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The School Social Work Toolkit

Hands-On Counseling Activities and Workshops

Alison Varianides, LCSW, is a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Westchester County, New York. She has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked in the New York City Schools as well as the Westchester County Schools as a school social worker, counseling adolescents with learning and emotional difficulties. In addition, she worked in Dallas, Texas, as a school therapist for grades K-12 and a substance abuse counselor for adolescents and adults.

Varianides received her BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. She received her MSW from New York University, graduating as an LCU Fellow and Merit Scholar for outstanding academic progress and excellent therapeutic work. She also received a Post-Masters Advanced Certificate in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders from City University of New York, Brooklyn.

Varianides is the founder and executive director of Westchester Psychotherapy, a private group practice located in Westchester County, New York, serving adolescents and adults. She wrote this book in the hope it would help as many school social workers as possible with the daily tasks and struggles facing our school mental health professionals today.

Varianides lives in Westchester County with her husband, Jason. This is her first social work practice book.