My professional education and career as a social worker
I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago in 1982. Soon after, I took a position as a school social worker with School District U-46 in Elgin, Illinois. First at Larkin High School and then at South Elgin High School in 2005. I retired in 2014 after 32 years of service.
During my career as a school social worker I addressed a wide variety of problem situations involving teens and their families. These encompassed many diverse and serious psychiatric conditions and death events. I was directly involved in the assessment and/or treatment of approximately 10,000 troubled teens and have given educational classroom presentations to over 20,000 students. Many of these presentations were provided mainly for the purpose of preventing a student suicide. I participated in numerous specialized post-graduate training programs, conducted several research projects, including two that were published in the journal Social Work and one in the School Social Work Journal. I have also provided over 75 professional education workshops at the local, state and national level prior to my retirement. These career-related experiences have provided me with many valuable lessons and a level of wisdom that I feel grateful to possess and am happy to share with anyone who has come upon this website.
In my retirement I serve as a visiting wellness counselor at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine on the island of Sint Maarten. I continue to provide professional educational presentations to local and national groups of school social workers and other mental health professionals. I’m available to give educational presentations at area high schools and I am trained, experienced, and prepared to assist a school district in the wake of a school shooting or a place of business following a critical incident. I have also established a private practice in my home in order to continue to do what I enjoy doing the most; helping troubled teens and young adults find their pathway to greater happiness, peace of mind, and significance in this world.