Hello my name is Samantha Kiessling, and I am a school social work intern for Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. I am currently enrolled at Cleveland State University, pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work. I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University with a major in Psychology in 2017. Prior to starting my graduate degree, I worked at a substance abuse facility called Glenbeigh Hospital: Outpatient Center of Rocky River. I have almost 2 years of experience working with the administration team as well as the clients. Although I did not work directly with the clients (performing assessments, group therapy.. etc), I met with them and introduced them to our facility. I educated them on further substance abuse treatment, and explained what types of services we provided.
Social work has always been an interest of mine since I was younger. I find it alluring the way social work can be such an amazing aid for families and individuals. I have enjoyed learning how and why the brain works. I have taken many developmental, psychological and social behavioral courses that have helped me gain extensive knowledge that strongly supports my understanding of social work practice. I am eager to learn more about school social work and how I can assist at my highest potential. I enjoy the company of children and I would love to be a positive role model or support system in their life if possible. I will help advocate and support students through any possible distress they may encounter. I am here to benefit the well-being of all students and encourage them in good decision making, behavior, and attitude. I am delighted to be working with the staff and students of Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me via phone 440-522-8087.
Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services (LCADA): 2016-17
Information from our LCADA Education Specialist Assigned to Brookside:Monique Guerrero is a Prevention
Specialist who specializes in providing information and education to youth and
communities. She has completed an Associates of Arts Degree and Chemical
Dependency Counselor Assistant Certificate program at Lorain County Community
College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree at Cleveland State University in
Psychology as a member of the National Psychology Honors Society. The education she provides can range from communication styles and time management to resolving conflicts and substance abuse signs and symptoms. She has worked with kids from 1st grade to 12th grade individually, in small groups, and classrooms. She sees her role as being another positive role model to youth in communities across Lorain County as well as being a source of information for youth and community members alike. As a parent herself, she wants to focus on the needs of the community and is excited to work with Brookside High School and Middle School, as they continue to create environments that foster education, understanding, and growth.
--------------------------------------------------------------LCADA offers alcohol & drug abuse education/prevention at Brookside High School and Brookside Middle School through two methods of service:
a. Health classes receive an education program called “Life Skills.” This program is designed to provide factual information regarding involvement in alcohol & other drugs. The program occurs once a week during regular health class time. Information/education, research supported statistics, and activities are used to help educate students on risky choices surrounding alcohol & other drugs.
b. A “Prevention/Education Specialist” is at Brookside High School/Middle School every Wednesday during the school year from 9:30AM-2:00PM. This LCADA specialist works one-on-one with students who may need education or be at-risk for dealing with drug-related issues/situations. The specialist is also able to work with parents who believe that their child may be involved or subject to risky behavior at home or at a friend’s house. This partnership is not clinical in nature, and therefore is not ‘therapy.’ The purpose of this program is to help students head-off any problems they may encounter involving drugs, alcohol, or risky behavior. This program is truly about prevention and education.
For more information on how to connect with the drug prevention specialist, please contact our school social worker, Mr. Smith, or contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal.
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City SchoolsSchool Social WorkerThe role of the school social worker is to assist families in having their son/daughter be the best possible student and have the most academic success. Situations such as academic struggles, emotional concerns, or behavioral issues can cause undue stress on students and their families. Social workers work with families to resolve social, emotional, and behavioral problems. We do this through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct services.
School social workers help to bridge school, home, and community to help students be as successful as possible.
The school social worker is a team player with the family to be a resource for families who have questions, concerns, or want more information on programs and organizations that can help their child be a stronger student.
School social workers also have a network of counseling, parenting, and home resources that can help families positively strengthen the relationship they have with their children.
For more information, please contact our district school social worker:
Andrew Smith, LISW-SPhone: 440-949-4213Email: email@example.com
Talk with your teen: It is important to establish and maintain healthy and frequent communication with your child. Work towards breaking down communication barriers, and set up a routine of “mindful talk” to gain more insight into your teen’s life. Talking with your teen is crucial in determining any pre-existing symptoms that may lead to substance abuse, such as depression or anxiety. Talk with your teen about alcohol and drug use specifically, as well as any genetic vulnerabilities he or she may have to addiction due to family history of use.
Get Involved: Young people are much less likely to have mental health and substance use problems when they have positive activities to do and when caring adults are involved in their lives. Explore hobbies and strengths of your teen to increase resiliency, establish coping skills, and to help your child gain outside support systems.
Set Rules: Make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate disciplinary action. Rules and consequences should be transparent and consistent; this will help reinforce your child’s thought formation around actions and predicting outcomes. Be a Role Model: Because children like to imitate adults, you can influence your teen greatly by leading. Your actions are more influential than words, so forget the old adage “do what I say, not what I do.”