Social Workers Are There for Private Help
Byline: Robin Levy
Grayslake Community High School is very fortunate to have social workers Jacqueline French and Dean Griffin serving its student body. Griffin is new to the school this year. Together the pair provide individual and group counseling.
About three weeks into the school year, French and Griffin visit all the freshmen lunch studies to inform students of all available services. They stress the importance of confidentiality. Everything discussed within groups or individually is kept confidential. Students can talk about everything from drugs to pregnancy without worrying that people will find out. The only things not protected by confidentiality are abuse, thoughts of suicide or a student's intent to hurt himself or herself.
Group meetings are a place where students can talk with other students enduring similar situations. For instance, a divorce group meets for all students coping with the divorce of their parents. A Children of Alcoholics group also meets. The substance abuse group is directed to students who have a problem and want to stop using.
There are more lighthearted groups, too, such as the Friendship/Connections group, where students can meet new people and learn about making friends.
French directs six groups and Griffin directs two. …