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Social Work

School social workers are licensed or certified mental health providers serving students, families, schools and communities. They provide evidence-based education, behavior, social-emotional learning, and mental health services to support academic and behavioral outcomes. School social workers promote a school climate and culture conducive to learning and teaching excellence that fosters academic engagement and achievement. They maximize access to resources and mobilize them to meet the needs of the school community.


The social workers at Hinsdale Central receive referrals from teachers and other school personnel, as well as students and parents/guardians.  The referrals help us identify students who are struggling socially, emotionally and/or academically.  We also offer numerous services including:

  • Individual and group counseling 
  • Support counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation with teachers and administrators
  • Assessments
  • Classroom presentations

Through the above services we deal with:

  • Depression
  • Behavior changes
  • Substance abuse
  • Parent conflict
  • Stress
  • Alienation
  • Attendance problems
  • Drop in grades
  • Teacher/student conflict
  • Loneliness
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Behavior management
  • Crisis situations

By acting as a liaison for parents/guardians, we can also provide referral resources for students who need outside counseling. If you are concerned about your child’s behavior or social-emotional issues, please contact the social work department. Paperwork or information for any social worker can be faxed to 630-920-0837.

Click the image above to check out the social work department's virtual office.

Margaret Buoy

Margaret Buoy

Social Worker
Central
Jennifer Cave

Jennifer Cave

Social Worker
Central
Peter Hutcheon

Peter Hutcheon

Social Worker
Central
Jim Kupres

Jim Kupres

Social Worker
Central
Ilyssa Marks

Ilyssa Marks

Social Worker
Kelly Rocks

Kelly Rocks

Social Worker
Central