Galena Park ISD Social Services Department works collaboratively with Communities in Schools (CIS) to help students function effectively in the school environment. Our district currently has 3 Social Services Specialists, 3 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crisis Interventionists, and 13 (CIS) Site Coordinators. As a team, we provide services to every campus in our district.
What is the role of the Social Services Department?
We address the psychological and social well-being of students, ranging from elementary to secondary students. They provide information and counseling and help students, parents and school staff work together to solve problems by communicating and providing referrals to other resources.
Why do today's schools need a Social Services Department?
Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students. The family is in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, in whatever form, children's unmet physical and emoitional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school.
What are some of the specific services that the Social Services Department provide?
- Working with those problems in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community).
- Counseling (group, individual and/or family).
- Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program.
- Providing crisis intervention.
- Assisting with conflict resolution and anger management.
- Working with parents to facilitate their support in their children's school adjustment.
- Alleviating family stress to enable the child to function more effectively in school & community.
- Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.
- Assessing students with mental health concerns.
- Obtaining and coordinating community resources to meet students' needs.
- Advocating for new and improved community/school service to meet the needs of students and families.
- Identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.
- Providing case management for students and families requiring multiple resources.