Alison Versaggi

Alison Versaggi with book

Role

I am very excited to be a member of the Discovery team as the school Social Worker. My goal is to provide a safe space, support and social/emotional guidance for student’s staff and families. As a part of the counseling team, I am able to provide some individual and group counseling support. I look forward to working collaboratively with students, parents, and teachers to help each child feel happy, healthy and successful!

Professional Background

I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both CT and Virginia. My early work includes working as an adolescent counselor at a residential facility and a psychiatric social worker on an acute inpatient unit of a hospital. I have 8+ years of experience providing support to students with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges in the public-school system in Connecticut. I’m Certified in Mindful Schools program for K-12 and enjoy teaching mindfulness skills groups in the school setting. I am “intensively trained” by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Personal Interests

As a mother of two I am very busy with my children and their schedules. In my free time I enjoy running, being outdoors and traveling. This summer while on vacation I learned to surf and love it. I am also a trained ice skating professional and enjoy teaching people of all abilities how to skate.

Literary Connection

I chose the book Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. I love this story about a new boy, Justin, who arrives to school and often feels invisible until a boy named Brian makes him feel welcome by including him in a group project. I love the message of how being kind and welcoming can make such an incredible difference in the life of others.