Carmel High School Social Worker


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school Year!  We are all so excited to have most of our students in our building for in person learning. We know the transition is not an easy one, but  we want you to know that you are not alone in this journey. We are all here to assist you in any way possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or concerns. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to look at me resource section on this page. I update the page frequently, and I hope you will find the content helpful.  Again, please contact me directly with any questions or concerns at the following number and/or e-mail:

Phone: (845) 225-8441 extension 446 


Thank you and please remember, You are not alone!

School Social Workers are mental health professionals specially trained to provide clinical services to schools and are members of several professional organizations.

In my role as a school social worker I assist students and families in managing challenging life circumstances.
School issues may include: crisis intervention, attendance, school avoidance, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, relationships with peers and conflict resolution. I provide individual and group counseling to students and support/training to teachers, staff and administrators.

I deal with family concerns in situations like serious illness, separation, divorce, trauma, abuse, neglect, parenting issues and family support.

In my community outreach I can help with violence in the home, substance abuse, homelessness, referral to local community services and contact with mental health agencies in the region.

My Education:

Master in Social Work, 2004, Adelphi University
New York State Certification in Bilingual Social Work (Spanish)
Adelphi University

Doctorate in Social and Behavioral Science, 1992, Eberhard Karls University, Tubingen, Germany

Master in Developmental Psychology, 1984, Columbia University

Bachelor in Psychology,1982, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Certifications and Memberships:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Permanent Certification in School Social Work
Trained by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Member of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Regional Crisis Team (RCT), National Association of Social Workers (NASW),
the New York State School Social Worker Association (NYSSSWA) and the School Social Work Association of America ( SSWAA).

Recent Awards;
The Ruth Efron Schwartz Award - 2013-2014 by the New York State School Social Workers Association ( NYSSSWA).
Certificate of Recognition by the Mental Health Services in Putnam County - May, 2015.

Dr. Karin Brenner
(845) 225-8441 extension 446