Good Shepherd Student Support
A Message From Your Youth First Social Worker
Hello! I’m Lisa Cossey, the Youth First social worker at Good Shepherd Catholic School. I have worked at Good Shepherd since the fall of 2014.I enjoy the opportunity to work with students in all grades. What I love about school social work is the unique way that it provides an invaluable link for our children between home, school and community.
At Youth First we are grateful for the collaboration between the Evansville Diocese schools, the Good Shepherd community and our organization. I look forward to partnering with you in order to help every student succeed. I will do my best to meet the needs of each student that is referred to me. As I receive referrals, they are prioritized by level of need. All referrals will be addressed, and if I cannot provide appropriate services, I will make a referral to another professional.
Our mission at Youth First is to strengthen youth and families through evidence based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maximize student success. Common reasons for referral for school social work services include depression, anxiety, anger, school behavior or academic concerns, and peer relationships. Youth First services are research-based and have demonstrated improved protective factors (coping skills, children’s hope, resiliency, mood management, etc.) and decreased problematic behaviors (conflict, truancy, etc.) in students served.
Many children and their families are dealing with a lot of potential stressors and my role is to step in and provide the extra support needed to make sure those social, emotional and behavioral concerns don’t hinder their success in school and life. Services are confidential and free to the student/family. Students, parents and faculty can contact me anytime they are concerned about the well-being of any child or teen. I can be reached at 812-476-4477, ext. 220 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Cossey, LCSW
Youth First School Social Worker
Good Shepherd Catholic School