Speaker, Dr. Beth Plachetka, LCSW

Education That Inspires Change.

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Dr Beth Plachetka LICSW

Inspiring Productive Relationships for Positive Changes and Growth

For organizations to succeed and thrive, strong workplace relationships must be respectful, collaborative and in line with the mission and goals. If professional relationships are poor, it leaves a negative impact on the organization and customers suffer.

Beth’s knowledge of the importance of relationships at work is supported by her dissertation that focuses on adult bullying in the school setting and by earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Her deep practical knowledge to identify and realign workplace relationships in educational systems and faith institutions provides her with the expertise required to improve team productivity and professional relationships.

Presenting on a variety of topics related to bullying and mental health, Beth uses humor as well as effective and practical strategies to improve workplace culture, counteract the devastation of bullying and mitigate the symptoms that result from workplace bullying. Beth’s presentations reflect her years of experience as a teacher with clearly stated objectives, outcomes, activities and interactions that both inspire and educate.

With licenses and certificates in elementary education, school social work, clinical social work and educational leadership, her family fondly (at least she hopes it’s fondly) refers to her as “certifiable.”

My Core Belief

“Each individual is valuable by the fact of their existence. In my experience, no one makes positive changes based on criticism.

It is by identifying and building on the individual’s strengths that effective and lasting change takes place.

Speak truth with kindness.”

Dr. Beth Plachetka, LCSW

Program Topics

Dr. Beth Plachetka speaking at an event

Workplace Bullying

Positive Relationships in the Workplace

Harnessing the Synergy of Team

Writing Bench-marked Goals in Special Education

Anxiety and Depression

Mental Health in the Classroom

Positive Parenting

Understanding your Adolescent

Ethics in School Social Work

Ethics in Transference and Countertransference


Workplace Bullying

Positive Relationships in the Workplace

Harnessing the Synergy of Team

Writing Bench-marked Goals in Special Education


Anxiety and Depression

Mental Health in the Classroom

Positive Parenting

Understanding your Adolescent

You Have a High School Student…. Now What???

Presentation Slides 

Satisfied Clients

  • Association of Health Teachers
  • Geneva Educational Association
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers, Springfield, Il
  • Kendall County Women to Women
  • Rotary Club, Oswego, IL
  • Elgin School District U-46
  • Elgin CUSD #45
  • Geneva CUSD #304
  • Hinsdale Central High School
  • St. Joseph Church, Aurora, IL
  • St. Mark Church, Aurora, IL
  • St. Patrick Church, Yorkville, IL
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • Linden Oaks Hospital
Dr. Beth presenting at an event


Dr. Beth Plachetka presented twice to our District’s Social Work Department. Once on “Writing Measurable Goals” and the other time on “Ethics in Practicing School Social Work.” Dr. Plachetka’s presentation style is engaging and interactive. She uses humor and candor very effectively. She makes the audience feel like they are having a conversation with a colleague instead of being lectured at. Both her presentations were well prepared and very informative. She invited the audience both times to “continue the conversation” after the presentation by welcoming questions and comments via email. She also invited our staff to email her ahead of the presentations to ask questions that she could answer during the presentation . She was very thorough and genuinely interested in making sure her presentations met our needs.”
- Mary A., LCSW

Social Work Team Leader, U-46

“Beth’s presentation was relevant to my everyday job duties, was engaging, and incorporated real life examples. She is confident in her message, has a wide variety of information that she has personally experienced, and gave helpful tips to help better our own practice. I really enjoyed the presentation and the message behind it.”
Ashley T., MSW

School Social Worker, U-46

“Beth’s insights into student behaviors and management always felt easy and intuitive due to her unique combinations of experiences and problem solving. She is a go-to for difficulties because she listens very well, and coaches in implementing practical and intuitive solutions. Her vast knowledge, experience and kind & confidential openness always creates a safe environment to ask for help without judgement or repercussion. Beth is smart, insightful and has a deep understanding students’ diverse needs balanced with a respect and understanding of the classroom environment.”
Ame Kazmer, LSB1, MAEL

Special Education Teacher, Geneva, IL

“When listening to Beth speak, the audience is captivated and involved in the conversation. It is her ability and talent to make the audience comfortable and engaged even what dealing with heavy subjects such as mental health and workplace bullying.”
Victor P.

MAT in Math and Science, Bilingual Educator, West Aurora School District 129

About Beth Plachetka


Owner, President, Therapist


  • Safe Harbor Counseling Owner/Therapist
  • McKane & Associates
  • School Social Worker Pre-12 Geneva 304
  • Youth Minister – Aurora Central Catholic High School
  • Professional Educator – Aurora Catholic Schools
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Community Counseling
  • Breaking Free
  • National Speakers Association
  • NASW – National Association of Social workers
  • Consultant for TeamClock



DISSERTATION: A Systems Approach to Workplace Bullying in the K-12 Public Educational Setting

Education:  Ed.D, MSW, MAEL, BS

License: LCSW CEU Provider

Memberships/Awards: NASW, National Speakers Association, Kane Co. RJ Mades Educator of the Year 2006


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