Ability to view student behaviors using a trauma lens
Strong deescalation skills with dysregulated youth
Ability to provide culturally-appropriate services
Ability to conduct formal and informal assessments consistent with school-based practice
Ability to diagnose and treat mental health disorders
Strong rapport-building skills with students and families
Ability to work efficiently, effectively and cooperatively with multidisciplinary teams
Strong leadership skills
Highly organized and efficient
Developed and provided comprehensive professional development to the social work department on creating trauma-sensitive school environments through a Professional Learning Community process.
Created and implemented online training series utilized by all licensed staff entitled, "Increasing Wellness and Decreasing Toxic Stress" to assist district staff in understanding the impact of trauma on students and staff.
Met monthly with school social workers providing trauma-informed professional development in their schools to assist them in strategizing and creating those professional development opportunities.
Provided clinical supervision and mentoring to probationary school social workers and social workers who required clinical supervision while they are working toward their own independent clinical license.
Carried out Lead School Social Worker duties on a short-term basis during Lead School Social Worker leaves of absence.
Provided direct and indirect mental health services to students with a variety of disabilities.
Provided crisis intervention services to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
Developed and provided professional development to school staff about the impact of early trauma and toxic stress on student well-being.
Created and distributed a monthly trauma newsletter for staff that included strategies for working with students with trauma backgrounds.
Assessed student functioning, both formally and informally, incorporating data from multiple sources across settings.
Consulted with parents, teachers, and administrators to develop intervention strategies to enhance school success.
Identified, mobilized and coordinated community resources to enable children to receive maximum benefit from their educational program.
Facilitated problem-solving meetings between families and the school.
Provided consultation to school personnel regarding home, neighborhood and community conditions affecting student well being.
Served as a resource to school staff regarding identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Served as the school contact person for students who are homeless.
Consulted and collaborated with community agencies and other mental health professionals to coordinate services.
Participated in multidisciplinary teams.
Assisted in resolving truancy concerns.Maintain records in a manner consistent with District practices.
Supervised paraprofessionals and provided direction in carrying out individual education plans.
Evaluated quickly with a high degree of accuracy, the level of lethality and risk in suicidal/homocidal patients.
Integrated social, medical and psychotherapeutic data in order to diagnose, form a treatment plan, and provide appropriate crisis intervention and psychotherapy using a trauma-informed approach.
Established an effective working relationship in order to collaborate successfully with emergency department physicians, physician-assistants, nurses, technicians, case managers, interpreters, community organizations, patients and their families to provide patient-centered services.
Christensen, K; Keleny, M. and McParland, R (2016) Creating a Trauma-Informed School: A Paradigm Shift. Wilder Child Guidance Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Christensen, K; Doran, K; and McParland, R (2015) Panelist, Creating Trauma-Informed Schools. Wilder Child Guidance Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Christensen, K; Lombardi, K; and McParland, R (2015) Trauma-Informed School Social Work Practice. Minnesota School Social Worker Association Spring Conference, St. Paul, MN
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (Minnesota since 2000)
Licensed School Social Worker (Minnesota since 1996)
Member of Minnesota School Social Workers Association
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