Iris Mersky is a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a number of settings, including Montgomery County agencies focused on assessment and therapeutic interventions designed to ameliorate trauma caused by victimization. Besides working directly with patients, Iris frequently gave presentations on the sequelae of post-traumatic stress disorders to educational and community groups. Her knowledge of specific legislation related to mandatory reporting of offenses related to victimization of children and adolescents was an essential part of her communication to these groups. This was crucial in her training of mental health and human service professionals as well.
Additionally, her Masters of Arts in Special Education and years of experience developing and implementing services in a myriad of settings, has resulted in her ability to engage children and adolescents with spectrum disorders and other disabilities in specifically developed interventions to aid in their successful academic and emotional success. She worked as a Master Teacher-Therapist, providing services both in a Maryland school district and as adjunct faculty at the George Washington University. With the advent of PL 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Act in 1976, she was hired as an educational consultant on a state level, aiding school districts in setting up appropriate programs for the emotionally disordered and developmentally delayed population of pre-school and latency aged children.
Besides being certified in Maryland as an LCSW-C, Iris is also certified as a Qualified Registered and Board Approved Supervisor.