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School social workers go digital at workshop

School social workers from across southeastern North Carolina learned how digital tools can promote health and safety during the recent regional spring workshop of the North Carolina School Social Work Association.

Twenty-five social work professionals attended the May 10 meeting, hosted by Lenoir County Public Schools and held at the LCPS Professional Development Center at Kinston High School.

Presentations included:

Speakers at the regional spring workshop of the North Carolina School Social Work Association held at the LCPS Professional D The Community Resilience Model (CRM): Managing Adversity with the ICalm App by Dr. Veronica Hardy and Dr. Tamara Savage. The Community Resilience Model is designed to build a cadre of school professionals who are educated in the biology of traumatic stress reactions, resiliency and ways to reduce someone’s distress, anxiety, depression, and anger. The ICalm app is a digital aid in CRM interventions.

Facilitating Digital Citizenship: A Culturally Sensitive Group Intervention for Kids and Teens by Dr. Summer Woodside, Dr. Cindy Locklear and Joshua Peele. The session demonstrated a psychoeducational group intervention for preventing cyberbullying and raising awareness of online safety for youth in grades 3-12.

Using the School Health Performance and Evaluation System (SHAPE) for Assessment by

Dr. Locklear, Angela Mendell and Dr. Woodside. The online School Health Performance Evaluation System helps districts and schools establish census and national performance measures for comprehensive school mental health systems.

The workshop was sponsored by UNC-Pembroke’s Department of Social Work through the university’s School Safety Training Program, funded through a N.C. Department of Public Instruction School Safety Grant.

It was organized by Dr. Woodside of UNC-Pembroke, chair of thNCSSWA Board Members of the North Carolina School Social Work Association attending a recent regional workshop hosted by LCPS e university’s Department of Social Work and of the North Carolina School Social Work Association; Lisa Butler, LCPS social worker and NCSSWA treasurer; and Constance Simmons of Greene County Schools, school social worker and NCSSWA president.

“This workshop provided school social workers with digital tools that can be used collaboratively with education professionals, students, and caregivers to address and promote safety in 21st century schools,” Butler said.

She had special thanks for Mary Jones and Evelyn Loftin of the Professional Development Center, who assisted with hosting.

 

Photo captions: (Top) Speakers at the regional spring workshop of the North Carolina School Social Work Association held at the LCPS Professional Development center are, from left, Josh Peele, Angela Mendell, Dr. Veronica Hardy, Dr. Summer Woodside and Dr. Tamara Savage.

NCSSWA Board Members of the North Carolina School Social Work Association attending a recent regional workshop hosted by LCPS are, from left, Lisa Butler, treasurer; Constance Simmons, president; Dr. Summer Woodside, Southeast Region chair; and Candy Robbins, Parliamentary.