Social Work

Kim Sheppard
School Social Worker 
309-364-2829 
ksheppard@hscud5.org

Social Work department is a key component of the Henry-Senachwine Student Services team. We work collaboratively with school personnel to provide the best learning experience for all students.  Referrals come from a number of sources, including the school counselor, administration, teachers, parents and students.  Unique graduate level training in social work enables the ability to understand and interpret the influence of the school, home, and community on children and helps to identify the social and emotional issues that may be interfering with a student’s overall academic and social potential. 

Social Work services include: Crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, consultation with teachers and administration, assessments, classroom presentations, and student advocacy.  Below are some of the common issues that result in a social work referral

COMMON ISSUES THAT RESULT IN A SOCIAL WORK REFERRAL

  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation (1-800-SUICIDE, 1-800-273-TALK)
  • Abuse/Neglect (1-800-ABUSE)
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Sexual Assault (1-800-474-6031)
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Student/Teacher Conflict
  • Stress
  • Attendance Problems
  • Loneliness  
  • Alienation
  • Drop in Grades
  • Trauma

Most social work referrals result in short-term counseling.  For students and families in need of more specialized or long term treatment, the Henry-Senachwine Social Worker can provide a list of outside referrals and services.  Please contact the Social Worker for a confidential consultation in regard to the services you and your family may need.

For additional resources in the community, please check out Marshall County’s Resource Directory:

http://marshallcountyillinois.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Marshall-County-Resource-Directory.pdf

IN THE NEWS: INFO YOU WANT TO KNOW!

Looking for the latest news and information in adolescent development and other hot topics? Here are some great articles and resources that you may find helpful in your household:

Mindset: What kind of Mindset do you have?

https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/

Resilient Teens:  Helping your teen bounce back!

https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/development/social-emotional-development/resilience-in-teens

Growth Mindset: What is it?

https://hbr.org/2016/01/what-having-a-growth-mindset-actually-means

Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

https://www.edutopia.org/article/growth-mindset-resources

Top 10 Reasons Why Today’s Teens Have So Much Anxiety:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201711/10-reasons-teens-have-so-much-anxiety-today

Counseling Resources

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