Honoring Our Social Workers During National Social Work Month

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March is National Social Workers Month.

There are more than 600,000 social workers in the United States including the six who work here at Catholic Charities. Social work is also one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Each day social workers help people overcome life’s challenges so they can live more fulfilling lives. That is why this year’s Social Work Month theme, “Forging Solutions Out of Challenges,” is so relevant.

It is almost certain a social worker has empowered you or someone you know. That is because there are social workers in all areas of our society who are dedicated to improving the well-being of others.

Social workers are in our schools, working with parents, teachers and administrators to ensure children reach their full educational potential.

They are on military bases, veterans’ centers and in communities, working to get financial and housing assistance, benefits, and health care for our active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

They are in hospitals, making sure patients have the medical, family and community support they need to recover from illness.

They stand by the side of vulnerable children, helping them form new families through adoption or protecting them when they are neglected, abandoned or abused.

When a loved one dies social workers are there, helping survivors honor their loved ones and address their grief.

Social workers, who account for the largest group of mental health services providers in the United States, put out a helping hand to help pull people out of the morass of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

And social workers are active in our communities and in federal and state government, pushing for programs, policies and legislation that benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including older adults and children and people who are battling poverty and hunger.

That's where our social workers come in. It's a pleasure to work with these individuals; each of them provide professional, thoughtful, and caring service to the people who walk through our doors.

Debbie Snapp LBSW Deborah Snapp, LBSW, is the Executive Director for Catholic Charities. She has been employed with the agency since 1987, starting as a Social Worker who provided pregnancy counseling, before becoming Program Director in 1991. She was appointed as Executive Director in 2006. Debbie also serves on the Board of Directors of The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, is the current Chairperson of the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force, and the past Chairperson of the Children Youth and Family Service Section with Catholic Charities USA.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life and Human Development from Kansas State University. Debbie and her husband David live in Dodge City and have two grown sons who were adopted through the Catholic Charities' Adoption Services Program.
Amy Falcon LBSW Amy Falcon, LBSW, currently serves as a Social Worker in the Dodge City office and director of the Teen Moms Program at Catholic Charities. She provides sensitive and non-judgemental pregnancy support services for women throughout Southwest Kansas. Amy attended St. Mary of the Plains College, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Psychology in May 1992. Prior to coming to Catholic Charities in 2000, Amy was employed as a Licensed Social Worker at United Methodist Youthville and at Social and Rehabilitation Services. She is a lifelong resident of Dodge City, residing in the city with her husband and her three children.
Rhonda Goodloe LMSW

Rhonda Goodloe, LMSW, works with programs and grants that address behavior health, healthy relationships, fatherhood, employment, and housing. She oversees the operations of these programs including recruitment, budgeting, marketing, education, and implanting requirements of the grants. A longtime resident of Garden City, Rhonda graduated from Garden City Community College before receiving her Bachelor of Social Work degree from St. Mary of the Plains College.  She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker after completing the master’s program at Newman University. She has over twenty-five years in the field, seventeen that involved the behavioral health system.  She also has been an instructor for Fort Hays State and University of Kansas teaching undergraduate and graduate classes for their social work programs.

Lori Titsworth LBSW Lori Titsworth, LBSW, provides adoption services for Catholic Charities, working closely with parents who want to adopt a baby, or who have adopted a child in the past. Lori also coordinates the agency's Adoption Search and Reunion program for birth parents and adoptees who wish to be reunited. Born and raised in Dodge City KS, Lori Titsworth graduated from St Mary of the Plains College in 1989. While in college, Lori worked as an intern at Larned State Hospital where she continued on for the next 25 years as a Social Work Supervisor in the State Security Hospital where men and women in the criminal justice system receive evaluations, care and treatment. Lori married her husband, Bill, in 1994, and they adopted their little boy, Landon, from Catholic Charities in 2002. The family currently resides in Great Bend KS.
Nicole Parker Sutton Nicole Parker Sutton, LSCSW, LCAC, is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Nicole was employed at Dodge City Youthville for over 10 years and received extensive training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as the Lead NMT Clinician. Nicole has significant training in nondirective play therapy, Theraplay, equine therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral variants. She has provided group, individual, family, and in-home family therapy to people across the lifespan and has testified as a professional provider throughout her career. She specializes in working with victims of neglect; sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as well as those suffering from a wide variety of presenting problems. Nicole has been in private practice since August 2013 in Dodge City.
Debra Schartz Robinson Debra Schartz-Robinson, LSCSW, is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the field for 25 years providing individual, family, group, and in-home family therapy to people across the lifespan, clinical supervision and consultation to professionals, and teaching at the Bachelor and Masters level. Debra has also testified as a professional provider throughout her career. She employs a strengths based systems approach and has specific training including animal assisted work, play therapy, and trauma treatment including Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). She has experience working with children and adults who are suffering from anxiety and depression, adoptive family issues, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, victims of neglect, couples counseling, and attachment challenges.

This nation faces complex challenges, including income inequality and racial and ethnic strife, and social workers are on the front line helping all sides forge positive solutions.

Join us in recognizing and supporting the social workers in our community during Social Work Month. Here’s how.

Contact your local and state lawmakers to make sure hospitals, schools and other agencies have enough social workers on staff to provide needed services and these social workers are properly compensated.

Support legislation that benefits the people social workers serve, including the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 that is intended to address the mental health crisis in America.  The draft bill was introduced early last week with the bipartisan support of Chairman Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) and Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Murphy (D-MA).

And during Social Work Month take time to call, text or email the social workers in your lives and thank them. Rest assured they will appreciate it. 

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