Spotlights

Pat Scally, LCSW-C

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
03/07/2018

Pat Scally, LCSW-C

Pat Scally began his Baltimore County Public Schools career in 1996 after having held several positions in mental health settings such as director of inpatient admissions for University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and director of social work for Gundry/Glass Hospital.

His first BCPS assignment was at White Oak School, where he remained until 2003, and his current assignment is at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where he has worked since 2015. In between these placements, he has been stationed at Dogwood, Hawthorne, and Scotts Branch elementary schools; General John Stricker and Ridgely middle schools; and Dulaney High School. In addition, he has provided services on short-term basis at Fort Garrison, Joppa View, Timonium, Warren, and Winand elementary schools; Cockeysville and Dundalk middle schools; and Loch Raven, Patapsco, and Towson high schools.

Scally has spent most of his time as a school social worker providing individual and classroom group therapy services to students enrolled in Behavior Learning Support programs. Many of his clients in these settings were also receiving residential treatment at St Vincent’s Villa.

Scally now offers individual and group therapy services to students at Carver Center. He has been closely involved in conducting regular check-in and ongoing assessment and treatment services, as needed, for students who have been discharged from inpatient psychiatric settings. He attends the intake meetings, receives permission for the follow-up from the parents or guardians, and begins establishing a relationship with the students. He then meets with them on a regular basis depending on their progress. These students have become a large part of his ongoing caseload.

This approach has contributed to an immediate reduction in re-admissions, a modest decrease in admissions over the last two years and, so far this year, a significant reduction in admissions and re-admissions altogether.

Also in his role at Carver Center, Scally participates in the schoolwide Advisory Program, has supported the audition process for incoming students in Theater, and serves as the volunteer coordinator.

Scally feels very fortunate to have worked in the School Social Work department during its periods of incremental and exponential growth. He especially values his current assignment at Carver Center and values his interaction with the students and staff there.

(Photos of all of the five school social workers to be profiled can be found on the BCPS Flickr site. Profiles of the school social workers, once posted, will all be available in the BCPS Spotlight archives.)

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