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.
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 >
Interview: Psychologist Ryan Dickerson and Social Worker Erica Bettwy on Resilience
Interview with Amy Parmentier and Myriam Golden about Social Workers in FCPS
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Insight Interview: Kathi Sheffel, Homeless Liaison
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Social Work Services:
Sue Elman, 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
Mary Jo Davis: Falls Church, Herndon, Langley, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Oakton, South Lakes, and Westfield High School Pyramids
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August 25, 2014