Degrees and Certifications:
School Social Work services are provided by a licensed Social Worker who is employed by the Houston Independent School District. Licensed School Social Workers are licensed under the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners and possess a Masters degree. The School Social Worker at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School is Caitlin Lyons, LMSW.
Services provided by licensed school Social Workers are short term and not intended to replace the services provided by licensed Clinical Counselors/Therapists. School services are designed to assist the student with school-based issues and are solution-focused in nature. The format may be either small group or individual sessions.
Social Work sessions will remain confidential except when certain legal restrictions arise and confidentiality cannot be maintained. These cases include, but are not limited to, child abuse, danger to oneself, danger to others, and illegal words/actions.
All students enrolled at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School are automatically opted in to receive social work services due to the student being enrolled in HISD and the social worker being an HISD employee. In the case that a parent does not want their child to be seen by the social worker, a form must be signed by both the parent and the social worker. The parent will receive a copy of the signed form.