Across the nation this month, social workers are being honored for their dedication, knowledge and skills.
We are truly fortunate to have these specialists work in our schools. Knowing that March has been designated as Social Work Month, I asked Mrs. Perry, the program supervisor for social workers, to write about the responsibilities and roles these educators play in all of our schools. Please take a minute to read the article she wrote and at the end of the article is a list of our social workers and the schools they serve. Over the past twenty years I have had the pleasure of working with these clinicians and they are truly amazing.
School Social Workers possess a Masters degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. She/he holds a license from the Rhode Island Department of Health as well as certification with the Rhode Island Department of Education.
On a daily basis, School Social Workers engage in a myriad of activities and job functions that support students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. Students receive Social Work Support as per 504 and Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), Response to Intervention (RtI) programming, Universal Screening processes, and in response to critical needs.
School Social Workers serve as members of various teams including, but not limited to, the Team of Qualified Professionals, RtI, Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions (PBIS) and Student Assistance Teams. They conduct Social History Evaluations and Functional Behavior Assessments from which they formulate recommendations and specific plans for students based upon these comprehensive assessments.
Additional services provided to students and their families include case management, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, threat assessment, and advocacy. School Social Workers assist students with and without disabilities. They assist those struggling with issues related to mental illness, substance abuse, at-risk behavior, social-emotional difficulties, grief and loss, chronic illness, divorce, adjustment issues, trauma, attachment problems, abuse, self-esteem issues, bullying, and many other social, emotional, behavioral, and academic issues. They often organize programs and activities that support healthy social and emotional growth and development, and provide trainings to school staff and the community related to issues which impact students’ lives. School Social Workers collaborate with community service providers and serve as a direct link between the home and the school. They are committed to assisting students with achieving a level of containment necessary in promoting their educational readiness.
Cranston’s School Social Work Department consists of 19 Clinical Social Workers servicing the needs of students and families across the District. They include:
Kimberly Perry, Program Supervisor of Social Work Services; Psychiatric Liaison
Keri Anthony, School Social Worker, Dutemple and Garden City Schools
Meredith Armstrong, School Social Worker, Orchard Farms and Stone Hill Schools
Kevin Ascoli School Social Worker, Cranston High School West
Sheri Brown School Social Worker, Bain Middle School
Katy Chesson School Social Worker, Waterman and Stadium Schools
Gerry Codola School Social Worker, NEL/CPS Charter School
Karen Cryan School Social Worker, Early Childhood and Rhodes Schools
Marissa Daly School Social Worker, Woodridge, Barrows, and Peters Schools
Mike Delrosso School Social Worker, Barrows, Oaklawn, and Cranston Transition Program Schools
Annette Harris School Social Worker, Western Hills Middle School
Victoria Hathaway School Social Worker, Cranston High School East
Jean-Marie Manni School Social Worker, Sanders Academy
Kate Marks School Social Worker, Cranston High School East
Julie Merolla School Social Worker, Eden Park and Edgewood Highlands Schools
Reeny Puglia School Social Worker, Hope Highlands and Glen Hills Schools
Barbara Swanson School Social Worker, Arlington and Gladstone Schools
Lorna Thompson School Social Worker, Cranston High School West
Rebecca Zuena School Social Worker, Park View Middle School
Please join us as we celebrate Social Work Month this March, 2014.