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Social Workers: The Heart of D&M

March is National Social Workers Month, and in honor of that, we’d like to take a closer look at the role social workers play at David & Margaret.

Being a social worker is challenging, yet rewarding. Social workers are responsible for helping individuals, families, and groups of people cope with problems they’re facing, teaching skills and developing mechanisms for patients to rely on to better their lives and experiences.

Social workers often serve as liaisons between institutions to help individuals and families, as well as collaborate with other health professionals to ensure wellness. They will become familiar with, and refer people to, community resources. Social workers address legal issues, such as assisting with hearings and providing testimony relating to their patients. They also engage in research, policy development and advocacy for services. And of course, social workers must maintain case history records and prepare reports.

“Our social workers are essential to the work we do.  It could not be done without them,” says Executive Director Charles Rich, LCSW, of David & Margaret’s social workers (see below). “They not only provide essential therapeutic services to clients, but help advocate for and with them in helping them get their needs met.”

Our family/child social workers provide assistance and advocacy to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. They help kids succeed to their best ability in school, as well as improve the family’s overall well-being. These professionals may also assist parents, locate foster homes, help to arrange adoptions, and address abuse.

Our mental health social workers offer support and services to those struggling with unhealthy coping skills, and teach healthier behaviors and get them back on track. Services that mental health and substance abuse social workers provide include individual and group counseling, intervening during crises, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education. They also focus on counseling families to assist in understanding and dealing with the individual’s problems.

“We don’t always understand just how much we impact those we serve, until we hear from them years later and learn about how the services provided by the staff, changed their life,” says Transitional Living Programs Manager Marissa Scholefield. “Our goal is to make positive changes to their long-term trajectory. Social workers work hard with long hours, and don’t always receive the acknowledgement in the immediate. However, as a social worker, there is an understanding that although we don’t always see it or hear it from those we serve in the immediate, we are always planting seeds of hope that will eventually grow when they are ready.”

So in honor of National Social Workers Month, we salute our outstanding cadre of professionals!

HOPE ALVIZAR, Clinical Therapist, Mental Health

JORGE ASCENCIO, Social Worker, Foster Family and Adoption

CHELSEA BAZILIAN, Social Worker, Transitional Housing Programs

DENISE BELT, Social Worker, Transitional Housing Programs

AMANEE BENDELHOUM, Clinical Therapist, Mental Health

BESSY CARRANZA, Night Supervisor, Residential

FANYA DANIELS, Intervention Therapist, Residential


LESLEY FISHER, Clinical Therapist, Residential

MARISSA GARCIA, Clinical Therapist, Mental Health

AMY GONZALEZ, Social Worker, Transitional Housing Programs


DAVID HOXSEY, Social Worker, Foster Family and Adoption

BEVERLY KOTTKAMP. Intervention Office Manager, Residential

DIANA LAYNE WHITE, Clinical Therapist, Mental Health

CATHERINE LEE, Intensive Care Coordinator, Mental Health


ALBA MEDINA, Program Manager, Mental Health

MARLYN MEDINA, Social Worker, Transitional Housing Programs

MICHAEL MILLER, Chief Program Officer, Administration

SHARI MOSLEY, Clinical Therapist, Residential


MARITZA PADILLA, Intake Coordinator, Mental Health


PAULA RANDLE, Director, Mental Health

CHARLES C. RICH, Executive Director, Administration

DEENA ROBERTSON, Program Manager II, Foster Family and Adoption


RANDA SALEH, Clinical Therapist, Mental Health

REBECCA SCHAAL, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Administration

RUTH SCHETTINI, Intensive Care Coordinator, Mental Health

SABINE SHAH, Case Manager, Residential

TRACI SHERMAN, Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health

SHARI STEWARD, Social Worker, Foster Care and Adoption


KARLA VILLALTA, Clinical Therapist, Residential

WAYNE WOLCOTT, Social Worker Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

CYNTHIA YANEZ, Program Supervisor, ITFC/MTFC


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