Position: Bilingual Clinical Intervention Specialist
What led you to your current position? I interned at a public elementary school during my 1st year in graduate school and it was that experience that led me to have a desire to work in a school setting.
Fun fact/quote: Sometimes I laugh during awkward moments, making situations even more awkward. It's my way of copying.
What does your average day look like? My average day varies from pulling students out of their classrooms for 1:1 individual therapy sessions or family therapy, pushing in to their classrooms for behavioral/peer support, pulling students out to work on social skills and collaborating with family members and teachers so that they can support student's treatment goals. I support students during moments of crisis and coach them to find ways to self regulate. When a student is in crisis, I also support teachers and staff by modeling a therapeutic/trauma informed approach.
Why do you do this work? I do this work because as a child I was failed by the public school system. My many cries for help were ignored and by the time I got to high school I was in the juvenile justice system, expelled, and labeled as oppositional and rebellious. Teachers and staff were not trauma informed or culturally sensitive and I witnessed how that affected my peers and I. I am the students and families that I work for and I want to make sure that they have the tools and resources they need to navigate through systems and reach their full potential.