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Pupil Services: South Colonie Social Workers

What is the mission of our South Colonie School Social Workers?

The overall goal of South Colonie school social workers is to help students reach their full academic, social, and emotional potential by reducing or eliminating barriers to success.

What is a School Social Worker?

A school social worker is a trained mental health professional who works as a part of your child’s school team. School social workers work in conjunction with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help your child have a positive school experience.

How does a School Social Worker help?

  • A school social worker collaborates in partnership with the South Colonie Department of Pupil Support Services to coordinate all facets of a students’ life - academic, personal, family and community

  • A school social worker prepares students for success and participation in the community

  • A school social worker promotes problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • A school social worker helps students to develop internal control to accept responsibilities and take ownership of their actions

  • A school social worker provides individual and group counseling dealing with a variety of situations such as poor self-esteem, divorce/separation, death, truancy, anger management, violence, socialization skills and other youth-at-risk concerns such as abuse of drugs and alcohol.

  • A school social worker collaborates in community planning for crisis intervention for issues such as rape, abuse and neglect, suicide, runaways and family violence

helpful resources


crisis chat web siteCrisis Chat

Confidential, anonymous on-line chat for support in a difficult time. A place to talk about any type of problem or stress, including family or relationship problems, depression, anxiety, or if you are worried about a friend. Crisis Chat specialists will listen without judgment and help you figure out your best options.


suicide hotline web siteThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Confidential, anonymous support on a hotline. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), available 24/7. If you need to talk about any type of problem, including thoughts of suicide, call specialists are ready to listen without judgment and help you through this difficult time.


211 web pageHelp is just a phone call away ..

Dial 2-1-1 now!

Every day, across New York State, people just like you are looking for help. 2-1-1 New York helps connect you to services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays. When you call 2-1-1, you will speak with someone who can help you find the information and services you need. The call is free and confidential.

LifebouyLifebuoy: Suicide Prevention - Continuity of Care and Follow-up by App Brahma

Lifebuoy is an interactive, self-help promoting app designed to assist suicide survivors as they normalize their lives after recent attempt. You need an iTunes account to access it.

Albany County Resource Guide

Where to find help when you need it ...  

Click here (pdf) to download the guide 


food pantries logoFood Pantries For the Capital District

Working together to feed the hungry in our community, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 53 food pantries located in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. In 2012, The Food Pantries helped fund, collect, and deliver nearly 2 million pounds of food for our member pantries, which helped provide approximately 2.5 million meals. They also support our member pantries by providing service coordination, education, training, opportunities for networking, and infant needs and holiday meals programs. Established in 1979, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a 501 (c) (3). For more information on our programs, how to find assistance or how you can help, please visit or call 458-1167

HATAS Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) 

HATAS's mission is to end homelessness within the New York State Capital Region. HATAS Programs include 87 units of permanent housing for mentally ill households, 24/7 emergency homeless housing services, mental health, homelessness prevention and employment training. Last year HATAS assisted over 11,000 homeless, at-risk and low-income households with housing, employment and mental health services and since 1983 HATAS has assisted over 155,000 Capital Region Households.

village outreach centerVillage of Colonie Outreach Center

Offers information, referral, education and individual/family advocacy as well as support to individuals and families in our community.

addiction centerAddiction Center

Addiction Center is your one-stop spot for information on various drugs and addictions. More than 1.9 million New Yorkers have a substance abuse issue. It is our goal to help provide the most updated information in all areas of substance abuse, and help those in need to recovery.

Outpatient Therapy Services


Possible questions for parents/guardians to ask outside referral resources (pdf)


Mental health therapists can be identified through your health insurance policy. The following are resources you may wish to consider should your insurance carrier not locate a provider:

260 Washington Avenue Extension, Corporate Plaza, Suite 101, Albany, N.Y. 12203

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102 Hackett Boulevard, Albany, N.Y. 12209

Parsons is the largest multi-services agency in New York's Capital Region dedicated to helping families and their children. The agency provides counseling services, parenting education, child abuse/neglect prevention and treatment, family strengthening programs, early childhood family support, special education, youth development programs, and mental health services.

2280 Western Avenue, Guilderland, N.Y. 12084

New York State licensed therapists at Karner Psychological Associates Group provide diagnostic assessments for a broad range of difficulties. Common concerns are: anxiety, depression, ADD & ADHD, learning disorders, children's behavior problems, parenting concerns, problematic habits, Autism and more.

650 Warren Street, Albany, N.Y. 12208

Capital Counseling is the oldest counseling and family service not-for-profit in the country. Today, the organization provides thousands of families and individuals with the counseling, programs and information resources they need to maintain satisfying and healthy lives.

The Psychological Services Center is a community-based resource open to individuals throughout the Capital District. The Psychological Services Center is a training and research clinic for the Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Programs at The University at Albany, State University of New York. It offers psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults.

After more than 20 years of providing psychotherapy services and developing mental health treatment programs throughout New York State. Pinnacle Behavioral Health provides a range of services for adults, families and couples. At the heart of our philosophy is an understanding that the process of healing and personal growth can be challenging. Pinnacle Behavioral Health is committed to creating a caring environment to support you in the change process. Together we identify goals and clinical approaches tailored to your particular needs and interests.

Capital District Behavioral Health is a practice of mental health professionals committed to providing the best assessment and treatment services to our patients. The practice provides services across all ages, from childhood to older adulthood, and provide assessment and treatment for a wide range of mental health issues and difficulties. Sessions are available for individuals, couples and families. Please see our staff page for further information about specialty areas, or contact our office to get more information.

Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC, is an integrated health practice established to provide psychological and wellness services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. The practice integrates independent practitioners from diverse specialties, with the goal of providing services that treat and enrich both mental and physical health.

Choices Counseling & Consulting has been serving the Capital District community since 1986, providing individual, couple, family and group therapy. Choices offers supportive counseling services for the various psychological and emotional needs of women and men, children and adolescents.

Campbell House Psychological Associates is a group private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of developmental problems of children and adolescents. We have a comprehensive program for the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related neurodevelopmental problems. Our services for individual clients include comprehensive assessment services, social skill groups, parent training groups and a variety of other groups for children and adolescents. For schools and agencies we offer consultation services, and customized trainings to meet the needs of the individual organization. We will be also be hosting special events and conferences on topics of interest to both parents and professionals.

Should you need any additional referrals contact our school psychologists, social workers or your family physician.