Aces (Wells Community Academy’s Social Work Intern)
The main purpose of Wells Community Academy’s Social Work Intern (Ace) program is to engage students in their education while also touching on their social/emotional needs. Each ACE has approximately 10-15 students on their case load throughout the school year. Currently, there are 8 ACE’s on hand throughout the week. The Social Work Team is structured to maximize personal contact and opportunities to build trusting relationships. Student levels of engagement (such as attendance, grades, and behavior) are monitored regularly and used to guide the Social Work Team’s efforts to increase and maintain students’ academic performance and emotional well-being.
What is an ACE?
The Aces are social work interns from bachelor and master’s programs at local universities. The Aces facilitate Restorative Practice Groups (peace Circles, restorative conversations/conferences), Think First (Anger Management), and CBITS (Traumatic events) programs, while also providing one-on-one emotional and academic support for students with intensive social-emotional needs.
The mission of the Social Work Intern (Ace) program is to educate student interns to the level of professional social worker, advance knowledge in the field and provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and services on behalf of the students at Wells Community Academy students who have social and emotional needs.
Social Work Interns (Ace):
At Wells, we recognize that some students need more support to be successful. We meet that need by providing additional support so that our students do not slip through the cracks. To accomplish this, Wells has a full-time social worker with a team of social work interns who are available to meet students both individually and in a group setting, on a regular basis, and to provide crisis intervention as necessary. Wells knows that students’ physical, mental, and emotional needs must be met in order to maximize their learning opportunities.
Aces (Social Work Interns):
Lead groups and provide one-on-one social and emotional support for students with intensive social emotional needs.
Think First Group
Anger coping program designed to teach students how to improve their behavior in school by teaching them how to peacefully solve problems with other people and better manage their anger.
A safe space where students have the opportunity to talk out their problems with one another in a peaceful manner. This can be used as a preventative measure.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS ) Group
Trauma focused program for students who have experienced traumatic events. Helps to process the trauma and build coping skills in order to return to normal day functioning.
What do Aces offer?