Who are Student Assistance Specialists?
Student Assistance Specialists have master’s degrees in social work or counseling, frequently are licensed by Virginia Board of Social Work or Counseling, and have expertise in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. They administer the Substance Abuse Prevention Program throughout the school district which includes K-12 prevention, intervention, consultation, and referral services.
What do Student Assistance Specialists (SASs) do?
Student Assistance Specialists (SASs) provide services and interventions designed to enhance the social, emotional and academic success of students by helping to address the needs of the whole child. The foundation of these interventions is a strength based service delivery model focusing on developmental assets, risk/protective factors, prevention education and resiliency skill building