Social Work

Ms. Kim Sheppard
School Social Worker 
Henry-Senachwine High School 

Henry-Senachwine Community Unit School District #5 is committed to your student’s success.  School social work service is one way to help meet the needs of students in our district.

My name is Kim Sheppard.  I am school social worker through BMP Special Education Cooperative located in Tiskilwa, IL.  I service Henry-Senachwine High School Tuesday through Friday.  I graduated from ISU with my bachelor’s degree in social work.  I, then, received my master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. 

 A student can be referred for school social work for a variety of reasons.  Examples include emotional support following a temporary or long-term life situation or crisis (illness of family member, loss of job, separation or divorce of parents, death of family member or friend, friend’s move), academic support (organizational skills, self-concept as a learner, relationships with authority figures, identifying strengths and weaknesses), peer relationships, issues related to growing up, reluctance to attend school, expression of feelings (grief, depressive or anxious thoughts, management of aggression or angry feelings), and social skills development.

The referral can be made by the individual student, parent or teacher by contacting the school social worker.  

If you have any of the following concerns (please do not feel limited to the list below) about your son or daughter, you may want to reach out to your social worker.    
1.) Doesn't want to come to school  
2.) Struggles from test anxiety 
3.) Recently diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, or something of the like  
4.) Upset often about friends (more than age appropriate)
5.) Anger outbursts that are not age appropriate
6.) Makes poor decisions 
7.) You notice a change in your child (eating habits, disengaged from activities he/she used to enjoy) 
8.) Death in the family 
9.) In need of helpful strategies to utilize at home 
10.) In need of a suggestion for an outside therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist

What is social emotional learning?? Click on the link below!!

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