Comprehensive School Social Work Program

  • 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. ​

  • K-12 School Social Work Manual

    This manual provides an orientation and overview of resources, documents, and contacts in Portland Public Schools for school social workers.


    Note: This manual is best utilized in its electronic format. Some links will take you to websites and other links will take you to documents that can be printed.



For Additional Support, Contact:

Michelle Harrison, LCSW, EdS.
School Social Worker on Special Assignment

SSWAA School Social Work Services

  • Services to Students

  • Services to Parent/Families

  • Services to School Personnel

  • School-Community Liaison

  • Services to Districts

  • Related Services