On March 23rd, Northern Colorado School Social Workers celebrated social work month by gathering in Greeley for the first-ever NoCo School Social Worker meetup!
A group of approximately 15 school social workers and interns from Greeley, Poudre, and Thompson schools gathered together to network and plan for future collaboration.
At this initial meeting, the group discussed goals for our time together and planned for future meet-ups as well. We were very excited to have the opportunity to meet and network with other social workers in the region.
We shared out how social work services were provided in each district that was represented, and discussed the desire to bring in school social workers from other districts in the Northern region that were not represented at this meeting.
The group would like to set up regular opportunities to meet with intentional use of our time. We discussed that we could use this time in order to hear about programming and community partnerships occurring in each other’s school districts, to collaborate with professionals in our unique field of practice, to bring specific training to our area of the state, and to discuss current trends specific to school social work in the NoCo region.
We discussed bringing in guest speakers from time to time to highlight the work we are doing in our districts and schools. We also heard a report out from CSU regarding changes to the School Social Work certificate which better align with CDE and licensing requirements.
Looking ahead to future meetings, the group hopes to meet quarterly, with the next meeting in May- stay tuned!
Those present agreed that Friday afternoons work well, but we would be curious to hear from those not at the meeting if the timing was a barrier to attendance. We are looking into options for a more centralized location to the region so that we can increase the number of people able who can attend.
If you live in the region and would like to know more about attending these meet-ups, please contact Whitney Bennett-Clear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was a great opportunity to see and hear from others in our field, and we encourage other regions to organize a meet-up as well!