Lisa Bernstein is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School. This is her fifth year working at POBMS. Before working in Plainview, Lisa worked at the Summit School, a special education school in Queens, for nine years. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
During the summer, Lisa volunteers at Experience Camps, a free one-week camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. She is one of the clinicians at the camp and facilitates daily grief/bereavement activities. Lisa is also a group facilitator with Teenz in the City, a social skills program for adolescents and young adults with a history of social challenges and learning differences. Teenz in the City focuses on social skills, fostering independence, developing friendships, travel training, and executive functioning skills through community-based outings. In addition to her role as a social worker, Lisa started Beads4Proceeds, a bracelet business, where she makes and sells bracelets to raise money for charities, especially Experience Camps.
Understanding the LGBTQIA+ Community and how we can Support our Students and their Families
*New Course Summer 2021
More and more students today are identifying as LGBTQIA+. This requires more understanding and awareness by educators on gender identity and sexual orientation in order to make sure our students feel safe and accepted at school. It is important to understand the history of LGBTQIA+ and all of the terms that are included in order to help support our students. There are many challenges that LGBTQIA+ youth face today and it is important to provide them with resources and supports in order to make them feel safe and accepted. In addition to our students, parents need help as well. It is important to learn how to help both our students and parents navigate through these new experiences in order to support their children. This course is for all K-12 educators and related service providers.
Understanding Grief/Bereavement and how we can Support our Students and their Families
Instructor: Lisa Bernstein
3 Credits/45 HoursCourse Description: More than 211,000 children and teenagers have lost their primary caregivers due to Covid-19. These children are grieving and need support, especially in school. This requires more understanding and awareness by educators on the topic of grief and bereavement in order to support our students and their families. This course will teach educators how grief impacts our students, both academically and emotionally, and to help make school a safe and supportive place for these students. Educators will learn strategies and resources to help our students. This course is for all K-12 educators and related service providers.
Building Self-Esteem in our Students
Instructor: Lisa Bernstein
3 Credits/45 HoursCourse Description: Many students struggle with self-esteem. This course will identify ways that educators can help students build their self-esteem and confidence in several areas; academically, socially, and emotionally. Educators will learn strategies and resources to help our students increase their self-esteem. This course is for all K-12 educators and related service providers.