Social Work & Psychology Supports


School Social Workers and School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams who provide direct educational, behavioral, and mental health services for children and youth, as well as work with families, school administrators, educators, and other professionals to create supportive learning and social environments for all students.  School Social Workers and School Psychologists have expertise and training in mental health, learning and behavior.

Priority Areas Include:

  • Provide culturally responsive special education services
  • Provide evidence -based, culturally responsive interventions
  • Ensure student and staff safety with best practice in suicide risk reviews, threat appraisals, suicide prevention programs, and crisis response.

Audrey Torrez-FluentMSW, LCSWSocial Workeraudrey_torrez-fluent@dpsk12.net720-423-9511
Emily JohnsonEd.S.,
School Psychologistemily_johnson3@dpsk12.net720-423-9513
Vision & Mission

Vision: Success in school, Success in Life

Mission: School Social Workers and School Psychologists work with you to remove barriers to student growth and achievement.

Our Goals: 

  • Equity: Our schools are places where every student is affirmed for who they are while being nurtured to excel.
  • Instructional Excellence: Our schools are places where every student receives high-quality instruction every day. This means we need to deliver the highest-quality support to our teachers and leaders as they work day in and day out with our students.
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Our schools are the center of our communities, and we must work hand in hand with our educators, families, and community members. We must build strong teams to help design solutions for our most persistent problems.

Universal Interventions

  • School-Wide Attendance Interventions
  • School-Wide Social Emotional/Mental Health Interventions (Signs of Suicide, Safe2Tell, Risky Business)
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • School-Wide Data Analysis
  • BESS -Behavior and Emotional Screening System
  • Classroom Management/On-Call Support 
  • Supervision of Scholars 
  • Staff Development and Training- Suicide Prevention, Self-Injury Prevention and Safe2Tell Reporting
  • School-Wide Family Engagement-HMS Open House, Back to School Night, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • School-Wide Crisis Management- Coordinating with District Crisis Team
  • Olweus Bully Prevention Program
  • Community Referrals – Clothes to Kids, 211 United Way, Food Baskets, School Supplies, and Transportation Referrals
  • Afterschool Snack Program

Targeted Interventions

  • Progress Monitoring of Academic/Behavioral Interventions
  • Targeted Social Emotional Intervention-Individual work with scholars
  • Emergency Classroom Interventions
  • Attendance Interventions/Contracting-Attendance Plans, Parent/Scholar Meetings Tardy Interventions
  • Sources of Strength Programming
  • Small Group Counseling-Mindfulness, Zones of Regulation, 2nd Step Program, Brain Wise Program
  • Home Visits/Family Engagement Support
  • Coordinate with Outside Agencies-Judi’s House (Grief and Loss), Young Men of Purpose, Mental Health Agencies
  • Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices

Intensive Interventions

  • Individual Social-Emotional Interventions
  • Suicide Risk Reviews 
  • Threat Appraisals
  • Self-Harming Assessments 
  • Student Safety Plans 
  • Child Abuse Reports/Consult 
  • Functional Behavior Assessments/Behavior Intervention Plan 
  • Social Skill Support for Center-Based programs-Affective Needs Classroom, Multi-Intensive Classroom 
  • Targeted and Individual Assessments for Special Education (BASC-III, EDDT, Vineland, GARS, BRIEF, WISC-V,SSIS-SEL)
  • Student Intervention Team (SIT) 
  • 504 Plans-Provide mental health support and assessments
  • Attendance Interventions-Court directed interventions
  • Culturally responsive de-escalation strategies

Safe2Tell 1-877-542-7273 Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community 24/7.

Talk to Someone Now 1-800-273-8255  If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7.

Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255 Whatever you are going through, Colorado Crisis Services can help get you the support you need and is available 27/7.

2-1-1 Colorado can connect you to critical resources simply by dialing a three-digit number. Whether you are searching for shelter availability, childcare, or rent payment assistance– 2-1-1 can connect you to available resources in your community. 2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state.

Call 1-844-CO-4-Kids (1-844-264-5437) to report child abuse or neglect.

For Suicide and Crisis Lifeline dial 988