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First School Social Work Awards (Virtual)

Thursday, March 11, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m
Free event | Open to all educators

"Resiliency of School Social Workers:
Impacting Meaningful Change in Challenging Times"

In honor of National School Social Work Week March 7-12, SDCOE’s School Social Work unit is hosting a free webinar on Zoom March 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the school social work profession. During this event, we will highlight the incredible work of school social workers who balance resiliency, passion, and perseverance while simultaneously serving students, families, and staff in districts and schools across San Diego county. 

The program will include opening remarks from County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, a keynote address from Patrick Mulkern (School Social Worker in San Francisco Unified), and thoughts from other SDCOE leadership. It will conclude with recognizing five outstanding school social workers who serve in San Diego county (see the nominees)! Please consider joining us for this dynamic event!

No cost to attend. Must register!

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Keynote Speaker

Patrick Mulkern, MSW/PPSC, San Francisco Unified School District

Presentation: “Growth and Resilience: School Social Work During COVID-19 and Racial Injustice”

Patrick Mulkern, MSW/PPSC is a School Social Worker in San Francisco Unified School District. He currently coordinates the Wellness Center at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, where he implements individual, group, and school-wide interventions while collaborating with students and families to create a more equitable educational environment. Mr. Mulkern is Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare and teaches courses on social practice in schools, education policy, human sexuality, and psychopathology. He has a passion for supporting students both in the K-12 and university environments and learns so much from his work supervising, training, and mentoring graduate student interns. Patrick presents at national, state, and local conferences on a variety of topics regarding school connectiveness to address attendance concerns and strategies for distance learning and supporting students remotely.  In addition to school social work, Patrick's interests include working with LGBTQ+ youth, healing-centered and anti-oppressive social work, supporting queer youth in schools and narrative practices. Patrick also serves as the Vice President of the California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) and is Chair of the Board on the Randy Fisher Legacy Endowment of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA).

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