for school psychological counseling. Psychologists have 0.5 places in secondary schools, and social work in elementary school increases by 1.7 to 5.3. In the future, every elementary school should receive an hourly quota of 10 hours per week.