Associate in Instructional Services for School Social Work, NYS Education Department
Victor Rose is an associate in instructional support services for school social work at the New York State Education Department. Victor maintains employment as a group clinician working with adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and undergraduate students in colleges and universities throughout New York State. Before joining the Department, Victor was a full-time school social worker in a midsize urban school district in the Capital District. Victor has worked with diverse populations across the lifespan, including children and families affected by the child welfare system, court-involved youth and adults, runaway and homeless LGBTQIA+ youth, medically fragile adults, survivors of domestic violence, and young men of color diagnosed with HIV. Victor is a licensed clinical social worker and a master credentialed alcoholism and substance counselor. Victor holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Master of Science in Education in School Counseling from Alfred University.
LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk for mental health challenges and suicide. The focus of this discussion will be what families and schools can do to support LGBTQ+ youth mental health. Dr. Michael Paff testified before the Board of Regents on this topic earlier this year. Victor Rose contributed to new guidance issued from NYSED on “Creating a Safe, Supportive, and Affirming School Environment for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth” in June of this year. Lilly Fiscus (she/their) is president of the Spectrum Club at Caledonia-Mumford High School. Learn about best practices and legal rights in an interactive session that includes a youth discussant.