School Social Work Services
Norwin School District employs a full-time social worker, Ms. Rachel Butler-Pardi, LSW. Ms. Butler-Pardi provides a variety of services throughout the school district. Primarily, Ms. Butler-Pardi provides school-based therapy to students who have an IEP and an identified need under their related services. Ms. Butler-Pardi has been practicing since 2001 and has experience with a variety of mental health issues, including separation anxiety, ADHD, and is trained in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Providing therapy at school assists in removing barriers for families to access necessary services, such as transportation, consistency in treatment, and busy schedules. Ms. Butler-Pardi is also able to coordinate services with outpatient service providers to ensure continuity of care.
In addition to school-based therapy, Ms. Butler-Pardi also provides professional development to her colleagues on topics such as classroom management and trauma-informed classrooms, as well as consulting on behavioral health plans for students in need. Ms. Butler-Pardi is also a certified Home and School Visitor and assists and consults on Attendance Improvement Plans, working with families to reduce the barriers of students attending school and receiving an education.
Finally, Ms. Butler-Pardi has a YouTube channel that features an introduction to mindfulness, daily breathing exercise, and mindfulness activities. You can subscribe to her channel and have access to these daily supports for mindfulness.