CSULB School of Social Work’s Simulation Lab


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Licensed in clinical psychology and social work, Dr. Miriam Galindo and her husband run a private practice in Irvine, California. For close to a decade she was a social worker at Olive Crest in Santa Ana. Dr. Miriam Galindo holds a master of social work from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

As noted by the School of Social Work at CSULB, social workers are unsung heroes. They may work in unfamiliar environments for long hours, just part of their normal work day. To help better prepare the next generation of social workers, the school established a simulation laboratory located at the Social Work Student Center.

The lab is a simulated home where faculty, consultants, and other experts work together to help train social work interns. Various scenarios are acted out, and there is always a mentor or coach in the scene who provides a prompt assessment of the scene and the action of the interns. The lab is a secure location where students can hone their skills before going out into the real world and meeting the families that may require their assistance.


The Individualized Education Program

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Individualized Education Programs
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Dr. Miriam Galindo is a private practitioner of child and family psychology at Irvine, California. She previously served as social worker with Olive Crest, where she worked with abused and neglected children between ages 4 and 12. In this role, she advocated for Individualized Education Programs at schools.

Individualized Education Programs (IEP) are mandated by a federal law called Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires that schools create an IEP for each child who receives special education services. The IEP includes information about the child including a statement of the child’s present level of performance, an annual educational goal, the different supports and services required, and the accommodations and modifications needed to make education easier.

There are two requirements that need to be satisfied before a student can receive special education services. First, an evaluation must be requested by parents, teachers, counselors, or doctors working with the child. A psychologist may perform the necessary evaluations, which may include classroom observation. After the evaluation process, a decision is made by the IEP team, which consists of parents and school officials.

California State University Youth Outreach: Change Agent Productions

Miriam Galindo, Psy.D., is an independent clinical psychologist based in Irvine, California. In addition to her professional background in youth counseling, Dr. Miriam Galindo maintained an active interest in social work while completing her graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach.

As one of the leading public colleges on the West Coast, the California State University system is committed to engaging students in intensive research through cutting-edge projects. The CSU School of Social Work combines this goal with community development initiatives, assessing the impact of innovative projects such as the Change Agent Productions digital arts program.

Created from the YMCA Youth Institute in Long Beach (another program overseen by the CSU School of Social Work), Changing Agent Productions strives to provide inner-city youth with workforce development opportunities at a professional studio. Assignments range from professional video productions to graphic Web design projects. In addition to providing youth with paid internships and technology skills, all profits from the work support other programs in the Youth Institute. Changing Agent Productions has been active since 2007. The School of Social Work is responsible for case-study reports and impact evaluations.