I need help covering the cost of a very widely-known social emotional learning conference called Social Thinking that teaches professionals effective social and coping skill interventions to use with their students in need.
As a school social worker within Chicago Public Schools, my school assignment has the potential to change each year depending on student need and caseload adjustments. This year I am responsible for the social emotional needs of over 1,000 students across four buildings. I do group and individualized therapy with elementary students to build their social and coping skills to help improve overall student outcomes.
Each student has a variety of strengths and qualities that make them the unique learners that they are, and it is my job to build off of those strengths and give them the tools they need to succeed not only in school but in their lives as a whole.
What is most important in my work is meeting each child where they are at and setting attainable and measurable goals for each student that will allow them to reach new levels of social and self-awareness.
In order to create a lasting impact, furthering my education is critical. I am always looking for ways to increase my knowledge, better my service delivery, inform myself of new evidence-based interventions, and grow as a professional in my field.
This project will help me gain new skills as a clinician, so I can learn and implement new evidence-based approaches in teaching children a variety of social emotional learning strategies in self-regulation, executive functioning, social skills, perspective taking, and social problem-solving. These skills are critical for students as they help guide and shape their decision-making and empathy towards others in their everyday life. This 3 day conference will offer a variety of workshops that are tailored to address not only the needs of typically developing students but also students who present with social learning challenges (ASD, ADHD, behavior & communication disorders, etc.).
My students deserve to be equipped with tools that are clinically proven to impact their social emotional growth and development, and I want to ensure that the interventions and strategies I use each day in therapeutic sessions align with the best practices available.
Unfortunately, the cost of attending a conference like this (even in-state) is extremely high, but hopefully with your help, this goal of mine will be much more attainable.
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