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Celebrating National Social Work Month: Honoring the Impactful Role of Social Workers at Alexander Youth Network 

March is National Social Work Month, a time dedicated to acknowledging the invaluable contributions of social workers globally. At Alexander Youth Network, we express our sincere appreciation for the devoted professionals who tirelessly support and uplift children and families in need. 

Special Shoutout to our LCSW’s and LCSWA’s here at Alexander Youth Network:  

Jennifer Breau, LCSW- Outpatient Therapist- Mecklenburg 
Ilana Yanku, LCSW- Clinical Assessor- Charlotte 
Olivia Smith, LCSW- Trauma Therapist 
Ashlyn Hodges, LCSW- Project Director 
Cali Johnson, LCSW- Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Therapist 
Adrienne Leach, LCSW- Regional Executive Director 
Michelle Nichols, LCSW- Regional Executive Director 
Jami Gomes, LCSW- Regional Clinical Director 
Ashley Sparks, LCSWA- Facility Based Crisis Center Executive Director 
Melanie Chery, LCSWA- Outpatient Therapist- Charlotte 
Catherine Crigler, LCSWA- Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Therapist 
Alane Hayes, LCSWA- Regional Manager of Day Treatment 
Carla Kitching, LCSWA- Facility Based Crisis Center Licensed Clinician 
Helen Mantis, LCSWA- Day Treatment Licensed Clinician 
Bianca Reynolds, LCSWA- Day Treatment Licensed Clinician 
Jon Hamilton, LCSWA- Residential Treatment Center Behavioral Health Counselor 
Derick Pritchett, LCSWA- Intensive In-Home Lead 
Angela Parks, LCSWA- Day Treatment Licensed Clinician 
Symone Murphy, LCSWA- Trauma Therapist 


Social workers hold pivotal roles in diverse settings, including schools, hospitals, community organizations, and mental health facilities like ours. Their training equips them to address a broad spectrum of social and emotional challenges, offering essential support and advocacy to children and families facing adversity. 

In our programs, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Work Associates (LCSWAs) are integral members of our multidisciplinary teams. They bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and expertise to their roles, working closely with children, adolescents, and families to navigate complex issues and facilitate positive change. 

Here’s a glimpse into the diverse and impactful work that social workers do: 

Providing Counseling and Therapy:

Social workers offer individual and group counseling sessions to help children navigate emotional challenges, trauma, and life transitions. They provide a safe space for children to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences while offering guidance and support. 

Crisis Intervention and Support:

During times of crisis or emergencies, social workers provide immediate support and intervention. They assess risk factors, de-escalate tense situations, and connect children and families with crisis intervention services and mental health resources. 

Empowering Children and Families:

Social workers empower children and families to build resilience, develop coping skills, and achieve their goals. They provide education, advocacy, and practical support to help children navigate challenges and overcome barriers to success. 


On this National Social Work Month, we extend our deepest appreciation to our licensed clinical social workers at Alexander Youth Network and social workers everywhere. Your unwavering commitment to compassion, advocacy, and positive change inspires us all. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.  


Written by Brenna Drury

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