School Social Workers are a vital part of the educational team. We work together along with administrators, teachers, deans, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff to support students academic and social emotional development, and to promote a safe school environment.
We work as a team to identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students.We help to increase their level of self understanding and self appreciation, along with developing more coping strategies and decision making skills.
School Social Workers help support parents through advocacy and education. We help parents to better understand their students’ social and emotional needs and how to best support their development. We ensure parents are knowledgeable regarding programs available for students with special needs. Additionally, school social workers help parents access and utilize school and community resources effectively.
TR School Social Workers Are Here For You!
Feel free to contact us for any concerns or questions!
Have a great and healthy year!
Thornridge High School Social Workers:
Kimberley Blackwell, MA, LCSW
Sherri Swansey, LCSW, ACSW
Taking Care of You and Your Family’s Mental Health
You may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.
Get immediate help in a crisis
- Call 911
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, or Lifeline Crisis Chat.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) orOnline Chat
- The Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 TTY Instructions
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) orCrisis Chat or text: 8388255
Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and TTY 1-800-487-4889
- Treatment Services Locator Website
- Interactive Map of Selected Federally Qualified Health Centers