School Social Worker
I started working for Jewish Family and Community Services as a full-time school social worker for San Jose Schools in 2018. Here I have the opportunity to provide consultation to staff, serve on school attendance and wellness committees, and provide a full range of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical services to students.
I grew up in Connecticut and from an early age, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a helping profession. I earned my BSW from Regis College in Weston, MA in 2000 and my MSW from Simmons College in Boston, MA through the advanced standing program in 2001. I have worked in clinic, hospital, and school settings in the Northeast providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and families before my role here at San Jose Schools in Florida.
I tend to use Gestalt principles in my treatment. Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach that helps clients focus on the present environment and social contexts. This form of treatment emphasizes personal responsibility. It is important that clients know that they must take an active role in treatment to make progress. Evidenced-based practices that are utilized in my office include, but are not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, anger management, bibliotherapy, breathwork, ecotherapy, family therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, art therapy, and dialectical-behavioral therapy.
I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside, and being active. I do not enjoy running, but nevertheless, I run because I enjoy how I feel after running! I love to bake, cook, and preserve food and look for local produce whenever I can. I have been happily married for 12 years and I have two children.
Services for Students
San Jose Schools provides a full-time school social worker on staff through a contract with Jewish Family and Community Services. Counseling services and social work services are available to every student. Particularly in crisis situations, these services should be immediately available. The school social worker may be called upon by staff, students, or parents/guardians to assist in crisis intervention at any time without written consent. The school social worker is a licensed professional who can provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to students with parental consent and a mutually agreed-upon treatment plan if and when an ongoing treatment relationship is established and deemed necessary. For more information about minors access to mental health services click here.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health and vice versa. It is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being. Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress. You can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing these challenges in your life.
What Are the Eight Dimensions of Wellness?
Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life. Wellness strategies are practical ways to start developing healthy habits that can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:
- Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
- Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
- Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
- Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
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