June 15, 2005

Arizona newsmaker

The Arizona Republic

Jun. 15, 2005 12:00 AM

Jean Sokol was appointed in May as the Phoenix Diocese's new youth protection advocate. Sokol is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed independent substance abuse counselor. She has been on the diocese's Sexual Misconduct Committee since 1997, working on the community response team, which reaches out to communities where priests have been accused of sexual misconduct. She is married and has lived in Mesa for 23 years.

1. What was the process of your appointment to this position? Several members of the Sexual Misconduct Committee asked me to apply for the position and therefore I submitted my application, interviewed with a team of diocesan employees and was offered the position. advertisement

2. What attracts you to this job?

My professional vision is simple: "Assisting/advocating for children and their families to have a better life." I am a clinical social worker that is highly trained in my field, which includes mental health business operations, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, advocacy, as well as working side by side with institutions that can assist me in meeting my vision.

Posted by kshaw at June 15, 2005 03:55 AM