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My name is Lourdes Lopez and I have been a social worker at Bronxdale since 2015. I earned my Masters of Social Work degree at New York University in 2002 and worked at a community- based organization for 13 years before transitioning to the Department of Education in 2010. I brought with me a great deal of experience in the areas of youth development, child welfare, and mental health treatment. As a therapist in a mental health clinic, I utilized Cognitive Behavioral treatment approaches, as well as an evidence based trauma treatment to address symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents.
Bronxdale is a community that understands that a child’s social and emotional wellness plays a significant role in their academic experience and success. We understand that if we are not addressing the needs of the whole child, we are not doing our job. One of the ways we do this at Bronxdale is by building and fostering relationships with our students. Our teachers do an outstanding job at identifying students who may need additional social/emotional support and connect those students to the counseling department. We provide both individual and group counseling, short term at risk counseling, and referrals to outside mental health services when needed. We look forward to continuing to build a caring community!
Prior to transitioning into my Social Work role, I completed my Masters in Education at Hunter College and worked as a special educator in the DOE for five years. As a special educator, I learned that in order for students to be their best academic selves, they first need to be their best emotional selves. It’s hard for students to pay attention to what’s going on in class when they are distracted by thoughts that are louder than the class content. Additionally, I learned that meaningful relationships are the most powerful vehicle for change, both academic and social emotional.
I fulfilled my Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University and soon after began working as one of the Social Workers at Bronxdale High School. I offer students the tools they need to be able to cope in difficult moments so that they can be present in their academic coursework. I use research based strategies alongside an empathetic and accommodating approach in the design and implementation of student interventions. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where students can process whatever barriers may be present. My meetings with students are goal driven and cultivate meaningful relationships that foster both academic achievement and healthy social emotional development. Student and family referrals are provided on a case by case basis.
I look forward to supporting you or your student here at Bronxdale!