Lydia A Galarza
As a School Social Worker, My school position is titled: Related Service Provider. I provide clinical counseling to students with special needs in the Special Education Department called, The Academy House. I also counsel students that have challenges in meeting their mainstream education and receive supportive services as resource room . I also counsel mainstream students that are struggling with the challenges of urban life. I serve as their advocate and mediator in interdisciplinary team meetings and make an input regarding their continual needs and progress.. I provide support to students who have truancy problems and advocate between children services and parents in ascertainning that their educational needs are met and within the legal regulations and standards of education.
As a representative of the school, Ive been sent to attend seminars in child abuse and HIV preventions/ representative of the distribution of condoms. I work closely with the schools on site Montiefiore Health Clinic and make referrals for medical and mental health supportive services.