School Social Work Services

About Us:

Social work services is a specialization which applies social work principles and methodologies to educational environments with the primary goal of removing any barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling his or her academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve two to three sites.

Our Vision and Mission

School Social Work Responsibilities

Participating in the special education screening and eligibility process is the primary role responsibility for school social workers serving in general education settings. This includes participating in student-centered meetings such as Child Study Teams and Local Screening Committees, interviewing parents to complete sociocultural assessments and serving as a member of the school's Eligibility Committee to identify students with disabilities. Social workers in general education settings also provide crisis intervention, behavioral consultation and some limited individual and group counseling and parent groups. Social workers in special education centers and programs participate in the re-evaluations process and deliver ongoing direct services, which include individual, group and family counseling. All social workers serve as liaisons between home, school and community and all are involved with child abuse reporting and monitoring as well as collaborating with community agencies to offer services through the Virginia Comprehensive Services Act. Learn more >

What We Do:

Specific Services Which School Social Workers Provide:

  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Special Education evaluations
  • Assessment, referral and case management
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Consultation to teachers and parents
  • Family, school & community collaboration & advocacy
  • Staff and parent workshops
  • Homebound program case management

Social Workers Brochure:
Arabic | Chinese | English | Farsi | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

Homeless Information and Resources

Spotlight on Staff

Program Profile

Newsletters: Spring 2016 | Winter 2016 | Fall 2015

New Resources:

ConnectMe - Mental and Behavioral Health Resources in the Fairfax, VA Area

Major Depression Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center – “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action”

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Merrifield Center Opening in January 2015 – New location for many of CSB services formerly located at Woodburn Mental Health Center

Video Messages:

Kim Dockery discusses Mental Health Resources

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Interview: Kim Dockery, Chief Academic Officer, discussing FCPS Mental Health Resources




Mental Health Resources


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Mental Health Resources





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Interview: Psychologist Ryan Dickerson and Social Worker Erica Bettwy on Resilience



Kathy Sheffel


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Insight Interview: Kathi Sheffel, Homeless Liaison



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Mental Health First Aid Course

Video Message:


Information for students and their families about healthcare resources within Fairfax County. View video in English | Spanish

Quick Links:

Epi-Aid 2015-003: Undetermined risk factors for suicide among youth, ages 10-24: Report and Q & As

Fairfax County Resources on Parenting and Child Supervision

Fairfax County Youth Survey

Fairfax County Youth Survey Fact Sheets

Homeless Resources

Prevention Toolkit

Pyramid Resources--Annandale

Resiliency Information and Resources to Support Student Resiliency

Social Workers Work Assignments

Suicide Prevention brochures

Youth Depression and Positive Mental Health

Web Sites Related to Social Work Services

Contact Information:

Mary Jo Davis

Social Work Services:

Carrie Mendelsohn, Program Manager

Senior Social Workers:

Barbara Fisher:
Annandale, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Lake Braddock, Robinson, Stuart, West Springfield, and Woodson High School Pyramids

Gary Gordon: Edison, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, South County, and West Potomac High School Pyramids and ECAT/Preschool

Quyen Duong: Falls Church, Herndon, Langley, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Oakton, South Lakes, and Westfield High School Pyramids

Homeless Liaison:
Kathi Sheffel,

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Webpage Curator

Keyanna Williams

Last Updated

May 4, 2016