Special Education District of Lake County
Exceptional Services for Exceptional Students
Social Work
Amy Byrne
Social Work Department Liaison
(847) 986-1042

Linda Amundsen, MSW, LCSW, M.S.Ed.
Social Work Department Coordinator
(847) 986-2325
Administrative Assistant
Janet Marcinkus
(847) 986-2333
School social workers (Masters Degree in Social Work – MSW) help students whose social/emotional and behavioral problems impact school performance. School social workers assist these students through early identification, prevention, intervention, counseling and support.

 School Social Work Services

Helping Students to:
  • Cope in times of crises
  • Access mental health services
  • Become resilient, successful learners
  • Gain personal and social competencies 
Supporting parents to:
  • Effectively participate in their child's education
  • Understand their child's developmental and educational needs
  • Access school and community resources
  • Understand special education services
  • Strengthen parenting skills
Assisting educators to:
  • Work effectively with parents
  • Discover new resources
  • Participate in the special education process
  • Understand family, cultural, and community factors affecting students
  • Meet educational outcomes for students of diverse background
Linking schools & communities to:
  • Coordinate the delivery of education and mental health services
  • Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
Working with administrators to:

Implement effective prevention programs and policies which address;
  • school attendance
  • alcohol & other drug abuses
  • teen pregnancy
  • violence
  • suicide and sudden death
  • child abuse and neglect
  • school safety
  • ensure compliance with special education laws
Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
RAPP meets the third Tuesday of each month September thru May. Call Linda Amundsen (847-986-2325) for information.