Ms. Seton Feeney
As part of the Child Study Team, my responsibilities are districtwide. I am also assigned as one of the case managers at Valley Middle School.
This year, I am the case manager for classified students in grades 7 & 8 at Valley Middle School as well as a few students who attend out of district schools.
HOW TO CONTACT ME:
Please do not hesitate to call the Special Services Office at 201-337-4442 with any questions or concerns, and I will be happy to assist you.
Dear Parents and Students:
I would like to introduce myself as one of the two school social workers
currently working in the Oakland Public Schools. My name is Seton Feeney, and
I am eager and enthusiastic to work on behalf of you and your child as the
liaison to the Child Study Team, teachers, administrators and special services
staff at Valley Middle School. Let me tell you a little about myself...
Prior to joining the Oakland staff several years ago, I have had
extensive social work experience for over ten years in both clinical and
educational settings focusing on addressing the needs of youth and families.
I have specific experience in working with special needs students as well as
in the field of children’s mental health. In addition to a master’s degree in
in social work, I also hold certification as a school social worker. I am
also a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey.
I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Please know that
it is not only my intention but also my commitment to be as responsive as
possible to your questions, concerns and needs. Please do not hesitate to
contact me at anytime.
Wishing you the best as we all work together for a most exciting, challenging,
rewarding and successful school year!
My role as a school social worker includes a variety of responsibilities in
the following areas:
As a member of the Child Study Team (CST), in concert with parents, teachers
and CST colleagues, to determine the most appropriate evaluation components
and procedures for students who are referred or classified. To complete,
when indicated, initial social/developmental histories or update existing ones
by obtaining developmental, medical, educational and familial data to help
identify any relevant issues contributing to the presenting academic problem.
To schedule, facilitate and participate in parent meetings, classification
conferences and coordinate the development and implementation of
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students who are eligible for
special education services.
To support classified students and serve their identified needs in the form of
ongoing contact with students, teachers, parents, administrators and ancillary
personnel significant to the student’s well-being at school. To monitor the
implementation of students' IEPs, ensuring that programs and services continue
to be appropriate and making adjustments when indicated. With the belief that
a unified collaborative approach is a most significant factor essential to the
success of academic programs and the optimal functioning of students in the
school environment, it is imperative to maintain communication between
parents, school personnel and the student as well as any community-based
services that may also be in place.
BEHAVIORAL PLANNING & SUPPORTIVE COUNSELING:
To work with colleagues and teachers in accumulating the data necessary to
construct effective strategies, modifications and/or detailed management
programs to address behavioral issues for students with any needs in this
area. To provide teachers with a forum to discuss concerns about behavioral
issues and implementing effective management techniques; to work with medical
and behavioral health specialists in coordinating a therapeutic approach to
assist students at school; to work with parents in helping them locate a
variety of resources available in the community to assist them in increasing
their knowledge and understanding of their child’s disability, pursuing
additional treatment services if needed and accessing support to maximize
their coping skills; to provide supportive counseling, when needed, to
students who may be experiencing ongoing social, emotional, behavioral or
familial issues that may impact their functioning at school.
COLLABORATION & INTERVENTION:
To serve as a member of the Intervention & Referral Services Committee (I&RS)
for general education students providing consultation, resources, guidance
and/or other assistance to teachers concerned about non-classified students in
their classrooms. To conduct classroom observations or participate in parent
conferences in an attempt to gather information and gain insight in order to
construct or unify a home/school partnership to address the student’s
presenting difficulty. To provide resource information and consultation to
teachers or parents who have questions and concerns about students who are not
formally referred to the CST. To provide, when needed, crisis intervention
support to school personnel as well as counseling to students or to contact
appropriate community agencies and work with them in concert with the family
to assist the student.
To keep abreast of the current federal IDEA regulations and New Jersey
Administrative Code which governs the area of special education so that
specified policies and procedures are followed accurately. To incorporate and
utilize technology efficiently and effectively in the execution of
professional responsibilities. To maintain professional standards and enhance
professional development within the school social work discipline by pursuing
continuing education courses, attending conferences and participating in
workshops in order to be able to expand knowledge base, share new information
with colleagues and apply new insights and skills in practice.