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Clinicians Appreciation Day

About 400 school social workers and psychologists gathered at UFT headquarters, and another 900 joined remotely, for a day of professional development to mark Clinicians Appreciation Day on Jan. 12.

Cultivating Bright Futures: Addressing Teen Substance Use Through Identification, Engagement and Empowerment (MAP)

Teens use substances for a variety of reasons. They may begin experimenting due to curiosity or peer pressure, but those who progress to more consistent use are often trying to solve a problem or fulfill an unmet need. We will explore the factors that place youth at greater risk of substance misuse, the warning signs that educators and parents can look for and the common reasons that teens use or misuse substances. We'll discuss practical ways to engage youth, both from a prevention and an intervention standpoint, and ways to empower them to make healthy decisions about drugs and alcohol. We'll also briefly cover the unique challenges of referring teens to substance use disorder treatment and which options are best suited to address their needs.

A place to heal

There is a room at IS 391 in the Bronx with color-changing lights, soft bean-bag chairs, a gurgling fountain, books and fidget toys.
“We needed a calming place where students could come for counseling, and students and staff could just sit and self...

Psychologists Appreciation Day PD

More than four hundred UFT members attended the annual Psychologists Appreciation Day professional development on Nov. 10 at union headquarters. “The sense of unity and community that the union brings is really valuable," said one school psychologist...

Social Workers and Psychologists chapter meeting

Join your colleagues for the UFT Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter's monthly meeting. Chapter Leader Raul Garcia will give an update from the union and chapter, and we'll discuss your issues, questions and concerns. Registration will be available shortly. 

Social Workers and Psychologists chapter meeting

Join your colleagues for the UFT Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter's monthly meeting. Chapter Leader Raul Garcia will give an update from the union and chapter, and we'll discuss your issues, questions and concerns. 

School Social Worker Appreciation Day

Save the date for the UFT’s annual School Social Worker Appreciation Day, a free day of professional learning. Registration will be available shortly.

Nadhilis Rojas, bilingual school psychologist

As the psychologist at Gotham Collaborative HS in the Bronx, Nadhilis Rojas assesses students’ needs, refers them for services and tracks their progress. As a fluent English and Spanish speaker, she can more effectively serve her diverse school...

‘Building their brains’

A social worker and an instructional coordinator from the city DOE's Division of Early Childhood Education provide crucial support to 3K and pre-K teachers at PS 7 in East Harlem.

Social Workers Appreciation Day

Helping students learn to cope with anxiety experienced during and after the COVID-19 pandemic was the key takeaway from the UFT's seventh annual Social Workers Appreciation Day event on March 10, which attracted about 900 UFT members both in person...