Welcome Back Cougars!!

My name is Mrs. Devers, and I am so excited to begin my 9th year as Benton's School Social Worker.  Throughout my time at BMS, I have met and formed relationships with many wonderful students and their families.  I am so proud of our school and all that we have accomplished!  I look forward to meeting many more wonderful students this year. I have a wealth of knowledge in community resources and can assist parents in this area.  I support students in many ways, including individual and group counseling.  One of my passions is addressing student mental health needs to include the very important program, Signs of Suicide.  


A little about me, I am a Northern Virginia native, growing up in Fairfax County along the very diverse Route 1 corridor near George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.  After high school, I attended George Mason University (1996-2000), where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Social Work.  From there, I began working as a Social Worker in the field of child welfare in both private and public settings.  I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (2005-2008) earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.  I am currently credentialed in Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have experience providing play therapy to children and adolescents in private practice.  My husband and I relocated in 2005 to Prince William County and are proud parents to an 8 year old daughter and 7 year old son.  

Resources

Food Help Line 703-794-4668 (centralized help line to direct families to food pantries.  If over 65 or immunocompromised, they will direct to delivery services)

FoodResourcesWPCarea.docx

House of Mercy Food Pantry
Open from Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mon - Friday. No identification papers required. "they feed anyone who needs it"
Address: 8170 Flannery Court, Manassas, VA
Phone: 703-659-1636
Food Pantry List.pdf

Resources for Unsheltered.pdf

Social Emotional Resources - 
https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=42139982

Waiver Presentation.pptx

Warning Signs & Referral numbers.pdf

Self-Injury trifold with PWC SBoard Info.PUB


What Do Social Workers Do?

  • School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession.

  • School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team.

  • School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.  

  • School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence.

  • School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.


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