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Guidance and Support for Students and Parents

August 15, 2023

Sydney Perez

Mrs. Sydney Perez is one of our social workers for Wesclin, she works with the Middle School students, she has been a part of this school district since 2021. Previous to her employment with Wesclin, she worked in community based jobs providing support and therapeutic services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, as well as, youth placed in a residential hospitalization setting.  She holds a Master's Degree from McKendree University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is trained in AF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and is trauma-informed. She enjoys working with adolescents and teens to help them navigate life and problems that may arise.   

Katie Wilke

Mrs. Katie Wilke is our elementary school social worker.  She works at New Baden Elementary and Trenton Elementary.  She has been employed with Wesclin School District since 2019, and graduated with a master's degree in school social work from SIUC in 2016.  Katie works with all students in grades Prek-3 by teaching social emotional lessons in classrooms weekly, and is available to work with students individually or in small groups to help with specific concerns when needed.  Katie loves to collaborate with parents and teachers to find ways to help and support students.  

What does a School Social Worker Do?
School Social Workers serve as the liaisons between the school, home, and community. We help students who are experiencing problems that interfere with their academic or social adjustment.

School Social Workers:

  • Provide individual and group counseling for all students.
  • Address topics such as depression, self-harm, anxiety and stress, grief, anger management, drugs and alcohol, family conflict, divorce, peer-related issues, social skills, and behavioral issues.
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention.
  • Actively participate in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Child Review Team (CRT) meetings.
  • Consult and collaborate with faculty and administrators regarding students.
  • Connect students and parents to outside community resources.
  • Participate in policy development pertaining to attendance and discipline
Anxiety and Depression resources
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
National Alliance of Mental Illness Health
Virtual Calming Room
Safe2Help Illinois
Self-Injury Resources
To Write Love on Her Arms
Suicide Resources
Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
Teen Help Line


Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Hotline


Ride Sharing Safety/Sexual Assault Awareness - a comprehensive guide about sexual assault in ride sharing services, how to stay safe and options in case it happens.




Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline



Illinois Child Abuse Hotline



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substance Abuse



Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Community Outreach Information



Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES)

  • 800-345-9049 (Available 24/7)
  • Mental health crisis calls for Illinois children and youth

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line 

  • Text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Available 24/7)
  • Stress-related to COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support
  • Anonymous

Crisis Text Line 

Disaster Distress Helpline



National Runaway Safeline

Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+)

Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline


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