• Catherine Heil

    Student Assistance Counselor
    Email: catherine.heil@valleycentralschools.org
    Voicemail: 457-2400, ext. 16241 
     
    Holding Hands  
     
    Hello, my name is Cathy Heil.  I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a credential alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) for the state of New York.  I am the Student Assistance Counselor and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Coordinator for the Valley Central Middle School.  Student Assistance Counselors (SAC) provide services related to students and/or families as well as social-emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society.  SACs are the link between the home, school and community.  We help provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.  As a Student Assistance Counselor, I do many things to help students and their families overcome barriers, develop intervention strategies to increase academic success and provide crisis intervention. 
     
    School Social Workers:
    • assess student needs and issues
    • assist the student in developing appropriate social interaction skills
    • provide individual and group counseling
    • assess social/emotional needs
    • coordinate services for families and students
    • network with community agencies
    • provide outreach to parents
    • help students who have problems with abuse and neglect
    • assist students who are experiencing or have experienced family violence
    • assist students with a variety of situations such as poor self-esteem, divorce/separation, death and anger management
    • deal with other youth at-risk concerns such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs