Medfield Public Schools
The Office of Social Emotional Learning
Dr. David Worthley, Director
The Medfield Public Schools are committed to educating and developing the skills and competencies of the whole child, which includes the fostering of academic, social/emotional, and physical wellness.
Beginning in 2016, The Office of Social Emotional Learning has strived to teach students the values of CASEL’s five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social-awareness. Much of this is achieved through curriculum and school-specific programs but a great deal of our work is done “on the ground” as we locate school-specific need and find ways to embed these values into the foundation of MPS.
We do this by helping to create a school community that welcomes and supports a diverse array of academic, social/emotional, and physical needs.
In collaboration with the Guidance Department, the Wellness Department, the Health Office, teachers, the administration, and the Medfield community, we work to maintain and support high academic achievement while concurrently helping students understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Dr. David Worthley, Director
Dr. Worthley has spent his career working in the field of psychiatric crisis - whether on adolescent units, in maximum security prisons, or at several schools in Massachusetts. He is passionate about his work with the adolescent population, and understands well the importance and value of a solid educational foundation.
"College students are experiencing anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and other mental health issues at alarming rates in a landscape of growing academic, social, and financial pressures. As a college mental health psychiatrist for over two decades and a mother of two twenty-somethings, Marcia Morris has witnessed the ways problems can derail students from their goals, while parent interventions at critical junctures can help get students back on track. The Campus Cure: A Parent Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students is a first aid guide to your child’s emotional health, preparing you to handle the mental health problems and emotional ups and downs many young adults experience in college. With anecdotes and the latest scientific literature, this book will increase your awareness of common problems, pressures, and crises in college; illustrate how you can support your child and collaborate with campus resources; and provide stories of hope to parents who often feel alone and overwhelmed when their child experiences a mental health problem. While you have the passion to help your child, this book will provide you with the tools to guide your child toward health and happiness in the college years."