The school’s social staff of the year

The San Diego Department of Education recently selected five people as Social Workers of the Year at the San Diego County School. Two of them received special awards for their contribution to the profession.

The honors were part of the last celebration of Social Work Week at the National School. The San Diego County has about 95 social workers in schools and more than 87 interns from universities that provide social, emotional, and mental health services to students, families, and staff.

Social workers in schools are skilled mental health professionals who work directly and indirectly with students to address mental health problems. They offer assistance that includes crisis intervention, counseling for individuals and groups, consultation with teachers, home visits, parent workshops and support for equal practices and policies.

Those recognized were:

Social workers in high school, middle school and elementary schools: Geraldine O’Sullivan, social worker at the school, San Pasquale High School, Escondido Union High School District; Lauren Hennessy, a leading licensed clinician in mental health, Clark High School, San Diego Unified School District; And Jessica Ramirez, Social Worker at School, Highlands Elementary School, La Massa-Spring Valley School District

Social worker in an administrative school: Kim Body, Leading District Social Worker, District Office, Escondido High School District

Specializes in social work at school: Jennifer Wok, specializes in social work at the school, Monarch School; San Diego County Department of Youth Education and Community Schools

Paul Barzel, a licensed clinical social worker, staffing services for students at the University of San Diego State, received the Breakthrough Award, Which respects those who paved the way for the development of future generations in the profession.

Anthony Ceja, senior director of the San Diego County Department of Education, accepted the Peevy Light a prize For his support of the school’s social workers. He runs the ministry’s gang risk intervention program.

“There is an increase in behavioral concerns and mental health needs in all of our schools and our school’s social workers, in conjunction with our school counselors, continue to demonstrate great value in working to meet the increased needs of our students,” the San Diego County said. School Superintendent Paul Gothold in a statement. “Given the two-year epidemic and its impact, we are especially honored to recognize social workers in schools and the social work profession.”

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