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Paula has been a social worker for over 40 years, most of that time working with children from infancy through college, along with their families. Prior to retiring, Paula was a School Social Worker in the Webster Central School District for 29 years. She is especially proud to have been a part of the development of the district’s Response to Crisis and Tragedy in the 1990’s. She also participated in the development of the Trauma, Illness and Grief Consortium (TIG), which will be celebrating its 20th year in 2021. Her work with students, families and staff was always based on respect, honesty, trust, and caring. The school building, and the district as a whole, is a community whose function is to support the learning and social emotional growth of students. But students don’t leave their emotional struggles or celebrations at the school entrance. We celebrate with them and support them through their struggles.

In this episode of The Helping Conversation, Paula discusses experiences, concepts and skills that guided her compassionate and highly effective work with students and families. Paula shares her insights into not only how to successfully engage students of all ages, but how to make yourself an indispensable part of an interdisciplinary team. Concepts discussed include “showing up,” listening deeply, maintaining a strength base perspective and authenticity. Paula also highlights the influential role she played in leading her district to a more trauma informed perspective.
Paula has been a social worker for over 40 years, most of that time working with children from infancy through college, along with their families. Prior to retiring, Paula was a School Social Worker in the Webster Central School District for 29 years. She is especially proud to have been a part of the development of the district’s Response to Crisis and Tragedy in the 1990’s. She also participated in the development of the Trauma, Illness and Grief Consortium (TIG), which will be celebrating its 20th year in 2021. Her work with students, families and staff was always based on respect, honesty, trust, and caring. The school building, and the district as a whole, is a community whose function is to support the learning and social emotional growth of students. But students don’t leave their emotional struggles or celebrations at the school entrance. We celebrate with them and support them through their struggles. In this episode of The Helping Conversation, Paula discusses experiences, concepts and skills that guided her compassionate and highly effective work with students and families. Paula shares her insights into not only how to successfully engage students of all ages, but how to make yourself an indispensable part of an interdisciplinary team. Concepts discussed include “showing up,” listening deeply, maintaining a strength base perspective and authenticity. Paula also highlights the influential role she played in leading her district to a more trauma informed perspective. read more read less

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