March celebrates National Professional Social Work Month and is an opportunity to spotlight the incredible work of the 700,000 social workers across the country. They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society, and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. 1
The dedicated social workers at JCFS Chicago are instrumental in our mission to strengthen lives in the community and their influence can be seen throughout our family of services.
Here's what some of our social workers had to say about their jobs.
Jackie Mallinger, LCSW is an experienced therapist who works with adolescents, individuals, couples, families and groups at our Buffalo Grove counseling office. She aims to creates a safe environment for clients, where they feel good, understood, supported and encouraged to make constructive changes in their lives.
“Social workers at JCFS Chicago enhance the lives of those we serve by providing a supportive and accepting environment to all. We embody the core values of self-determination, the uniqueness of individuals and foster healthy connections to others and their community,” remarked Jackie.
Allison Stevens is the social work clinical director at Knapp School & Yeshiva. She has worked at our school since 2002, as a school social worker, intake coordinator and clinical coordinator.
“My favorite part of this job, hands down, is watching as students start to gain new skills that will help them succeed in public school or in their post high school world. When students start demonstrating the ability to independently problem solve, articulate their needs appropriately and have pride in their abilities, it is really magical,” said Allison. “The Knapp team is a diverse group of amazingly talented, dedicated, and passionate people who work together each day toward the unified goal of helping our students gain skills without a lot of praise or thanks in return. They are naturally gifted in understanding our complex students.”
Join us in honoring social workers for the important work they do to help families and individuals confront, cope with and overcome challenges.