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    R. Tinsley

    School Social Worker

    Hello!  My name is Rebecca Tinsley.  The students know me as Ms. Becky.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Idaho.  I received my Masters in Social Work from Walla Walla University in 2006.  Since 2006, I have worked full time at Hemingway STEAM School.  


    Here is an overview of what a School Social Worker does: 

    ​School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession.


    School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team.


    School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.  


    School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence.


    School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.​

    Some of my job roles at Hemingway STEAM School Include:

    Teaching-Social/Emotional skills– teaching class lessons on subjects:        
    Bullying
    Problem Solving
    Empathy
    Social Thinking (Social Skills) 
    Anger and Stress Management
    Personal Safety
    Sexual Harassment
    Counseling-Individual and Group Supportive Counseling for Students:   
    Social Thinking (Social Skills & Behavior Management)
    Divorce
    Grief and Loss
    Student / Teacher conflict
    Individual issues
    Friendship Issues
    Helping Families:
    Referrals for scholarships to participate in sport/activities
    Accessing scholarships for counseling and tutoring
    Helping with concerns for students' social/emotional/academic well-being 
    Advocating for parents and families
    Linking families to resources and community help
    Linking families with seasonal help
    504 Coordinator:  Managing accommodation plans for students with qualifying medical issues or diagnosis. 
    Homelessness Liaison:  Identifying and serving the needs of families qualifying as homeless.  
    Multi-disciplinary team member:  Serving as a Multi-disciplinary team member for the Student Study Team and Response to Intervention process to ensure social/emotional/behavioral/academic success for students. 
    Crisis Response:  Providing Intervention in response to crisis situations.
    ** To learn more about the role of School Social Workers, visit the District Web Site: Social Work


    Please feel free to contact me if you are in need of any assistance or have concerns for your student.  


    Rebecca Tinsley, LCSW

    rtinsley@blaineschools.org

    (208) 578-5052

     

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