Social Work

Welcome to theTopeka Public School Social Work Department!!!

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear”— Oprah Winfrey 

Social Workers and Mental Health Liaisons in Topeka Public Schools have the joy of directly serving many individuals who have walked through traumatic experiences and maybe dealing with strong emotions and fear. As such, all department staff strive to help students and their families to find hope, support, safety, connections and the realization of accomplishments.

School Social Workers and Mental Health Liaisons do this by their commitment  to improving the educational success and the social and emotional development of all students. In doing so, staff members of the social work department are an integral link between school, home, and community and strive to remove barriers that may  impact students' academic success. Social Work Staff  work directly with school administrations, students and families, and provide leadership in forming school discipline policies, develop mental health intervention strategies, and provide crisis management and support services to all buildings in Topeka Public Schools. 

As part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed, school social workers and Mental Health Liaisons also facilitate community involvement in the schools while advocating for student success.Examples of areas of service include:

  • Provide Direct Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Complete Psychosocial Evaluations
  • Provide Functional Behavioral Assessments 
  • Write Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Provide Individual and Group counseling, 
  • Design Crisis prevention and intervention, 
  • Provide parent education and training, 
  • Collaborate with community agencies and organizations, 
  • Provide program coordination and review policy development. 


From the Offices of:

Susan Mills, LSCSW Coordinator of School Social Work [email protected] 785-235-7188 


Regina Franklin, LMSW, Supporting Coordinator and Homeless Coordinator, [email protected]


Check out our favorite articles:

7SlideSeries: The Human Brain

"A brief introduction to core concepts regarding brain structure and function that provide the basis for developmentally sensitive and trauma-informed caregiving, education and therapy." Child Trauma Academy

Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms & Transformational Schools 

"All schools and educators work with children who have experienced trauma, but you may not know who these students are. Schools have an important role to play in providing stability and a safe space for children and connecting them to caring adults." -Maura McInerney, Attorney & Amy McKlindon, MSW

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

"Better is possible, it does not take genius, it takes diligence.  It takes moral clarity.  It takes ingenuity.  And above all, it takes a willingness to try." - Atul Gawande

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